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.

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mWork is Vietnam’s biggest mobile affiliate network with 20M download requests a month

mWork, over the last three years, has built a sophisticated mobile ecosystem around smartphone apps and games. Here's a closer look at what ...

  • October 2, 2014
  • at 6:00 pm
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Gree Ventures joins $1.5M fundraising round for Philippine remittance startup

Ayannah, which operates Sendah and Sendah Direct, will use the funds for overseas expansion, customer acquisition, and product development.

  • October 2, 2014
  • at 1:42 pm
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This Steve Aoki-endorsed Q&A service helps Japanese fans and western musicians understand each other

AsQme allows Japanese audiophiles to pose questions in their native tongue and receive subtitled video replies from their favorite foreign a...

  • October 2, 2014
  • at 11:27 am
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Didi Nugrahadi, who famously founded Detik, is back with another media startup

Two years ago, Tech in Asia reported on an Indonesian app that would let users follow their favorite news topics. But after the article ran,...

  • October 1, 2014
  • at 9:00 pm
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Grivy is Indonesia’s eBay for leisure services

Jan Ouderman doesn’t want Indonesians to confuse his deal site Grivy with LivingSocial or Groupon. While all three companies offer a simil...

  • October 1, 2014
  • at 6:30 pm
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This startup dominates preschool SaaS in Singapore. Next up: global expansion

LittleLives has big ambitions. After winning the Singapore market, the kindergarten SaaS company ventures abroad.

  • October 1, 2014
  • at 4:29 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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This awesome spreadsheet helps you find the perfect VC in Southeast Asia

The VC industry in Asia is booming, and that's good news for startups. Here's a spreadsheet to find the right VC.

  • October 2, 2014
  • at 4:20 pm
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Why indian ad exchange Vserv just pivoted

Here’s why this Indian ad exchange with clients in 200 countries just pivoted

Vserv already had 500 million user profiles and Fortune 500 clients. CEO Dippak Khurana tells us why it still needed to get smarter at mobil...

  • October 2, 2014
  • at 1:30 pm
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A nimble startup is targeting a blind spot of India’s ecommerce giants, and pulling the rug from under their feet

While the big cats of ecommerce fight it out for leadership stakes in India, a jackal may run off with the spoils - mobile commerce innovato...

  • October 1, 2014
  • at 11:43 pm
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Co-founders Toru Nishikawa (L) and Daisuke Okanohara (R)

How big is a zettabyte? This startup got funding from Japan’s biggest telco to find out.

The company is gearing up for its biggest challege yet.

  • October 1, 2014
  • at 8:30 pm
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This US$100 billion Korean conglomerate has a plan to build the startup ecosystem in Asia

Hanwha, one of South Korea’s largest conglomerates is now quite keen on startups in Asia. It’s ready to put down more than $300,000 to m...

  • October 1, 2014
  • at 6:00 pm
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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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