Another week has passed in Tech in Asia and below is the list of startups which we have covered. For tips and stories suggestions, feel free to email us at Editors[at]techinasia[dot].com. Enjoy!
This week, Indonesia’s first online financial management service, NgaturDuit.com, launched “Rich Game” to educate users on financial matters, especially on investment in Indonesia.
Tweaky.com, an online marketplace for people to connect with web designers, has recently raised a seed round of AUS$450,000 (US$468,000) from Australian investors Mark Harbottle (founder of 99designs), Leni Mayo (Learnable CEO), and the Sitepoint group.
After Koprol, the founders went on to set up Ice House and Barito Labs. Yahoo also made a classy move by returning all the rights associated with the trademark and domain names that were obtained at the time of the initial acquisition to the founders.
The Indian startup that created the much-lauded Iris app – aka: “Siri for Android” – has another impressive Android-only creation with the newly-launched Friday. The tagline for the Friday app is that it lets you “forget to remember” – so it’s an all-knowing, auto-compiled journal of your calls, messages, photos, movements, and all kinds of other things.
One of the Jakarta Founders Institute’s graduates, Aibilities, recently just launched its new free android app called Dokita. Dokita, which stands for “dokter kita” or in English “our doctor,” provides users with first step health advice from stand-by doctors in period of 30 minutes to 1 hour on weekdays, from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
The makers of the hit photo app Camera360 have brought their image-altering expertise to a new stage: a Photoshop-esque website called 52Photo.com where people can upload, tweak, and add effects to photos.
TeknoUp, the Indonesian site that specialized in reviewing gadgets and covering technology, has launched an e-commerce site focusing on gadget this week.
Fazzione is a private sales site offering discounts up to 90 percent for fashion products to site members only. It has 700,000 members so far which we thought is quite impressive.
Sugo Toys Japan is a new service that allows users to buy a new toy from Japan each month on a subscription basis. It capitalizes on the popularity of Japanese manga, anime, and video games which are popular with fans overseas.
Chope, the Singapore-based online restaurant reservation startup, has served its one-millionth diner this week and also expanded its service to Hong Kong.
Indonesian city lifestyle directory website Urbanesia yesterday announced that its API is now open for third-party developers. The API will allow other apps to make use of Urbanesia’s location data, and it can even display very focused categories such as restaurants and tourist spots.
SoundGecko is a text-to-audio transcribing service which allows you to listen to written content while on-the-go.
Thailand-based startup, MyColorscreen, is a site that provides you with gorgeous-looking mobile wallpaper. It’s all user-generated and you don’t have to buy them. Users who upload them will share with the community, thereby showcasing various designs, effects, and typographic styles.
14. Zhouwu | China
Zhouwu (means Friday in Chinese) is a travel e-commerce site that lets you snag venue tickets online, getting you into historical sites, museums, scenic spots, and more.
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