We want to create an online space for entertainment in Myanmar: Momolay’s Soe Lin Myat

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Having secured a seed funding of $200,000 from a Singapore investor for its mobile-first entertainment app, which is focussed on light content, Myanmar’s MoMoLay is probably in the right place at the right time. MoMoLay’s head of product Soe Lin Myat, 28, says, “The changes (in Myanmar) are dramatic. We want to… Read more »

Bitcoin will drive how e-commerce is done globally: Bitcoin Vietnam’s Weil

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Although the Bitcoin market in Vietnam is virtually non-existent today, Dominik Weil, co-founder of Bitcoin Vietnam, is confident that “Bitcoin and Blockchain technology will play a crucial role here in the future”. Bitcoin Vietnam became the first bitcoin exchange registered broker in the south-east Asian country, following some doubts, and… Read more »


We’ve brought transparency into startup funding: Shanti Mohan, LetsVenture

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Shanti Mohan was volunteering with a non-profit organisation in 2012 when she realised how difficult fund-raising could be for this sector. She tried crowdfunding and got more interested in the concept after meeting several investors. LetsVenture was born out of this  need – a startup that helps other startups. Founded two years… Read more »


Jabong will be among the first Indian e-commerce firms to turn profitable: Nils Chrestin

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As Global Fashion Group (GFG), the company that owns online retailer Jabong.com, looks to overhaul the senior management team and pump in fresh capital to revive its slowing fashion business in India, interim chief executive officer (CEO) Nils Chrestin talks about GFG’s plans for India and how it plans to… Read more »


We’ve big ideas about what we can do in India: IndiGo’s Rakesh Gangwal

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For over a decade, Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur graduate and US-based investor Rakesh Gangwal, the brain behind IndiGo’s success and one of its co-founders, has shunned the limelight. Ahead of the airline’s 27 October initial public offering (IPO), Gangwal lays out the vision for India’s largest domestic airline and where… Read more »


I don’t want unicorns in Asia but viable businesses that can grow: Joseph Ziegler, Telstra Muru-D

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As the entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) at Telstra-backed accelerator Muru-D, one of a breed of emerging corporate incubators & accelerators (CIAs) in Singapore, Joseph Ziegler possesses rare insights into the functioning of entrepreneurial ventures dealing with technology. Originally from Texas, Ziegler has a professional background spanning the corporate sector and startup venture… Read more »


Former UTV head Ronnie Screwvala decodes India’s digital media landscape

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Ronnie Screwvala, former head of UTV, speaks about his vision for Arré, how he makes sense of the country’s digital landscape and the perception that he builds businesses only to sell them. Edited excerpts: How did the collaboration with B. Saikumar, the former Network 18 CEO, happen? I moved out… Read more »


India: On buyout buzz by Quikr, Commonfloor CEO says no comment on smoke or fire

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A fortnight ago, Commonfloor’s 1,000-odd employees, most of them at the Bengaluru headquarters, huddled together for a townhall meeting. Such meetings are business as usual every three months, but the one on 8 October was different. People were concerned, even anxious. They wanted to know whether maxHeap Technologies Pvt. Ltd,… Read more »


Vietnamese fusion food chain KAfe Group in expansion mode, plans listings on HK, London bourses: CEO

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Vietnam-based KAfe Group, which operates in the F&B sector ( food and beverage), became one of the first non-IT firms in the country, to successfully secure a private equity funding of $5.5 million from the Hong Kong-headquartered Cassia Investments. Initially, the café chain, which provides fusion Vietnamese cuisine, secured an undisclosed investment from… Read more »


Right time to start up, invest in mobile Internet in Vietnam: MOG CEO Tran Anh Dung

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Established in 2011 as a digital content-focused startup, mWork morphed into MOG in August 2015 to stretch its legs to other verticals of the Internet industry in its bid to reposition itself as a mobile and internet player. In an interview with DEALSTREETASIA,  Tran Anh Dung, CEO and chairman of MOG, says, the… Read more »