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Just read an interesting Techcrunch post from a couple of months ago. I liked the following section best but the whole (looooong) post is worth a read for anyone interested in the state of affairs in the Asian (not just SE Asian) Internet and mobile worlds.
I liked this section best:
Current Challenges In South East Asia’s Tech Scene
It’s still very early in the game, it’s already a huge market, and
there’s room for massive future growth in South East Asia’s web and
mobile industry. But there are still some significant hurdles to
overcome, especially if you regard South East Asia as one region.
Some hurdles I personally see in South East Asia’s web and mobile market (and on the way to a possible integration) are the:
still relatively undeveloped tech ecosystem and its “chicken and egg” problem
(depending on the country: big number of copycats, relatively low number
of startups, few to almost no VCs firms/angel investors, low salaries
for engineers, low propensity of skilled employees to work for startups,
fewer people with an entrepreneurial mindset etc.)
historically, culturally, and economically diverse markets
much lower online spend than in North America or Europe
weak exit environment (IPOs, trade sales)
political and legal problems in some South East Asian countries
(IP protection, bureaucracy for startups, general political instability)
underdeveloped online and mobile payment infrastructure (if any)
Many of these problems, for example the low Internet penetration,
will probably solve themselves in the future. And in fact, local
startups, partly financed by local venture capital firms (which do exist), are starting to crop up all over the place.
Much better expressed and way better informed than someone else's speech that I blogged ranted about back in June.
At Echelon 2010 in Singapore yesterday and today. Vishal Gondal of Indiagames and others on the social gaming panel point out opportunities for social gaming beyond just the PC Internet and beyond Facebook specifically.
Non-Facebook social networks around the world, such as Mixi, Renren, Cyworld, etc
Mobile social games
Zaki Mahomed of Game Ventures thinks that payments still is a barrier to seamless roll-out and adoption of social games in Asia and on the mobile. He says there's no one simple way across games and platforms (OSs, devices, whatever) to make it easy for users to micro-transact within games. People aren't comfortable typing their credit card numbers into a mobile social game. Vishal agrees but with the qualification that in India at least premium SMS is one way to monetise.
This is by far, the most innovative interface I've ever seen and am likely to see for the next few years at least. And yet, it's conceptually so simple (execution is everything) that it's really not particularly expensive, far cheaper than what it cost them to put together those simulated scenes in The Minority Report. Plus it could be extended to several several applications (yes, that's two severals) using Internet-based plumbing that already exists today.
View the video and be wowed. And I thought the bit where he walks up to his friend was just hilarious.
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