Malaysia is not renown for its technology entrepreneurs, but we are certainly creative in coining the term "technopreneur". If you don't already know, technopreneur is only widely used and recognized in Malaysia, even Google can prove this.
Go For Broke: Tales of Technopreneurship is an initiative by TeAM in partnership with MDEC and edited by Onn Yeoh. This book aims to share the success stories of 21 Malaysian technopreneurs and hopefully serves as an inspiration to encourage local technopreneurship.
I have to admit this is one of the better locally-published books I have read in a while, perhaps due to my personal interest in this area. However, let's be honest that not all stories are that impressive, and I am not benchmarking against those in Silicon Valley, or even Japan, Korea and China. Hey, not one of the 21 technopreneurs having an entry in Wikipedia, even Paul Tan has one! Still, hats off to all of them for their accomplishments, big or small.
Following is the list of all 21 technopreneurs (with their company and core business). If you are interested, grab the book to find out more about them. You can also read my own shortlist of Malaysia's internet entreprenuers.
Asia Stream Digital TV - video streaming
TMS Asia - knowledge management etc.
InfoValley - bioinformatics, biotech and medical informatics
BizSurf MSC - internet service provider *
Wei Chuan Beng
REDtone - IPTV, mobile and internet service provider *
Ingenious Haus - advisory, private equity and venture capital
Datuk Wan Mohamed Fasil Wan Mahmood
Mesiniaga - ICT solution and service provider
Ganesh Kumar Bangah
MOL AccessPortal - online payment service provider
MYGO Solutions - online game developer and service provider
Scicom - offshore business process outsourcing
Norbik Bashah Idris
Scan Associates - ICT security solution provider
Mindvault - IAM and IP consulting
The Red Snapper - wide area wireless broadband solution provider
Holista Biotech - natural supplement R&D and distribution
Technology Innovation Resources - ICT solution and service provider
Ionnex - mobile transaction and content delivery platform provider
HT Consulting - ICT consulting and outsourcing service provider
Netinfinium - IT marketing solution and service provider
Teoh Eng Kee
EKTECH Consulting - advanced CCTV product and solution provider
ISS Consulting - SAP consulting
Ship'n Track - e-fulfillment business process outsourcing
* awarded WIMAX spectrum by MCMC.
I rate this book at 3/5.
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