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Welcome to YellowBlocks' February Curated Newsletter!
We are here to share news and activities in the world of emerging tech and startup communities.

TheVerge: The outbreak shows that what impacts China impacts everything
The tech sector is currently feeling the impact of the coronavirus with companies closing offices, stores, and factories in China as well as restricting employees travel to the country. Moreover, the  variety of short and long-term effects are anticipated, from postponed events to companies potentially missing a holiday launch target due to the nationwide office closures.

In this self-isolation, it may be the best time to sit down and digest the news, research to gain more industry insights. Read till the end to find out our suggestions.


It's not about who's leading, but who's participating. We are working day and night to connect the connectors - the key stakeholders in Vietnam, SEA, and global ecosystems.

Take a quick look at what we have achieved in the previous month (our November newsletter can be found here)...
Signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Austrian Federal Economic Chamber in November 2019, under the witnesses of 25 high-profile guests including ecosystem builders, investors, incubators/accelerators and mentors from Austria and Vietnam. By signing this MOU, both sides agreed the mutual wish to establish a closer relationship to promote the interests of start-ups, enterprises, firms, organizations and entrepreneurs of Austria and Vietnam.
Successfully curated TechFest - Vietnam Frontier Tech Summit 2019 
The event took place with more than 8,000 participants, 250 connections and investment interest reached nearly 14 million USD and many other noticeable results. [READ THE RECAP]

Below are some highlights of the event:
- Joined the VVIP discussion with government to broaden the impacts on the innovation and startup ecosystem in Vietnam
- In the strategic partnership between North Ridge Partners and YellowBlocks, we are grateful to announce the Vietnamese version of 2019 SEA Internet Trends Report. The 2019 Southeast Asia Internet Trends Report released at TechCrunch Shenzhen by North Ridge Partners and Technode provides a comprehensive overview of the regional technology market – a ‘one stop’ guide on regional technology strategies, geographies, investors and companies and beyond.
- Explored the power of frontier technologies as ABCD (AI – Blockchain – Cloud – Data), Smart Cities, and Digital Transformation.
Hello Vietnam Series 1Beneath these sweeping developments of the rising dragon, Vietnam
Since initiating its economic renewal policy in 1986, Vietnam is continuing its remarkable journey of development from one of the world’s poorest countries 30 years ago to a booming country among Asia’s most promising. In a report conducted by PwC, Vietnam could rank among the world’s top twenty economies and reach Asia’s top ten economies by 2050.

The factors driving these major developments will be discussed by YellowBlocks in the Hello Vietnam Series 1. The series looks to identify, connect, and unite the world’s most distinguished global change-makers willing to co-create value to benefit the future of Vietnam.
Available episodes
S1E1: VIETNAM - RIGHT TIME AND RIGHT PLACE TO BE (featured Peter Vesterbacka from Angry Birds)
S1E2: VIETNAM - YOU’RE THE FUTURE OF ECONOMY (featured Peter Chun from World Smart Cities Forum)
S1E3: VIETNAM - THE COUNTRY OF HUSTLE (featured Bill Reichert from Pegasus Tech Ventures)
S1E4: RESHAPE THE IDENTITY OF VIETNAM (featured Tony Wheeler from ImagineX Ventures)

       Watch now on Youtube       

YellowBlocks x Kr-Asia
Doan Kieu My (Kimiko), our founder is featured on Kr-Asia (a digital media company reporting on the most promising technology-driven businesses and trends across the Asia-Pacific region) and sharing about her vision on YellowBlocks to link up entities working in emerging technologies in Vietnam and abroad.  [READ FULL ARTICLE]  
YellowBlocks x Bao Dau Tu (the Investment Magazine)
Our founder Doan Kieu My was featured in the special Tet Edition of Bao Dau Tu (the Investment Magazine) (under Ministry of Planning and Investment of Vietnam) as one of the 50+ entrepreneurs from various sectors - sharing the spirit of Dreaming and Taking action for a better Vietnam everyday.  [READ FULL ARTICLE IN VIETNAMESE]  
YellowBlocks x Nhip Cau Dau Tu (the Business Review)
It was our honor to contribute article on Vietnam Digital Transformation Landscape to Nhip Cau Dau Tu - The Business Review. This article was featured on the New Year's Special Edition.  [READ FULL ARTICLE IN VIETNAMESE]  
You have in mind a great topic or service and would like to feature in our video, article or newsletter series?     

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 5-8 | The Global Victoria's Women's Business Summit (GVw 2020)
It's our privilege to receive the special invitation from the Victoria's state government. As the only invited delegate in Vietnam, YellowBlocks is also proud to nominate other two influential women in STEM and International Business from Vietnam to join the GVw 2020 in Melbourne.
Staged over four full days in March, GVw 2020 is an inaugural all-women business summit and marks the pinnacle of a 90-day festival in Melbourne celebrating women in global business who continue to champion for a gender-inclusive business world. [READ MORE]

(*) FYI: Victoria is one of the world’s most open and progressive societies for women in international business, women in government, women in industry and women in sport. The Victorian Government has been the most active state government in championing opportunities for women in international business. GVw marks their ongoing commitment and passion to promote opportunities for Victorian women to make new connections and develop global partnerships.
It is with great pleasure to announce that we formed the partnership with Singapore Management University (SMU) - the third public university in Singapore. SMU is a specialized university in business management. 
To mark this special occasion, we would like to introduce to you about the SMU Internship Program 2020.  This 10-week internship aims to provide students with deeper cross-cultural appreciation of business practices and research, while providing an excellent source of highly-motivated, career-minded individuals for employers. The program covers global, especially in Southeast Asia. 


     Contact directly to the Program Manager       



Building on 2019 successes, 2020 will be a begin of a decade for emerging technologies adoption. 
And February is a perfect time to get inspired! Below are the two one-stop reports that bring you the overview of technology markets in SEA and particularly in Vietnam.
2019 Southeast Asia Internet Trends Report  (Vietnamese Version) 

The 2019 Southeast Asia Internet Trends Report launched by North Ridge Partners, which provides a comprehensive overview of the regional technology market – a ‘one stop’ guide on regional technology strategies, geographies, investors and companies. It also gives the lowdown on what’s happening, who’s doing what and an insight into the companies to watch. Moreover, to mark the partnership of North Ridge Partners and YellowBlocks, we are grateful to release the Vietnamese version of the report dedicated to Vietnam's Internet market.
Read now on Issuu
White Paper: Large enterprises of Vietnam and Challenges to growth in 2020 (Bilingual Version) 

The content of the Report focuses mainly on analyzing the actual capacity of large Vietnamese enterprises in the context of extensive integration and the spread of the industrial revolution 4.0. In order to have the most objective and specific view, the report is not only based on the analysis and evaluation of economic, experts but also in feedback from large enterprises in the VNR500 Ranking List.

       Read more       

We hope you enjoyed today's tour of what's new in the world of technologies communities.
If you are interested in joining/ sponsoring these projects or get featured in our Newsletter, please reply to this email :)
Best regards,
Kimiko Doan,
Founder, YellowBlocks
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