Financial metrics vital to proving venture to investors: Futurebooks

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As the regulatory terrain of startup ecosystems in Southeast Asia and beyond evolve, entrepreneurial ventures need greater expertise and guidance in shaping their policies and strategies, in addition to their bookkeeping, Namita Sethi, managing partner in Futurebooks, said an interaction with DEALSTREETASIA.  Edited Excerpts: Accounting and finance are not the ‘sexy’ part of forming a… Read more »

KFit’s need for speed: Charting growth with three-month checkpoints

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Two weeks ago, KFit was the buzz word in regional technology startups and venture capital news flow. The subscription-based fitness sharing platform founded by former Groupon head of Asia-Pacific, Joel Neoh raised its second seed funding of $3.25 million from US-based Sequoia Capital, a considerable feat for a Malaysian-based startup… Read more »


More action required to achieve Vietnam’s privatisation goals: World Bank

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Vietnam will have to privatise some 240 state-owned enterprises (SOEs) within the second half of 2015. to meet its privatisation targets. It was able to privatise, and that too partially, just 27 SOEs in the first quarter- amounting to a mere 9.3 per cent of the total number of state-owned… Read more »


Edtech is booming in Asia: Mike Michalec

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The education technology (edtech) space in Asia is booming, supported by higher penetration of social media, better internet connectivity and a growing pool of emerging middle class that is willing to pay more for a good education, Mike Michalec, co-founder and managing director of the education technology accelerator EdTech Asia, said in… Read more »


Fintech a growth market, blockchain a game-changer: Steven Tong

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The regulatory framework for FinTech (financial technology) may be more mature in developed economies, and countries like the UK and the USA, hold an edge as regulators are more open to innovation in the space, Steven Tong, the managing director of Startupbootcamp Fintech Singapore, said in an interaction. While developing economies are often… Read more »


Keiretsu Forum, a structured approach to angel investing: Subra Iyer

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Keiretsu Forum, a global angel investor network, offers its members a better chance of finding deals that interest them, as the opportunities are not geographically constrained, said Subra Iyer, who oversees the community’s Singapore Chapter. While angel investing remains a risky business, Iyer is of the opinion that a sufficiently… Read more »


Silicon Valley’s Plug and Play to invest more in PH startups

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Having witnessed the Philippine startup ecosystem gain momentum in the last five years, Jojo Flores, co-founder of Silicon Valley-based incubator and accelerator Plug and Play, said they are now more keen in investing into local startups. “We are looking for companies in four particular areas, fintech (financial technology), Internet of… Read more »


Opportunities abound in ASEAN’s ‘VIP’ markets:George Mathew

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A Singapore-based Asian startup accountant and a member of Singapore Institute of Directors, George Mathew is the co-founder of Futurebooks, alongside Anthony Coundouris, a former creative director and serial entrepreneur. Since its launch in 2010, Mathew has been actively working with VC-funded technology startup ventures and acting as a director on… Read more »


Cryptocurrency and fintech integral to the human economic condition: Jarrod Luo

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With the recent pivot of former Bitcoin ATM manufacturer Tembusu Systems into the cryptocurrency space, and the unveiling of its newest product, the TRUST platform, Jarrod Luo, the COO and co-founder of Tembusu Systems says that Singapore offers the most liberal and transparent treatment for the industry in the wider region. Luo,… Read more »


Opportunities and challenges in building Vietnam’s mobile ecosystem: Tung Bui

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Today, a business can achieve the “market-of-one customer” objective with mobile technology by reaching an individual customer directly at any time and any where, using mobile apps. In an exclusive interview with DEALSTREETASIA, Professor Tung Bui – who currently holds the Matson Navigation Company chair of global business and is the director of… Read more »