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 »


Silicon Valley’s Spinta Accelerator expands operations to Singapore, India & Thailand

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Silicon Valley based Spinta Global Accelerator that launched operations last month, is spreading its wings to India, Singapore and Bangkok, its founder Prashant Parekh, said in an interaction. Spinta will see its Bangalore launch on August 26, in partnership with India’s IT industry body NASSCOM, followed by its entry into… Read more »


CoAssets in talks with Malaysia’s Securities Commission for equities crowdfunding permit: Getty Goh

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Singapore-based crowdfunding platform CoAssets, which recently celebrated a landmark, with the success of its first local real estate project, is in talks with the Malaysian’s Securities Commission  to extend its offerings there, its founder and chief executive, Getty Goh, said in an interaction. Australia-listed CoAssets did not make the cut when Malaysia… Read more »


Fintech will lead PH to a new digital payments landscape: John Bailon, Satoshi Citadel

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Fintech startups are seen to lead the Philippines — a country with 70 per cent unbanked population — to the digital payments landscape.


Potential for the online space in Myanmar is huge: House.com.mm’s Sophie Garnier

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With 330,000 people moving to Yangon every year, and urbanisation taking place across the country, House.com.mm is putting plans in place to ensure it continues to the property search in firm in Myanmar, Sophie Garnier, co-country manager of House.com.mm, a Rocket Internet venture venture in Myanmar, said in an interaction. The portal,… Read more »


In effectual ecosystem, entrepreneurs build companies that are focused on partnership: Nick Norena, IPP Vietnam

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The most important part of building a startup accelerator in Vietnam is to take all the right practices and translate them into the needs for the local market, says Nick Norena, who is a mentor at the Training for Trainers (ToT) programme at the Innovation Partnership Program (IPP). IPP, which has been jointly developed… Read more »