Appota plots expansion as revenue jumps 200%

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Vietnam’s leading mobile content distribution platform, Appota, has been able to secure funding and expand operations in a very short time. One of the few successful startups from Vietnam, it was fostered at the incubator Topica’s Founder Institute, in 2011. it has successfully raised funds in Series A and B financing rounds… Read more »

Topica trains startups to be entrepreneurs: Tran Manh Cong

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Topica – a Vietnam-based online education services provider – adopted the world’s largest entrepreneurship program from the Founder institute in 2011. Since then, it has successfully helped 28 startups / founders to raise nearly $10 million as seed fund. In an interaction with DEALSTREETASIA, Tran Manh Cong, co-director, Topica Founder… Read more »


Philippines startup scene poised to take off: John Orrock

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For the past several years, the tech industry in the Philippines has been considered a lucrative investment opportunity by the global investors. In fact, the local entrepreneurs are described to be “techie” in nature. The strange irony here is that, on the ground level, the country has very low levels of tech… Read more »


Nguyen Cong Nam Hien : The toy entrepreneur

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It is tough to get investors excited about a toy startup. But for Nguyen Cong Nam Hien, the founder of Vietnamese toymaker Mato.vn, it was about converting his childhood passion into a visible business plan. Along the way, investors took notice. Incubated at Hatch!, the company recently raised an undisclosed… Read more »


Hatch! Riding Vietnam’s startup scene

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A little known fact even in the region – Vietnam’s startup ecosystem is coming of an age. Be it the launch of new companies, incubators, accelerators, tech-related events or the increasing numbers of angel investors – the vibrancy in this field is for real. The addictive Flappy Bird may be… Read more »


Pomelo to use $1.6-m funding to expand operations :CEO

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Just days after securing a a $1.6 million Series A funding, David Jou , the CEO of the Thai online fashion retailer Pomelo, tells DEALSTREETASIA he plans to use the part of the proceeds to launch a sub brand next year, and the rest for expansion to other geographies. Jou… Read more »


Tough to be entrepreneur in Asia : Jungle VC’s Amit

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It is much harder to be an entrepreneur in India or Asia than it is in the US, says Amit Anand, founding partner of Singapore-based Jungle Ventures, an entrepreneur-backed venture firm focused on funding start-ups in the Asia-Pacific region. Anand said that markets in Asia are underdeveloped on all fronts… Read more »