Shane Dillon

Shane Dillon

Shane has written the Word business column since 2009. He left his home town of Brisbane, Australia in 2004 and has worked in several Asian countries as well as Guatemala and Ukraine. He is interested in economics and the subtleties of doing business in Asia. Shane works in the insurance industry and can be contacted at

Monday, 06 July 2015 20:14

The Oldest Companies in the World

As my company celebrates 10 years in Vietnam (and 60 years in Asia), this year I decided to look into the companies who have existed for the longest amount of time. Below follows some of the oldest companies and what they have done for so long.

Sunday, 03 May 2015 17:15

Safe Havens

In 1998 the oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, made the following statement regarding gold. “Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head.”

Wednesday, 04 March 2015 19:56

Attack of the men

I read a report this month regarding global population statistics and saw an interesting fact: Men currently outnumber women worldwide by 60 million people. So this month I delved into the reasons why and found out some interesting things regarding male/female population numbers in different countries.

Monday, 23 February 2015 20:01


One of the things I enjoy most from being an expat and living in a foreign land is not understanding the vast majority of advertising that is forced into my head every day. To live in the era when advertising was designed to be helpful (and honest) to me would be great.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 19:39

The Future is Now

Wow it’s 2015, and how Vietnam and the world have changed over the last year. It’s apparently only the beginning of bigger and greater, stranger and more diverse changes to come. So this month I have taken out my crystal ball to look at some of the mind blowing ways society, as we know it, will change in the coming years and probably sooner than you may think.

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