K I Wootalks to the American founder of eAngelz.comwho is introducing networking dot.com soirees to Bangkok.
An Americanimpresario who hosted countless high-tech get togethers in California more thana decade ago is now introducing his trademark dot.com schmoozing sessions toBangkok.
Thesehigh-tech get togethers allow fledgling dot.com entrepreneurs to sip wine coolersand munch hor-doeuvres with financial angels, major network and computerinfrastructure suppliers, as well as important business consultants.
In the pastyear, Landy Eng, who was CNBC business show Driven’s host, launchedeAngelz.com, his dot.com website and dot.com get-togethers in Singapore.
Now withcorporate headhunter Korn Ferry Thailand’s support, Eng is launching his firstBangkok eAngelz get together on Tuesday, May 9 at the Sukhothai Hotel.
“We haveinvited many of this country’s top financiers, equipment and network companyofficials, consultants and dot.commers,” Eng said.
eAngelzget-togethers, Eng said are unique functions, which provide a comfortable venuefor the new economy’s sometimes disparate groups, who normally do not get together.At eAngelz-like parties, these disparate groups meet each other at an informalget together and ferret out what is happening in a fast-changing environment.“Many deals are made from contacts at these functions,” he said.
Eng saidthat he expects about 30 per cent of the first eAngelz party’s guests inBangkok will be fledgling dot.commers looking for technical and financialpartners. “Twenty per cent will be financial angels and venture capitalists.The balance will be equipment and network providers, consultants and themedia,” he said.
Leadingheadhunter Korn Ferry Thailand will sponsor eAngelz first event in Thailand .“We are very happy to be hosting e-commerce and dot.com leaders, who I’m surewill be driving this country’s future growth,” said Edwin Sim, Korn Ferry’s managingdirector in Thailand .
InCalifornia’s Silicon Valley , where high-tech parties first began in themid-1980’s, Eng said the events were mainly attended by high-tech engineerslooking to exchange technical information. However, as the years went by,investors, equipment and network suppliers, and consultants discovered that“angels” parties were a convenient and efficient way to discover the next newhot entrepreneur.
Here inAsia, Eng said eAngels parties, particular the ones in Singapore , have becomea very efficient way for all groups in the new e-economy to meet and exchangeideas on a regular basis. “Equipment and network suppliers can come and usuallymeet about 20 or 30 new dot.commers in one night,” he said.
At the sametime, dot.commers also realizes tremendous benefits from these events. “Notonly will they meet technical people who supply the latest infrastructuralequipment, but they may also meet financial “angels” who may want to fund theirnew idea,” he said.
Eng predictsthat eAngelz dot.com parties will be equally as successful in Thailand .
Korn Ferry’sSim told The Nation that representative of some of the top private equity fundsand top investors in this country will all be attending the event. “They’ve alltold me they are looking forward to such an event in Thailand,”
He addedthat many of his multinational clients are expressing an acute interest in anyevents, which will help them, better understand the fast-moving new e-commerceeconomy.
Many KornFerry multinational clients, Sim said are always looking to learn frominnovative new business ideas created by dot.commers. “The eAngelz gettogethers are an ideal venue and we’re just delighted to have been given theopportunity to bring the idea to Thailand ,” Sim said.
It promisesto be a groundbreaking event for this country’s dot.comming future.