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 »


Indonesia needs to deepen its sukuk bond market: Maybank CEO John Chong

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Infrastructure projects in the ASEAN region need $7 trillion investmet, says John Chong, CEO of Maybank Kim Eng Group and Maybank Investment Bank Bhd (Maybank IB), adding that Maybank is already involved in several such infrastructure projects across Philippines, Cambodia and Malaysia especially in the hydro power sector, where the group… Read more »


Growx ventures to invest upto $3m in startup funding, betting on Fintech and logistics, says Ashish Taneja

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Delhi-based growx ventures,an angel/seed investor in 18 startups, including hyperlocal marketplace Qyk, home-chef aggregator BiteClub, recipe discovery app BetterButter and logistics startup Locus, is set to close another 3-4 seed and angel investments worth about $2-3 million within the next six months, and is also in the process of raising a structured fund… Read more »


Online car classifieds are seeing rapid adoption in Myanmar: Carmudi’s Emma Yun

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While online car classified platforms have become the preferred choice for customers looking to buy and sell their vehicles in most countries, including those in ASEAN, the trend is slowly catching on in Myanmar. For Myanmar, which opened up only recently to the outside world, and has only seen a… Read more »