380 Articles for '전체'

  1. 2007/08/29 Digital Korea
  2. 2007/08/29 India and China: where miracles happen
  3. 2007/08/27 Japan's Cellphone Edge
  4. 2007/08/25 Orkut may be super popular in Brazil, but still Google doesn't care
  5. 2007/08/23 A Korean car's second life (as an electric one)
  6. 2007/08/23 If Google has Checkout, Yahoo has Yahoo! Wallet
  7. 2007/08/22 Finally Web 2.0 Asia gets its job board? (2)
  8. 2007/08/22 Tatter and Media enables blog media network
  9. 2007/08/20 How Sweeeeet (3)
  10. 2007/08/16 Dialpad - the company that could (and should) have been Skype (2)

Digital Korea

Web 2.0 | 2007/08/29 14:24 | Web 2.0 Asia
Well-known blogger and mobile web 2.0 evangalist Ajit Jaokar is also a founder of a publishing company Futuretext. They recently published a book about South Korea's digital revolutions - titled Digital Korea.
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Today, Ajit tells that Digital Korea is now in Amazon's best hot selling list. (Here's the .) I didn't read the book yet, but I find Amazon review quite interesting:
"In 2006 in USA 10% of music sales was digital" accourding to IFPI..."in 2006 in South Korea 57% of music sales was digital"... This kind of comparisons help illustrate just how much of a lead South Korea has been able to pull.
Obviously some of the things that we Koreans take for granted are looking very interesting to those outside of the country. I find it interesting, and also feel I should keep up the work at my blog to convey more up-to-the-minute things happening around in Korea and Japan.

India and China: where miracles happen

Other | 2007/08/29 14:21 | Web 2.0 Asia
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Chosun Ilbo reports (note: article in Korean) an interesting article about Sunil Bharti Mittal, the Chairman of Bharti Group, which has Airtel mobile carrier.
Mittal apparently went to Samsung India in November 2000, seeking for a $12M investment in Airtel - only to be declined by Samsung India. Now the 57-year old is the 6th richest person in India with a $9.5bn personal net worth. Mittal is now about three times richer than Chairman Lee, the owner of Samsung Group. He could be lending some money to Samsung.
The article gives this as an example of funny things happening in rapidly growing societies, notably India and China. No wonder Silicon Valley VCs are talking about India and China even in their sleep.
TAG india, Mittal

Japan's Cellphone Edge

Mobile | 2007/08/27 23:25 | Web 2.0 Asia

Today I stumbled upon a blog titled "Japan's Cellphone Edge". The blog says about itself:

Japan's wireless industry is where America & Europe can be in a couple of years. This blog invites you to have a look at the wireless future by discovering what is hot in Japan right now. Learn about the best practices for mobile business from one source.

Among many interesting articles, what especially caught my attention was the article about Mincle, a Japanese location-based mobile SNS.

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Apparently, Mincle is a service where the GPS-phone users can post content (blogs/photos etc) about specific locations and share stories about their favorite spots with others. I should perhaps check out the service myself. By the way, the name "Mincle" comes from "mingle", according to the blog.

Including this particular post about Mincle, Japan's Cell Phone Edge blog offers a lot of good content.

TAG Japan, Mobile

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Sources like Comscore suggest Orkut isn't as bad as some might think. Even Michael Arrington, usually cynical, concedes that "Perhaps, somehow, [Orkut] is actually a social networking heavyweight."

Some people derided that Orkut is used by many drug dealers in South America. But then, if a community service sees a lot of uses by drug dealers, doesn't it mean the service is actually quite a secure and effective platform of communication? I mean, drug dealers wouldn't want to trade some sensitive information such as the next trading schedule on a crash-prone, insecure space.

As a (quoted below), it's also quite surprising that Google hasn't done much about Orkut despite the service's ridiculously huge popularity in Brazil. If what he says below is true, then one can't help but conclude Brazil clearly isn't Google's top priority.

As a Brazilian living in Silicon Valley, it is very hard for me to understand why the venture community ignored Orkut’s phenomenon for such a long time. In Brazil (and probably in India too) Orkut is more than a social network: It is a Craigslist, Facebook, MySpace, and Classmates.com ALL COMBINED in one single social network. And I’m talking about demographics and behavior, not software features.

