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Terence Lee

I am the Managing Editor for Tech in Asia. I live to absorb knowledge and translate it into real-world insights and action. My expertise consists of the entire process of online content creation, including on-the-ground journalism, copyediting, SEO, digital marketing, media analytics, editorial best practices and ethics, and the nuts and bolts of managing a remote editorial team. I've dabbled in web programming, user experience design, and product management.
As long as the Bitcoin solution provider is secure, that is.

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This new game rewards players with bitcoins
So like an Alibaba but for Pakistani manufacturers? Seems limited in scope though.

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Pakistani footballs are used in FIFA tournaments. This startup wants to help the makers
Sure, that makes sense. But why aren't more games doing that then?

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This new game rewards players with bitcoins
One more thing: Uber is unique in that it's taking the latest tech: smartphones, GPS, and applying it to solve a pertinent problem it's well suited to fix - a demand for instantaneous transportation. Laundry doesn't demand the same immediacy. Other services too. Which is why these marketplaces can do as well on the web, because there's nothing compelling from a tech standpoint. Hence there's nothing stopping me from cutting out the middlemen - the app - and going straight to the vendor after I found him or her. Helping, an on-demand app for cleaning services, faces that problem, but Uber doesn't, because having a driver at your beck and call is not an option as the driver has other business to do. These apps excel in matching exceeding demand with decent amount of supply.

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Uber for X startups: are they on to something or doomed to fail?
Sure, but why introduce bitcoin at all when virtual currency can be generated from thin air? Unless you see the use of bitcoin as part of marketing cost to get more users and user engagement?

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This new game rewards players with bitcoins
Hey Fabian! Yes a multi-service model seems compelling. In fact, it's probably the only way. Even Uber branched out from Uberblack into UberX and other variations, and that's probably just the beginning for them. An Uber for laundry app probably won't stay that way, and will likely branch out into something else eventually. Your approach seems to be finding use cases that probably won't have much LTV individually but combined could make sense. The challenge is in simplifying and customizing the UX to make it compelling for each user I guess?

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Uber for X startups: are they on to something or doomed to fail?
that's still in the realm of transportation though, which we know is terrible in places like India, Philippines, and so on. I wonder if there are enough real problems outside of that begging to be solved with an on-demand solution. Food delivery is also promising, because we need to eat everyday.

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Uber for X startups: are they on to something or doomed to fail?
that's still in the realm of transportation though, which we know is terrible in places like India, Philippines, and so on. I wonder if there are enough real problems outside of that begging to be solved with an on-demand solution. Food delivery is also promising, because we need to eat everyday. But there's no real need for a mobile app for food delivery, because we're talking about office workers or people who are sitting at home with easy access to a laptop.

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Uber for X startups: are they on to something or doomed to fail?
I wonder if attractive women have an advantage over unattractive men or unattractive women? Psychological studies show good looks will get you far in life, but I wonder how gender perceptions play into this. The fact that attractive men show more success could be due to the fact that the investors, who are likely male, see more similarities in men, and are hence likely to invest in them. Hence having female success stories are important. I also wonder if being male signifies authority in some sense, that, unfairly, by virtue of being male, you are perceived as being more of an expert in your domain?

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Attractive male founders can raise venture funding better?
if you read the article, you'd know that they conducted an experiment where men and women gave the same pitch. the men still won.

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Attractive male founders can raise venture funding better?
Very interesting. Many games seem to operate on some kind of digital currency which isn't easy to exchange for real cash. I wonder why is that the case, and I wonder if offering something with real monetary value affects the dynamics of the game in any way? I also wonder: why haven't more bitcoin companies attempt to use the tech as some kind of in-game virtual currency? Personally, I suspect it has to do with the fact that offering something of real monetary value actually makes running the game more expensive, since the bitcoin has to be purchased from somewhere.

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This new game rewards players with bitcoins
Very interesting. Many games seem to operate on some kind of digital currency which isn't easy to exchange for real cash. I wonder why is that the case, and I wonder if offering something with real monetary value affects the dynamics of the game in any way? I also wonder: why haven't more bitcoin companies attempt to use the tech as some kind of in-game virtual currency? Personally, I suspect it has to do with the fact that offering something of real monetary value actually makes running the game more expensive, since the bitcoin has to be purchased from somewhere.

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This new game rewards players with bitcoins
It's a pity Visenze can't disclose the actual number of image searches it has done. 10 fold of 10 is a 100 after all. Also, I wonder how does its tech compare to Amazon's?

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Flipkart now has image-based search, and Singaporean startup Visenze is behind it
Well, 100,000 rides a day is pretty good!

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7 of the biggest roadblocks Uber has hit in Asia so far this year
looks like Reddit management messed up.

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Reddit shuts down AMA feature after key employee left
so are they protesting?

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Reddit shuts down AMA feature after key employee left
I'm skeptical cos many of these numbers may be purchased. Is there a way to account for that?

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Most influential car brands on Weibo
Nice move, but how much time can Ratan Tata actually commit to mentoring startups? He's so in demand after all.

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Getting serious about ‘operations as a service’, Jungle Ventures brings on board Ratan Tata
I wonder with his reputation, will anyone fund his next venture, if he chooses to do another startup?

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Rahul Yadav has been fired as Housing CEO after all
Really surprised to see BBM still on top? Is the lead showing signs of eroding though?

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Want to break into Indonesia’s crowded mobile messaging market? Here’s how
acquisition by OpenTable probably? I mean the ex CFO has a seat at the... table.

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Online restaurant booking service Chope raises $8M, revenue doubled in past year
going into SaaS seems like a whole new ball game for these guys, who have so far been all about pageviews and listings.

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Online restaurant booking service Chope raises $8M, revenue doubled in past year
He's unique but far from perfect. I like how he learned from his failures in his first stint at Apple and figured out how to ship products on time and on budget without letting perfectionism ruin him.

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Inspirational quotes from Steve Jobs for entrepreneurs
Assuming a 40% active usage, we're looking at 40,000 to 200,000 users on Android alone. Tack on iOS users and you'd probably have somewhere between 60,000 to 300,000 active users maybe? Agree that it's too wide of a range to give a useful indication of how much traction the app has.

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Singapore’s DBS bank brings its Paylah mobile payments app to Apple Watch
Assuming a 40% active usage, we're looking at 40,000 to 200,000 users on Android alone. Tack on iOS users and you'd probably have somewhere between 60,000 to 300,000 active users maybe? Agree that it's too wide of a range to give a useful indication of how much traction the app has.

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Singapore’s DBS bank brings its Paylah mobile payments app to Apple Watch
there were queues when it was first sold in Singapore, but I agree with Michael that it's not too widespread.

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Singapore’s DBS bank brings its Paylah mobile payments app to Apple Watch
certainly. though as the Alibaba case has showed, simply transplanting Western ideas into a different market isn't a sure recipe for success. there must be something the Flipkarts and Snapdeals are doing that's unique to India and perhaps from there we can draw lessons.

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Missing: thought leaders in Asia’s tech industry
I wonder how long can the good times roll? Once these apps stop paying incentives funded by VC money to the taxi drivers, will these workers still benefit substantially from the taxi apps?

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How on-demand service apps are giving blue-collar workers a new lease on life
what exactly do you look out for in founders?

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I’m James Tan, co-founder at Jetbay & managing partner at QuestVC. AMA!