12 Startups in Asia That Caught Our Eye

Emily Goh
1:30 pm on Nov 11, 2012

Another week has gone by and here’s a compilation of the startups that we’ve covered. For tips and stories suggestions, feel free to email us at editors@techinasia.com. Alternatively, you can submit tips here and/or your startup here. Enjoy!

1. I Want to See a Dentist | China

I Want to See a Dentist, as its name suggests, is a dental appointment booking website that is based in China. Presently, this online service is only available in Shenzhen and users are able to quickly and freely book dental appointments with virtually any dentist in the city.

2. iTajPlus | India

iTajPlus app, aimed at travelers visiting India, was created by a group of Indian and expat backpacker types who want to provide a hi-tech way for people to explore the historic treasure that is the Taj Mahal at Agra.

3. DroidJuice | India

Here’s a new interesting way to keep track of the battery life of your Android phone – and even on other people’s phones.

4. Language Cloud | Japan

Based in Tokyo, Language Cloud lets users manage classes online. It includes features like announcements, assignments, and flashcards in a very friendly interface for students and teachers.

5. ChopChop | Malaysia

Malaysia-based startup ChopChop allows users to engage in cashless transactions and keep track of their rewards on-the-go without the hassle of holding all those loyalty-cards stuffed inside their wallet.

6. 9Rasa.com | India

Indian flash sales site 99Labels has expanded this month with the launch of 9Rasa.com, which is a more conventional e-commerce site that specializes in traditional-style clothes, jewelry, and home decorations.

7. RumahSegar.com | Indonesia

Thinking of cooking at home, but you haven’t any fresh products or ingredients? RumahSegar is a new e-commerce site that takes care of your needs, letting you order all you need from home.

8. Nana | Japan

Previously available only in Japan, Nana has now officially launched a global version of its iPhone app. This app lets users to sing, play songs, and collaborate with other users on the Nana platform.

9. LifeCrumbs | Taiwan

The Taipei-based startup is a new social journal allowing users to share memorable moments in their everyday lives.

10. Hornet | China

The startup reckons that Hornet’s success in China as a flirty hook-up app is partly societal, as “gay culture is understated and a private affair” in mainland China.

11. Darisini | Indonesia

As a sort of weekend/side project, a co-founder told us it took two months to build the location-based app from scratch.

12. TradeHero | Singapore

TradeHero is a mobile app that allows users to trade virtual money based on real-world stock market data. But this isn’t just another simulated stock market game; click and read on. It’s epic.

That’s all for this week, folks. (See last week’s list here). For our full coverage of the hottest and most innovative startups in the region, you can click here or subscribe to our Asia startups RSS feed. For tips and news, sent us a note via editors[at]techinasia.com – thanks!

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  • Jeremy

    Huge fan of Tech in Asia but could I request you include the links to the actual websites, and not just your internal tags in stories?

  • Andrew

    the link to LifeCrumbs | Taiwan is wrong. please check, thanks.

  • http://www.techinasia.com Emily Goh

    @Andrew: My apologies for the error! The correct link to LifeCrumbs has been updated. :)

  • http://techinasia.com Willis

    @jeremy – Sure, we will take note of that. Thanks for the feedback.

  • http://www.affenstunde.com James

    Contrarian here, commenting in favour of the internal links to your coverage of each startup. I want to read your take before leaving to check out a company.

    Great to see a Malaysian startup on here again this week.

  • Ben

    Hi. Simple problem solved: Have both article and startups’ website links. :) Good for startups’ SEO too.

  • Jonny

    Tradehero is refreshing, Hornet is bold.

  • http://www.itajplus.com Sid

    Thanks for including iTajPlus in your list. Just wanted to share that on popular demand (we did a poll) we are making iTajPlus “freemium” shortly. The app will be free to download with some very useful features completely free to access and others available at $0.99 each (there are four of them). Users can buy all of the content at the current price of $2.99. All content is downloaded with the free app so no expensive data downloads are required by travellers on the move should they decide to buy a paid feature. The idea is to allow the users to sample the app and also provide reliable information to travellers absolutely free. The free app still stays ad free.

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