Viet Nam News Khánh Dương HÀ NỘI — What’s the best way to explore a city from a local point of view? For Vũ Thái An, the CEO of a tourism start-up, it’s travelling with local people. About five years ago before starting her masters in Manchester, An took a tour around Việt Nam as a backpacker with two Canadian friends. During the trip, she realised there was a market for helping foreign backpackers to avoid tourist traps and experience true Vietnamese life. Most tours and individual trips don’t offer this experience and cost more than necessary with restricted schedules. An nurtured the dream of connecting foreign tourists with locals in Việt Nam while she was completing her master’s degree, and when she returned a year ago, she made that dream a reality with Vietnamese and British friends by setting up Tubudd, a digital platform connecting travellers and local people. Like searching for … [Read more...] about Innovative start-ups exploit technology to unlock tourism potential
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Viet Nam News Kiều Vân Many parents were encouraging their children to work early even though they are still in school. Is this a negative thing or does it teach youngsters the value of earning a living? Recently, Bảo Ngọc, 11, from Tuyên Quang City in the north of Việt Nam, went on the game show Shark Tank. She pitched an idea for an online food agency, chè bưởi (sweet soup made from grapefruit peel, coconut and sugar). Despite her tender age, she received an investment of VNĐ300 million (US$12,890) from two investors for a 30 per cent stake in the company. The teeny businesswoman didn’t hide the desire to work with all four Sharks and the dream of becoming a successful and intelligent investor as Shark Linh. Ngọc said she started her career at the age of seven with about 20 cups of chè bưởi mainly sold to friends and relatives. She developed her business through Facebook and now sells around … [Read more...] about It is too much send out kids to work?
While cleaning his house, Pham Ngoc Hoang Huy, 28, found many of his old books across the corners of his room. It would have been a waste to throw the books away, Huy thought, but he didn’t know what to do with them. Huy shared his problem with his friends, Huynh Quang Dung and Loc Nguyen, and it marked the birth of Sach Chuyen Tay. Initially, Sach Chuyen Tay was a small group where members shared their books with each other. However, the group quickly received great support from book borrowers and others who were willing to donate their books. The project team has developed a book transfer system, making books accessible to anyone who is interested. Anyone who wants to borrow a book from Sach Chuyen Tay’s online library can submit their request by registering their information including name, phone number, email and address. The borrower will then receive the book through the postal service for free. A reminder message will be sent to the borrower after one week to remind … [Read more...] about Youth project helps to spread reading culture in community
Bui Mai Phuong is an avid online shopper, ordering anything from clothing to personal-care products from her smartphone. But she prefers to pay with cash. She is among hundreds of millions of people whom firms such as Softbank Group-backed Grab and China’s Tencent want to win over as they try to tap into Southeast Asia’s burgeoning internet sector. More than 70 percent of the region’s 600 million-plus people do not use banks - higher than the global average of about 30 percent - and e-commerce is projected to hit $88 billion by 2025. But convincing consumers like Phuong, who lives in Hanoi, could be tricky. “I have never tried using mobile payments because I don’t know how to use it and it seems a bit complicated to use,” said Phuong, 36, a manager at a construction material supplier in Vietnam. Mobile payments are ubiquitous in China; a consumer can spend a day without using cash at all in Beijing or Shanghai, and even some beggars accept mobile … [Read more...] about Mobile payment firms struggle to dethrone cash in Southeast Asia
Betting firm Smarkets has adopted a radical pay transparency policy, through which staff can see colleagues' salaries and have pay rise requests endorsed by peers. - AFP Betting firm Smarkets has adopted a radical pay transparency policy, through which staff can see colleagues' salaries and have pay rise requests endorsed by peers. "Most people get what they ask for," said Angeline Mulet-Marquis, a software engineer at Smarkets. In a company where increases of 10 to 30 per cent are common, Mulet-Marquis received the 12 per cent more she asked for - as all of her colleagues could see on the internal website. Recently graduated engineers are paid a salary of around £45,000 (US$63,080) at Smarkets, which rises to six-figure salaries for highly qualified senior engineers. Despite London's reputation as a hub for start-ups and a global business centre, such openness about salaries is rare in the British capital. Within view of the city's famous Tower Bridge, the Smarkets office … [Read more...] about London firm revamps pay by letting staff set salaries