Thursday, September 13

The Wisdom of Vietnam

In Ho Chi Minh City right now and I've got a free moment not in meetings, eating or travelling. I've been here so many times now that sometimes I think that it is becoming so 'westernised' that the culture is fading, actually, I guess I'm simply becoming more familiar with the sites and sounds.

Understanding business here, however, is an entirely different ball game. The market moves sooo fast, everyone is an entrepreneur and has a fearless approach to business. In the UK we have near perfect information, for any market, industry, investment you can you can find free or paid analysis to help decision making. In Viet Nam this simply isn't the case, so to put your pulse on the market you have to be in it, speaking it's language.

Sitting on the back of a motorbike cruising through the crazy rush-hour traffic I thought "to understand business in VN look at rush hour motorbike traffic, from a distance it looks crazy, disorganised and getting nowhere fast, but if you're in it, everyone is moving ahead quickly and skillfully changing direction to avoid a crash.

It may not make sense but you can be sure that it is heading somewhere.

Right, time for a bowl of Pho and a strong coffee.


Blogger Brown2lip said...

welcome to Vietnam! I read your comment on Khoapham and traced you to here! ^^
Nice to know you and if appropriate, let's have a Highland coffee some time!
(i also work in social networking site > internet media)

13 November, 2007 10:47  

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