Posts Categorized: Startups

Startups are Tech in Asia’s bread and butter. As Asia’s startup ecosystems grow, we’ll be here to document both their successes and failures. From seed-stage bootstrappers to multimillion-dollar exits, every startup worth its salt deserves a chance to be heard.

Shufti lands $5.75M to help Japanese housewives work from home

From data entry to audio transcription, Shufti allows housewives to earn additional income by completing simple, crowdsourced tasks.

  • October 1, 2014
  • at 12:30 pm
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Japan’s DeNA makes rare double acquisition for $50M in an effort to diversify

The tech company continues to diversify, branching out into lifestyle curation.

  • October 1, 2014
  • at 11:04 am
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Chinese mobile phone startup Smartisan planning a retail store

Chinese mobile phone startup Smartisan has been making big moves this year. This past spring, its launch event for its T1 smartphone became ...

  • October 1, 2014
  • at 9:05 am
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Singapore’s peer-to-peer ecommerce startup Carousell eyes Taiwan for expansion

The Singapore-based startup launched a traditional Chinese app in hopes of capturing a slice of the Taiwan market.

  • September 30, 2014
  • at 9:11 pm
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Startup culture is discriminatory, and we don’t even realize it

Why startup culture’s shallow discrimination is dangerous

Discrimination is very much a mindset as it is a practice.

  • September 30, 2014
  • at 4:23 pm
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Chinese flirting app Momo reportedly targets December for US IPO

It’s no secret that Chinese flirty chat app Momo has been flirting with the idea of a US IPO for some time now. Back in May there were...

  • September 30, 2014
  • at 10:49 am
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China’s InnoLight closes $38M series C round led by Google Capital

China’s InnoLight Technology announced today via a press release that it has closed a US$38 million round of Series C funding led by G...

  • September 29, 2014
  • at 11:44 pm
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Indonesian news reader app Kurio gets funding from CyberAgent Ventures

Indonesian smartphone news reader app Kurio announced today it received series A investment of an undisclosed amount from Japanese venture c...

  • September 29, 2014
  • at 9:32 pm
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Chinese startup goes global with crowdfunding campaign for smart home security system

Chinese startup goes global with crowdfunding campaign for smart home security system

A new Chinese startup is looking to make an impact around the world with its smart home security system that uses image recognition technolo...

  • September 29, 2014
  • at 4:38 pm
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How Vietnam’s richest billionaire is secretly building Vietnam’s biggest ecommerce site

VinEcom is a US$50 million project under the auspices of Vingroup, Vietnam’s top real estate company. Vietnam's richest billionaire, Pham ...

  • October 1, 2014
  • at 12:00 pm
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Darma, a smart cushion which nudges you to be healthy, smashes past Kickstarter goal

This startup appears to be the right ingredients in place for success. Only thing to wait for now is the actual product.

  • October 1, 2014
  • at 9:15 am
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ACE, formerly a Singapore government-led entrepreneurship entity, now in startup mode

ACE has privatized. It's also looking at expanding its reach internationally.

  • September 30, 2014
  • at 9:22 pm
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Yes, Indonesia is incredibly complex for brands. But here’s how you can win the market

According to a McKinsey and Co report, some 90 million Indonesians will join the consumer class by 2030. That’s more than in any other eme...

  • September 30, 2014
  • at 8:30 pm
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Traveloka flies under the radar at the top of its game (#StartupAsia preview)

It’s fair to say that Traveloka is the quiet giant of Southeast Asia’s travel booking industry. Although the site currently has 120 empl...

  • September 30, 2014
  • at 3:03 pm
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David vs. Goliath: Small grocery chain Presto Grocer plans to topple giants in Southeast Asia

David vs. Goliath: small grocery chain Presto Grocer plans to topple giants in Southeast Asia

After spending 10 years to establish themselves in Malaysia, the time has come for Presto to challenge the region's big players.

  • September 30, 2014
  • at 10:02 am
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Half a million users later, Tinybeans raises $1.7M for a baby-focused social network

Co-founder Eddie Geller reveals that they are aiming to double that by year’s end, and hit three million by mid-2015.

  • September 29, 2014
  • at 10:01 pm
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Yuemei - Cosmetic surgery marketplace in China gets series A funding

A pretty penny: plastic surgery marketplace in China gets funding

Yuemei has over 1,100 registered practitioners in its marketplace, scattered across mainland China.

  • September 29, 2014
  • at 7:11 pm
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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
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