Developing the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Vietnam

When meeting someone for the first time, one is often asked, “So what do you do?”

Lately, I’ve had a difficult time answering this question.  In the last two years, I’ve taken on many different roles in many different organizations.  Most of these roles pay little to nothing.  Fortunately, I earn passive income from my other businesses, so I can afford the luxury of not needing to work for a salary.

Here’s my running list of activities and roles:

–       Deputy Director of the John von Neumann Institute’s Innovation, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship Programs (

–       Founder and President of SAVVi Investors Forum, an Early-Stage Investors Group focused on US and VN (

–       Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Vietnam National University ( and

–       Certified Incubation Management Trainer for The World Bank (Infodev) and Asia Pacific Incubation Network (

–       Founder and CEO of The START Center for Entrepreneurs (

All of these roles have one common theme, and that is to help entrepreneurs in Vietnam to be successful.

I recently made a mind-map of all of these activities:

Despite all of this, I am still at a loss as to how to answer the question, “What do I do?”  I’d welcome any suggestions.

If you’d like to get involved or learn more about these activities, please feel free to contact me.  We need all the help we can get. 🙂

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  1. @Phuong: Thanks! 🙂

    @Hilary: To answer this question, you can see the intro to my first post
    But basically, 1) I like the environment of Vietnam, it’s a young and
    emerging economy with many opportunities and areas for potential growth,
    and 2) I believe in the natural talent of Vietnamese people. My mother
    is Vietnamese, and she’s one of the most talented people I know. 😉

  2. Hi, since you’re talking about “Developing the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Vietnam”, it sounds live a “developer”. Have you considered adding web developer to your list ? 🙂

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