Karsten Aichholz is the perfect person to author the Thailand Starter Kit!, a website full of advice for ex-pats moving to Thailand. After nearly a decade of living in Bangkok, Karsten offers advice on everything from housing to fitness to grocery delivery in the Land of Smiles.
In our entertaining and fascinating discussion, Karsten explains how he went from corporate climber in Germany to one of the first nomadic entrepreneurs in Thailand’s video game sector.
Along with Thailand Starter Kit!, we also talk about Karsten’s Brewed in Bangkok podcast, an excellent dive into the hidden world of the most extraordinary people you meet in Bangkok.
“I took out a quarter of the money we had… It was a leap of faith, but I thought we got to do something.” – Karsten Aichholz
Moving to Bangkok 10 years ago before ‘it was a thing’ [2:20]
How to create a business from near scratch in Thailand [9:45]
How 3,700 hours of EverQuest in high school paid off [11:02]
Advice for freelancers:Creating a start-up? Find a platform to do your marketing [16:05]
Another tip:A platform bans your product? Make a new platform! [16:30]
Why Karsten actuallyloved working for a corporation [20:15]
What can happen in German bureaucratic unemployment offices [26:40]
When you almost run out of cash, you become less risk-adverse [35:20]
How Karsten’s partner left the gaming world because he was ready for more intellectual pursuits [43:40]
New dreams: Turning altruistic hobbies into a business [47:20]
Wild stories accrued while living in Bangkok for a decade [52:07]
Today I’m talking to the brains and mastermind behind KoHub – the tropical coworking space in Koh Lanta – James Abbot.
James was a digital nomad before there was even a name for it. He used to divide his time between programming remotely using his collection of 3G sim cards, exploring undiscovered scuba diving spots, and sailing around South East Asia on the boat he lived on!
Since then James has traded in his life of perpetual travel, sold his boat, and now spends his time building a community within his coworking space along the Andaman sea.