Freelancing platform Raket.ph gains traction, seeks investment boost

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Raket.ph, a freelancing platform founded last year in the Philippines, continues to gain significant business traction even as it prepares for monetary boost from investors. The company’s brand name “Raket” is a slang word for “sideline” in the Philippines. Its user base has grown over 10,000 within one year of operations. The website… Read more »

Exits will drive growth of startup ecosystem: Jeff Chi

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Dr Jeff Chi, the chairman of the Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (SVCA) since 2013 and vice-chairman of Vickers Venture Partners, also known as Vickers Capital Group, had his start in engineering. With an operational background that includes management and operational experience with an engineering group with a presence in Singapore, Malaysia,… Read more »


Bitcoin the future for transactions: David Moskowitz

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Bitcoin, the digital commodity currency, transaction protocol and a masterpiece of cryptocurrency innovation, has generated controversy worldwide. Some countries have banned it, while others like Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore have embraced it. It’s influence has been growing in recent years, especially in the emerging markets of Southeast Asia. David… Read more »


SMEs need to leverage on cloud technology: Lynette Seah

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Lynette Seah, CEO and founder of Alpha7, has something that the stereotypical accountant supposedly lacks – an imagination.In her case, it is a strategic imagination, given her ambitions to equip SMEs with the knowledge and expertise to leverage on modern information communications technology (ICT) tools to scale their enterprises. A… Read more »


Cloud startup InnoVantage enabling speed in business apps creation

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Enabling speed in creating business applications and automated processes became the mission of Filipino tech startup InnoVantage Inc, a company that started out due to difficulties of finding good senior developers. Launched only last July 2013 by design and software enthusiasts Gian Paulo G. de la Rama, and Aldrich and Ana… Read more »


Vietnam’s locative audio platform Echoes seeks deals with local organisations

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Echoes, a Vietnam-based startup that transforms the tourism experience through its geo-locative soundmaps, has generated interest from incubators, the press and the local community. Launched by Joshua Kopecek, Echoes has won the chance to visit Singapore, to demonstrate the project to investors, in May. The sonic tours may also be purchased by the local… Read more »


Dressabelle in early talks for Series B funding, to expand to Indonesia, Philippines & Vietnam: Jeremy Khoo

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Singapore-based fashion e-tailor for women, Dressabelle, is in talks to raise Series B funding, its chief executive Jeremy Khoo admitted without disclosing details. The company which had raised $750,000 last year in a round led by Sovereign’s Capital is also planning to expand operations to Indonesia, followed by Philippines and… Read more »


Current valuations for internet, e-commerce & taxi apps don’t matter if you pick winner: Temasek

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For Temasek Holdings, 2014 marked the biggest investment year since the global crisis in 2008, when its investments in Merrill Lynch and Barclays (just prior to the crisis) led to multi-billion-dollar losses. Since then the company has bet heavily on China, and its investments over the last two years indicate the… Read more »


Deeper complexity in Europe, greater volume in Asia: Marcus Gnirck

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The co-founder & global COO of Startupbootcamp FinTech, which operates across London and Singapore, Markus Gnirck has a portfolio that is grounded in technological innovation, business engineering and tech startups in Europe. Having worked in tech startups and venture capital firms, he brings a broad range of experience and deep familiarity… Read more »


Mekong’s student startups have high potential: Marco Breu

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The Mekong Business Challenge is an annual program that inspires students, based in region of the Mekong River basin, by hosting contests, mentoring the candidates and introducing investment opportunities. Mainly sponsored by the US-based global consulting firm McKinsey & Company, the program was started nine years ago in Cambodia. In its present… Read more »