The capital of Malaysia in the state of Johor on the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Johor Bahru has a causeway going across the Straits of Johor that connects it to Singapore. The city itself has a population of 497,097 inhabitants, but when you take into account the entire metropolitan area, it is swarming with 1,638,219 people making it the 3rd largest in the country. It was founded in 1855, occupied by Japanese forces during the period from 1942 to 1945 and was the birthplace of Malay nationalism in 1946. When Malaysia was formed in 1963, Johor Bahru kept its state capital status and was given city status in 1994. Once considered to be a dirty and chaotic border town, it has been given a makeover and is rebranding itself. Now you will find coworking venues springing up in this colorful bustling city that is known as "JB" for short.
There are 3 main hubs for tech/startup gurus in Malaysia, that of Kuala Lumpur and Penang with Johor silently bubbling away. The city has an entrepreneurial culture that is transparent with work colleagues mingling friendship with creativity and a generous attitude when it comes to sharing of ideas and knowledge. Startups are scattered throughout the area and Johor does need more intrepid souls plus more support organizations to really bounce out of its brewing stage.
With many locals wishing to start something of their own, Malaysian entrepreneurship is very much alive and there have been a few extremely successful startups such as Grab, Jobstreet, MOL and Airasia to come out of the country. With this in mind, it is little wonder that coworking venues are hives of activity and collaboration.
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