Furthermore, Orkut as a brand is hugely popular: Just go right now (3pm PST) to g1.com.br, the largest news site in Brazil and you will see the “Orkut” word in the front page news. Even those without Internet access know Orkut — there is even a country song called “I Will Delete You From My Orkut” (!!)

And I am not even mentioning the ecosystem that was created around Orkut by third-party developers — without a official API!!

In conclusion, traffic is actually not the most surprising thing about Orkut. More importantly is the fact (ignored so far) that Orkut presents a *huge* untapped opportunity for capitalization beyond simply page views.


A Korean car's second life (as an electric one)

Other | 2007/08/23 23:34 | Web 2.0 Asia
Via Venturebeat, I read an article about the upcoming all-electric SUV and SUT from Phoenix Motorcars.

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And I could immediately recognize the electric vehicles are based on the Actyon and Actyon Sport from Korea's Ssangyong Motor.
The electric SUV will be quite remarkable: Plug the car into your normal 220V outlet for 6 hours, and it will go more than 100 miles, with the 0-60 being about 10 seconds. Can't wait to see this electric version of Actyon in action.

If Google has Checkout, Yahoo has Yahoo! Wallet

Web 2.0 | 2007/08/23 23:22 | Web 2.0 Asia
(Via Hatena) Yahoo! Japan announced it will make its online payment and transaction service, , publicly available.

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Initially the Yahoo! Wallet service will be available only to Yahoo! Shopping merchants, but the service will eventually become available to everyone.
As more and more users become "prosumers" and will engage in P2P commerce by selling stuff on their sites (blogs etc), services like Yahoo! Wallet will come in handy.
TAG Japan,

Finally Web 2.0 Asia gets its job board?

Other | 2007/08/22 04:31 | Web 2.0 Asia

Considering the fact that such great media sites as TechCrunch and VentureBeat generate at least some revenues from their job boards, I figured it's time Web 2.0 Asia had its own job board.

Obviously I'm kidding about the job board thing here :) but the following executive search is for real. I got referred to a headhunting firm YES Partners by my friend Benjamin Joffe and YES Partners told me I could put this information on my blog.

So here it goes. If you find the position attractive and think you are a good candidate, then apply away! (Use Rose Mortilla's contact information given below)


Manager, Worldwide Strategy & Planning (Seoul, Korea)

Company Description:

Our client is a company operating a video sharing website that hosts user-generated content. Founded in October 2004, it is the fist video sharing website in the world to attach advertising to user-submitted video clips and to provide unlimited storage space for users to upload. As of March 2007, the site was visited by 15 million monthly unique visitors and 1.5 billion video streams watched per month. It has over 1 million video inventory and 2 billion monthly pageviews.

Job Description:

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Strategy & Planning Manager will assume responsibility for the company's long-range strategic planning efforts. He/She will lead the implementation of a new companywide strategic planning process and will be responsible for select business development activities. He/She will also be responsible for leading the company's product strategy and development efforts including partnerships and alliances as well as the development of future technology roadmaps, capabilities and customer offerings.


1.      Providing direct support to Senior Management

2.      Coordinating the activities, schedules, and agendas for strategic planning

3.      Working directly on the Strategic Plan to include drafting, monitoring and reporting on goals, scheduling and facilitating annual and monthly planning meetings

4.      Working directly with Senior Management to coordinate special projects related to current and future strategy

5.      Driving new business and service development

6.      Identifying opportunities for market expansion

Skills and Experience

1.      Strong strategic planning skills

2.      minimum 3 years experience developing and implementing strategic planning methodology

3.      Strong business acumen, management / organizational skills and professional style/presence

4.      Experience in global consulting with a focus on MEDIA is required. Ideally having worked for one of the top consulting companies.

5.      Excellent / professional communication (oral and written), interpersonal, and organizational skills

6.      Conversational Korean is required

7.      In-depth knowledge and understanding of every phase within Strategic Planning life cycle.


Rose Mortilla
YES Partners
global executive search solutions
tel    x703


Tatter and Media enables blog media network

Web 2.0 | 2007/08/22 02:45 | Web 2.0 Asia
TNC (disclaimer: I'm co-chairing this company) launched Tatter and Media (available in Korean only for the time being), a blog media network.

