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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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August 2018 Newsletter

August 2018 Newsletter

500 Startups Global Team Offsite Hello all, One of our reasons for entering the Vietnam market was the shortage in support and resources for early-stage startups.  As of 2016, there were probably fewer than 20 accelerators and incubators (most of which were...

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July 2018 Newsletter

July 2018 Newsletter

ApplyBoard and 500 Startups Vietnam folks in Saigon discussing Vietnam’s study-abroad market. From left to right: Eddie, Co-founder & CEO Martin Basiri, Finance Director Josh Zucker, and Hau. Hello all, Last month was a very eventful one!  Vietnam’s General...

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June 2018 Newsletter

June 2018 Newsletter

500VN’s Binh Tran on AVCJ’s VC panel (again :P). Photo source: AVCJ. Last month, the IFC in association with the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) hosted the 20th Annual Global Private Equity Conference.  In advance of the conference, the EMPEA...

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May 2018 Newsletter

May 2018 Newsletter

Landmark 81, set to be the tallest building in Southeast Asia upon completion at the end of this year. Photo source: Saigoneer. On the way from District 1 to District 2, Landmark 81 stands out.  A VinGroup project, it’s set to be the tallest building in Southeast Asia...

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April 2018 Newsletter

April 2018 Newsletter

Uber & Grab offices in Singapore. Photo source: Wong Maye-E / Associated Press. Local market knowledge and focus matters.  We saw another example of that this month with the exit of Uber.  Uber entered Vietnam in 2014 and quickly gained traction.  At 500 Startups...

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March 2018 Newsletter

March 2018 Newsletter

Our first exit captured in a photo -- WifiChua shaking hands with acquirer Appota. Photo source: ictnews. As we head into Saigon’s hot-dry season, the tech scene here is heating up too: Amazon and Spotify announced their Vietnam market entry It was...

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January – February 2018 Newsletter

January – February 2018 Newsletter

Vietnamese soccer fans gathering on Nguyen Hue walking street in Saigon to show support to the national U23 team during Asian Cup final. Photos by Zing News. January was a momentous month for Vietnam and for 500 Startups Vietnam. The country was swept up...

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December 2017 Newsletter

December 2017 Newsletter

A Buddha statue covered in snow at the Fansipan summit in Lao Cai province on December 19, 2017. Photo by Tuoi Tre. The holiday season is upon us! And it’s not too late to buy gifts for your loved ones -- or yourself -- for Christmas or Tet!  Here are some ideas: For...

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November 2017 Newsletter

November 2017 Newsletter

Jack Ma speaking at Vietnam E-Payment Forum 2017. Photo by VnExpress. In a conversation with the Vietnam country manager of a major credit card company earlier this year, it was reiterated that less than 10% of payments are non-cash.  Credit card penetration in...

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