James Hill works for III, a startup incubator in Taipei, Taiwan. You can follow him on Twitter at @jameshilltaiwan He submitted this article to Technode.

So, the whole world has heard of Taiwanese tech firms, right? Our iPhones may be made in China, but they’re manufactured by a Taiwanese OEM. HTC, Acer, Asus and MediaTek are now household names, thanks in part to the rise of Android as the operating system of choice. When people think of Taiwan, computer hardware and IT peripherals are usually at the top of the list, before the hot springs, street food and traditional Chinese culture which feature so prominently in tourist literature.

Further down that list are the scores of innovative web services and mobile application developers that call Taiwan home. High levels of education and a developed economy mean that Taiwanese are avid users of smart phones, social media and other Web 2.0 tools. Taiwan is 5th in Asia for Facebook members at around 9 million, out of a population of only 23 million. Smart phone sales are expected to double in 2011, accounting for 40% of total mobile sales. As someone who works for an incubation program here in Taipei, I come across many innovative startups, both web and mobile based, who are disrupting markets here and further afield. For Technode readers, I wanted to point out a few interesting cases and share how new technologies are being implemented on this side of the Taiwan Strait.

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.