The recent launch of the True Incube start-up programme means that all three big telecoms – AIS (InVent), DTAC (DTAC Accelerate) and True – are now in a race to get the attention of local tech start-ups to be in their start-up programmes. One can foresee several investment deals by these three giants in the future. What is going on with the telecoms? Why are they suddenly jumping into the tech start-up scene?
The Asean Economic Community (AEC) is widely anticipated by everyone to open up new economic opportunities in all areas. Within this group, there is a subset market – Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia (MLC) – that offers Thai tech entrepreneurs a unique appeal and opportunities, and therefore deserves special consideration. There are several unique and interesting observations that can be said about MLC.
It’s always nice to find teams across Asia that are working on very different problems from the usual mainstream mass market variety like chat apps. And I’m especially keen on startups that are looking at hardware and software solutions, like Setech Viet or Misfit Wearables who are looking ahead to the ‘internet of things’. So Penta is an especially cool company out of Thailand that combines hardware and software into the Penta box.