Indian  startups must compete without protection, says Deepak Shahdadpuri


India still has very few consumer-focused VC funds.

Alibaba’s Lazada braces for a Southeast Asian brawl with Amazon

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Inc. are about to clash in Southeast Asia. And Lazada Group SA, which Alibaba bought this year for $1 billion, will be right at the heart of that conflict. Southeast Asia’s largest e-commerce site is rolling out a series of initiatives in anticipation of the U.S…. Read more »

Amazon to establish Singapore presence in Q1 2017

Amazon is ready to enlarge its presence in Asia through plans to set up a regional HQ in Singapore, following reports earlier this year that it planned to establish itself in the Indonesian market with a war chest estimated at $600 million.

Alibaba in talks to acquire Singapore’s Redmart for $30m-$40m

Redmart, that was founded in 2011, has raised $55 million in equity financing to date and was a first mover in the e-grocery space in Southeast Asia, but has faced financing issues over the last 12 months, having reportedly failed in its efforts to raise a $100 million funding round.