Pockets of innovation can exist anywhere and a revolutionary company with high growth potential can attract investors and customers from across the country. So, is it important that a technology entrepreneur who is getting started or a tech company that is trying to grow establishes a connection to a certain location?
Undoubtedly, yes, say those who have successfully transformed audacious ideas into sustainable operations. A global technology hub with a focus on the creation of new technology, i.e. a capital of creation, such as Cyberjaya is able to support, connect and inspire the tech community while improving the chances of a company succeeding in the fast-changing tech industry.
Successful tech start-ups and companies with a connection to Cyberjaya share their experiences of how they have leveraged their presence in the cyber city. There is a common thread to their stories: a world of opportunities exists for start-ups and companies that are eager to develop digital and creative tech solutions.
Tech companies would probably say the most attractive aspect of Cyberjaya is its talent pool of creative and skilled workers, says Mohd Nizam Abd Razak, managing director at Animonsta Studios Sdn Bhd.
As creative tech-based businesses rely on employees to drive innovation, good talent is a crucial aspect of ongoing success. But fi nding and retaining skilled talent is not an easy feat as demand frequently outstrips supply.
Good talent is said to look for companies with directive leadership, a collaborative work culture and opportunities for learning and advancement. Increasingly recognised is the need for companies to be located in a relevant and conducive ecosystem. After all, it is the ecosystem that connects, inspires and nurtures skilled talent by feeding their intellectual curiosity.
“As a creative and technology company, Animonsta relies heavily on creative talents and skilled workers. In Cyberjaya, there are a number of colleges and universities such as Multimedia University, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology and KRU Academy that develop and nurture skilled talent,” says Mohd Nizam.
He was part of this talent pool, having graduated from Multimedia University in 2001. He founded Animonsta, an animation content developer, with three partners eight years later. The company, which is recognised as a home-grown tech hero, has been based in Cyberjaya since 2010. “The complete tech eco-system is found in Cyberjaya. There are government agencies, creative companies, universities and programmes related to the creative and technology industry. A unifi ed and complete eco-system is critical to the growth of this industry,” says Mohd Nizam. “Being in Cyberjaya since the early days gave Animonsta an advantage. We had the opportunity to leverage on the Malaysia Animation and Creative Content Centre, better known as MAC3, in Cyberjaya. “Animonsta benefited from its state-of-the-art facilities and funding. We also connected with other companies through various programmes that were held here and still keep in touch with members of Cyberjaya’s tech community.”