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5 Reasons Why US Can't Ignore Southeast Asia Any Longer


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We heard Chindia (China, India) so many times. It's time to get fresh perspectives on Southeast Asia and its opportunities and challenges

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5 Reasons Why US Can't Ignore Southeast Asia Any Longer

  1. 1. 5<br />reasons why <br />US can’t ignore<br />SoutheastAsia<br />any longer<br />
  2. 2. Singapore<br />Indonesia<br />Thailand<br />Malaysia<br />Brunei<br />Philippine<br />Vietnam<br />
  3. 3. 1<br />Market Size<br />
  4. 4. 600Million People<br />Twice the size of United States<br />
  5. 5. 330billion USD Consumer Market<br />
  6. 6. Among the top heavy<br />mobile users <br />Mobile is the way of <br />their digital life style<br />Indonesia, alone, has <br />210 million mobile subscribers<br />In Philippines, SMS is heavily <br />used in financial, ecommerce<br />transactions<br />
  7. 7. 2<br />US, You’re <br />welcome here<br />
  8. 8. The region is highly diversified<br />Malay<br />Sundanese<br />Chinese<br />Javanese<br />Indian<br />Muslim<br />Catholics<br />Buddhist<br />
  9. 9. Getting used to <br />accepting other <br />cultures<br />…especially US<br />
  10. 10. Embracing US Culture as part of daily life<br />
  11. 11. Did you know? <br />Many US High-Tech companies<br />found success in Southeast-Asia? <br />with no or minor modification to their products?<br />
  12. 12. Indonesia has the 3rdlargest<br />Facebook population<br />and as popular in Singapore,<br />Malaysia, Thailand <br />
  13. 13. Indonesia has the largest<br />Twitterpopulation<br />in Asia<br />
  14. 14. Four-square like service is quickly <br />acquired by Yahoo!<br />
  15. 15. Blackberrydominates <br />Indonesia, Thailand<br />in a short period of time<br />iPhone is very popular<br />In Singapore<br />
  16. 16. Your company <br />here<br />
  17. 17. 3<br />Blank Canvas<br />(relatively speaking…)<br />
  18. 18. Southeast Asia High Tech landscape<br />is still very green <br />
  19. 19. IT jobs consider<br />non-glamorous, so-so paying jobs<br />Financial,<br />multi-national companies<br />are more desirable<br />
  20. 20. The best and brightest are still staying in United States after graduation <br />contrast this with China<br />
  21. 21. Local education system prepares and<br />encourages students to work for a company<br />Culturally, work for a large company <br />considers a better path<br />
  22. 22. Yes, there are signs of startuplife<br /><br /><br />
  23. 23. Except in Singapore, capital isn’t <br />flowing to high tech startups <br />in Southeast Asia<br />..well, not many startups to begin with..<br />
  24. 24. It creates imbalance<br />supply and demand<br />Demand. <br />high quality software services for <br />online and mobile applications<br />Supply.<br />High-tech startups backed by experienced<br />developers, entrepreneurs and investors <br />
  25. 25. 4<br />Others are coming<br />
  26. 26. China, India recognizes <br />these uniqueopportunities<br />… starts pouring investments..<br />
  27. 27. Heard it on <br />CHINICT and GMIC <br />CEO/VC Panelists - Beijing 2010 <br />“Next big opportunity will be in Southeast Asia, <br />for example, just look at Indonesia with <br />170 million mobile Internet enabled users and<br />fast growing” <br />
  28. 28. With the exception of<br />Yahoo!, not many<br />US companies are <br />active in SE-Asia high<br />tech communities<br />
  29. 29. US repeats the same pattern <br />as in 70s & 80s<br />Today,<br />Vast majority of cars in SE-Asia are Japanese cars<br />
  30. 30. 5<br />That’s the good…<br />here are the bad<br />and the ugly<br />
  31. 31. After decades of nearly dictatorships,<br />democracy countries emerge<br />Fairer Elections<br />Social Unrest <br />Freedom of Speech<br />Indonesia<br />Philippine<br />Thailand<br />Malaysia<br />
  32. 32. Except in Singapore, infrastructures are not as<br />advanced as US or Western Europe<br />
  33. 33. Still weak Intellectual Property <br />policies and reinforcement<br />However, with…<br />Software as Services, Cloud Computing, <br />Social-Networking, it becomes less of an issue<br />
  34. 34. The business decision process <br />takes a lot longer.<br />For startups, be prepared for a longer runway <br />
  35. 35. despites all of these, <br />the opportunitiesare there.<br />
  36. 36. Go Ahead, Go Grab Them<br />
  37. 37. Who are we? <br />Access Your Business Data From Any Phone<br />A US based startup with <br />businesses in Southeast Asia<br />We’d love to share many more stories with you<br />
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