Hustler Talk # 3 - Buiding a remote tech team in Vietnam

Episode Nov 24, 2020

When you are building a tech-driven business or tech startup, you need to hire a capable and trusted technical lead as your CTO (Chief Technical Officer). Thereafter, you need to grow and scale your engineering team as your business grows. Sometimes, you end up having your tech team in another city or even country. In the past 5 years or more, Vietnam has become the preferred choice among many regional companies in ASEAN as a place to build an offshore tech team.

In the 3rd episode of Hustler Talk, we welcome a guest who had experience in working with a remote tech team in Saigon while he was still working for a startup in Singapore. After that, he moved back to Hanoi, Vietnam, and worked for Caro JSC the CTO. He has experience working with both developers from Saigon and Hanoi. He will share some distinct cultural differences between these two cities. Let's welcome Thinh Nguyen Viet to the show.

Episode agenda

00:06 - 02:41 - Thinh's self-introduction

02:43 - 05:24 - Working culture between Hanoi and Saigon

05:26 - 08:18 - How to build trust in working with remote developers

08:20 - 12:51 - How to hire and groom the first technical leader

12:53 - 13:53  - What other important quality that technical lead candidate must have?

13:56 - 16:25 - Hanoi or Saigon, where should you build your tech team?

16:29 - 20:15 - Tips to maintain togetherness across remote teams

20:19 - 25:09 - Career advice for junior software developers

Thinh's recent list of must-read books

Amazon.com: Huawei: Leadership, Culture, and Connectivity (9789386062055): Tao, Tian, De Cremer, David, Chunbo, Wu: Books
Amazon.com: Huawei: Leadership, Culture, and Connectivity (9789386062055): Tao, Tian, De Cremer, David, Chunbo, Wu: Books
REWORK — the New York Times bestselling book about business. | Basecamp
The perfect playbook for anyone who’s ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Entrepreneurs, small-business owners, and artists who don’t want to starve will all find valuable guidance in these pages.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind: Harari, Yuval Noah: Amazon.sg: Books
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind: Harari, Yuval Noah: Amazon.sg: Books

Thinh's favorite podcast and blogs

1) The Modern CTO Host: Joel Beasley

Joel Beasley - Modern CTO
Author & Host of Modern CTO

2) Hackernews letter

Hacker Newsletter - The Hacker News Newsletter
A weekly newsletter of the best articles on startups, technology, programming, and more. All links are curated by hand from the popular Hacker News site.

3) Grokking engineer newsletters

Newsletter - Grokking Vietnam
Grokking’s weekly newsletter which highlight technical blog articles and technical events

You can connect to Thinh via LinkedIn

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Son Le

I am a geek, my background was in software development but I enjoyed building community and creating useful content. I am the father of two boys. I love exercising in nature.