Silicon Valley school comes to Yangon

Budding entrepreneurs dreaming about quitting day jobs to found successful start-ups will soon have access to a Silicon Valley-designed training school that aims to help them do just that. Yangon-based innovation lab Phandeeyar is opening a Myanmar chapter of the California-based Founder Institute to cater to what it says is a huge pool of local […]

How mobile tech is flowering in the land of ‘keepy-uppy’

U Myint Kyaw Thu says he wanted to make games since he was a five-year-old playing Nintendo. But growing up in Burma, now Myanmar, there was no internet and precious few mobile phones. So when he founded Total Gameplay Studio with his brother in 2005, he had to develop games for international buyers, sometimes living […]

There’s an App For That (in Myanmar)

Emerging from years of censorship to capitalize on growing demand for local apps, developers jump straight to mobile. In 2004, the same year Facebook was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his college roommates, an 18-year-old in Yangon was hard at work on Myanmar’s first smartphone app. Their lives couldn’t have been more different. While Silicon […]

ANZ and Woodside lead the investment in Myanmar

It’s closing in on midnight when our taxi pulls up outside a run-down apartment block on the edge of central business district of Myanmar’s commercial hub and former capital Yangon. The attendant lounging on a chair out front, shows us up a short flight of stairs to the entrance; down the end of the corridor, […]

Myanmar Start Up Guide for E-Entrepreneurs

Harald Friedl tells you all you need to know to set up shop in Myanmar — Asia’s new frontier market Myanmar. The Myanmar Startup Guide is an attempt to describe the emerging startup space in Myanmar. From a closed, military-dominated, bureaucratic environment, Myanmar is very quickly embracing an openness to business, and firms, both large […]

Tech Scene in Myanmar Hinges on Cellphone Grid

YANGON, Myanmar — Images of Steven P. Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg adorn the walls of Myo Myint Kyaw’s creative digital agency. He says they inspire him. But he imagines neither man ever worked in an environment where Internet connections were so unreliable that a “file transfer” often involved delivering electronic documents across town by taxi. […]

Myanmar’s advertising industry running catch up

As international brands storm the market and local companies realize the need to step up their game for consumers now faced with more choices than ever before, there has been an explosion in the advertising and marketing sector in Myanmar. Media has opened up and digital marketing is becoming a very near reality, making the […]