techinasia.com Archives - 30 May 2015, Saturday

  • Tech in Asia Singapore 2015 in an infographic

    techinasia.com 26 May '15, 2pm

    May 6 and 7 left an indelible mark in our conference history as we welcomed one of the biggest crowds ever to Tech in Asia Singapore on its fourth edition. In just 48 hours, we hosted a total of 2,135 attendees from 45 countries. This year, we provided more networking opportunities by...

  • Singapore’s Gushcloud gets acquired. Is it really a win for the company?

    Gushcloud gets acquired. Is it really a win for the company?

    techinasia.com 22 May '15, 8am

    It’s a pattern I see all the time. Startup gets acquired. Startup sends out press release trumpeting the news. Journalists like myself lap it up. Cue congratulatory messages for the founders on Facebook. Surely it’s a win for the entrepreneurs and employees alike, right? Not always. S...

  • How Singapore’s ConnectNPay is helping stir up Myanmar’s financial sector

    Singapore’s ConnectNPay brings epayments to Myanmar

    techinasia.com 20 May '15, 8am

    Since Myanmar opened up its economy in 2010, after one of the most brutal dictatorships in Asia, capitalism has been on the rise. The country’s abundant natural resources, strategic location between Asia’s powers India and China, and its largely untapped market of 60 million people ha...

  • Paybill.io lets overseas workers pay bills with bitcoin

    techinasia.com 20 May '15, 6am

    Pakistan received US$17.6 billion in remittances in the last year, according to the country’s central bank . The majority of this money was remitted by the Pakistani diaspora – 7 to 8 million strong – consisting of students, blue collar workers, and industry professionals. The most co...

  • The famous global startup ecosystem ranking is back, but it needs more data from Singapore

    Back in 2015: Compass' global startup ecosystem ranking

    techinasia.com 19 May '15, 11am

    Compass – a company that aims to be the “moneyball” for startups – stirred up a lot of debate when it launched its worldwide ranking of startup ecosystems in 2012 . While unprecedented in its ambition and scope, it generated a lot of heated discussion, particularly in its Asian covera...

  • Singapore accelerator JFDI could invest up to 4 times more per startup

    Accelerator JFDI could invest up to 4 times more per startup

    techinasia.com 19 May '15, 7am

    Singapore-based startup accelerator Joyful Frog Digital Incubator (JFDI) today announced that it could invest up to four times more than it usually does in selected startups for its upcoming bootcamp, which goes on for 100 days. Each team will get an initial S$50,000 (US$37,000), whil...

  • Singapore startup lets you save time by posting job ads everywhere at once

    Singapore startup StaffOnDemand saves time spent hiring

    techinasia.com 18 May '15, 9am

    Startups and small businesses should spend less time hiring and more time building their products and services. That’s the simple idea behind Singapore-based StaffOnDemand . A startup itself, StaffOnDemand knows first hand the obstacles of searching for good talent. It cuts out time a...

  • This is Singapore's bold plan to mold the world in its image

    Smart Nation: Singapore’s plan to mold the world in its image

    techinasia.com 14 May '15, 7am

    Singapore has a plan to build a tech utopia – a real-life tomorrowland where inhabitants lead blissful lives under the auspices of all-seeing tech overlords. It calls this the Smart Nation initiative. There’s nothing quite like it. It’s an ambitious government project to use technolog...

  • Healthcare entrepreneur to fund many startups, starting with Bitcoin firm Satoshi Citadel

    Bitcoin startup Satoshi Citadel Industries raises $100,000

    techinasia.com 12 May '15, 8am

    Philippine Bitcoin umbrella company Satoshi Citadel Industries (SCI) has raised $100,000 in seed funding from Filipino healthcare entrepreneur Joe Maristela. Maristela says the investment marks the start of many more investments he plans to make in Philippine startups , specifically t...

