Vietnamese start-ups should target domestic market: Google CEO

Wednesday, Dec 23, 2015 08:20

Google CEO Sundar Pichai has a talk with about 200 people, mainly Vietnamese tech start-ups in Ha Noi on December 22. — Photo

HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Google CEO Sundar Pichai recommended to Vietnamese start-ups that they focus on the domestic market first before thinking of reaching out to the world.

The CEO had a talk with about 200 people, mainly Vietnamese tech start-ups at a cafe in central Ha Noi on December 22.

According to Pichai, Viet Nam owns an advantageous initial basis for product development to become a big market in the future as the country has a nearly 100 million-population market with high Internet connectivity and Internet development in the top 10 nations of the world.

Citing the examples of China and India, the CEO said that many entrepreneurs in China had developed from inland before reaching globally.

"In the history of technology, many start-ups are emerging from nowhere, doing very well and are taking the market share of big companies. And it happens all the time," he said.

"Large enterprises have their own benefits. They can perform on large-scale problems, but young entrepreneurs or small companies also have their own advantages of doing things we have not done before."

Answering a question of how to have hierarchy products, Pichai said ideas were important.

Products are created when someone sees a problem in daily life and finds a solution for it, Pichai explained.

However, many products are made by not finding out what customers want, but from the own idea of programmers.

Besides, when developing products, it is necessary to give customers a trial use, then collect feedbacks in order to develop and complete products.

Sundar Pichai talks with Nguyen Ha Dong, the creator of Flappy Bird at the Tra Chanh (tea with lime) corner in Nha Tho Street, Ha Noi. — Photo

The leader also affirmed that Google wanted to expand their operations in Viet Nam by organising training courses for the Android community.

However, he said the company still needed time to learn more about the Vietnamese developer community.

The CEO also stressed that he would come back to Viet Nam in the future to learn and seek more opportunities for co-operation.

Earlier, during a meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Pichai also applauded Viet Nam's potential for IT development, as well as affirming that Viet Nam was an important market for Google.

Google will have a number of assistance projects for Viet Nam such as training for around 1,400 Vietnamese engineers and information technology specialists; promoting the country's tourism image; supporting small and medium enterprises in Viet Nam to access world market through e-commerce, and other projects related to education and training.

Pichai also met with Nguyen Ha Dong, the creator of Flappy Bird in Ha Noi, and saw the initial success of Vietnamese start-ups on a global scale.

The CEO also had a talk with Truong Gia Binh, chairman of FPT.

Grasping the chance, the chairman asked Google to support Viet Nam in the near future with three proposals.

Binh asked for Google's support in investing in IT training, inspiring young entrepreneurs and building Google Labs to boost Research and Development (R&D) activities in Viet Nam. — VNS

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