Posts Categorized: Opinion

Asia’s vast and budding tech startup ecosystem is still learning about itself. Many companies in Asia dwarf their Silicon Valley counterparts, but at the same time the platform of startups is not as mature yet. Opinion pieces come from our writers and editors as well as our gracious contributors. These people would like to give a voice to understanding Asia in this dazzling time of growth. It’s with this much needed meta that we can piece together what is going on, what are the real trends and themes, and anticipate what is to come from the startups and tech companies that rule over Asia.


Don’t judge a company by its job ad: a Sugar intern shares his experience

Sugar was unfairly maligned for its "discriminatory" job ad, says intern.

  • September 29, 2014
  • at 2:15 pm
Read More
Indian startup founders can’t get married

Indian startup founders can’t get married

You want to chase the entrepreneurial dream, but society is not playing along. How does that impact your life in terms of dating and marriag...

  • September 24, 2014
  • at 12:58 pm
Read More

8 unique things about tech in Indonesia

Indonesia is a beautiful and unique country.

  • September 19, 2014
  • at 9:00 pm
Read More
hacker lego

Singapore’s Kbox drops the ball on customers’ private data. Who’s next?

Coupled with the recent security breach at M1, corporations and governmental organizations aren't being very reassuring when it comes to gua...

  • September 16, 2014
  • at 3:45 pm
Read More
Sensors on the reverse side of the watch. The "digital crown" sits on the side. Straps are easily interchangeable: just press and slide.

Alibaba and Tencent are beating Apple Pay to the punch in China

Two of China's internet giants are already investing money to merge their e-commerce businesses with the country's retail vendors.

  • September 10, 2014
  • at 7:15 pm
Read More

How Indonesia’s problematic internet law will impede freedom of expression

While a democratic country, Indonesia’s internet regulations inhibit freedom of speech. To set things right, the law needs to be reformed.

  • September 10, 2014
  • at 12:30 pm
Read More

The Asian continent needs a Burning Man to be innovative

Silicon Valley founders are often jumping over to Burning Man for creative inspiration, but Asian founders don’t have this kind of outlet....

  • September 6, 2014
  • at 10:00 am
Read More
saito brothers sua tokyo

This is where the Saito brothers invest their money in Japan (#StartupAsia)

While they agreed with much of each others’ advice during a fireside chat on stage at Startup Asia Tokyo 2014, their preferred sectors rar...

  • September 4, 2014
  • at 11:49 am
Read More
medan city

State of tech startup ecosystem in Medan

Medan is Indonesia’s third biggest city in Indonesia. How big is the tech startup scene there?

  • August 27, 2014
  • at 12:15 pm
Read More

Major China VC to startups: raise funds now, a cooldown is imminent

He advised those thinking about raising funds to do so immediately and worry less about their valuations.

  • September 25, 2014
  • at 4:15 pm
Read More

Vietnam’s mobile frontiers are only about games, can it grow beyond?

Flappy Bird put Vietnam on the map. It underlined a little known fact about Vietnam, it has a burgeoning gaming market.

  • September 23, 2014
  • at 11:30 am
Read More

Will Vietnam ever take its internet seriously?

One of Vietnam’s five internet sea cables got cut once again this week, thus underlining the broken infrastructure that Vietnamese people ...

  • September 16, 2014
  • at 4:30 pm
Read More
There’s a need for entrepreneur porn, too. Here’s why.

There’s a need for ‘entrepreneur porn’. Here’s why.

There is a need for ‘inspirational literature’ to give would-be entrepreneurs the nudge they need.

  • September 12, 2014
  • at 2:46 pm
Read More
Premium version of the watch with 24-carat gold.

Why Apple Watch and Apple Pay are good news for startups

As usual, Apple's moves have a huge impact on startups. Fortunately, there are still plenty of opportunities in Asia.

  • September 10, 2014
  • at 3:54 pm
Read More
apple watch blue

Apple Watch looks awesome. But it’s too expensive for Asia.

Even if the technology holds up, the price is too high for Asian consumers.

  • September 10, 2014
  • at 4:39 am
Read More
victor koo als ice bucket challenge

Bucket of ice sets the internet on fire – a study on virality

The Ice Bucket Challenge is brilliant. It’s got all the elements right as a viral design; it’s so good it is worth studying.

  • September 4, 2014
  • at 12:10 pm
Read More

Japan is finally opening up to the rest of the tech world

Will Japan be able to marry its strong history of hardware innovation and build mass appeal for the next generation of software-based techno...

  • September 1, 2014
  • at 6:58 pm
Read More
ice bucket challenge

Lessons from the ice bucket challenge: how you can create the next marketing magic

Shrewd marketers should localize the concept of an ice bucket challenge to Asia, but you first need to know what makes the campaign great.

  • August 26, 2014
  • at 9:07 pm
Read More