Crude Effect: Malaysia to boost pvt investment

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In the revision of the nation’s Budget for 2015, responding to the decline in oil prices, the Malaysian government has formulated five measures to boost private investments in the country. These include – setting up of the $1.39 billion Service Sector Guarantee Scheme, directing government-linked investment companies and government companies to… Read more »

2015: Revisting overlooked startup opportunities

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A startup ecosystem can be a complex beast, given the web of connections binding people across different industry verticals, sectors and segments. Entrepreneurs, investors, incubators, accelerators and governments are constantly jostling and aiming to advance their interests. Simultaneously, they are helping to grow the size of the ecosystem, developing their communities… Read more »


Biotech startups: viable investment for VCs

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In the US, biotechnology is increasingly emerging as a viable investment for VC firms. Series A valuations number in single digit for the biotech sector, as the firms maintain a tight focus on their burn rate and government regulators (i.e. the Food & Drug Administration), which have become easier to deal… Read more »


2015 will see reversal in investment focus: Jarvis

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Alexander Jarvis, the operating partner with Jungle Ventures, is a serial entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. The founder of KL-based startup incubator and advisory 50Folds, former managing director of Lazada, one of the fastest growing e-commerce platforms in Rocket Internet’s portfolio, as well as the co-founder of Groupon Australia, he made… Read more »


SG realty: Less attractive for investors in 2015?

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Singapore’s property market, much like London, has emerged as a capital preservation market for investors. The scarcity of land in the city-state allows the value of property to be maintained, converting liquid capital into enduring asset value. However, capital preservation markets are subject to the long-term exposure to inflation risk. And,… Read more »


Three foreign-owned banks to enter PH

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Three new foreign banks are set to enter the Philippines, as the country opens itself 100 per cent foreign-owned banks, Reducing the entry and ownership barriers will attract more players to the country’s banking sector, benefiting both the economy and the consumer, say officials from the central bank Reports add… Read more »


“Asean’s youthful market attractive for FDI”

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Asean makes an attractive young market for foreign direct investments, according to Malaysian International Trade and Industry minister Mustapa Mohamed. With over half of the population in the region under 40 years old, he noted that there are always more opportunities in a youthful population. Speaking of the First Asean… Read more »


VCs in Media: Good, Bad & Asian prospects

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Venture capital (VC) is the financial capital provided to early-stage, high-potential, high risk, growth startup companies. A VC fund makes money by owning equity in the companies within its portfolio, generating returns through an eventual realisation event such as an IPO, or a merger & acquisition by another party, rather than dividends…. Read more »


Seeking startup funding? Be Quick – Go regional

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The funding climate is changing at a scale that is unimaginable, say venture capitalists, who feel that startups should aim to build a “war-chest” of funds and even go beyond borders to raise capital. Betting against the traditional model of ‘bootstrapping first and obtaining funding later’, startups should look at… Read more »


Startups in Myanmar: hurdles and way forward

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Can Myanmar, that is opening up to the world after 50 years of isolation, emerge as a startup destination?  Harald Friedl, an observer of the Southeast Asian startup world, an angel investor as well as a MD of a renewable energy company, who has been living in Myanmar for more… Read more »