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On tech & VC in China, Southeast Asia & beyond.



[MW Weekend] Here’s why you need to listen to the unspoken words

Sensitivity to cultural events is now a common practice for corporations, especially for those who deal with the general public.

Why Baidu fell behind Alibaba & Tencent (and what can be done about it)

Those who are familiar with China’s internet scene would have heard the term “BAT” – which is the acronym for “Baidu, Alibaba & Tencent”, the three dominant players occupying search, ecommerce and social network respectively. In a way, pretty much… Continue Reading →

Why tech companies are (increasingly) not paying recruiters

Momentum Works has been hiring aggressively lately. When I ask my friends where we should look for good people – the answer varies, but it’s never to engage external recruiters. They complain that the candidates given to them are not up… Continue Reading →

Global internet giants – Only American, Chinese, and maybe Indian – Part 2

In the first part of this article, we examined why global internet giants almost all hail from US and China. In this second installment, we will examine the potential and challenges of India to achieve the same, and what is… Continue Reading →

What do entrepreneurs really need

Technical skills are not useless – but they are not the dealbreaker. Money, doors, and psychology are. Last year, at a seminar in Singapore, a girl in the audience asked the panel, “I want to do a startup. I have… Continue Reading →

Twitter’s problem is not 140 vs. 280, but failure to expand horizontally

Big news that Twitter is experimenting expanding size limit of each tweet from 140 characters to 280 characters. This is entirely missing the point Twitter’s problem is not whether users want to express ‘a bit more’ or not – but its… Continue Reading →

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