Please create an account to participate in the Slashdot moderation system

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! No Flash necessary and runs on all devices. ×
Businesses Government Technology

Vietnam's Tech Boom: a Look Inside Southeast Asia's Silicon Valley 40

rjmarvin writes: Vietnam is in the midst of a tech boom. The country's education system is graduating thousands of well-educated software engineers and IT professionals each year, recruited by international tech companies like Cisco, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Intel, LG, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and others setting up shop in the southern tech hub of Ho Chi Minh City and the central coastal city of Da Nang. Young Vietnamese coders and entrepreneurs are also launching more and more startups, encouraged by government economic policies encouraging small businesses and a growing culture around innovation in the country.
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Vietnam's Tech Boom: a Look Inside Southeast Asia's Silicon Valley

Comments Filter:
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 09, 2015 @04:58PM (#50489993)

    Every day there's another story about some city that's "The Silicon Valley of ________"

    Let's just call a spade a spade: The entire world is desperate for an engine of economic growth, and they have all pinned their hopes on tech-fueled riches which in most cases are really just more stories stories of bubble economics,

    Tech,mat least in the sense of current gen Internet tech / apps and eCommerce is thoroughly saturated and questionably profitable in a disturbingly large number of cases.

    But since most of the world is experiencing economic malaise, collapsing exports and high youth unemployment -- we'll likely hear many more silly stories of "technology capitals" sprouting up in every corner of the world.

    • Yeah, it's almost as if this site is being run by someone who wants everyone to think there's a tech boom.

    • by khallow ( 566160 )

      But since most of the world is experiencing economic malaise, collapsing exports and high youth unemployment

      A key problem is the assumption that local conditions apply globally. Just because your little part of the world may be experiencing these things doesn't mean that everyone does.

      But I think you're otherwise right. They're looking at the success of Silicon Valley, which has minted many trillions of dollars over about a human lifespan and thinking that they could get a piece of that.

    • Honestly, I'm surprised that this hasn't been a story sooner. In the 90s & 00s, when I worked in the Valley, after Chinese, the 2nd largest ethnic group in my company was Vietnamese. And this was at 2 of my former employers - both in semiconductors.

      I'd say that Vietnam is a much better country for US to deal w/ than China. They don't have those human rights abuses, are no longer about territorial hegemony (other than some islands in the South China Sea that even Philippines & China all clai

      • They don't have those human rights abuses

        Uhh .. no. Vietnam is a much more repressive country than China. You don't hear much about their abuses because the American press has puffed China up into a big bad boogey man, so stories about the evil Chinese more popular. When countries start to reform, as both China and Vietnam have, they actually seem to be getting worse, because abuses are more likely to be publicized, and people have more opportunities to express their grievances. But China is further along that path than Vietnam.

        • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

          by Anonymous Coward

          Uh... no it isn't. I'm an American liiving in Hanoi right now. Here is how this works:
          Step 1: Do not criticize the communist party
          Step 2: Have fun.

          Break step 1 and you might have a bad time,especially if you do it as a vietnamese person in vietnamese publications. But other than that - go nuts.

          That's pretty much it. It's capitalism central over here, growth is crazy high, infrastructure is surprisingly good across the whole country. Pollution isn't bad (at least in Hanoi,can't speak to Saigon).

          If you w

    • But since most of the world is experiencing economic malaise, collapsing exports and high youth unemployment -- we'll likely hear many more silly stories of "technology capitals" sprouting up in every corner of the world.

      Well, I think we all know somewhere in our hearts, that on a planet of finite size, there will by necessity be a limit to how much any population can grow. I don't know if it is just around the next corner or many decades/centuries away, but the limit is there, that much is simple, common sense. We have already reached the point in the West - and increasingly in China and India - where economic growth hangs on people consuming ever more, and far more than is good for our health; this, in my view, demonstrat

  • I wish the USA's government economic policies encouraged small business and a growing culture around innovation in the country.
    Instead we get more licensing and regulation requirements.

  • "I love the smell of H1B's in the morning."

  • The last boom in Vietnam was caused by those 10,000lb bombs dropped by the US.

"A mind is a terrible thing to have leaking out your ears." -- The League of Sadistic Telepaths

Working...