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.

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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.


You thought Southeast Asia has a Series B/C funding gap? Wrong

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If you are an early stage founder in Southeast Asia, then gone are the glory days of 2014-2015 where everyone’s cat was raising a seed round.


SoftBank Vision Fund’s planned Flipkart exit shows a lack of vision

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The ink is barely dry on SoftBank Vision Fund’s purchase of a stake in Flipkart Online Services Pvt and already it’s preparing to exit. Masayoshi Son seemed so keen on the Indian e-commerce startup that he threw $2.5 billion at it in August.


Vietnam’s IPO frenzy could be getting ahead of itself

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Vinhomes JSC’s proposed $2 billion initial sale would be the country’s biggest ever.


Guest post: iflix now treading deep waters

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iflix, which recently closed its digital division in Singapore, has been keeping mum since it raised $133 million about eight months ago.


Of Ant Financial’s lofty valuations and Temasek’s loftier hopes

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Temasek is in talks to lead a funding round that could value the Alibaba Group-backed company at $150 billion.