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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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October 2017 Newsletter

October 2017 Newsletter

Lion dancing during Mid-Autumn Festival in the Old Quarter, Hanoi. Photo by dan.toan on Instagram. It was a Russian doll of exits this past month, as Vietnam’s Foody was acquiredby Singapore-based Sea, which in turn IPO’d on NASDAQ. Vietnam moved up again in the World...

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September 2017 Newsletter

September 2017 Newsletter

For this month’s newsletter, Eddie wanted to include a personal note: "Today marks the 5th anniversary of my move to Vietnam, and I remain as enchanted and watchful and hopeful as I did on the day that I arrived.  The country -- as my experience in it -- remains a...

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August 2017 Newsletter

August 2017 Newsletter

Eddie with Christopher Beselin (Founding Partner, Endurance Capital) at SURF 2017.  Congratulations to the Vietnam student delegation to the International Math Olympiad for getting 4 gold medals and #3 overall!  Of course, the outcome was not terribly surprising --...

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July 2017 Newsletter

July 2017 Newsletter

Three days ago, we were made aware of behavior by Dave McClure, co-founder of 500 Startups, towards some number of women in the tech industry.  After mention of one incident in a New York Times article, 500 Startups top management shared a blog post that they had...

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June 2017 Newsletter

June 2017 Newsletter

The big recent news was that VNG -- the Vietnamese tech company that began as a game developer & distributor but has since moved into OTT messaging, e-commerce, etc. -- has begun exploring an IPO on NASDAQ.  It's just the beginning of a long process and nobody can...

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April – May 2017 Newsletter

April – May 2017 Newsletter

Source: Facebook Pages of Lee Hsien Loong and Reuven Ruvi Rivlin. Hi folks, Although we also invest in Vietnam-connected global opportunities, in this note we’d like to provide a quick macro update on Vietnam, which is relevant to our local/regional opportunities. The...

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February – March 2017 Newsletter

February – March 2017 Newsletter

March marks one year from the announcement of the 500 Startups Vietnam fund!  At our semi-annual global team retreat a few weeks ago -- see our brief moment in the snow above in an otherwise meeting-filled few days -- we were pleased to share about our progress.  Most...

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January 2017 Newsletter

January 2017 Newsletter

Happy new year!  Those who are familiar with Vietnam know that business slows down in late December and stays slow through the lunar new year (Tết).  But our teams have not.  Premium online retail outlet Leflair finished raising a ~$1M round led by a HK-based growth...

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December 2016 Newsletter

December 2016 Newsletter

We've made it through event-packed November. Techfest, Google Startup Week in partnership with 500 Startups, and Echelon Vietnam provided check-in points for startup stakeholders in Vietnam & Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, press features with the Korea Herald &...

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