Korean society puts substantial pressure on those living under it to succeed by following a proven model: Go to a top university, make connections, get a job at a big company, draw a decent paycheck and hope to not be given “honorary retirement” before reaching the executive level around the time you’re 50. The people who would make the best entrepreneurs because of their abilities tend to take the safe path instead.

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Walmart Korea

I’ll just come right out and say it. Korea is a difficult market. The consumers are demanding, the regulations are often opaque and fads come and go faster than Silvio Berlusconi’s girlfriends. For foreign companies it’s even harder. After all, Korea is the country that has held off Google in favor of local search providers Naver and Daum. It proved a difficult market for Facebook because of the widespread popularity of Cyworld. And until recently Korea was the country where only a brave (or silly) few carried handsets made by companies other than Samsung, LG or Pantech.

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A couple weeks ago I wrote about Moglue and Sha.kr, two Korean companies that pitched during the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt in Beijing. Both …

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For the first time, Tech Crunch has expanded it’s Disrupt conference to include Asia. At yesterday’s inaugural event in Beijing, two Korean startups took to the …

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Next Wednesday Seoullites will head to the polls to vote in a by-election to decide their new mayor. As progressive alliance candidate Park Won-soon faces …

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Ahn Chui Soo

— UPDATE — Sept. 6, 2011 @ 4:22 p.m. — Well, that was over just as quickly as it started… Ahn announced at a press …

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Yet another Korean app is going global. The popular 푸딩얼굴인식 (Pudding Face Recognition) is now available in Chinese, English and Japanese versions. In English the app is …

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Son Masayoshi, a.k.a. Son Jeong-Ui, the Korean-Japanese founder of cell phone carrier Softbank and Japan’s richest man according to Fortune Magazine, announced on a recent …

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