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Willis Wee

Product guy at Tech in Asia.
Great going, Nadiem. Happy to see Go-jek up and running again!

Commented 16 hours ago on

This guy turned Go-Jek from a zombie into Indonesia’s hottest startup
Do a review once you have it :)

Commented 18 hours ago on

Can’t afford a smart bike? Smartify your dumb bicycle with this smart tail light
Great article, Justin. Agree with your thoughts :) Fyi, about unicorns not going for IPO, Saemin did a great piece here https://www.techinasia.com/talk/private-startups-billion-dollar-unicorn-valuations-ipo/

Commented 21 hours ago on

When unicorns become extinct, the only things left will be cockroaches and startups
Airbnb is my fav. Otherwise, Magic-ish type of service sounds really great. I'm not yet convinced by our local Magic-ish services though. Tried but their onboarding is rough.

Commented 21 hours ago on

Ask TIA: What are your favorite “Uber for X” apps?
Singapore quite on top of it. It's definitely legal. From the Wikipedia page: "..bitcoin transactions may be treated as a barter exchange if it is used as a payment method for real goods and services. Businesses that deal with bitcoin currency exchanges will be taxed based on their sales of bitcoins."

Commented 22 hours ago on

Top bitcoin company Coinbase launches in Singapore
You're welcome :) If you want to track how active these funds are, you can look at the last investment date. There's no sorting feature for that but soon we will have it.

Commented 1 day ago on

These venture capital firms are doubling down on Southeast Asia
Hi Toan - You can find them here :) https://www.techinasia.com/investor?location=South-east%20Asia

Commented 1 day ago on

These venture capital firms are doubling down on Southeast Asia
Great job, Andre and Steven. Enjoyed the infographic :)

Commented 2 days ago on

The rise and fall of HTC (INFOGRAPHIC)
Good tips. PG's essay on How to Raise Money is really solid too! http://paulgraham.com/fr.html

Commented 4 days ago on

9 tips to secure venture capital for your startup
Sounds exciting, congrats Grace and team :)

Commented 1 week ago on

The Hub Singapore is launching an investment fund
Great article! What would you recommend for the Tech in Asia iOS app? :) https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/techinasia/id954807043?mt=8

Commented 1 week ago on

The colors of an app icon
There's this startup, Kimzua.com. It sells paper money and stuff. It's no longer around though :( https://www.techinasia.com/kimzuacom-ecommerce-friends-world/

Commented 1 week ago on

Ask TIA: Why isn’t anyone building products for superstitious people?
Hey Sally. At Tech in Asia, here’s mainly the job scope of a product manager:
  1. Talk to users: For every new initiative, we talk to users as much as possible to find out what they like, dislike, and how we can make the product better. It all depends which stage your product is at. If it’s just about to start, we ask a lot of questions to find our target audience, pains and motivations. Talking to users isn’t just for functional matters. You can also talk to users about design changes. You’ll be surprised by how much you u can learn. Talking to users is key to us.

  2. Spec features and tasks: Once we know the requirements, we list them as clearly as possible on Github and work with designers to whip up wireframes so engineers are able to see/understand what we are trying to do. It is always good to use data to support why certain feature needs to be done. These data comes from user interviews.

  3. Prioritze tasks, ship on time: There will be a lot of tasks and it is the product manager’s job to prioritize them and make sure the team ships on time.

  4. Communicate: Communicate and give clarity to both product team and also other departments within the company. The product manager is like the chief communicator of the product.

  5. Others: If there’s no quality assurance (QA) person, we have to stand in to be the QA manager to find bugs before shipping the product. if there’s no analytics guy, you will stand in to find out which part of the MAU formula isn’t working right (fix them!), which feature isn’t working (fix them!), etc. Other matters could also include building a happy work environment, maintain the scrum board, doing manual stuff just so we save engineers’ time. And many more…

Hope this quick list helps!

Commented 1 week ago on

How technology teams are formed – a case study
Congrats, Eric and team :)

Commented 1 week ago on

Carsome lands $350k in seed funding to take auto sales portal regional
Looks like it has! Read, it's getting more and more interesting in Southeast Asia. https://www.techinasia.com/vietnams-deputy-prime-minister-startups/

Commented 2 weeks ago on

Philippines unveils startup roadmap, pushes for senate bill
A great piece of news. I'm excited for Philippines! :)

Commented 2 weeks ago on

Philippines unveils startup roadmap, pushes for senate bill
Porter Erisman's Alibaba documentary, Crocodile in the Yangtze River. “eBay may be a shark in the ocean, but I am a crocodile in the Yangtze River,” said Alibaba founder Jack Ma. “If we fight in the ocean, we lose – but if we fight in the river, we win.”

Commented 2 weeks ago on

Ask TIA: What is your favorite movie about startups?
Stumbled upon this and thought this will be useful. According to Github, Ruby is more popular than PHP and Python: https://github.com/blog/2047-language-trends-on-github

Commented 2 weeks ago on

Top 5 traits of a great coder
We use Dell monitors. Otherwise, it's mostly macs. :)

Commented 2 weeks ago on

A glimpse into the coder’s world, courtesy of Tech in Asia’s engineering team
That's a longgg time. Could be timely though... takes time for China to be electric car ready.

Commented 2 weeks ago on

Letv releases concept images, debut date for its electric supercar