[Radio] Labor laws hurt start-ups

TBS eFM reporter Chance Dorland interviewed me on my story “Labor laws hurt start-ups,” which aired June 8, 2015: Read the article here.

Labor laws hurt start-ups

Foreigner quotas, visa rules provoke firms to seek loopholes Published  June 4, 2015, in The Korea Herald Listen to the related radio interview on TBS eFM here This is the third article in a series on foreigners working in Korea’s technology start-up ecosystem. Sang Youn-joo and Stephanie McDonald contributed to this report. ― Ed.   Etienne Maurin hadn’t finished graduate school when Kim Min-kee sought to found a start-up with him. A whiz at programming languages like Ruby, the master’s student from France was the most trustworthy partner to help Kim develop My Memoirs, a story-sharing platform inspired by his time working…

Foreign start-ups edge in on Korean tech turf

Korea opens up to foreign services, workplace diversity Published May 22, 2015, in The Korea Herald This is the second article in a series on foreigners working in Korea’s technology start-up ecosystem. ― Ed. Tech industry pundits in Korea used to joke that this is where overseas companies would come to die. In a country once dominated by local titans like Nate and Cyworld, foreign rivals like Yahoo and Myspace struggled to connect with local Web users and eventually backed out. But the situation has flipped in the past three to five years, they say, as social media and content…

Diversity missing in Korea’s creative economy drive

Global mindsets needed for shift to software, experts say This is the first article in a series on foreigners working in Korea’s technology start-up ecosystem. — Ed. Published May 8, 2015, in The Korea Herald   With the world’s best broadband networks, global technology giants, game-crazy smartphone users and a hefty 4 trillion won ($3.7 billion) government budget to foster the local start-up ecosystem, Korea is building itself up to be the next major Asian tech hub. But on the ground level, financial, legal, language and cultural roadblocks in Korea are still pushing many foreign tech entrepreneurs to favor Singapore or Hong Kong, industry…

Korea mulls lifting foreign worker limit

Published April 22, 2015, in The Korea Herald The South Korean government is considering the need to remove the limit on the number of foreign workers a company can hire, a move that would ease hiring, especially for small businesses, according to a foreign business representative in Korea. French-Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman David-Pierre Jalicon said Trade, Industry and Energy Minister Yoon Sang-jick wants to remove the foreign worker quota by the end of the year. The quota requires companies to hire five Koreans full-time and have a yearly fiscal revenue greater than 60 million won to hire a…

[Editing] KAI expects record year with fighter project

ORIGINAL South Korea’s sole aircraft manufacturer Korea Aerospace Industries grabbed a chance to boost its profile as it was chosen as a preferred bidder for a long-awaited homegrown 8.5 trillion won ($8.3 billion) fighter jet project. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the country’s arms procurement agency, selected Monday the Korea Aerospace Industries, or KAI, as a preferred bidder for the he Korean Fighter Experimental aircraft project to develop the country’s mid-level jets to replace the aging F-4s and F-5s. “The KAI will lead the next generation fighter development project successfully based on its technology and experience accumulated with the development…

[Editing] Gunman kills 3 in Sejong City

ORIGINAL Three people were killed Wednesday after a man fired a shotgun at them in Sejong City, according to police. A few hours after the incident, the assailant was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his head. The shooting took place at around 8:10 a.m. The 50-year-old gunman, identified by his surname Kang, opened fire at a 50-year-old man who was about to get in his car to go to work. The victim is the elder brother of Kang’s ex-girlfriend surnamed Kim. Kang also shot Kim’s 74-year-old father residing near her brother’s house. He then moved to a…

[Editing] State child care policy turns back on have-nots

ORIGINAL The Gender Equality Ministry has been seeking to inflate the success of its child care program by pushing to recruit families that do not require extra funding, while blanking those most in need. According to a public document released by the ministry last year, it offers separate incentives to those who recruit families whose financial standings are relatively stable. Families in those income brackets can be included in the ministry’s child care program without the need for extra government support, allowing it to claim that the uptake of child care has risen, without having to pay the extra cost…

[Editing] P.M. nominee apologizes for concerns, denies accusations

ORIGINAL Prime Minister nominee Lee Wan-koo apologized for causing concerns but denied allegations made against him by opposition lawmakers on Tuesday, as his two-day confirmation hearing began. Rep. Lee, the former floor leader of the governing Saenuri Party, was nominated by President Park Geun-hye to the Prime Minister’s Office late last month. But accusations that Lee had profited from real estate deals and blackmailed reporters have endangered his appointment. Lee will have to convince legislators that he deserves the government’s No. 2 job by Thursday, when a plenary vote will decide the politician’s fate. Lee’s failure to secure a majority…