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Why we expanded our startup to South Korea

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Entrepreneur South Korea startup sceneRegardless of where your startup resides, you should always monitor where else in the world your product is gaining traction.

My First Trip to South Korea

Austin Startup

My first time to Asia, specifically South Korea, happened two days after Thanksgiving. culture travel wisdom startup koreaBeing in the U.S. Navy Reserves has it’s perks… Continue reading on Austin Startups ».

"Samsung’s sales are equal to about one-quarter of South Korea’s economic output. Samsung."

Mark Birch

“ Samsung’s sales are equal to about one-quarter of South Korea’s economic output. Samsung Electronics, the flagship, posted $190 billion in sales last year — about the same sales as Microsoft, Google, Amazon and Facebook combined. Last year, Samsung shipped 215 million smartphones, about 40 percent of the worldwide total, analysts estimate; this year, it is expected to ship more than 350 million.

Korean accelerator SparkLabs showcases social and e-commerce startups at its second Demo Day

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SparkLabs , an accelerator program in South Korea that is bringing a Silicon Valley-like approach to the Asian country’s startup ecosystem, showcased its second batch of startups to investors at Demo Day today. Asia Entrepreneur News Roundups South Korea startups

China Trending Upward For Fortune 500 Companies via MWI No.

Mark Birch

No surprises here but it is interesting to take note of South Korea’s rise. Fortune 500 business China South Korea Asia China Trending Upward For Fortune 500 Companies via MWI.

[Infographic] How The Digital World Fuels The Physical Economy


But India, China and South Korea are poised to take larger slices of the Internet pie with the largest growth in the global web ecosystem. How important is the Internet to the world’s economy? Plenty, as you can imagine. Consider this: the Internet accounts for 3.4%

"“It’s ironic, in a country that is widely recognized for its advanced digital infrastructure, that."

Mark Birch

“ “It’s ironic, in a country that is widely recognized for its advanced digital infrastructure, that there are so many restrictions on the Internet in Korea,” said Kim Keechang, a law professor at Korea University who is writing a book on Internet regulation in South Korea. South Korea is one of the few major markets where Google is not the leading search engine. South Korea Internet tech digital search Naver Google

Entrepreneurs Should Think More Like Athletes

Inc Startups

Read on for his thoughts on fostering entrepreurship abroad, what makes America special, and why Seoul, South Korea is a city to watch. I''m really impressed with what''s going on in South Korea right now.

And Then They Came for Me …

Both Sides of the Table

The fact that he called on nations like South Korea or Saudi Arabia to have their own nuclear weapons? Yesterday was Halloween in the United States where children dress up and try to scare people as they “trick-or-treat” for candy.

8 Tips On Intercultural Communication And International Etiquette To Create Successful Business Relationships In Asia


For years I’ve studied the cultures in 10 Asian countries: China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar (formerly Burma), the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan. By Sharon Schweitzer, J.D.,

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Does Alternative Finance Exist In Singapore And Hong Kong?


In Asia Pacific, the volumes in alternative finance have come from South Korea and China. The biggest player in South Korea is Money Auction, and the largest P2P lender in Japan is maneo Inc. by Anthony Coundouris , trade finance evangelist for ApexPeak.

The Case for Optimism and Risk at Startups

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I was fortunate enough recently to be invited to a private sitting with the president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, along with 18 other entrepreneurs. What makes America great, as I told the president of South Korea, is our willingness to accept failure.

While South Korea Named As Top Tech Market, Nordics Remain The Land Of Promise For Startups


The top spot belongs to South Korea. This is by no means surprising given the fact that South Korea has: 91% mobile broadband penetration (highest globally).

SparkLabs Unveils $30 Million Seed Fund

Inc Startups

When SparkLabs launched, it was with the goal of nurturing South Korea''s growing start-up community. To date, SparkLabs has invested in 16 start-ups, most of which are in South Korea and founded by people who were born or educated in America.

Founders on a Mission

K9 Ventures

Sooinn had over a decade of experience working in the game industry in South Korea. She is Asian (South Korean). And I would like to welcome Softbank Ventures Korea and TAL Education group on board this journey and mission.

Here are The Missing Positives of This Election

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Liberia, Argentina, Bangladesh, Lithuania, Trinidad, Brazil, Kosovo, Slovenia, Denmark, Jamaica, South Korea, Norway, Poland & Croatia. It’s hard to feel any positives these days: We’re in the eye of the storm. We’re at peak anxiety. Maximum rancor.

The Returnees: Why U.S. Entrepreneurs are Going Back to Korea

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Born in South Korea, Shin moved to suburban Washington, D.C., Ticket Monster is based in Seoul, South Korea. A few weeks later, President Lee gave a radio address in which he sang Shin's praises and urged the youth of South Korea to follow his example. (In

Why It’s OK to Show Your Anger

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 —  @realdonaldtrump He’s a Foreign Policy Idiot He has said that he thinks non-nuclear countries should have their own nuclear weapons and specifically said he has no problem if South Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia go nuclear.


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I was at a private meeting with 20 people and the president of South Korea and she was asking us what we thought made the US tech ecosystem so great. She said that Korea really wants to build a “creative economy” and that understanding why the US is so innovative was important to her. Failure. It smells. People are afraid of it. It’s like cancer.

International Do’s and Don’ts For the Traveling Entrepreneur

Up and Running

The infamous handshake between Bill Gates and South Korean President Park Geun-hye. A perfect example: Bill Gates once shook hands with the President of South Korea (pictured above) and he absent-mindedly kept his left hand in his pocket.

