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Why Asia's obscure startups will be the ones to shape the region, by @davemcclure and @vlauria #Echelon2…

Why Asia’s obscure startups will be the ones to shape the region June 4, 2013 by Terence LEE In his trademark blunt style, 500 Startups founder Dave McClure told it like it is at Echelon, a startup conference in Singapore. In front of a packed hall at Max Atria, he said that most entrepreneurs will never be as cool or brilliant as Tony Stark or Michael Jordan, nor should they try to be. Referencing Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, as well as Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google, Dave remarks that these guys have spent the past decade building gigantic platforms for the rest of us to stand on. “Be a mental midget and kick ass,” he said, advising against executing on another “crazy’ social media startup or attempting moonshot ideas like 3D printers or Google Glass, endeavors which are potentially world-changing but carry spectacular risk. A more realistic path to success would i...

Full article: http://sgentrepreneurs.com/2013/06/04/why-asias-obscure-s...

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