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In short, it's the Federated Media of Korea. Some 40+ well-known blogs are participating in this blog media network to increase their reach and benefit from the increased ads-buying power.

A similar service in Japan can be found in the Agile Media Network.

How can Tatter and Media enable the participating bloggers to gain higher ad revenues? It's the scale of economy - the combined monthly page views across the whole blog networks are obviously much higher than those of each single blog site. As such, the "blog network" can find banner advertisers more easily and cut a better deal with those advertisers than a single blog site can.

What's up with the slightly off name "Tatter and Media"? Our company's blog software (which happens to be the most widely used server-hosted blog software in Korea with a dominating market share) has been called "Tattertools". Although we're changing the software's name to (more catchy and slightly more globally acceptable) Textcube, Tattertools is still the household name among the Korean bloggers - hence the name "Tatter and Media".

Obviously the Tatter and Media blog network does not only accept Tattertools blog software users - we're against walled gardens. But it just happens that the majority of the initially participating bloggers are Tattertools bloggers.

Again, hat tips to our crew who launched this blogger network in Korea. I'll contemplate about bringing this to Japan, but currently I'm too tied up with finishing this client project I've been doing in Tokyo for the last 5 months. We're almost finishing up the project and I'm about to start searching for the next opportunities lying ahead of us.

How Sweeeeet

Other | 2007/08/20 14:21 | Web 2.0 Asia

Via Anil Dash:

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I hope one day my children will do that for me.

Dialpad - the company that could (and should) have been Skype

Web 2.0 | 2007/08/16 13:43 | Web 2.0 Asia
Mr Doyon Kim, the founder and CEO of Spotplex, was featured on a recent Found|Read blog, the site I frequent to.
I met Doyon earlier this year in Seoul, and found he follows the Wolverines as avidly as I do. He's a brilliant person, and I think he should be proud of himself as he's one of few Koreans who'd had some significant playing time in the majors ( i.e. the Valley).
His previous stints include the co-founder of Dialpad, an early-generation internet telephony company, and the co-founder of Opinity, an online reputation tracking service.
So why is Doyon Kim not as famous as people like Nicklas Zennstrom? Because Dialpad wasn't as successful as Skype.
Is the name "Dialpad" familar to some of you? Well, it certainly is to me - or any Korean who'd been around in the industry circa 1998.
Think of Dialpad as the Skype of pre-2000. Around 1998, Dialpad took the Korean market by storm. Even back then Korea was a highly wired country. Dialpad was the company that let people know they can make cheap phone calls from their internet-connected computers (although calls within Korea wasn't and isn't that costly anyway). Koreans swarmed to give Dialpad a try - just like they do with anything new.
Suddenly the headphones with a little microphone attached, which were called no other than the "Dialpad headsets", were selling by millions. Dialpad's parent company (Serome) was the charm of the Korean stock market.
And then, the company went downhill. The company wasn't making money mostly because the Dialpad service was for free (the service was supported by online ads, but this was pre-Adsense era). But I think what's also to blame is the fact that Dialpad was simply too early (low broadband penetration = poor call quality). The market simply wasn't fully ready. By the time Skype came along, many more people around the world were using the web in their everyday life. And Skype, in return for charging the customers for outbound calls to regular phones, provided a great call quality and top-notch user interface.
At some point, Dialpad got so frustrated that it tried to close a three-way merger deal between themselves, Daum, and Naver. In hindsight, the planned merger looks like a really far-fetched idea, especially the two other companies are now the Google and Yahoo of Korea.
Well, I think most of you readers won't care about Korean IT history (rightly so), but at least you can take away a lesson from Dialpad: The first doesn't win. The first is actually quite likely to die. The first to do it right always wins.
Sometimes, however, the first just hangs in there, perservering until the market becomes ready, and reaps a huge benefit. That wasn't the case with Dialpad. Which is a shame - to Dialpad, and to many (including myself) who wanted to see a globally successful Korean IT company other than Samsung and LG, the Chaebols.
Hope Doyon's third startup will turn out great.
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