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2 years, 1 month ago on What Is Singapore’s Role in the Asian Tech Ecosystem?
@benjaminjoffe good to a semi-vibrant discussion happening about the "scene" in general. Nice seeing you at echelon as well. lates.
It is great to see articles like this on PD since it kind of affirms that Singapore is in contention for something in the Asian if not Global startup scene. Having exported my self to Asia some 12 years ago I now also find myself in Singapore. Having visited Singapore some 20 years ago I would have never thought this subject would even be possible.
However I think many times the fundamentals for why Singapore might be a player in the Asian or Global startup scene are generally glossed over. If you take out Japan, China and India - since I think to own those markets a company generally is in or HQ'd in those markets. Very few global tech startups have emanated from Japan, India or China with singular global products. Sure - companies from those regions are using their money and their power to grow across the region. Rakuten in Japan or say Tencent in China but it is not similar to Silicon Valley where a product goes global built by a central team.
For Singapore to make it - and I think the definition of making it would be a company founded in Singapore to create something with global appeal - it would have to compete with other regional startup hubs. Frankly using this comparison, Singapore will do fine. When its comes to the tax policies, the ease of starting companies, the livability, the dominance of English and the easy access to other regions - Singapore has laid the best foundation. Sure it is not perfect and has much more to do but compared to say Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia or various our SEA hubs - there really is no comparison. Using say India as regional/global hub is hard to do and much the same for China. Singapore has rightly steered their policies to make using Singapore as a hub for pretty much anything - very feasible.
I agree that Singapore, along with many other startups hubs, celebrates cloning and in some sense starting anything way too much but slowly that will fade away as more established companies come to Singapore and as more mature startup folks use Singapore as their new hub. At one point a company or two will emerge that will demonstrate how Singapore can create a truly global startup but until then it is just a center in the making.
@Christopher Gu I think BOSS is pretty cool and doing a pretty good business. BOSS and yahoo search (now run by msft) are not the same thing.
2 years, 3 months ago on The “D” in Action: Yahoo Layoffs Coming Wednesday, International to Be Hit Hard