  • Singapore is still Southeast Asia's startup hub, but neighbors are encroaching

    Singapore is SEA's startup hub, but neighbors encroaching

    techinasia.com 06 May '15, 5am

    The number of venture capital deals in Singapore has stagnated, according to Jason Lin, the head of business development at Tech in Asia ‘s own Techlist , who spoke on stage today at our annual Singapore conference . While Singapore is often thought to be the leading country when it c...

  • GrabTaxi turns up the heat on Uber in Singapore, launches new chauffeured GrabCar options

    GrabCar launches new chauffeured options in Singapore

    techinasia.com 28 Apr '15, 2am

    Since its introduction in Singapore last year, the Uber-esque GrabCar service has received overwhelming demand during peak hours, according to head of GrabCar Singapore See Ee Ling. With this in mind, it is now introducing a new range of GrabCar categories that consumers can pick from...

  • Come hear how Khailee Ng built and exited two startups at breakneck speed

    How Khailee Ng built and exited two Malaysian tech companies

    techinasia.com 22 Apr '15, 2am

    Khailee Ng, managing partner at 500 Startups in Southeast Asia If you’ve been in Southeast Asia’s startup scene for a little while already, you may remember when Groupon invaded Malaysia in 2011 by acquiring the five-month-old GroupsMore daily deals site. It might sound like Groupon w...

  • Singapore’s B2B startup TradeGecko raises $6.5M in series A

    Inventory management startup TradeGecko raises $6M in series A funding

    techinasia.com 21 Apr '15, 11am

    Singaporean inventory management software startup TradeGecko announced a US$6.5 million series A funding round today. The round is led by Singapore-based venture capital firm NSI Ventures, which has been actively looking to support local companies through series A financing, and Jungl...

  • How Asia uses Bitcoin in one color-coded map

    How Asia uses Bitcoin in one color-coded map

    techinasia.com 21 Apr '15, 10am

    Bitcoin is a global phenomenon, but not everyone around the world uses it in the same way. Here in Asia, the way a person from the Philippines uses bitcoin is probably very different from how it’s used in Thailand, and both are very different from the typical user in Taiwan. Despite b...

  • New entrepreneurship program for technology experts announced in Singapore

    Entrepreneurship program for computer experts in Singapore

    techinasia.com 21 Apr '15, 3am

    Infocomm Investments, the investment arm of Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), announced yesterday it will be partnering with Entrepreneur First , a British accelerator that helps computer experts turn their ideas into successful startups. News of the program was releas...

  • The Co-Foundry and Plug & Play launch new fintech accelerator in Singapore

    FinTech accelerator launches in Singapore & Silicon Valley

    techinasia.com 20 Apr '15, 5am

    Startups in Singapore’s fintech space will get another shot at joining an accelerator , thanks to the arrival of a new program called TCF-PnP Program: Fintech Call 2015 . The program’s acronym-heavy moniker doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but it highlights the main partners behin...

  • This app is the best way to find interior designers in Singapore

    Qanvast: the best way to find interior designers in Singapore

    techinasia.com 18 Apr '15, 12pm

    Getting an interior designer is a rite of passage for many Singaporean families. It’s a big financial commitment: they’d typically commit at least S$25,000 (US$18,600) to doll up the whole house, and could pay up to S$40,000 (US$30,000) after adding air conditioning, electrical wiring...

  • Amidst declining print business, SPH launches media startup accelerator with Plug & Play

    Singapore Press Holdings launches media startup accelerator

    techinasia.com 18 Apr '15, 4am

    Singapore’s leading print media company Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) is getting more deeply involved in the startup space, the company has announced, with a new accelerator program aimed at media and technology startups. SPH is partnering with Singapore’s Infocomm Investments and Si...

  • New startup brings P2P loans to Singapore’s small businesses

    Capital Match brings P2P loans to Singapore's small business

    techinasia.com 17 Apr '15, 12pm

    Meeting Capital Match co-founders Pawel Kuznicki and Kevin Lim, it feels like they are well on their way to bridge the gap between a technology company and big finance. Dressed in button-up shirts and dark trousers, I get the feeling they’re going to advise me about loans rather than ...

