Albert Mai - Scout
Albert is one who does everything his own way with clear goals in mind. His life is always in permanent beta, an endless loop of iteration. Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Albert took time off from university to learn about startups in Singapore. He is in the founding team of Keewi, where "events are made easy". Albert can be found on his blog, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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From left: Tien Dung Le, Jason Lusk, and Thuy Nguyen. Photo: ClickSpace
Jason Lusk first came to Hanoi to work on a freelance project but ended up becoming a co-founder of ClickSpace, one of the first coworking spaces in Hanoi, Vietnam. While there, he spent time connecting with expat talents in Hanoi: entrepreneurs, consultants, freelancers, and the trailing spouses of diplomats and NGO leaders. All of them were seeking opportunities to connect and work together.
Unfortunately, Hanoi did not have much infrastructure for collaboration. That was why ClickSpace was born: to provide a comfortable, contemporary workspace where talented expats and Vietnamese can work, connect and collaborate.
We spoke to Jason via email to find out more about his story, ClickSpace and his thoughts on the startup scene in Hanoi. Read more
StartMeUp was born as a platform for the startup community in Vietnam to gather every month to share success stories, experiences, and networks.
Created by the team at Keewi, a Vietnamese startup working on an event ticketing platform, StartMeUp’s first event saw 120 participants and four startup pitches. Ten events were held in total.
While events are fine and well, the team now wants to scale up. Their latest project: a website for sharing motivational quotes. The idea is inspired by Brian Tracy — a motivational speaker and the author of the book “The Psychology of Selling: The Art of Closing Sales”, “Eat That Frog” and “Goals!”
The team hopes to encourage positive thinking by reading uplifting stories or quotes early in the morning, instead of the usual news headlines, television, or Facebook updates. The platform is open to all — anyone can submit an uplifting quote.
Interestingly, users can find out more about the person behind the quote by clicking on his or her name. The team hopes to add pictures to accompany the quotes next.
mLab is the first Technology Incubator in Vietnam which started operating in 2012. They have organized and hosted many competitions nationally including: Nokia Asha Challenge, BlackBerry Jam Hackathon and the SEA-wide m2Work Hackathon. This time, mLab has started another competition — Mobile Innovation Challenge. Read more
Vietnam Startup Retrospective, an event on 26th Jan which celebrated the achievements of the startup community, picked Appota as the startup of the year. It was also an opportunity to reflect on upcoming trends in 2013.
The main event organizer was Topica Founder Institute and partners include Keewi, Viet Youth Entrepreneurs, Startup Weekend, and Barcamp Saigon. Read more