Entrepreneurs need to dream big: Chok, Teak Capital

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Through her years of working with entrepreneurs, Teak Capital Sdn Bhd managing director and founder Chok Kwee Bee has observed that many a time entrepreneurs do not dream big enough for their businesses. She has seen entrepreneurs treading within their comfort zones and as a venture capitalist (VC), Chok believs… Read more »

Malaysia: A strategic hub for expanding in SEA

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South East Asian (SEA) based startups cannot afford to miss Malaysia – both due to its sizeable market and the links it has beyond the regional space, says Turkish venture capitalist Dmitry Levit. Levit, who is the founding general partner of Singapore-based Digital Media Partners, said Malaysia’s higher level of development and cultural factors… Read more »


Understanding Vietnam: 5 insights for investors

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With its promising young demographic and rising population, Vietnam is is one of the most attractive emerging markets for both – the global investor and the new-age entrepreneur. While the growth story and the market numbers are tempting enough for several companies to start aggressive expansion forays into Vietnam, the… Read more »


Riding the global M&A wave: right way forward

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The global financial assets are expected to grow by about $300 trillion between 2010 and 2020; this growing capital will spur more mergers and acquisitions (M&A) around the world. The trend is already visible in South-East Asia (SEA), with the M&A activity picking pace. The appetite to acquire is at a two-year… Read more »


‘Malaysian VCs need to be more competitive’

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Malaysia’s startup ecosystem has several new international entrants in the form of venture capitalists (VC)  and angel investors. With the advent of these new funds, the existing VCs might have to compete harder for closing deals . Proficeo chief evangelist Dr V Sivapalan believes that the recent developments in the Malaysian startup ecosystem, will bring… Read more »


APAC to see more de-listings, privatisation : IMAA

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The two key trends will guide the marketplace in the next few years among listed companies in Asia-Pacific will be that conglomerates will consolidate their businesses and more companies will exit the public market, an executive with an industry body said. Prof Dr Christopher Kummer, president of the Institute of… Read more »


Thailand VC: Govt powers ahead, banks pull back

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Thailand-based banks have been reluctant to extend venture capital (VC) funding to the small and medium enterprises(SMEs). Citing lack of receptivity (from business owners), delayed returns and shortage of support infrastructure, the banks say that the VC funding has not really been very successful in the country. While many banks… Read more »


O&G Start-ups: low oil price, big opportunities

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The the oil and gas (O&G) sector is seen as belonging to the opposite end of the start-up friendly spectrum of industries. Far away from from the consumer-centric sectors like food & beverage and technology, the O&G industry is perceived to be capital intensive and with long project gestation periods; making it… Read more »


Equity facilitating direct entry for PEs into SEA?

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It is no guesswork that private equity (PE) firms want in on the action in South East Asia ( SEA). They see potential in this relatively untapped region, with its growing middle class that point to an improving consumer spending and robust economies. However, not all firms from the West… Read more »


Malaysia’s New ECF : Ambitious & Challenging

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Malaysia’s pioneering Equity crowdfunding (ECF) legislation, which is expected to be tabled in the parliament in the near future, will put country much ahead of the Asian financial powerhouse Singapore and sophisticated crowdfunding market of Australia. Hailed as progressive, the legislation will be the first of its kind in south-east… Read more »