Last week, I have covered the very general concept of startup & investment definition and type of startup investment in Vietnam. This article’s main purpose is to show you key peoples, events and resources that I think you need to know in Vietnamese market.

Key investors:

Henry Nguyen - Managing General Partner of IDG Ventures Vietnam

Henry (Hoang) Nguyen currently serves as the Managing General Partner of IDG Ventures Vietnam. Prior to joining IDG Ventures, Henry was an Associate at Goldman Sachs in the Technology group in New York and an NIH Neurodevelopment Research Fellow and Northwestern University. While attending medical school, Henry collaborated in the formation of S2S Medical Publishing, which published books, test prep and learning materials directed towards medical students and physicians-in-training. After S2S Medical Publishing was sold to Blackwell Science, he also helped found, a distance-learning platform for medical students and medical professionals. Henry graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, which he attended as a Harvard National Scholar, in 1995 with a BA in Classics. After Harvard, Henry earned his MD and MBA from Northwestern University Medical School and the Kellogg School of Management in Chicago, Illinois. He is a member of the Young Global Leaders program of the World Economic Forum and is an Asia Society, Asia 21 Leader. Henry also is an advisory board member of Operation Smile in Vietnam. Henry is an avid fan of music and you can often find him listening to rock and jazz favorites. In addition to music, he is also a big fan or sports, including lacrosse, football, and golf.

Mr. Nguyen Manh Dung worked in a Japanese manufacturing company, in charge of import & export department. Also he worked in the biggest software company in Vietnam, experienced several projects to develop Japanese market. He decided to study abroad to Japan and he researched finance and economy. April 2009, he joined CyberAgent Investment, Inc. Now the name of company has changed to CyberAgent Ventures, Inc. He is in charge of the investment activities and management support for venture capitals in Vietnam. He has invested in more than 12 companies so far, and succeeded in exiting 1 company. Graduated from Foreign Trade University in Hanoi, Vietnam and Graduated School of Economics in Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan.

Duy Le, General Partner of PVNI

Duy brings to PVNI with more than 12 years of experience in operating global software delivery organization at various leadership positions and more than 4 years of experience in consulting and funding startups in Vietnam. His industry base includes IT/IS, tourism, healthcare, financial services, telco, garment and consumer services. Duy is currently the Vice President of Delivery Services at CSC Vietnam where he provides oversight and leadership over approximately its project portfolio and delivery operations of 700 direct and indirect reports. Out of 9 years serving CSC, Duy worked in the United States for more than 3 years while working on his MBA program at Kennesaw State University (KSU). Duy started his professional career with a small local software company in 1999, when he was still the second year student. During that time he helped set up several ventures including TravelToVietnam, an online travel services for foreigners that want to go to Vietnam. Graduated in 2003 with good standing, he developed his career further with one of the top software outsourcing companies in Vietnam, which was eventually acquired by CSC. Duy has been consulting and helping various early-stage ventures in Vietnam, as an effort to help young entrepreneur to build and run the business in a better way. He also did occassional angel investments as well as led Seed, Series A and later rounds of funding. Duy holds good academic record with two times winning the National Prize in IT for Talented High School Students (1997 and 1998) and various notable awards and recognitions (Eureka, Local IT Talent, etc.) He earned a free entrance to the university of his choice, University of Technology in Ho Chi Minh city, where he earned his BS in Computer Science.

Christopher Quang Zobrist

Christopher Quang Zobrist started his professional career as an entrepreneur, and now has over 12 years of experience building technology businesses in both developed and developing economies. He now serves as the Deputy Director of the John von Neumann Institute’s Innovation, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Programs at Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City. Through this position and as an active angel investor, he is leading the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Vietnam. Currently, Mr. Zobrist is leading the design and implementation of World Bank funded projects to create a scalable and sustainable co-working, co-incubation, and seed acceleration network in Vietnam. Mr. Zobrist received his Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from UC Berkeley with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development, and a Masters in Business Administration from UC Davis with a concentration in International Business and Innovation. He is a Certified Incubation Management Trainer at the World Bank’s Infodev Division and Asia Pacific Incubation Network, and is a member of the Kauffman Global Partners Network. He is currently based in Ho Chi Minh City, and is focused on developing high-impact entrepreneurs in Vietnam as well as building connections between Vietnam and the global entrepreneur ecosystem.

Key tech-blogger

Anh-Minh Do - Blogger of TechInAsia

Minh juggles keeping his pulse on Vietnam’s start-up, social media and technology scenes while keeping his eye on the budding Southeast Asian web-influenced cultures. His main areas of research include social media, apps, start-up, online marketing, web culture and events. He’s currently based in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. He has more than 144 posts about Vietnamese start-up market and also doing MC & event organizing like Tech Tuesday, Web Wednesday and Barcamp Saigon. He is also an active user on Quora and have broad range of knowledge related to Zen, Buddhism and Neuroscience.

Ngân Sâu - Founder of acts like a liaison between startup company and key events. If you want to know most updated tech event in SaiGon, is definitely a place you should go.

Key event

Startup Vietnam Conference

The Startup Vietnam Conference (SVC) is an annual event that helps to inspire action within the Vietnam Startup Community. Last year, their featured speakers are from all over the world such as Chuck Eesley - Professor of Entrepreneurship from Stanford, Ray Wu- ambassador of JFDI Singapore, Rodrigo Martinez-serial entrepreneurs.

Tech Tuesday & Web Wednesday

Web Wednesday is a regular networking event for anyone who works within or is interested to learn about Digital media and Internet industry in Vietnam. They are trying to organize preferably at the last Wednesday of every month with a variety of topics and guest speakers. Their recent topics are: Big Data, Gamification & Leadership for Startup

Start Me Up

Start Me Up is the monthly startup event in Sai Gon featuring founders, venture capitalists, investors, representative from big companies around South East Asia and Silicon Valley. The do fireside chat, panel discussion, startup seminar, movie screening with prestigious speakers from Golden Gates Ventures, TechInAsia, JFDI Singapore, SoftLayer, VietnamWorks, etc.

Next topic: Online resources on entrepreneurship and business skills

Curated by Tommy Ly

Tommy Ly