Thanks to the ever-interesting sgentrepreneurs for pointing me to this short video of Professor Wong Poh Kam, Director of the NUS Entrepreneurship Centre and international angel investor. Speaking at Open Web Asia 2010, he says the words I love to hear: Southeast Asia is too fragmented, and investors & companies alike need to start looking at the region as a whole. Given the size of larger Asian markets and Western VCs’ neglect of Southeast Asia, “cross-border investment will improve the position and growth opportunities of our startups”. He also mentions that while government funding support can help (and is quite generous in Malaysia) the region needs to build the entire chain, including more angels, VCs and mentors.

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