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U.S. professor introduces startup book to students in Ho Chi Minh City

A U.S. professor has recently introduced his book to Vietnamese youngsters who are interested in entrepreneurship.

Tom Kosnik, co-author of the book named “Gear Up – Test Your Business Model Potential and Plan Your Path To Success,” met with Vietnamese youths at a talk held Saturday on Nguyen Van Binh book street in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.

Co-written by Tom Kosnik, Lena Ramfelt, and Jonas Kjellberg, the book provides readers with basic and advanced entrepreneurial knowledge as well as successful stories from Vietnamese entrepreneurs.

Featuring an eye-catching and highly visual design, it mainly targets ambitious, passionate youngsters who wish to jump into the field of startup.

Before coming to the Southeast Asian, the book has been published in several countries, including the U.S., Malaysia, the U.K, and Singapore.

Tom’s work was translated into Vietnamese by a group of youths who are member of the Viet Youth Entrepreneur, a non-profit organization established in 2011 by Nguyen Thai Dong Huong, a Stanford University alumnus.

Talking to Tuoi Tre News, Tom said he highly appreciated the effort Vietnamese youngsters have spent on contributing to the community development.

“Two years ago, they [the members of VYE] came to see me, saying they would like to translate my book into Vietnamese. I agreed, suggesting them to team up and find a publishing house,” he recalled.

The U.S. professor came to Vietnam for the first time in 2001 for a business trip.

The man has a special emotion every time he talks about the memories with his Vietnamese students and fellows, including Truong Thanh Thuy, whose startup project was bought by a company in Silicon Valley, or Dong Huong, the founder of VYE.

Tom has traveled to a number of countries to deliver his speech on entrepreneurship and startup.

“Vietnam is the country I do everything for free,” he shared.

The professor also attended a startup conference on Sunday in Ho Chi Minh City before going to Singapore for further affairs.

Tom Kosnik has been a Lecturer at Stanford Engineering, Department of Management Science and Engineering since 1990.

He is also a consulting professor for National University of Singapore Overseas Colleges Program in Silicon Valley.

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