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Playing games to jump-start managers’ creative minds

Kazumoria Ra, managing director of MKJ International Education Center, which provides corporate training for working adults in Yangon, is helping mid-level managers learn how to think outside the box and make quick decisions when faced with workplace challenges in Myanmar. “I came to Myanmar for the first time in 2003 to participate in a project […]

Facebook, whatsapp target fake news for asia’s election season, but is it too little, too late?

Facebook and its subsidiary WhatsApp have promised to get tougher on “fake news” ahead of key elections in Asia, but critics question whether the new policies can stop viral disinformation from influencing the outcomes. Both companies have faced outrage over issues related to misuse and accountability, and this year’s polls could prove a crucial test […]

Q&A: Director of ABC Convenience Stores Wai Thit Lwin

The managing director of the ABC convenience store chain Wai Thit Lwin has been a force in Myanmar business since the age of 18. Among her roles are founder of Bella Cosmetics and executive director of TMW Group of Companies, whose portfolio includes hotels and marketing for brands such as Sony and LG. She talks […]

The Unprecedented Explosion of Smartphones in Myanmar

Outside the offices of an internet startup called nexlabs, a snarl of honking cars and rickshaws grinds to a standstill on a trash-strewn street lined with crumbling buildings. Inside, though, the scene could be straight out of Silicon Valley. Programmers in t-shirts and jeans tap away at laptops beneath posters exhorting them to “Innovate” and […]

Development banks supplement roads and bridges with digital finance

• Building roads and bridges is still important for World Bank’s IFC, but digitally linking people is rising in significance. • IFC has disbursed $205 million to date into 29 financial technology investments; creating over 4,800 jobs in three years. • Digitally connecting people through new services has created new economic and employment opportunities. Multilateral […]

Promises and Pitfalls in Cambodia’s Online Business World

PHNOM PENH — As he described his search for funding for Khmerload, a digital media company touted as Cambodia’s version of BuzzFeed, chief executive Vichet In recounted an arduous struggle. “We sent an email to 10 [venture capitalists] — no reply. We talked to a few investors — there was no interest. They couldn’t believe […]

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 […]

Entrepreneurship week hits nine Myanmar cities

Myanmar’s democratic transition has made chasing down dreams a bit easier for entrepreneurs, according to the president of the Myanmar Young Entrepreneurs’ Association (MYEA). The key difference since Myanmar began to open up is that now, with a good idea and enough capital, “you can do it”, said U Wai Phyo at a media roundtable […]

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 […]