‘Jedi Masters’ Chased for Singapore’s Silicon Valley Ambitions
San Francisco-primarily based investor Paul Bragiel mentioned he wanted to be requested three or four instances earlier than he accepted an invite from Singapore to return take a look at its tech scene.
He made the eight,000-mile journey, however, stated that again then – in 2010 – the town-states prospects to develop into a number one Asia tech hub had been “bleak, to say the least.”
However, he noticed some promise, and like many different buyers and tech firms since then, was attracted by helpful phrases from authorities companies.
“They gave us an aggressive deal. Only a few nations would have matched it,” added Bragiel, who had thought of Hong Kong and Tokyo for an Asian enlargement earlier than co-founding enterprise capital agency Golden Gate Ventures in Singapore in 2011. He declined to say what the phrases of his deal have been.
Armed with profitable grants and incentives, Singapore has been ramping up its efforts to lure tech companies and buyers, together with international gamers like Fb, Alphabet’s Google and Dyson, firms and authorities officers say.
However, now the main target is shifting towards attracting expertise, and even the federal government says its work isn’t accomplished.