Welcoming the Newest Partner to Upfront Ventures

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Kevin not only built relationships with many of the younger, more emerging professionals in all of the US funds but he has also developed a very active investor relationships with Asian funds in particular in Japan, South Korea and China and in Northern Europe.

Jack Nicklaus Course Picked to Thwart North Korean Missiles


Chad By Kanga Kong (Bloomberg) -- A Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course in South Korea was picked Friday as the new site for a U.S. The missile defense system will now be located nearby at the Lotte Group’s Skyhill Country Club, according to South Korea’s Defense Ministry. China and Russia remain opposed to Thaad as they believe it will destabilize the region, with Beijing considering economic retaliation if South Korea deploys the missile shield.

11 cities in 3 months: The highs and lows of digital nomad lifestyle

Seoul, South Korea (Jan 11th → Jan 18th). April 2014 - May 2014: Cape Town, South Africa. A final example is that when Brian and I were in Seoul, we visited the North/South Korea demilitarized zone and I was very motivated to learn about the history of Korea while I was there.

International Expansion: How Video Streaming Can Aid Your Business

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

This is due to the current popularity of Asia as an outsourcing destination, which has resulted in positive economic benefits for the various economies in the region, particularly China, Taiwan, South Korea, India, and the Philippines. Over the past few years, consumer spending has significantly decreased within the markets of the U.S., and Western Europe, yet has significantly increased within China and other Asian countries.

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Cities Built Around Airports (and China Fact of the Day)

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Soon to join that global competition are planned mega-airports/cities right out of the Kasarda playbook: the “aerotropolis emirates” of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha, where ambitious monarchs are “playing SimCity for real”; and South Korea’s stunning New Songdo City, a metropolis built around an airport built on a man-made island—a “pocket Manhattan” designed to rival Hong Kong for the cargo connectivity to mainland China that it offers the world economy.

[Asia] Asian Attitudes Towards Creativity And Education Differ: Adobe Study


That number is 66% in India and 62% in Southeast Asia but only 53% in Greater China and 50% in South Korea. This compares to Southeast Asia’s 62% and 58% in Australia-New Zealand, yet garnered only 45% in South Korea.

Top 25 Technology Blogs In 2016 You Need To Follow

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He is an award-winning biology and technology teacher from Kansas who spent time teaching in South Korea and Colombia as well. “You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right.

Growing Smaller: How Smaller Retailers Are Thinking Beyond Fashion Weeks For #fashion To Compete


by Raj Subramaniam, Executive Vice President, Global Marketing and Communications, FedEx Services. Like many reading this, I’m always intrigued by the small business owners I meet across the world, many running generations-old boutiques selling one-of-a-kind treasures.

Jimin Kang wins Symetra Tour event

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AP) — South Korea's Jimin Kang won the Mission Health Wellness Classic on Sunday for her fourth career Symetra Tour title and first since 2004 ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP)

Collective vs. Individual Action

Growthink Blog

Well how about Mexico, Brazil and South Korea all growing faster than 4%? So much of the challenge that both entrepreneurs and investors face in earning return on time and capital is driven by the low growth rate of the economy as a whole. GNP growth, after averaging 3.6%

Beta Family embraces new iOS testing workflows


A Korean app developer, GameBerry was releasing ten apps and used Beta Family to show the government of South Korea for funding purposes that their apps were high enough quality to compete in the American, Japanese, and Chinese markets by sourcing testers from those regions.

Why haven’t European investors fully accepted the ‘failure is good’ mentality yet?

The Next Web

Andrea Francis is a growth-hacking oriented marketer who loves to work with startups. She currently works for Twoodo and is helping out at FailConNL , embracing failure as a learning experience ( Amsterdam, March 4th ).

Remains of man killed in Korean War being returned to NC

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

AP) — A Winston-Salem man has learned that the remains of his brother have been found and are being returned from South Korea, where he disappeared in 1951 during the Korean War WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP)

4 Global Innovations You Need to See Now

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A Smart Wristwatch For The Hard Of Hearing scs1000 moneual, South Korea Moneual, an electronics manufacturer, has a new take on the smart watch. A bike that was once a box, a lamp lit by weights, and more. A Bicycle Made Of Cardboard (featured above) Alfa bike I.G.

Why Do We Expect So Little of Our Youth?

Mark Birch

Take this gem for example: It’s true that students in Finland, South Korea and Canada score better on mathematics tests.

Two (very different, but very true) signs that games are MASSIVE

Jeff Hilimire

As well as backbreaking mining toil, he carved chopsticks and toothpicks out of planks of wood until his hands were raw and assembled car seat covers that the prison exported to South Korea and Japan. I spend a lot of time these days studying the gaming industry. I’ve read a few books on the subject recently and am almost finished with another. And I actively keep up with trends in the space. Here are two stories that continue to remind me just how big this industry is.

5 Singapore Industries In Which To Get Rich


To a certain extent, Singapore is competing with countries like South Korea in that regard, which is only going to stimulate development in the biotech sector of Singapore further. by Rhys Arkins, founder of Key Location.

When Small Businesses Meet Big Opportunities


In China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain and Taiwan, exporting SMEs are roughly twice as likely to report such rapid growth compared to their non-exporting counterparts, while exporting SMEs in Brazil, Colombia and India are between 1.1-1.3

Does America Have the Best Start-Up Culture?

Inc Startups

Australia, Canada, South Korea, and the United Kingdom rounded out the list, which surveyed 1,500 entrepreneurs worldwide. Entrepreneurial Culture To no one''s surprise, the "Land of Opportunity" ranked first in this category, with South Korea in second and Canada in third.