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APAC’s great startup hubs need global recognition: Steve Wozniak

Zafar Anjum | May 2, 2014
At a time when policy change proposals are going unheard, angel investor tax deductions are non-existent, and venture capital investment is declining, Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak has called for more support for Asia Pacific’s tech entrepreneurs & professionals.

"We need to recognise that at times we live in a risk-averse region and this needs to be addressed. If we're naturally less inclined to support and finance innovation, to implement new processes and to apply new technologies; then we need strategies to overcome that." he said.

Wozniak called for a meaningful platform for regional entrepreneurs and tech start ups to connect with credible investors who will support them.

Disrupt the status quo

Wozniak has also urged anyone working in new technologies to disrupt the corporate status quo and be bold, brave and believe in themselves.

"It's a wild ride getting an idea off the ground and to pave the way for more start ups to become huge powerful companies which are changing things for the better, we need to highlight these  people that work in this incredible industry right now and that's why I'm involved in the Unleashed Awards," he said, enunciating his support for the startup awards.

"And what we also don't hear so much is the voices of the people behind them -all the people working within them, the quiet coders, and the developers who are often overlooked time and time again."

"It's important that the truth be told; who does all the work to pull the idea and thought into the new computer, the new software platform or just the new way of doing things. These people often have almost super human concentration and focus and play with hundreds of obscure engineering and programming sequences in their heads. We want to know them and we want to recognise," he added. 

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