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Introduction

  • Leung Wing-Fai Email author
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Part of the Dynamics of Virtual Work book series (DVW)

Abstract

The introduction explains the significance of digital entrepreneurs in the East Asian context, before focusing on the case of Taiwan. It details women’s changing roles and their involvement as business owners in recent Taiwanese history. The economic conditions of the Asian Tiger countries—Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore—can be characterised by restructuring and political intervention by the respective states. This chapter describes how the Internet and mobile technology startups are a response to social, political and economic changes. The introduction analyses existing literature on entrepreneurship and discusses the focus of this monograph on individual entrepreneurs and their personal characteristics. It details the importance of the concept of intersectionality in understanding the life and work of startup entrepreneurs, and justifies the use of qualitative ethnographic research of the startup ecosystem.

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