Posts Categorized: Special Commentary


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Youths are holding back Singapore’s startup scene

By Looi Qin En, voluntary intern at The HUB Singapore. This is an edited version of the original letter. The opinions expressed in this arti...

  • July 1, 2013
  • at 11:51 am
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Should investors bet on the horse or jockey?

By Piyush Chaplot, venture capitalist Besides the usual screening process, every investor I have met so far also has an unwritten methodolog...

  • June 18, 2013
  • at 12:13 pm
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How to build a community around your startup

By Vinnie Lauria, managing partner of Golden Gate Ventures My number one goal is to help the community. Do that, and everything else will fa...

  • June 7, 2013
  • at 3:44 pm
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How Styleprofile and other ‘mobile blinders’ could displace Asia’s fashion magazines

Magazine circulation has been declining in the United States, due in part to a phenomenon called ‘mobile blinders’, where consum...

  • June 3, 2013
  • at 7:17 pm
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Key ingredients for a compelling startup community, as told by Brad Feld

For a while, I’ve been fascinated by indices — the Startup Genome project and Global Innovation Index are great examples —...

  • May 28, 2013
  • at 11:46 am
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Why Rocket Internet’s Foodpanda is a safer bet than Zalora and Lazada

The last time I met Foodpanda Asia CEO Kiren Tanna, fittingly over lunch, the food delivery service hadn’t raised money and kept a low...

  • May 15, 2013
  • at 4:41 pm
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If you have a good idea, you don’t need a technical co-founder

Business founders have been receiving flak for not offering much to technical co-founders. Dropmyemail CEO John Fearon responds. Recently, I...

  • April 24, 2013
  • at 4:10 pm
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Singapore’s NUS one of world’s most innovation-supportive universities: MIT-Skoltech study

Much has been said about how governments around the world are trying to replicate Silicon Valley in their own backyards. The prevailing view...

  • April 19, 2013
  • at 1:00 pm
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Quick lessons from Launch Festival in the Bay Area

The first leg of SGE's trip to the Bay Area saw us spend three great days at Launch Festival. Three quick things I learned at Launch.

  • April 10, 2013
  • at 8:00 am
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Singapore’s Great Haze exposes limits of e-commerce

As Indonesia’s forest fires ravage Singapore, bringing the Pollutant Standards Index to a recording-breaking 401 at one point, residen...

  • June 21, 2013
  • at 5:23 pm
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Finance 2.0 will democratize the industry and bring more power to clients

The Internet revolution has changed the economy to an extent rarely seen throughout history. Barriers to new business models are lower than ...

  • June 11, 2013
  • at 12:19 pm
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Why Asia’s obscure startups will be the ones to shape the region

In his trademark blunt style, 500 Startups founder Dave McClure told it like it is at Echelon, a startup conference in Singapore. In front o...

  • June 4, 2013
  • at 4:33 pm
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Only one person becomes Al Capone

For every entrepreneur with a successful exit, there are probably countless that have failed. How can we learn from them?

  • May 29, 2013
  • at 6:20 pm
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What Reebonz’s and Zalora’s funding rounds mean for e-commerce startups in Asia

The biggest news last week for Southeast Asia’s startup community would undoubtedly involve the USD 40M that luxury e-commerce company...

  • May 22, 2013
  • at 8:43 pm
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Enterprise startup issues: What’s different about B2B startups?

While all the startup buzz we hear about seems to focus on social networking, mobile, and casual gaming, there’s real opportunity for star...

  • May 8, 2013
  • at 3:24 pm
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Southeast Asia’s big media emerges from slumber, finds digital media revolution at its doorstep

While traditional media in the United States have been reeling from the digital media revolution, registering millions in losses, shutdowns,...

  • April 24, 2013
  • at 12:59 pm
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Why Indonesia could be a death trap for beauty box companies

News has hit this week that Indonesia has become the new battleground for beauty box companies — a type of subscription service where ...

  • April 17, 2013
  • at 10:39 am
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What the hell happened to Yahoo! Messenger?

By Michael Smith, chief product officer at Spuul and former director of global tech initiatives at Yahoo!. Republished with permission fro...

  • April 9, 2013
  • at 5:44 pm
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