From the outside, Haravan (a shortened version of the Vietnamese phrase “hai ra vang,” meaning to pick gold like you pick fruit) resembles Shopify and, indeed, at its core they both have the same mission and operate the same way. […]
A startup at the heart of Vietnam’s mobile explosion
When Flappy Bird exploded onto smartphones worldwide, mobile app fever hit Vietnam and within a few months mobile app development became ‘sexy.’ A year later, the phenomenon of the game is still […]
Tech startups to keep an eye on
Earlier this year , the Ministry of Science and Technology launched the Vietnam Silicon Valley project (www.siliconvalley.com.vn) – a four-month program that offers funding and mentorship to tech startups. It is still unclear how […]
On just about every Ho Chi Minh City street corner there are idle xe oms waiting for a fare. Hoping to capitalize on this unused resource is GrabTaxi. The company has started to connect and incorporate xe oms into its […]
Traveling in uber style
Most people in Vietnam never thought it would happen, but it has – the Uber app has arrived. The luxury transportation startup that connects users with a driver at the tap of a smartphone screen debuted in Bangkok in […]
Another addictive game from Vietnam
There have been hundreds of Flappy Bird clones out ever since the simple game topped the charts across the world. Although there’s been some innovation on the original concept from the creator Dong Nguyen’s dotGEARS company like […]
Overseas Vietnamese should be investing in tech startups, not just sending remittances.
In 2013, overseas Vietnamese (or Viet Kieus) remitted an estimated USD11 billion into Vietnam. In 2013, Vietnam’s GDP was USD170 billion. That’s right; Viet Kieus send back so much […]
Google Glass as a tool to learning English..
Innovation in Vietnam can come from the most interesting places. There’s a startup with motorbike theft prevention hardware. There’s one that crowd sources for tours. There’s another that focuses totally on e-commerce logistics. […]