South Korea’s answer to Silicon Valley

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Meet the geeks of Teheran-ro – South Korea’s own Silicon Valley.

Mr Kim Kang Hak, 33, used to analyse big data for a living, while Mr Regan Hwang’s job was to “evangelise” technology.

Both were working for top players in the IT industry – the former at South Korean Web portal Daum and the latter at US tech giant Microsoft. But they have chosen to join the rising ranks of young, tech-savvy talents who ditch safe jobs in big companies to strike out on their own.

Riding on a start-up wave that is sweeping the country, Mr Hwang co-founded an online headhunting platform that rewards job referees with up to US$5,000 (S$6,754), while Mr Kim is working with two partners to develop a language app for smart watches.

For the two men, this is a right time to be venturing out.

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