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Anh-Minh Do

Minh juggles keeping his pulse on Vietnam’s start-up, social media and technology scenes while keeping his eye on the budding Southeast Asian web-influenced cultures. His main areas of research include social media, apps, start-up, online marketing, web culture and events. He’s currently based in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. If you have any tips, questions or feedback, contact him via Email, Facebook, Twitter.
The biggest one I've personally been looking forward to is Operator, but now that Facebook's M is coming I'm also excited about that. In terms of existing thing apps, Passport Asia is great and so is RedMart for finding fitness classes and groceries in Singapore.

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Ask TIA: What are your favorite “Uber for X” apps?
Thanks Andres. Yeah, I think it's a cool model that's growing. Although I'm unsure of how successful it will be. Sometimes investors are not so great at execution or may not be able to let the leadership have the free reign they need to spark something new and innovative. So i guess we'll start to see gradations in types of VB's. The landscape will get really blurry and everyone will want to recategorize everything all over again. ;)

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Vietnam is now a hotbed for venture builders
Venture builders take a more proactive stance to building. In this sense, there's not a founder in the same way as what we see usually. It's more likely that the VB will pull in hired guns to build and consult the business. The best thing about the VB model is it gives investors the chance to build what they believe the market needs.

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Vietnam is now a hotbed for venture builders
Or that the driver was a Didi plant?

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Uber nightmare: Chinese woman robbed, sexually assaulted in three-hour ordeal
Wow, I am becoming a bigger and bigger fan of MyRepublic.

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MyRepublic promises 1 year of free, unlimited mobile data
My sense is we're about to see much more microfunds in Southeast Asia from 500 Startups and that means in the future they're going to try the corner the market on all the early stage deals so that they can serve up the dealflow to the later stage investors. They diversify so that they can be riskier (thereby potentially reducing the risk).

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Why 500 Startups is pouring money into Vietnam
I don't think Hotdeal has 50% marketshare. And I'm not sure if Hotdeal only competes with the othe daily deal sites anymore. It's more about ecommerce than ever.

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Transcosmos buys 30% of Vietnamese ecommerce site Hotdeal
Just not sure what CungMua's plans are. Hmm...

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Transcosmos buys 30% of Vietnamese ecommerce site Hotdeal
I think it's probably because it would need to be built by a superstitious person, and maybe folks like that aren't so great at technology?

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Ask TIA: Why isn’t anyone building products for superstitious people?
Thanks! Please feel free to give us any feedback on our content as we're moving forward.

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We are the TIA community team! Ask us anything!
Hi Niki, curiosity is a huge part of the job, although I'd say that creativity plays an equal and parallel part. I have to want to know all the numbers, facts, figures, people, trends, topics, and themes that inhabit our ecosystem, but I also have to be creative enough to see what are the stories within and then communicate with our great editorial team on what they believe to be the common threads and stories that connect many of these themes. It's in its early stages though. If anything, a big part of the curiosity is being humble enough to sit back and listen to what is happening and what people have to say.

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We are the TIA community team! Ask us anything!
A little bit of both! Although being in the office is always more collaborative.

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We are the TIA community team! Ask us anything!
Sure. Please email me at minh@techinasia.com and then we can chat about that! :)

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We are the TIA community team! Ask us anything!
Is it coffee or kopi? Tea or teh? hehe.

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We are the TIA community team! Ask us anything!
Thanks for the question Mike.
  • A typical day for us includes brainstorming ideas on new community ideas (and ways to engage the community), approving or disproving posts, and hunting down good content and writers that we believe would benefit from being on TIA's platform.
  • Short-term plans include experimenting with new content and tweaking our product so that it suits our users better.
  • Long-term plans include expanding our community events beyond Singapore, expanding our team to have a capacity to run multiple experiments simultaneously, transitioning our site to be more platform-friendly. But there's also a lot I can't say here. :)
  • In terms of best practices, I think there are plenty, but some I specifically like are: 1) engaging users directly and f2f 2) leading the charge on being a community member (i.e. Marc Bodnick at Quora and Ryan Hoover at Product Hunt), 3) being open and creative about what might work and what might not.
  • I would love the community to become self-sustaining, self-editing, and a major resource for old and new people to the Asian ecosystem. I think we're charting very new waters so it's hard to say what model we resemble, but we do take inspiration from Product Hunt, Quora, Medium, Tumblr, Reddit, Hacker News, Nuzzel, and more. But we just look at them for what worked for them, but we realize that we're also trying to blaze a trail, which means we shouldn't be looking outside too much, we should be looking inside to who we are (and at our users, for what they want).

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We are the TIA community team! Ask us anything!
Hi Kien, in terms of P2P learning, feel free to email me at minh@techinasia.com and we can chat further.

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We are the TIA community team! Ask us anything!
For me, it's actually very simple if you look at English blogs on technology in the world. The heart of all the media on technology is in the Valley, and if you take a step back, you'll see that it's not just Techcrunch. It's also Recode, Pando Daily, 9to5mac, and more. And on top of this, there's a host of amazing bloggers like Ben Thompson, Horace Dediu, Benedict Evans, Brad Feld, and more who are all writing independently and analyzing the tech business and ecosystem. On top of this, there are top flight people like Peter Thiel, etc. who are writing books for startups and about startups. In Asia, by contrast, it's TIA and a few others. And very few well-known independent bloggers. Therefore, I see the community as pushing a revolution in new and much-needed English and non-English content from and about the Asian ecosystem. We need more meta. We need more voices. We need more sources. And we need more leaders. We see community at the epicenter of that.

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We are the TIA community team! Ask us anything!
I have a passion for Tesla and Uber though. Does that count?

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We are the TIA community team! Ask us anything!
There are a few ideas we're working on, and we're actually pretty open to other ideas too. But here's a few:
  • contests to encourage commenting
  • ways to invite experts onto the site
  • different types of content besides AMA...like inviting experts to critique well-known apps/websites or even an Audio AMA
  • more offline events that zero in on what our users really need and want (hoping this will spread out into something else new entirely)

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We are the TIA community team! Ask us anything!