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When Android creator Andy Rubin pitched his firm to Samsung, a Samsung executive told him, “Are you dreaming? You and what army are going to go and create this? You have six people. Are you high?,” according to the book. Samsung said it could not confirm the content of the book. (GRAPHIC: South Korea falls behind in product innovation – tmsnrt.rs/2Sb6EUd). As cash-rich conglomerates remain reluctant buyers, only 3 percent of South Korean startups were able to recoup their investments through trade sales in 2017, according to the Korean Venture Capital Association custom cufflinks wedding.
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So far, only e-commerce platform Cafe24 Corp has used the Tesla rule to go public. Since its February listing, its shares have risen 25 percent. South Korean entrepreneurs say there is a long way to go. “Government officials are trying to meet every stakeholder’s demands in a way that doesn’t lead to a solution,” said Seo Seung-woo, a professor and entrepreneur who moved his self-driving start-up to Silicon Valley last year custom cufflinks wedding. “I say, don’t think about doing a startup in South Korea. Think outside Korea.”..
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