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

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 19:40

So You Want to Be a Billionaire?

In my experience almost everyone wants to be rich in Vietnam. This is especially true of people who come from very little — money is seen as the gateway to happiness and opportunity. And while I may disagree on whether money buys happiness, it sure does buy a better form of unhappiness. So to make it easy for all the readers out there, I am going to give everyone 10 guaranteed ways to become billionaires; all you have to do is solve one of the following problems.

Monday, 08 September 2014 22:57

Influential Groups

In many countries and industries, there are small elite groups that have almost absolute control over their specific jurisdiction. This month I decided to find some of the lesser-known groups who wield power over things people use and buy every day.

Saturday, 02 August 2014 00:04

In The Club

Vietnam is full of little clubs, bars and secret spots that always spike my curiosity. What sort of awesome fun and adventurous activities take place behind these doors?

Friday, 11 July 2014 20:27

World Cup Dollars

The World Cup is almost over and as always it has been a fascinating spectacle watching some of the highest paid athletes in the world compete for their countries’ glory.

Friday, 13 June 2014 21:58

Weighing up the Odds

As some of you may know I work in the insurance industry and while each of us is so unique in a myriad of ways, when you look at people as large groups (as insurers do) we are all a fairly predictable bunch. The fascinating things I see every day in regards to claims and user profiles, applications and medical histories show a sobering commonness in how much we are all the same.

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