Singapore and Indonesia get the lion’s share of attention from investors who operate in Southeast Asia. One has a highly developed, pro-business economy; the other is the region’s largest and most populous country.
The narrative is straightforward: there’s value to be captured in Southeast Asia, and entrepreneurs who have grit can team up with investors with an appetite for risk to build useful services and make (hopefully a lot of) money.
But there’s a third point that isn’t discussed quite as often—talent cultivation. The desire to build something new often goes hand in hand with the desire to learn voraciously. After all, if we don’t add new tools to our toolkits, then our plans may only remain plans later on.
We recently interviewed Chelsea Nguyen, principal of ThinkZone. She described Vietnam as a “rising market” in which homegrown entrepreneurs and investors alike have relied on each other to develop new skills and fresh ways of building businesses. Now, the country’s startup space is changing quickly. Find out more by reading KrASIA’s interview with Nguyen here.