P2P lending, payment solutions, on-demand revolution are upcoming trends in SEA: Khailee Ng

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As the e-commerce and fintech sectors in Southeast Asia flourish, other emerging themes that 500 Startups has identified in the region are peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, payment solutions, enterprise services, mobile revolution and media, managing partner Khailee Ng says. These five areas, Ng believes, could produce the next startup unicorns, seeing… Read more »

Vietnam domestic biz not prepared for FTA-led integration with world economy: Experts

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With 15 signed free trade agreements (FTAs), Vietnam leads the ASEAN in terms of integration with the world economy. However, the competitiveness of the Vietnamese economy remains weak, despite the active integration, opined Vo Dai Luoc, former head of the Institute of World Economics and Politic, at the Autumn Economic Forum… Read more »


Exclusive: Vietnam government mulls crowdfunding policy framework

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The Vietnam Ministry of Planning and Investment is planning to introduce an official crowdfunding policy for Vietnam, DEALSTREETASIA has learnt. In fact, the ministry is already in the process of taking feedback from the local startups before the policy framework is finalised. While several venture capital firms and angel investors have been active in the country, like Cyberagent… Read more »


Startup funding: VC firms vs hedge funds

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As venture capital (VC) firms compete with hedge funds for deal flow in the startup venture space, does this mark an evolution of the market or a phenomenon that will fade with time? Who does it benefit and what should entrepreneurs make of hedge funds as potential investors? A report… Read more »


Insurance challenges in the Drone Age

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With the advent of the Drone Age, a critical element that is rising in importance is the risk, insurance and compliance aspect of the drone industry. By its nature, this risk extends to the unmanned aerospace systems (UAS) and unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) industries. The solution to this resolving the… Read more »


Private-public partnership required to sustain ASEAN Economic Community: EY

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With the majority of high-priority measures in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) blueprint already adopted, policymakers and businesses now need to collaborate in tackling the remaining challenges to achieve and sustain the benefits of full ASEAN economic integration beyond 2015, an Ernst & Young (EY) report said. The report titled ‘Trade Secrets: ASEAN economic… Read more »


Vietnam lifts foreign holding limit in cos, qualifies for emerging market status

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The limit on foreign holdings in Vietnam’s listed companies has been officially lifted, significantly removing investment restriction in public companies that are listed on the country’s stock exchanges, the Vietnam Ministry of Finance announced on Friday. The regulation on the new foreign ownership is part of the Decree 60/2015 to replace Decree… Read more »


Myanmar sees surge in telecom investment

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Investment in telecoms has surged in Myanmar in the past year as operators begin to tap a rapidly expanding market, driving growth in the economy. Since the opening up of the mobile segment last year, there has been a boom in phone ownership and subscriptions in Myanmar. Currently there are… Read more »


Singapore startup ecosystem: Great testing ground but small market?

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The Singapore Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SVCA) recently reported that Indonesia and Malaysia have seen a growing number of venture capital deals in the the first quarter of 2015. While much of the increasing investor interest is rooted in the rising middle class, analysts have also noted that Singapore’s economic infrastructure and support network for startup ventures… Read more »


Saigon Port IPO: Seaports attracting more foreign investment

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The Saigon Port Company Limited that  will make its initial public offering (IPO) on June 30, 2014 has had a pre-tax profit was VND79 billion ($3.64 million) on consolidated turnover of VND1.073 trillion ($49.45 million). Many Vietnamese seaports have become attractive to major private investors, with the government seeking to reduce state ownership in seaports… Read more »