by Minh Giang, Partner of Talent and Culture, Mekong Capital
28 February 2021

I grew up in a small town — Quang Ngai — in the Central of Vietnam. There was nothing special about family or myself except for ‘dramas’ and a lot of other opinions on the way I was raised and the way I experienced life.

Therefore, I chose to grow up headstrong and I wanted to prove myself to everyone. It immediately hit me when someone commented that “I am not good”. I reacted strongly when someone criticized my family background or my education. I always tried…


by Chris Freund, Partner, Mekong Capital
22 February 2021

Sometimes I’m contacted by people on LinkedIn who are just starting or are in the early stages of their careers asking how to get into Private Equity, or how to prepare themselves to get hired by Mekong Capital and be successful at Mekong Capital. In this blog post, I will address this from the perspective of Mekong Capital.

Most outsiders’ idea of what it is that we do is quite different from what we actually do. Most outsiders imagine our jobs involve meeting lots of pipeline companies, writing investment memos, financial…


Tác giả: Minh Thùy, Chuyên viên Tư Vấn Đầu Tư, Mekong Capital
04/02/2021

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Minh Thùy, Chuyên viên Tư Vấn Đầu Tư, Mekong Capital

“Thùy, tôi muốn mời em đồng hành cùng tôi và YOLA.” Sjoerd, anh Trưởng nhóm bất ngờ đề nghị cho tôi cơ hội này.

Suy nghĩ một lát, tôi hờ hững đáp: “À, vâng ạ”

Cảm nhận được sự lưỡng lự của tôi, Sjoerd mỉm cười nhẹ nhàng và nói: “Thùy à, từ “Vâng” chẳng có chút hào hứng gì nhờ. Em có thể trả lời là không mà, đúng không?”

Đã 5 tháng kể từ khi tôi tham gia vào đội ngũ Đầu tư, tôi vẫn…


by Chad Ovel, Partner, Mekong Capital
28 January 2021

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Chad Ovel, Partner, Mekong Capital

While the pandemic stops most of our journeys to the outside world, it also created a possibility for us to embark on one of the most remarkable journeys of all — a journey to our inner self. These journeys won’t capture the usual frivolous landscapes or exotic itineraries. Instead, these are the trips into our mind, to seek from our beautiful memories a mission of who we are and what we stand for.

Let me share mine with you.

I had always felt compelled to step in and provide leadership from…


by Ngo Dinh Thao Phuong, VDI Champion, Mekong Capital
9 January 2021

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In 2019, I joined one of Mekong Capital’s internal coaching sessions to have breakthroughs in my being core values.

In one of the very last sessions, the coaches asked us to note down, “How you occur for yourself?”.

“Ha! This is easy”, I thought. I immediately wrote three statements:

“I am confident. I am strong. I am reliable”.

But the coaches wouldn’t let me stop there.

The coaches insisted that each of us needed to dig as deep as possible to see the ‘labels’ we had on ourselves:


by Max-Ferdinand Scheichenost, Director of Digital Transformation, Mekong Capital
24 December 2020

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Max-Ferdinand Scheichenost, Director of Digital Transformation, Mekong Capital

— “Iki-What?”

This has been the first reaction to anyone who had heard my answer for whether I am “happy” or “fulfilled” at Mekong Capital.

I came across the concept of Ikigai a couple of years ago, when I was going through a deep discovery phase. Operating in a state of Ikigai (or a “reason for being”) is the moment these four driving forces are in balance: Profession, Vocation, Passion, and Mission.


Tác giả: Huyền Trang, Chuyên viên Phân tích Đầu Tư, Mekong Capital
21/12/2020

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Huyền Trang, Chuyên viên Phân tích Đầu Tư, Mekong Capital

“Trang à,
Tôi dự định giao cho bạn một dự án nếu bạn đồng ý.
Bạn có muốn đảm nhận dự án này không?”

Tôi bất ngờ nhận được email của Chris, Tổng Giám Đốc của công ty. Tôi ngay lập tức nhận lời mời của anh ấy và sắp xếp một cuộc họp với anh ấy để bàn bạc cụ thể. Đây là lần gặp thứ hai giữa tôi — người mới tham gia và người đối với tôi là người-cao-cấp-nhất’ tại Mekong Capital.

- “Chào…


by Rachel Davis, Director of Transformation, Mekong Capital
18 December 2020

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Rachel (on the far right) and Mekong Capital team

I fully chose to join Mekong Capital. In fact, even before my first day, it was clear that my commitment was long-term. But four weeks later, I discovered that no matter what I knew or thought I knew before my first day, being successful at Mekong Capital was going to require something beyond what I learned from my past, not just for me, but for all newcomers.

When I joined in March 2020, there were 5 of us, the “newcomers,” amid our first ‘3-month-probation’. Then Minh Giang asked me…


Tác giả: Ellen Van, Chuyên viên Tư Vấn Đầu Tư, Mekong Capital
17/12/2020

Tôi đã bỏ bê chậu cây sung nhiều tháng qua. Thân cây cao khoảng một mét với những tán lá to và xanh mướt. Khi chiếc lá đầu tiên ngả nâu và héo đi, tôi vẫn tin rằng chậu cây sẽ sống sót khi mùa mưa đến. Cây sung vốn là loài cây kiên cường mà. Thế nhưng, chỉ vài ngày sau đó, cây sung nhỏ đã rụng hết lá. …


by Minh Thuy, Investment Analyst, Mekong Capital
11 December 2020

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Minh Thuy, Investment Analyst, Mekong Capital

“Thuy, I would like to invite you to be the Deal Support for YOLA.” Sjoerd, the Deal Leader, suddenly offered me this opportunity.

After a few seconds of thought, I replied reluctantly: “Yes.”

Sensing my hesitancy, Sjoerd smiled gently and said: “Thuy, it doesn’t sound like an exciting “Yes”. You know that you can always say no, right?”

It has been 5 months since I joined the Investment team. I have not been in any deals yet. This was a perfect chance, so I asserted:

“No. I accept to be…

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