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21 startups in Asia that caught our eye

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Here’s our newest round-up of the featured startups on our site this week. If you have startup tips or story suggestions, feel free to email us or tell us about your startup on this form. Any juicy tech news tips go here. Enjoy this week’s list!

1. Referral Candy | Singapore

ReferralCandy, developed by Singapore-based startup Anafore, is an app that lets users easily implement refer-a-friend programs using email marketing. It is integrated with major e-commerce platforms like Shopify and Magento. The startup has recently raised S$1 million (US$778,000) in an oversubscribed funding round.


2. Brand Clozet | Indonesia

Launched on February 7, BrandClozet offers weekly flash sales of local and international labels in Indonesia. It is run by founder Detty Wulandari, who is affiliated with Fazzione, an Indonesian startup that has offered flash sales to its members since 2012.


3. ITviec | Vietnam

Vietnam’s ITviec is a job recruitment site targeted specifically at IT companies in the country, that was launched back in July last year. The company has revealed some interesting information about the IT sector in Vietnam in an infographic.


4. Cinnamon | Japan

Cinnamon, the Japanese startup that pitched its photo app Seconds at last year’s Startup Asia Singapore, yesterday announced it received $1.5 million in funding from CyberAgent Ventures, TBS Innovation Partners, Incubate Fund, and Golden Gate Ventures. The funding comes just in time for the company’s launch of PicChat, a revamp of the original Seconds app which has since been removed from the App Store and Google Play.


5. Appzilo | Malaysia

Malaysia-based startup Appzilo is a platform that lets app developers advertise their apps through an allotted space in their website and convert those views into more users and revenue.


6. Art Loft | Singapore

Launched late last year, Art Loft is a website for buying and renting art founded by an art enthusiast and the founders of Soldgers, a Singapore startup in the penny auction business that shut down late last year.
To date, the startup has north of 500 art pieces on the site and are looking to raise seed money.


7. Kelas Cinta | Indonesia

Started in August 2013, KelasCinta (which means “love class”) wants to be the one-stop answer for your dating, romance, and relationship questions. It is run by Hitman System, an offline training company which has been teaching Indonesians how to find love since 2006.


8. Ivy | China

Ivy is a social gallery app from Beijing that lets users organize their photos based on chronological events, then collaborate on those albums with friends. They can then be shared across social networks and cloud media. It is revealed that the company in the process of closing the first funding round.


9. Housing | India

Housing is a Mumbai-based tech startup started in 2012 by 12 students from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B). The startup has a web-based platform and mobile apps to serve as a search engine for people looking to rent apartments in several major Indian cities.


10. DearLove | Singapore

Developed by Atiral Media Lab, Singapore’s DearLove, is a Path-like a messaging and diary app for couples. In addition to messaging it also features a store for sending flowers, chocolates, and surprise gifts.


11. Bukalapak | Indonesia

Run by about 20 employees, Bukalapak is one of the top marketplace sites in Indonesia. The company has received an undisclosed investment from Japan’s Aucfan(3674:Tokyo), 500 Startups, and existing investor GREE Ventures.


12. Between | South Korea

Between, an app developed by Korean company VCNC, is essentially a private digital space for couples to chat, share moments, and keep in touch. The startup has raised an undisclosed amount of money from strategic investor DeNA (2432.T), a Japanese web services and gaming platform company.


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