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/ November 4, 2016 / Comments Off on TekHub: new co-working space for Cambodian tech startups

TekHub: new co-working space for Cambodian tech startups

The Cambodia Daily’s Hang Sokunthea quoted me in her latest about ‘Incubator Opens a New Home for Tech Startups.’

Bun Tharum, a tech blogger and communications specialist, said the hub provides a “great combination of hybrid resources where new and successful startups continue to grow organically.”
“TekHub might be an ideal place where tech startups can benefit the development and nonprofit sector as they tend to execute fast,” he said. “This is something you don’t find in the nonprofit DNA—to improve and iterate if something doesn’t really work.”

My complete email interview:
I think the new Tekhub is a strategic collaboration. The Asia Foundation, the Impact Hub, and internet provider SINET are all a great combination of hybrid resources where new and successful startups can continue to grow organically. Tekhub might be an ideal place where tech startups can benefit the development and non-profit sector as they tend to execute fast. This is something you don’t find in the non-profit DNA to improve and iterate if something doesn’t really work. Tech startups can be a catalyst of change in this regard to come up with tools and business models for this so called sustainable development.

A lot of startup founders usually start working on their ideas from their bedroom and cafe. But a place where a good group of skilled people can ideate and collaborate is a just starting point to create social impact.

Full news story: Incubator Opens a New Home for Tech Startups
BY HANG SOKUNTHEA | NOVEMBER 4, 2016

/ October 28, 2016 / Comments Off on Jammed by traffic in Phnom Penh?

Jammed by traffic in Phnom Penh?

The thing about traffic jam is everyone on the street is jammed. You move so slow as if a snail is walking on the snow. No matter what car you drive, either a Toyota Corolla (1980) or an UberX or a Tesla Model 3, you share the same street. There is an exception, though. A flying car! 

A friend, Chhor Veyhong, nicely put it here: Traffic Jam in Phnom Penh.

/ October 21, 2016 / Comments Off on Brown Coffee Roastey TK

Brown Coffee Roastey TK

Brown Coffee’s newest outlet in Tuol Kork district, a few minutes from my home…

Classic
Brown’s Sumatra blend for cold-brew

/ October 17, 2016 / Comments Off on Khmer film event at the Chinese House in Phnom Penh

Khmer film event at the Chinese House in Phnom Penh

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7 years ago today

More photos here as copyrighted by Sweet Memory Studio.

/ October 14, 2016 / Comments Off on From Twitter to coffee chat with Jose B. Collazo

From Twitter to coffee chat with Jose B. Collazo

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Morning coffee chat with Jose B. Collazo, a self-claimed ‘accidental expat’, about Cambodian/US politics and how foreign businesses starting out in Phnom Penh. And of course, compared note on social media/communications landscape.
From Twitter chat to coffee chat. @josebcollazo thanks again for the coffee treat! A good chance to check out Starbucks flagship store Boeung Keng Kang 1.

Starbucks BKK, the Phnom Penh’s first flagship store by the American coffeehouse chain. Wondering whether Howard Schultz ever dreamed of opening the store in the far east country like Cambodia when he first started out.

To learn more about Starbucks, you might want to check out this book by Howard Schultz the CEO.
‘Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time’

/ October 7, 2016 / Comments Off on Professor Dumbledore to run Hogwarts University of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Cambodia?

Professor Dumbledore to run Hogwarts University of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Cambodia?

Phnom Penhers woke up with a major news story of the month, published by The Phnom Penh Daily Prophet, that professor Albus Dumbledore is trying to get a license to run Hogwarts University of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Cambodia. 

While the news remains very vague for the time being, people are curious about the curriculum. Will the students learn how the fly ‘up’ in the air with broomstick so that they can avoid the city traffic jam and flood after heavy rainfall?  Some people wonder how their Muggle kids are eligible to enroll the Hogwarts University. But one thing for sure, the main concern is “The Phnom Penn Central Station will have to expand in order to have platform 9 ¾.”

/ October 6, 2016 / Comments Off on Pathmazing: Cambodia’s tech giant

Pathmazing: Cambodia’s tech giant

Had a tour at Cambodia’s tech giant Pathmazing.
and its academy this morning. A large, open space where 80+ young Cambodian coders take on global projects and for clients like eBay. Some new in-house products for local market are coming out in a couple of months. The future of Cambodian tech sector is here in the heart of Phnom Penh. Thanks Steven Path for the amazing one hour tour.
Kounila Keo and I will try to catch up with you for lunch soon and we might be the early users of the your Tes Jor app.

