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David Corbin

David is exploring the world of tech in Japan. It's a big world so sometimes he has to check Google Maps. Thank goodness for Google Maps. He likes comedy, beer, root beer, and headphones. He dislikes fax machines, spoilers, garlic naan, and the number 73. Send him a message if you are passing through Tokyo!
Excited to see Funding Societies (and hopefully the rest too) in Tokyo soon!

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Tech in Asia Tour made its final stop in Singapore. Check out the 5 startups we met
But GrabTaxi also got SoftBank money. This is a fun battle to watch!

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Uber throws $1B at India to fight off local rivals
I bet that most of the startups / tech are going to be Pepper compatible...

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SoftBank announces innovation program for smart homes and vehicles, digital marketing, healthcare
Uber must have a heck of a plan to crack foreign markets given the insane funding it keeps getting despite data that suggests the way forward is gonna be quite tough.

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This chart shows how hard Didi Kuaidi is dominating Uber in China
Hey Steven, I think WeChat did it first! https://www.techinasia.com/check-smart-hotel-room-controlled-wechat/

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Line CEO Takeshi Idezawa talks Line’s global push, hints at IoT integration
Hi Mary, they actually shared the figures on Thursday. I included that link in the article :-)

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Line CEO Takeshi Idezawa talks Line’s global push, hints at IoT integration
Seems odd strategy - Telkomsel might alienate the consumers who could become their biggest ambassadors.

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Indonesians pressure the country’s largest telco to lower data costs
From 10MM to 50MM? Impressive jump - congrats to Golden Gate team! Great to see extra cash and resources available for more mature companies in the region.

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After 25 investments in Southeast Asia, Golden Gate Ventures ups the ante with US$50M fund
Wow, heck of a list. I'm glad to know where to turn if I go to Vietnam!

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Getting into Vietnam’s startup scene? Here’s 10 people you should meet
Thanks Charlie! Sounds like China is really just a different beast for this industry.

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No, China did not just legalize game consoles
Awesome! Thanks for considering us :-)

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This Korean startup is making wearables for the blind, but its ambition is much bigger
Cool idea and I'm excited to see this sort of tech develop. At the same time, I wouldn't want to live in a world where the only ads I see are perfectly attuned to me. That means there is less of a chance that products and ideas I'm exposed to will challenge me or introduce new concepts. Kinda boring.

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One step closer to Minority Report style advertising with Eddystone – yay or nay?
Thank you for the support Leighton :-)

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Quiz: Will Asian investors be interested in your startup?
thanks for pointing that out. I fixed them!

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Combating digital addiction in pursuit of digital nirvana
LinkedIn is for business stalkers :-p

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Are you a cyberstalker? (INFOGRAPHIC)
Very cool idea! I want to try it, haha. They should come to Tech in Asia Tokyo and exhibit!

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This Korean startup is making wearables for the blind, but its ambition is much bigger
It was fun reading about this new perspective! What were some other EU cities you thought about being a digital nomad in?

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What is it like founding a tech startup in Bulgaria and living there as a digital nomad?
Nice rant Charlie - I learned a lot! Are there any local console companies which attract a lot of users? Seems like there might be an opportunity for an enterprising firm with deep pockets.

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No, China did not just legalize game consoles
"It's very easy to be different, but very difficult to be better," Jonathan Ive.

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Ask TIA: What’s your favourite startup quote?
These sorts of policies only work well in companies with a super talented/dedicated management staff. If leaders can set the right tone, the culture of responsibility takes care of itself. If a company has irresponsible leadership then flex-time, etc. might not be beneficial. It's great if everyone is a responsible adult, but someone has to lead for the group to be effective.

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The death of the employee: what does flexibility look like?