Too much ‘noise’ in the capital, Penang has tech heritage

His coding academy to address shortage of programmers in Malaysia

THE startup scene in the northern Malaysian state of Penang has certainly been picking up, helped in no small part by the efforts of Piktochart and Tech Event 4 Penang (TE4P) in stirring the pot. 

And now, serial entrepreneur and angel investor Douglas Khoo aims to grow Penang’s tech ecosystem further, not only by investing, but through education.

He told the Echelon Malaysia 2015 conference in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 1 that Kuala Lumpur (KL) is “too noisy” for him.

This is why he chose Penang to build his latest project, a coding academy called The Coding Shophouse, to grow the number of local programmers.

“There are too many activities happening (in KL). We have many accelerators. I feel we should take [accelerators] to other places as well,” said Khoo, also the cofounder of Chinese-language online travel site Qunar.com.

“Penang is kind of a nice place, it is a close community, full of technology heritage … as many silicon chip manufacturers are based here,” he said at the startup and investor conference organised by Singapore-headquartered regional startup blog e27.