January 22, 2008
Written by C.N.
One of my primary areas of research is entrepreneurship and self-employment, primarily among Asian Americans (but as the world and the U.S. in particular become more globalized, increasingly there is much overlap between Asian Americans and Asians and their transnational ventures).
As a reflection of that, BusinessWeek magazine has just named its Top 25 Young Asian Entrepreneurs (age 30 and younger) and among that list of 25, at least one-quarter of them seem to have these kinds of direct Asia-Asian America ties, led by Nguyen Minh Tri, a Vietnamese internet social networking entrepreneur.
Others at the top of BusinessWeek’s list are Saloni Malhotra from India (founder and CEO of DesiCrew Solutions, a “a non-urban, socially motivated” business-process outsourcing company”), Ari Sudradjat (founder of PT Braincode Solution in Jakarta, providing content services to Indonesian telecom operators), and Leon Ho (founder of Stepcase and Lifehack.org, both being “productivity solution companies”).
The full list is located at http://images.businessweek.com/ss/07/11/1115_young_entp/source/27.htm. It’s pretty safe to say that entrepreneurship is more than just alive and well in Asia, but that from all accounts, it is just beginning to explode and make a major impact in the international global market.
With that in mind, I think Asian Americans are especially poised to be a significant force in this burgeoning wave, as they leverage their Asian and American knowledge, skills, and networks to transcend traditional geographic and cultural boundaries. It’s definitely a trend worth keeping an eye on.
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