Approaching The Frontier: How One Entrepreneur Is Building The Future In Myanmar

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myanmarsquar2 It can be hard for even the strongest entrepreneurs to succeed in cutthroat Silicon Valley. But throw in simmering civil conflict , an almost non-existent Internet infrastructure , a military junta that is still in the early phases of transitioning to democratic rule , and developers more familiar with ColdFusion than Ruby on Rails, and one might reasonably think that it would be nearly impossible for any company, let alone an Internet startup, to succeed in such an environment.

For Rita Nguyen, though, this is the everyday life of building the first social network in Myanmar. Nguyen is no stranger to the region or its conflict, born in Vietnam during the war and eventually fleeing to Canada with her family after the Republic of Vietnam fell. Nguyen would eventually study at the University of British Columbia, and worked in a variety of marketing roles early in her career including Electronic…

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