Startups in Myanmar Land of temples and tech

The startup culture germinates in an unlikely place REMARKABLE views greet visitors to Phandeeyar, an open-plan office and events space which sits atop a tower block in the centre of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city. Its north windows frame golden pagodas and colonial mansions; to the south weather-beaten cargo ships glide up the Yangon River. The […]

No employees, no office, and a handful of cash: how a Burmese entrepreneur’s dream came true

For a country where living standards scrape the bottom of the barrel, it’s hard to imagine that car prices in Myanmar were sky high a decade ago. Thanks to import restrictions imposed by the previous military regime in the early 2000s, a second-hand Toyota van used to cost about K100 million (US$97,000) in Myanmar. According […]