Homegrown software: The uphill battle to make a global impact

By Julian Matthews

Developing your own software in Malaysia is a lot of sweat and tears, and very often a labor of love. Ask Looi Hoong Thoong, he should know.

Looi started “playing around” with computer viruses in 1988 and on his own steam and imagination, sans a grant, bank loan or external seed money, came up with V-Buster, an anti-virus program which he began selling two years later.

“Although I started at around the same time as McAfee, one is a multi-millionaire and the other isn’t. Guess who is the poorer one?” said Looi.
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