Entrepreneurs from Japan, India and China occupied the top 6 positions in Asia Internet Billionaires 2008. Hopefully, we will see a Malaysian on that list in the near future.
Talking about past and present, there are a few local young internet entrepreneurs that have already stamping their mark in Asia.
Two Malaysians were actually being shortlisted (top 25) in BusinessWeek Asia's Young Entrepreneur 2007, although it was eventually won by a Vietnamese.
Co-founded Nuffnang (Asian first blog advertising community) with Cheo Ming Shen, a Singaporean who was also being nominated.
Started Ping.sg (community meta blog for bloggers) in Singapore, but he is originated from Malaysia. Check out his interview here by Malaysia Entrepreneurs.
Apart from Timothy and U-Zyn who were nominated, no fewer people in Malaysia would have recognized Khailee and Josh, who are just as young and promising.
Ng Khai Lee
Founder of a few ventures, ex-strategist in MindValley. Won Asian HSBC Young Entrepreneur Award 2006.
Founder of Advertlets (blog advertising network).
Of course, not forgetting these old guns (they are not that old) that have been in local ICT scene for some years now.
Ganesh Kumar Bangah
Co-founder and CEO of MOL (payment service provider). Certified by the Malaysia Book of Records as The Youngest CEO of a Public Listed Company in Malaysia.
Co-founder and CEO of MACROKIOSK (mobile communication technology provider). Won Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2006.