/ October 4, 2016 / Comments Off on BarCamp Phnom Penh: 7 years ago today

BarCamp Phnom Penh: 7 years ago today

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The second of its series of Cambodia’s BarCamp
More photos here on my Google Photo album!

/ September 22, 2016 / Comments Off on 7 reasons Cambodians should spend more time on Facebook

7 reasons Cambodians should spend more time on Facebook

In Cambodia, Facebook is a new mainstream media. It’s for everyone.

1.

A lot of VIPs, riches, and elites want to have their voices heard. They’re willing to pay Facebook the king of social networking site to put their messages on the top of your news stream. The good thing is spending money to run advertisement or sponsored content on Facebook is super easy. If they run a billboard advertisement here, they have to spend extra for placing the ad. Facebook is of course the best place to see a variety of sponsored images you’re not supposed to see on TV. From grassroots NGOs to big businesses to prominent public figures/politicians/Oknhas, you’ll never ever miss what they want you to know.

2.

Facebook is more or less your Daily Prophet-like newspaper, which you can get and read news stories at your own peril. As in the J. K. Rowling’ Harry Potter books that the paper has its moving photographs, Facebook also offers you that feature.

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The more time you’d spend on Facebook, the better for Facebook, the man behind it, and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, whose ambition is to help you live longer to play Facebook. The Initiative has recently announced $3 billion investment to cure disease. More time of active users of the site means so much for Facebook to report to advertisers and shareholders.

4.

There are approximately 300 million photos uploaded to Facebook day in day out. So if you don’t spend too much of your spare time on the platform, those Facebookers who share their pictures won’t be happy as they don’t get many Likes.  This might translate into the decline of world’s happiness.

5.

There is no other place where you can see your friends come and go. They get so close to you when they need you. They like every status update your share, so that you feel they care about every second that’s happened to you. They also disappear whenever they wish to. So spend more time to Like and Love the status and photo updates from your Facebook friends (whether you’ve met in real world or not) to celebrate this whole new level of Facebook friendship.

6.

As your Facebook friends desperately want to share with you what’s happening on their end, you need to take every chance (in or out of your 9-5 job hour) you can to watch their live video stream. The less number of live stream viewers, the more disappointed your friend feel. Thus, always be the first to be there.

7.

To be able to serve you well, Facebook needs to know as much as possible about you. So spend more time on Facebook and keep sharing all the dots and details of your life.

7 more reasons as contributed by Prum Seila:

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You don’t need to spend much money on electricity for watching Thai/Korean soap drama on TV.

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You can respond to any news articles you don’t like by just reading only the news headlines, not clicking the link for full story.

3.

You can keep up your relationship with friends, long relatives who you rarely meet in real world by just clicking like on their photo or comment: cute cute.

4.

You can keep chatting between your friends or group who plan policy or solution to cope with issues.

5.

You can store unlimited cute pictures of your baby endlessly without worrying of burning your hard drive or PC. You might get hundred of likes within hours.

6.

Probably the only government on earth you can post your social concern or request for immediate intervention through Facebook Page of the government.

7.

You got no other reason of using the internet beside checking Facebook by reviewing posts from friends who are active in sharing politics, exotic traveling, and telling the world that you exist.


This is a major update to what I wrote in 2014: 12 reasons why Facebook so popular in Cambodia.

/ September 5, 2016 / Comments Off on How to avoid PariPenh traffic jam: the wizarding way

How to avoid PariPenh traffic jam: the wizarding way

In PariPenh in 2074–Whether there’s any terrible traffic jam or blocked roads for any reason, you can fly with the broomstick, just like the Nimbus 2000 that Harry Potter uses to play the Quiddit game. It’s super reliable with good speed and exceptional handling. 

Here’s how:

1. I open a new store where people can buy broomsticks to fly. The product is super good for those who want to avoid traffic jam and commute to work from home faster than ever. One down side is you cannot glue your eyes to Facebook newsfeed much while flying with the broomstick. If you love taking photos, you longer need a drone or UAV anymore. The flying broomstick is an all-in-one gear for the Witches and Wizards.

2. I also offer you a service to obtain broomstick plate number quicker. No need to stand in a queue to pay for the plate number. You buy the flying broomstick from my store, you get discount for the plate number. 

3. I open a capacity building program to train the muggles to be able to use magic spells to fly with the broomstick, the Nimbus 2000.