India is similar to what we saw in China four-five years back: Bejul Somaia

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Last month, Lightspeed Venture Partners, the Menlo Park, California-based venture capital firm that has backed iconic start-ups such as GrubHub and Snapchat, launched its first India-dedicated fund. The $135 million (around Rs.890 crore today) Lightspeed India Partners I, LLC fund comes more than eight years after the firm started making… Read more »

Lightspeed India partner Bejul Somaia

Vietnam among most attractive investment destinations: Aaron Batten, ADB

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Vietnam has witnessed strong growth in the first half of 2015, driven by buoyant private consumption and foreign direct investment (FDI). These are the elements that are expected to continue to underpin growth in the second half, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The improvement, associated with several propitious changes… Read more »


Stockspot looks to Asia for growth: Brycki, CEO

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With fintech developments undergoing significant digital disruption, Stockpot, a recent entrant in the sector, has emerged as a platform that is dis-intermediating the trading process. The firm was launched in April 2013, operating on the premise that the end consumer is faced with high transaction costs and information asymmetry in financial services sector. “The financial… Read more »


India’s start-up funding party won’t last long, says SourceFuse’s Gautam Ghai

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SourceFuse, based out of Noida, invests in startups, but not with funds. It takes on the technology work for startups, and helps them develop digital products. In return, it gets a 5-10 per cent stake in the organization. With 182 employees, mostly programmers and developers, it has invested in seven… Read more »


Adknowledge Asia biz to touch $100m in two years: Ben Legg

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The acquisition of digital advertising firm Komli Media‘s South East Asia operations by Malaysian telecommunications group Axiata Group Bhd’s subsidiary Adknowledge, will enable the latter to become a $100 million business in Asia within two years, 12 months ahead of its earlier target, its chief executive Ben Legg, said in an… Read more »


We focus on businesses a tier below where the banks would look: Solomons, ApexPeak

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Singapore-based fintech firm ApexPeak – which provides working capital solutions to enterprises seeking to finance their growth and expansion – is largely focussed on the emerging economies in Asia, says Gakim Solomons, president & CEO of ApexPeak. An online finance company, ApexPeak enables SMEs to access cash tied up in invoices, contracts,… Read more »


We’re chasing a billion $1 ideas: IndiGo CEO

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IndiGo president and chief executive officer (CEO) Aditya Ghosh speaks in an interview about the successful traffic record of the airline, which has reported a profit every year since 2009. Edited excerpts: What did IndiGo have that was different from other airline start-ups? The secret sauce is simple. We are… Read more »


Digital presence, discovery by customers critical for any business: Google’s Amy Kunrojpanya

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Technology has made business more accessible, providing multiple ways to help improve it, increase efficiency, reach, connect with people and providing several new platforms to showcase its products, says Google’s head of communication and public affairs (Thailand, Vietnam and emerging markets) Amy Kunrojpanya . “So a really simple starting point is having an online presence… Read more »


Important to build a community within co-working spaces: Toong founder Duong

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The startup ecosystem of Vietnam just got a leg up with the addition of a new co-working space, Toong (To Ong – Hive in English), based at No 8 Trang Thi, Hanoi. That brings the number of co-working spaces for startups  in the city to three, along with two incubators-cum-collaborative workplaces… Read more »


Funding for Indian start-ups won’t dry up: Omidyar’s Roopa Kudva

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Roopa Kudva, 51, took charge of the India operations of New York-based impact investor Omidyar Network in early July. As partner and the managing director, Kudva, who stepped down as chief executive officer (CEO) of Mumbai-based rating and analytics firm Crisil Ltd last year, is up against a challenging environment… Read more »