Revenue-funded gaming startup Studio AMK works on Myanmar themes, rides high on booming mobile growth

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Myanmar is in the throes of a mobile revolution with over 28 million SIM cards being sold till March 2015 against a population of 60 million. Businesses, dependent on smartphone and internet proliferation, have many reasons to cheer as they are riding this wave to rapidly launch new online transaction-based models. Along… Read more »

Finnish programme BEAM has $50m in kitty to support startups in Vietnam, Tanzania

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Vietnam has partnered with Finland, the gateway country to Europe, and learnt a lot from the Nordic country’s innovation system. One such significant area of collaboration has been the BEAM programme. BEAM, the Business with Impact programme by Finnish public funding agency for technology and innovation Tekes, and the Finnish Ministry… Read more »


Payments space in e-commerce ripe for innovation in Vietnam: Google’s Alex Long

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E-commerce is the buzzword in Vietnam’s entrepreneurial ecosystem with several homegrown platforms competing with global players and emergence of new businesses such as Taembe, Wiindi, BoxMe Logistics and Adayroi.com. There are still untapped opportunities in this market, according to Alex Long, Google’s country lead for public policy and government affairs… Read more »


Khan Academy seeks to disrupt traditional tutoring model in India

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Khan Academy, on Wednesday, entered India through a Hindi platform.


Lot of innovations coming from India in IoT, managed services & cloud: Cisco’s Malkani

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Cisco Systems Inc. is looking to partner with more Indian start-up companies to enhance its portfolio of software offerings, as the world’s largest maker of routers and switches faces stiff competition in the networking gear market. Cisco has already invested in 25 start-up companies in India over the last several… Read more »


Raising funds for first time has become less challenging: ClearTax’s Archit Gupta

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Archit Gupta got his first experience of deals in the Silicon Valley in 2009, when EMC acquired Data Domain Inc., the company he was working for after his masters in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madision, for $2.1 billion. For the IIT Guwahati graduate, witnessing the whole cycle was a… Read more »


I prefer disruption to innovation: Mike Mazza, ButlerPad

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Online marketplaces and services, such as concierge services, are innovations able to complement and supplement existing business models, much like how Uber has functioned as a service innovation complementing transport services and Airbnb has complemented and service offerings of hospitality operators. Originally from Leeds in Yorkshire, the British entrepreneur Michael… Read more »


Lack of credit risk data is key challenge to SME lending: Kuznicki, Capital Match

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With the growing interest in financial technology (fintech) and recent developments in the equity crowdfunding (ECF) space, peer-to-peer payment platforms are attracting the attention as an avenue for investment. Co-founder of Capital Match, Pawel Kuznicki, a former McKinsey managing consultant and Rocket Internet alumnus, who served in senior roles at online… Read more »


For investors, SEA is tricky as divestment is not easy: IDG Ventures’ Truong Nguyen

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IDG Ventures, an early bird venture capitalist in Vietnam and backer of several successful startups, has been a core part of the country’s funding landscape since 2004 although it has been rather dormant in the past few years. Managing a $100-million fund, IDG Ventures Vietnam has been part of the… Read more »


‘Grabhouse is building ‘virtual neighbourhood specialist’ platform’

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India based online home rental startup, Grabhouse, has positioned itself as a game changer by removing the entity which landlords and tenants both would like to avoid: the broker. Mumbai-based Cryptopy Technologies Pvt. Ltd., which runs Grabhouse, was founded by Prateek Shukla and Pankhuri Shrivastava in 2013, one of the new… Read more »