Posts Tagged: opinion


The case for bootstrapping: building and selling a startup without a cent of funding

In Yongfook’s opinion, bootstrapping is the fastest route to profitability.

  • June 20, 2014
  • at 11:21 am
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5 arguments for foreign startups in China to register in Hong Kong

Besides a joint venture, other options include the Cayman Islands, Singapore, and other tax havens, but all have larger barriers to entry.

  • June 17, 2014
  • at 4:38 pm
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Earning the halo: How to build relationships with angel investors, even when they won’t invest in you

Rui Ma is the Greater China Venture Partner for the global seed fund and accelerator 500 Startups. She has been working in finance for over ...

  • June 9, 2014
  • at 3:52 pm
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5 reasons why I’m starting to hate hackathons

These days I dread attending hackathons, and I avoid them unless I'm certain there's going to be someone or something newsworthy to write ab...

  • May 1, 2014
  • at 11:16 am
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Why GrabTaxi is giving Singapore’s largest taxi operator a run for its money

For too long, Comfort has relied on its market dominance and has stagnated in improving its services.

  • April 21, 2014
  • at 5:29 pm
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It’s time for messaging apps to quit the bullshit numbers and tell us how many users are active

One of the biggest trends of the last few years is messaging apps. Dozens of startups and major web companies have leapt into this social sp...

  • January 23, 2014
  • at 2:58 pm
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China’s e-commerce goes mobile in 2014

On November 11, China’s largest online shopping festival – the equivalent of Cyber Monday in the US – took place. On the two largest e...

  • December 30, 2013
  • at 3:38 pm
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Despite panic, China’s regulation of Bitcoin leaves room for optimism

Jack Wang is a cofounder of Dearcoin, a Bitcoin startup based in Beijing. He can be reached at jackwang[at] or @jw2856 on WeChat...

  • December 5, 2013
  • at 11:21 pm
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Singapore an advanced surveillance state, but citizens don’t mind

Leaks of top secret documents by intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden has exposed Singapore as a key “third party” providin...

  • November 26, 2013
  • at 11:39 am
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Singapore: a nation of entrepreneurs or wealth managers?

Do we train more engineers and programmers, or bankers and accountants? Do we value creativity and diversity, or place a premium on complian...

  • June 18, 2014
  • at 6:10 pm
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Dealing with entrepreneur depression the Asian way

Asian entrepreneurs tend to be less open with their feelings in order to "save face".

  • June 13, 2014
  • at 11:00 am
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For Asia to leapfrog Silicon Valley, governments are a big piece of the puzzle

Wealth and talent are not lacking in the region. A mindset shift is needed, and governments can help.

  • May 14, 2014
  • at 10:33 am
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15 GIFs that explain my relationship with China’s internet

15 GIFs that explain my relationship with China’s internet

Despite China's booming tech industry, the internet itself has got a lot worse in that time. Here’s my personal take on living with the we...

  • May 1, 2014
  • at 9:29 am
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5 indicators why Line could soon topple Facebook in Thailand

Thais really love their social networks. Thailand’s Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) reports that over 90 percent of web ...

  • April 2, 2014
  • at 9:30 am
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Sina Weibo, you’re getting ugly and annoying and I’m starting to hate you

Sina Weibo, it’s not me, it’s you. My friends agree. You’re getting kinda erratic these days. You’re trying to do to...

  • January 17, 2014
  • at 3:10 pm
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Go away MDA, and leave Singapore’s news startups alone

Update: Edits were made to clarify the fact that Breakfast Network does not yet fall under the new licensing rules. Therefore, it did not ne...

  • December 11, 2013
  • at 5:44 pm
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Startups, learn the value of free, the power of easy, and the cost of trust

Callum is the founder and CEO of Fitness-Buffet, which offers a unique solution to those companies or individuals looking for an alternative...

  • November 29, 2013
  • at 12:39 pm
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Singapore needs an acqui-hire phenomenon

The country’s ability to maintain its venerated position atop the tech world is at risk unless it encourages more innovation in MNCs throu...

  • November 12, 2013
  • at 5:01 pm
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