Posts Categorized: Special Commentary


What’s it like to be an attractive woman in tech? GrabTaxi executive and runway model explains

GrabTaxi executive and part-time model Natasha Bautista shares what it’s like to be an attractive woman in tech.

  • July 21, 2014
  • at 11:04 am
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The Philippine economy’s secret weapon: Area 55

As early as January of 2014, the braintrust at Philippine investment firm - Minette Navarrete, Dan Siazon, Christian Besler, Pia Bernal - a...

  • July 1, 2014
  • at 9:30 pm
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What Viki’s USD 200M exit means for Singapore’s startup ecosystem

Rakuten’s reported USD 200M acquisition of Singapore and San Francisco based startup Viki is by many accounts positive news. In fact, ...

  • September 2, 2013
  • at 10:29 pm
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Youths are the future: Lessons from Startup Roots Singapore

By Derrick Ko, SF-based software engineer, employee #1 at Kicksend, startup founder. A version of this article was first published on Medium...

  • August 2, 2013
  • at 1:05 pm
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Changing gears from engineer to entrepreneur

By Meng Weng Wong, social engineer and co-founder at JFDI.Asia, a Singapore-based startup accelerator. A version of this article was first p...

  • July 30, 2013
  • at 12:19 pm
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Buying Google AdWords against competitors: A good sign for Southeast Asia, so learn to deal with it

The startup community in Southeast Asia is up in arms over Rocket Internet again. This time, it’s about their perceived unethical bidd...

  • July 25, 2013
  • at 12:44 pm
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In Philippines, a tale of two e-commerce markets

Much has been said about the futility of adopting a unified “Southeast Asia Strategy” to tackle a region with diverse languages...

  • July 15, 2013
  • at 4:59 pm
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The top mistake clients make when building their app

By Zhou Wenhan, co-founder of 2359 Media. This is an excerpt from a presentation given at CommunicaAsia 2013 on Why Apps Fail. Original slid...

  • July 5, 2013
  • at 4:42 pm
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Dawn of hardware+software innovation in Asia

In Silicon Valley, startups that combine hardware and software are proclaimed the next big thing. Investor interest is a driver — whil...

  • July 2, 2013
  • at 12:29 pm
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Part-time model, full-time GrabTaxi executive Natasha Bautista introduces us to GrabCar’s stoic drivers

GrabTaxi executive Natasha Bautista introduces us to the drivers of GrabCar.

  • July 8, 2014
  • at 6:31 pm
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Want a top-notch startup sector? Reform the Singapore Armed Forces

By Yap Shiwen. A version of this article was published on The Online Citizen. Republished with author’s permission. While funding, talent...

  • September 6, 2013
  • at 9:20 am
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Danger looming large in Indonesia’s new e-commerce law?

By Remco Lupker, founder and president director at PT Ambient Digital Indonesia. A version of this article was first published on his blog. ...

  • August 6, 2013
  • at 4:37 pm
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Singapore better than Silicon Valley for hardware startups. What?

Renowned hardware hacker Bunnie Huang gave a talk recently at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire on why Singapore is a better place for hardware...

  • August 2, 2013
  • at 12:25 pm
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Why Singapore needs a public policy framework for 3D printing technology

By Yap Shiwen. A version of this article was first published on The Online Citizen. Republished with author’s permission. 3D Printing ...

  • July 26, 2013
  • at 11:46 am
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Where’s the Thai startup community at now?

By David Shelters. The original version of this post was published on Republished with permission. When I made the decision...

  • July 19, 2013
  • at 4:35 pm
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Gordon Ramsay’s master class in business relations

Singapore’s craze for Hello Kitty and N95 masks were overshadowed last week when locals formed snaking queues for another reason: The ...

  • July 8, 2013
  • at 12:57 pm
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When it comes to innovation, Singapore government shoots itself in the foot

Governments can help or hinder innovation. In Silicon Valley, startups and investors would rather that the government meddle less and stick ...

  • July 3, 2013
  • at 2:13 pm
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Mirror trading automates investments, reduces effort without eliminating responsibility

By Alexander Surminski and Marc P. Bernegger Social trading is the latest buzzword on investors lips and is considered as a welcome altern...

  • July 1, 2013
  • at 12:35 pm
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