Google CEO’s Vietnam visit gives hope to local startups

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s visit to Vietnam gives hope to people in the local startup community that they could successful at the global level.

Speaking to about 200 people in a cafe in central Hanoi on Tuesday, Pichai says it’s just a matter of time before they can succeed globally given the size of the local market, high Internet usage and the strong entrepreneurial culture.

Government figures show 52 percent of Vietnam’s 93 million people use the Internet and the country has 128 million mobile phone subscribers.

Pham Huu Ngon, owner of a local transportation startup using technology, says Pichai’s visit was inspiring.