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 »


Philippines’ Kickstart Ventures scales up startup funding in emerging markets

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Fresh from having $50 million venture capital fund from its parent company Globe Telecom, Kickstart Ventures Inc is scaling up its startup funding in emerging markets, both on investment figures and the kinds of businesses it funds. In an interaction with DEALSTREETASIA, Kickstart president Minette Navarrete said the investment company will now… Read more »


Alpha Accelerator Program will ensure that more startups get funded: Nguyen Ngoc Nam

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The Alpha Accelerator Program (AAP) is the first of its kind in Vietnam that follows the model of Singapore’s JFDI (the Joyful Frog Digital Incubator). Nguyen Ngoc Nam, chairman of tech company Alpha Vision and founder of the program, said that AAP’s approach involves working with investors before selecting startups…. Read more »


New VC firm Tadhana Ventures to launch in PH

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A new venture investment company is set to launch soon in the Philippines, an executive linked to the firm said. Joe Maristela, founder and chief operations officer of Manila-based healthcare business process outsourcing (BPO) firm Star Business Center told DEALSTREETASIA that the upcoming venture capital firm, that would be named… Read more »