July 2008 witnesses a boil in personal banking services in Ho Chi Minh City.
1. Many banks have been aggressively expanding their ATM network.
Dong A Bank’s CEO just claimed that their ATM network is second to Vietcombank’s in Vietnam. And this is true. The navy shade of Dong A ATM can found spotted on many corners along main streets.
Following right after Dong A are the light-blue ACB, the red-blue Vietinbank and another red-blue BIDV.
2. ANZ does like no other with their impressive home banking service
ANZ banking consultants provide consulting services at customers’ home on calls and free of charge.
3. HSBC eventually accelerated in their personal banking expansion
Their target is the mid-high income class with salary from $1,000 up. The ATM network also grew steadily.
4. Interest rate for VND rised to nearly 19%
Was it innovation is experience?
In the context of financial difficulties in Vietnam in recent months, many banks especially foreign-invested have made bold moves. Some of them might be perceived as innovative. However, these practices are hard results from the experience of their long histories in more developed markets.
Welcoming August 2008, the goggles shall continue to be on CPI, the fluctuating stock market and especially gold. Real-estate, for the mean time, might enjoy a short rest.
What personal banking service are you using in Vietnam? How happy are you with your current bank? What services do you wish your bank had provided?
The WSJ is reporting that Google is set to launch a venture fund to give it the option of investing in startups instead of just flat out buying them. The fund will be led by Google’s SVP Corporate Development David Drummond and Bill Maris, a long time business friend of Anne Wojcicki, Sergey Brin’s wife. Maris is a tech entrepreneur with a degree in neuroscience and worked with Wojcicki at a San Francisco-based for-profit company called Catalytic Health.
This hasn’t been confirmed by Google, and it’s clear they’ve been thinking about a fund off and on for years. From the article:
The move would make Google the latest technology giant to take on a more-formal role in seeding start-ups. Intel Corp. has had a large venture-capital arm for years, as have Motorola Inc., Comcast Corp. and many others. In the consumer-Internet area, Walt Disney Co.’s Steamboat Ventures has invested in a number of Web start-ups. So has Amazon.com Inc., which has funded a number of young companies without structuring a formal fund.
Their track records have been mixed. Corporate venture-capital arms have been hampered by challenges that traditional venture-capital businesses don’t face. Venture capitalists invest in private start-ups at an early stage, usually in hopes of a big payout if the company is sold or if its stock goes public.
Many start-ups fear that taking corporate money limits their options and comes with strings that could turn away other potential investors — such as a right to buy the company at a later date. Some funds with less competitive compensation have struggled to retain managers, and corporate venture funds often don’t allow senior employees to invest personal money in their funds, while other venture funds typically do.
This wouldn’t be the first time Google started a fund to invest in other companies. In June 2007 they launched Gadget Ventures, a pilot program that, in part, invests seed money in companies looking to develop for the gadgets platform. They have also previously invested through Indian VCs.
To disable the annoying beep in VMWare:
1. Open preferences file
C:\Documents and Settings\User\Application Data\VMware\preferences.ini
mks.noBeep = “TRUE”
2. Open the virtual machine’s .vmx file with Notepad
mks.noBeep = “TRUE”
I admit that what kept me on Facebook for so long is its ability to host photos. I’m really happy how Photos and Photo upload work in Facebook.
The only thing I don’t like about it is that it auto-resizes photos to 604px width.
I don’t use MySpace, unfortunately.
The third most popular social networking site is Orkut, and I have some friends there.
I’ll just make a comparison on my most frequently used feature: Photo sharing.
60 photos per album
||JPG, PNG, GIF
with better usability
100 photos per album
||JPG, PNG, GIF