Some Thoughts on Google vs China

Google has released an interesting statement today that in light of cyber security, they have decided not to censor search results on Google.CN and accept the possibility of shutting down the entire business operations if the Chinese government will not allow them to operate an unfiltered search engine. With a multi-national company of such magnitude having the possibility in moving out of China, what are the implications that one can explore in the realm of business? I will draw a couple of thoughts from history to examine this event. Continue reading Some Thoughts on Google vs China

Why and How Facebook should come to Southeast Asia

facebook Should Facebook set up an Asian HQ via establishing a presence in Southeast Asia? With recent statistics from Alexa, ComScore and O’Reilly Radar that demonstrates Facebook’s dominance as an online social networking site in the Southeast Asia market and a drip down effect into India, Cambodia and Vietnam, we provide the reasons why they should do so and the strategies how they can tackle a fragmented market like Southeast Asia. Continue reading Why and How Facebook should come to Southeast Asia

3 Reasons Why Google is launching the Chrome OS

The news is finally out: Google is to launch an operating system named as the Chrome OS (bearing the same name with the browser. As stated from the official Google blog: “The Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks…. will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010.” Note also that the OS will run on both X86 and ARM chips and the operating system is running on top of a Linux kernel. Here are the three reasons why Google has decided to launch an operating system in the midst of a crowded space of competitors of not just Windows but Mac OS X and Linux as well (from a business perspective): Continue reading 3 Reasons Why Google is launching the Chrome OS

Facebook has almost conquered Southeast Asia and why

facebook_logoTwo months back, I broke the story regarding Facebook overtaking Friendster in Malaysia and predicted that the surrounding countries in the region will also fall after. After looking at an updated world map of leading social networks in the globe (by Vincenzo Cosenza – translator of Facebook Marketing Bible in Italian), the domino effect is continuing across the whole of Southeast Asia. Facebook has now overtaken Friendster in Southeast except Thailand and Phillipines. Note that Hi5 is still the most dominant social network in Thailand, and Phillipines remains to be the last bastion for Friendster with their recent introduction of calling cards and mobile payments. How did that really happen given that Friendster received a fresh injection of funds from IDG Ventures SEA? Continue reading Facebook has almost conquered Southeast Asia and why

The Importance of Being Social – A Talk on Online Social Networks

socialnetworksIn this year’s For the coming UnConference 2009 organized by E27 team in the Biopolis, I will be doing a breakout session entitled “Much Ado about Social Networks in Asia” about online social networks in Asia. I will discuss the trends and observations emerging that I have seen from my experience in building an online private social network (SENATUS), investing in social networks (iHipo, Eteract) under Thymos Capital LLP and observing dominant home-grown social networks in Asia (CyWorld – Korea, Mixi – Japan and Xiaonei – China). This talk will assemble some of the material that I am currently for a sample chapter for a book that I am working on with two other authors. As a primer, I decide to present the slides on a talk which I have recently given in Barcamp KL 2009 entitled “The Importance of Being Social” (which was featured on Slideshare as the Presentation of the Day) where I presented a framework to understand social networks and a whacky idea to how a next generation Linkedin (based on a weighted social network idea) might look like. In this earlier talk, I discuss (i) the context of online social networks – why some have succeeded and some have failed and used CyWorld as an example of one which succeeded in Korea and failed in Germany and US, (ii) the technology of online social networks – why different features make an online social network platform different in its earlier days since (the first online social network), and (iii) the business behind online social networks – why some Asian based social networks particularly in East Asia are trouncing their American counterparts. If you think that I am going to replicate this talk for Unconference 2009, let me tell you that the talk I will be giving will be slightly different in what I have presented.