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DXP-003: Marc Mendoza and Dave Kim

By November 12, 2019January 2nd, 2020Podcast

Dave Kim has been working at Korean owned bag factories in Vietnam for more than 15 years.
Marc Mendoza is a product designer from Silicon Valley who relocated to Vietnam to start Post Carry, a brand catering to cyclists.

Marc’s Links: Instagram: @postcarryco

Thomas’s Links: Instagram: @sefustyle


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Table of Contents:

  • 00:38 – Intro Banter
  • 02:46 – Marc made over 100 bags for friends, why he moved to Vietnam
  • 06:17 – 15 years ago Saigon street coffee was better and people were friendlier
  • 09:58 – Taking taxis vs driving in Saigon
  • 11:14 – Korean Noodles
  • 12:25 – Dave’s job: bring design to reality, and bag production at a factory.
  • 19:30 – Tech Packs and Design Documentation – How detailed does it need to be?
  • 25:41 – Advice for New Product Designers
  • 31:06 – Dave’s Dream for 1 Million Dollars
  • 33:08 – Feeling Good through Customer Feedback
  • 36:20 – Climbing in Vietnam
  • 38:55 – Vietnam is a “Woman Country”
  • 40:31 – One of the benefits of being a foreigner is anonymity
  • 42:33 – Cheap Smoothies and a Growing Economy drew Thomas to Vietnam
  • 47:51 – The Number One Thing Thomas Doesn’t Like About Vietnam.
  • 51:39 – Driving a Motorbike in Vietnam
  • 57:23 – Marc rode his bicycle 80km to the factory.
  • 01:00:40 – Marc Wants to be in Vietnam
  • 01:01:39 – Thomas lost meaning after separation from his son and seeks calmness and connection with his son in Japan.
  • 01:04:08 – Columbus Ohio is becoming more attractive to Thomas.
  • 01:06:49 – Silicon Valley vs Vietnam according to Marc Mendoza
  • 01:08:09 – Our Favorite Viet Foods


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