Edtech is booming in Asia: Mike Michalec

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The education technology (edtech) space in Asia is booming, supported by higher penetration of social media, better internet connectivity and a growing pool of emerging middle class that is willing to pay more for a good education, Mike Michalec, co-founder and managing director of the education technology accelerator EdTech Asia, said in… Read more »

Fintech a growth market, blockchain a game-changer: Steven Tong

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The regulatory framework for FinTech (financial technology) may be more mature in developed economies, and countries like the UK and the USA, hold an edge as regulators are more open to innovation in the space, Steven Tong, the managing director of Startupbootcamp Fintech Singapore, said in an interaction. While developing economies are often… Read more »


Keiretsu Forum, a structured approach to angel investing: Subra Iyer

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Keiretsu Forum, a global angel investor network, offers its members a better chance of finding deals that interest them, as the opportunities are not geographically constrained, said Subra Iyer, who oversees the community’s Singapore Chapter. While angel investing remains a risky business, Iyer is of the opinion that a sufficiently… Read more »


Silicon Valley’s Plug and Play to invest more in PH startups

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Having witnessed the Philippine startup ecosystem gain momentum in the last five years, Jojo Flores, co-founder of Silicon Valley-based incubator and accelerator Plug and Play, said they are now more keen in investing into local startups. “We are looking for companies in four particular areas, fintech (financial technology), Internet of… Read more »


Opportunities abound in ASEAN’s ‘VIP’ markets:George Mathew

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A Singapore-based Asian startup accountant and a member of Singapore Institute of Directors, George Mathew is the co-founder of Futurebooks, alongside Anthony Coundouris, a former creative director and serial entrepreneur. Since its launch in 2010, Mathew has been actively working with VC-funded technology startup ventures and acting as a director on… Read more »


Cryptocurrency and fintech integral to the human economic condition: Jarrod Luo

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With the recent pivot of former Bitcoin ATM manufacturer Tembusu Systems into the cryptocurrency space, and the unveiling of its newest product, the TRUST platform, Jarrod Luo, the COO and co-founder of Tembusu Systems says that Singapore offers the most liberal and transparent treatment for the industry in the wider region. Luo,… Read more »


Opportunities and challenges in building Vietnam’s mobile ecosystem: Tung Bui

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Today, a business can achieve the “market-of-one customer” objective with mobile technology by reaching an individual customer directly at any time and any where, using mobile apps. In an exclusive interview with DEALSTREETASIA, Professor Tung Bui – who currently holds the Matson Navigation Company chair of global business and is the director of… Read more »


Philippine SMEs becoming startup investors, says IdeaSpace

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Technology startup incubator and accelerator IdeaSpace Foundation has observed a new investment trend in the Philippines — that of small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) becoming startup investors. IdeaSpace president Earl Valencia said there are a number of SMEs who are mulling an investment in startups, as an extension of their revenue source…. Read more »


Marketing tech & finance are future growth verticals for ASEAN: Gianotten

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AccelerAsia is a unique accelerator that has its roots in Singapore, but has expanded to cover the region with offices in Jakarta and Manila. Launched in 2010 by three European expatriates — Arnout Mostert, Joeri Gianotten and Frank Bomers — Accelerasia helps firms from the US, Canada and EU that are entering Southeast Asia, with business development, sales and go-to-market activities… Read more »


Industrials, healthcare & retail lead buyout activity: Preqin’s Ee Fai Kam

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Industrials, healthcare and consumer and retail have seen maximum activity in terms of private equity buyouts in ASEAN, said Ee Fai Kam, a manager at Preqin (in Singapore), in an interaction. Preqin tracks data and provides information on the private equity, real estate, hedge funds, infrastructure and private debt asset classes…. Read more »