I know a lot of great accelerator programs in the Greater Mekong Sub-region, but which other accelerator program has attracted [Facebook COO] Sheryl Sandberg as a match-up? I think [the Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism is] the only one.
No matter the border, the Mekong has been an indiscriminate giver and taker of life in Southeast Asia for thousands of years…. without its waters life is a daily struggle for survival; yet with its waters life is a daily bet that natural disasters and diseases will visit someone else’s village, because it’s not if, but when it’s going to happen that’s the relevant question.
Southeast Asia has a real grip on me. From the very first time I went there, it was a fulfillment of my childhood fantasies of the way travel should be.