  • Scaling globally from Singapore

    Scaling globally from Singapore

    techinasia.com 17 Apr '15, 6am

    Royston Tay, co-founder of Zopim (which was acquired by Zendesk in 2014 ): “Scaling globally required us to figure out product, people, and then processes, in that order. We were fanatical about building the right product, to the extent that two years after founding, Zopim was still i...

  • Satoshi Citadel Industries acquires Bitcoin exchange BuyBitcoin

    Satoshi Citadel Industries acquires BuyBitcoin

    techinasia.com 13 Apr '15, 8am

    Philippine Bitcoin umbrella company Satoshi Citadel Industries (SCI) announced today it has acquired Bitcoin exchange BuyBitcoin for an undisclosed amount. Founded by Sam Kaddoura, Lasse Birk Olesen, James Florentino, and Dan Walton in January 2014, BuyBitcoin is a peso-to-bitcoin, ov...

  • Startupbootcamp announces top 10 FinTech startups to join its Singapore program

    Startupbootcamp announces top 10 FinTech startups

    techinasia.com 13 Apr '15, 6am

    It was an especially good weekend for the 10 startups who qualified for the Startupbootcamp FinTech program in Singapore. During a special event on Saturday, the FinTech accelerator chose the finalists out of a selection process that lasted six weeks and saw 300 applications coming in...

  • Stripe to enter Singapore market?

    Mobile & web payments company Stripe coming to Singapore?

    techinasia.com 06 Apr '15, 1pm

    Stripe may be making its way to the Singapore market, if certain reports from local entrepreneurs are accurate. The US-based company that provides web and mobile payment methods to online businesses has seemingly been testing the waters in the area, where competing service Braintree h...

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  • This new Singapore fund wants to hatch fintech and B2B startups

    New Singapore fund to hatch fintech and B2B startups

    techinasia.com 31 Mar '15, 10am

    A new venture capital fund called Hatcher has launched, and it is targeting to raise US$100 million. It’s well on its way there. The Singapore and Dubai-based “venture builder platform” focuses on startups in the fintech and B2B space. Hatcher CEO John Sharp tells Tech in Asia that it...

  • Beacon is a Kickstarter-meets-Groupon site that helps you raise funds with Bitcoin

    Beacon is a Kickstarter-meets-Groupon site that helps you raise funds with Bitcoin

    techinasia.com 27 Mar '15, 2am

    Have you ever wanted to run a Kickstarter project without all the complexity, hassle, and fees that come with accepting donations through services like Amazon Payments and Paypal? One man in Beijing may have the solution for you. Meet Beacon , a crowdfunding and crowd sales platform t...

  • Bitcoin breakthrough: Rakuten to accept the currency on global marketplaces

    Rakuten to accept the Bitcoin on global marketplaces

    techinasia.com 17 Mar '15, 2am

    After hinting several times over the past year or so that it wants to accept Bitcoin on its marketplaces, Japanese ecommerce giant Rakuten announced today that it will start to accept the cryptocurrency on its global marketplaces. The rollout will begin in America, and then spread to ...

  • Singapore issues laws that let drivers get paid for carpools

    techinasia.com 09 Mar '15, 8am

    Last week, the Singapore government issued new laws that will allow drivers to receive payments for carpools. The statute was completed on Monday, March 2, and reported by the Straits Times on Friday. According to the statute , car owners can accept monetary compensation for driving p...

  • 10 insider tips on how to prepare for Tech in Asia Singapore 2015

    techinasia.com 06 Mar '15, 4am

    Tech in Asia Singapore 2015 is not that far off. Before the two-day event kicks off on May 6 and 7, it’s a good time to get some tips for attending a tech conference and getting the most out of it. 1. Think about what you want to gain from the event Our conferences get a wide variety ...

  • In Singapore, scammer disguises as Uber driver

    techinasia.com 02 Mar '15, 2pm

    A Facebook user shared his experience of possibly being cheated of S$97 (US$71) when he was trying to get an Uber ride in Singapore. Uber Singapore sent out an email today to warn users about the scam. It advised customers to call the police if they encounter the driver. Unlike other ...