In part 3 of the Taiwan Turnaround series looking at how Taiwan’s internet tech scene is catching up, TechNode checks in with some star players about how Taiwan’s brain drain is affecting them and how they are addressing the issue. Next, in the finale of the series, we look at the effects that government regulations have had on the startup economy and how the government plans to be more accommodating. Read Part 1Part 2 and Part 4.

When Ivan Lin returned to Taiwan in 2014 after working for more than 15 years on the mainland, he was surprised that the landing page for the island’s largest e-commerce platform PChome hadn’t changed much.

“PChome looked like this 10 years ago. Now, it still looks the same,” the former e-commerce executive turned entrepreneur told TechNode. Lin now runs his own lifestyle e-commerce startup called Add Ons in Tainan, a small city in southern Taiwan.

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Linda Lew

Linda Lew is a Beijing-based journalist who covers technology, start-ups and business in China. You can reach her at lindalew at aliyun dot com.