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June 2019 Newsletter

June 2019 Newsletter

Dear all, In May, Vietnam hosted representatives of the International Development Innovation Alliance, an effort to advance innovation for sustainable development via collaboration with leading international organizations (World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, etc.), development...

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May 2019 Newsletter

May 2019 Newsletter

500 Vietnam happy hour at Anan Saigon. Photo: VTC10 Hi all, Saigon’s rainy season has just begun, which for this writer triggers an annual contemplation on the complexities of the city and the broader nation. At the boundaries of breathless coverage of Vietnam’s...

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April 2019 Newsletter

April 2019 Newsletter

Image: 500 Vietnam Manager Hau Ly in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2019   Hi all, Driving Vietnam’s record-level of venture funding in 2018 as reported by Topica Founder Institute was a handful of large ($50M+) deals, e.g. ≥$100M rounds in Be and VATO, two local...

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March 2019 Newsletter

March 2019 Newsletter

Image: Partner Binh Tran moderating a panel on how to scale a tech team, with Turing CEO Jonathan Siddharth and Meltwater CTO Aditya Jami Hi all, After the failed Trump-Kim meeting in Hanoi, people are discovering that North Korea is not quite Vietnam: “Vietnam had...

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February 2019 Newsletter

February 2019 Newsletter

Image: A Đông Hồ folk woodcut painting in process Hello all, We all just got back from our Lunar New Year break and are thrilled to start the Year of the Pig. According to the Chinese zodiac and Vietnamese aunties & uncles, the Pig represents good fortune and...

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January 2019 Newsletter

January 2019 Newsletter

The rare saola, or Asian unicorn, in its natural habitat in Vietnam Happy New Year! We’re excited about 2019, but first a quick look back at 2018: Ever-higher funding for Vietnamese startups! Preliminary research and analysis by Topica Founder Institute found more...

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December 2018 Newsletter

December 2018 Newsletter

Friends of 500, As we hurtle into the holiday season, our team members are taking time to reflect on the journey so far and what lies in the future. In November, we announced the final close of our fund at $14M. When we set the target at $10M in 2016, Vietnam was not...

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November 2018 Newsletter

November 2018 Newsletter

Panel discussion with members of Forbes’s “Midas List” of leading venture capitalists at 500’s annual VC industry conference, PreMoney. Photo: Sumit Kohli @sreelphoto Hi all, At the beginning of October, we held our annual global LP meeting as well as our annual VC...

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October 2018 Newsletter

October 2018 Newsletter

Eddie during the session "Start-Ups: Driving Innovation" at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2018. Image: WEF / Sikarin Thanachaiary Hello all, In September, Vietnam recently hosted this year’s World Economic Forum on ASEAN, bringing together political, business, and...

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September 2018 Newsletter

President Tran Dai Quang meeting with 100 overseas Vietnamese scientists and tech experts in the Vietnam Innovation Network program Hello all, While the eCommerce war here rages on—last month, Sendo announced a >$50M fundraise led by SBI Group -- there are players...

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