Welcome to the future. When we look back 100 years from now, 2014 will mark the start of a new epoch in human history. It is an era where the whole world, human beings and everything else, gets connected to the Internet at such a pace we have never witnessed before. This is the age of The Internet of Everything.… read more →
Last month, the IT sector in New Zealand celebrated the passing of a bill that removes the patentability of software, perceived to be a major barrier to software-led innovation, from the Patents Bill.
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.
Most tech start-ups nowadays focus on mobile space, which has been driven by the exponential growth of smart phones and tablets. The trend will continue, for sure, but the market has become hyper-competitive. It gets tougher and tougher to differentiate, not to mention monetize in mobile. It’s time to consider new, less crowded areas that present the next waves of opportunities for digital business.
Traditionally, the way to demonstrate the success of public research and development (R&D) spending in government agencies and universities is in the publication of articles in academic journals. As mentioned in my previous article, because of the taboo on public/private collaboration, it is generally very difficult to license intellectual property, especially software, for commercialization. Therefore, most public R&D funding only serves an academic purpose, but goes to waste from an industry development perspective. So, what can we do about it?
เทปเรียกน้ำย่อยจากงาน Start it up, Power it up #3 เทปที่ 2 เป็นการพูดคุยบอกเล่าประสบการณ์กับผู้ที่ทำผลิตภัณฑ์ออกมาใช้จริงแล้ว และต้องมีการติดต่อกับต่างประเทศอยู่เป็นประจำ กับ ดร.เจน จูฑา Chairman & Founder, The VC Group
It is the right time for Thai tech start-ups to be at the forefront of the tech industry amid readiness of all factors in the ecosystem. There is a chance but it is also a challenge for Thai tech start-ups to latch on to it, take a risk and go, said panelists at an NForum on “Tech Start-up: Challenges in the Thai Way”, hosted by The Nation at the office of Microsoft Thailand last weekend.
Just like in other countries, the government can play an instrumental role in promoting the technology industry in Thailand. This article reviews some government actions I believe can create enormous impact on the tech industry if carried out effectively.