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47 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. Art of Click | Singapore

Singapore-based Art of Click, is a mobile marketing agency and ad network that insists on charging clients based on results. In other words, it charges only if there’s a successful download, purchase, or registration.


2. Teabox | India

Started in 2011, India-based ecommerce site Teabox ships India’s homegrown tea direct to tea drinkers around the world. Over the weekend, the startup revealed it has secured funding led by Accel Partners India, along with some cash from Singapore’s Horizen Ventures.


3. Suvaco | Japan

Tokyo-based Suvaco is a Japanese home design marketplace which lets users browse and search real portfolio photos to find the best interior or exterior design to suit them. The company has recently raised about a funding from Fuji Startup Ventures and Mobile Internet Capital.


4. Sirclo | Indonesia

Indonesia’s Sirclo is a brand new service that lets users set up an ecommerce site, focusing exclusively on domestic customers looking to sell products.


5. World Startup Wiki | Philippines

Launched this week, World Startup Wiki is a guide for entrepreneurs to help them startup companies in any part of the world, in the form of a community-generated wiki.


6. LifeisTech | Japan

Started in 2011, LifeisTech is a Tokyo-based company that teaches programming to junior high students. Instead of teaching coding online, the company organizes camps – from three to five days – for students to take part in.


7. Nitrous.IO | Singapore and United States

Nitrous.IO is a Singapore and Silicon Valley-based startup that wants to eliminate the hassle of setting up a computer for programming. The company was revealed to have raised a funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners.


8. Crevo | Japan

Crevo is a crowdsourcing platform from Japan that is specifically for animation. The company focuses on crowdsourcing various types of digital animation and is only available in Japan for now.


9. Locondo | Japan

Founded in 2010, Locondo is one of the largest ecommerce sites selling shoes in Japan. The startup adopts a three-pair solution to prevent customers from feeling disappointed if they receive shoes that don’t fit. Once a decision is made on the right pair within thirty days, the customer will have to call the delivery guy to bring the other shoes back.


9. YogaTrail | Thailand

Chiang Mai-based YogaTrail is a community-based yoga directory and marketplace. It helps yoga enthusiasts find venues, teachers, and events anywhere in the world. The platform also helps yoga practitioners locate independent yoga teachers and venues, not just those with brands.


10. YourBus | India

Started in 2011, India’s YourBus is a bus tracking and analytics startup that installs GPS technology in public buses so travelers can stay updated as to when the next one will come.

This week, the company announced that it has been acquired by India’s ibiboGroup.


11. Gengo | Japan

Gengo is an online crowdsourcing translation startup that prides itself in being speedy, and is based out of Tokyo. To date, Gengo has translated over 150 million words. Some of its clients include Alibaba, YouTube, Rakuten, and TripAdvisor.


12. Waygo | China

Waygo is visual translator app that impressed us back in 2012, recently underwent a major update so that it supports scanning and converting Japanese text. The Waygo team graduated out of 500 Startups last year.


13. Paktor | Singapore

Launched last July, Paktor is a Singapore-founded dating app that models itself very closely after Tinder, a popular US dating app that allows users to view flashcards of potential dates.

The startup announced that it has raised a funding round led by a group of Hong Kong-based angels as well as a private investor that was involved in a previous seed round.


14. MergePay | Thailand

Launched in beta version back in 2012, Thailand’s MergePay wants to be Mint for business users. The startup has ties to over 12,000 banks and financial institutions worldwide, with a heavy focus on Southeast Asia, and also supports over 100 currencies.


15. Holidayen | India

Holidayen is a travel startup from India that focuses on planning your trip for you, sort of like an online travel agent. The site offers packages with set prices that include travel, accommodation, and activities. Customers can select a destination and origin point and start planning a trip from there.


16. Moff | Japan

Tokyo-based startup Moff is building a piece of wearable tech that lets kids play using their creativity and imagination. Strapped onto a kid’s wrist and connected to the Moff mobile app via Bluetooth, Moff encourages the kid to play different roles, such as a samurai, tennis player, or a guitar-wielding rock star.


17. ConnecXionsAsia (CXA) | Singapore

Barely a year old, Singapore’s ConnecXionsAsia is a end-to-end employee benefits platform that already has customers like Google Malaysia, American Express in Singapore, and the Seagate office in China.


Startup lists

18 – 23. 6 interesting startups from Echelon’s Philippines satellite

24 – 27. 4 property marketplaces to watch out for in the Philippines

28 – 41. 14 online fashion stores, from cheap to couture, for Hong Kong shoppers

42 – 47. Crowdfunded in China: cheap 3D printers, smart thermometers, and glucometers for your phone


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