Asia’s billionaire club balloons on the back of mega IPOs

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Of the 27 billionaires to surface in Asia this year, about a third did so through initial public offerings in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

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Japan’s buyout pioneer Advantage Partners cheers trend of rise of serial entrepreneurs

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Advantage Partners Inc. is increasingly buying companies from younger Japanese people who’ve been there, done that and want to move on to their next big idea. And that’s creating opportunities for private equity


Innovations like ride-hailing, self-driving cars can’t fix urban transport’s woes

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The new services are a net good only if they complement traditional public transportation systems rather than compete with them.


Guest Post | Google-JD combine could be powerful, if executed well

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The investment in JD.com is a significant commitment from Google. The US tech giant has made fewer than a dozen investments with a ticket size of over $100 million (counting all MagicLeap rounds as one).


Guest Post | How much is Grab worth, really?

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For PE investors who began betting big on the ride-hailing firm in second half of 2015, the paper returns are yet to be ‘huge’.


China phone giant Xiaomi may be twice as expensive as Apple

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Xiaomi Corp. deserves to trade at a premium to global phone brands due to its market-share gains and faster growth trajectory, according to research from Morgan Stanley, one of banks leading its Hong Kong IPO.


Guest Post | Why JD.com and Thailand’s Central might not succeed as partners

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From initial plans to launch in May 2018, the JV has delayed its full launch to August 2018. Is this a sign that this ambitious partnership is off to a rocky start?


If not Flipkart, Amazon India’s losses should trigger a warning at Walmart

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In FY17, Amazon India reported a loss before interest and tax of around $750 million. This is despite the fact that it has considerably lower outgoes than Flipkart in areas such as staff costs.


Guest post: The rise of the new (and larger) seed round

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Some people argue that the new seed round is just a modern name for the ‘historical’ Series-A. But there is a big difference- current seed investors don’t get the benefit of seeing how a startup performs over the first year while burning through the seed round.


Vietnam is a frontier market for good reason

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Vietnam has better liquidity than the Philippines.