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  • Tech In Asia Meetup: The battle at the top of the daily deals market in Vietnam

    March 25, 2014 In Vietnam, it is quite arguable that the ecommerce market has been led in large part by daily deals companies. Back in early 2012, ecommerce was still nascent. B2C companies like Tiki.vn and Lazada hadn’t grown to the size they are today and the slow rise in vertical companies we see today […]

  • Topica Founder Institute, the accelerator behind Appota’s rise

    April 15, 2014 Topica Founder Institute (TFI) is one of the more prominent and successful accelerator programs out of Hanoi, Vietnam’s lake-filled capital. And its recent claim to fame is accelerating Appota, which graduated from its 2012 batch of startups. Appota just secured a series B investment from Japanese and Singaporean investors, employs over 100 […]


    April 3, 2014 A Vietnamese magazine called Nhip Cau Dau Tu recently published an article titled Startups: Still No Luck. It outlined how startups in Vietnam today have stagnated behind the rise of VNG. One of the central arguments is that VNG is ostensibly the biggest and only tech success from Vietnam. The article interviews some of […]

  • How a Vietnamese education startup uses Google Glass to teach English

    March 13, 2014 Innovation in Vietnam can come from the most interesting places. There’s a startup with motorbike theft prevention hardware. There’s one that crowdsources for tours. There’s another that focuses totally on ecommerce logistics. And don’t get me started on Flappy Bird. The list goes on. This week, Topica, one of Vietnam’s most successful online learning platforms, is doing […]

  • Here’s an opportunity map by country for startups in Southeast Asia

    March 17, 2014 A few weeks ago I put together a high-level Internet opportunity map for Southeast Asia. Based on feedback, readers wanted country-level opportunity maps. In this article, I cover Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines. The Philippine map is based on the Philippines Startup Report. This is a first stab at these maps and […]