Monday, February 20, 2017

4 essential productivity tips for businesses with remote-friendly policies

Being remote-friendly has its benefits, but you also need to have the right tools and strategies for communicating effectively Back when I was a full-time student, I used to moonlight as a part-time writer for various technology blogs. I did this on a “remote” basis. These blogs had offices thousands of miles away from my […]
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Grab finally speaks up to clarify Badrodin Haiti’s role in the company

Last week, Haiti indicated that when his appointment as President Commissioner at Grab Indonesia was announced, no formal agreement had been reached between the parties Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant Grab finally speaks up about the controversy surrounding the appointment of former Indonesian chief police officer Badrodin Haiti as President Commissioner of Grab Indonesia. Last Thursday, […]
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Paytm to invest US$90M to expand its QR code-based payments network

Within a year of launch, the QR code-based offline payments already contributes around 65 per cent of overall transactions on its platform Leading m-commerce and mobile wallet company*Paytm has*announced that it will invest INR 600 crore (about US$90 million) to enable merchants across India for acceptance of digital payments using its QR code-based payment solution. […]
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Personal data protection a primary priority for hospital community fund

The concept of protecting personal data is nothing new to Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s Development Fund and Volunteer Management Office, which has managed scores of personal data belonging to beneficiaries, donors and volunteers for more than a decade * Among the programmes that Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s (TTSH) Development Fund and Volunteer Management Office help […]
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Tencent extends “double-hundred plan” to cover legal services platform, Kuaifawu

Under the agreement, Kuaifawu has exchanged shares for traffic through Tencent’s channels such as Guangdiantong and WeChat One-stop legal services platform Kauifawu has announced that the company was selected as one company for Tencent’s double-hundred plan (双白计划). Under the agreement, Kuaifawu has exchanged shares for traffic. Tencent is giving the company credit to use on […]
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Eyeing Singapore, MoBike announces strategic investment from Temasek, Hillhouse Capit

Despite verbalising a desire to enter Singapore, MoBike has been beaten to the city-state by a local player and a fierce competitor Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, Temasek, and previous investor Hillhouse Capital made a stragetic investment in China’s bike-sharing leader MoBike, the startup announced today. While the financial details of the deal*were not disclosed, MoBike*has […]
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China activity drove US$5.4 billion in Asia fintech funding in 2016

Asia’s fintech funding was level with US$5.5 million raised in the US fintech industry Fintech startups in Asia raised a record US$5.4 billion from 165 deals in 2016, driven largely by large investments in China, according to a new report from CB Insights. A whopping US$4.6 billion of total funding*came from just 46 deals in […]
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Singapore govt to pump US$1.7B to transform country into digital powerhouse

In today’s Budget speech, Singapore’s finance minister Heng Swee Kiat made clear the importance of digital innovation to relevance in today’s economy The Singapore government is pulling out all the stops to ramp up the*country’s digital readiness and innovation drive. In an uncertain and rapidly changing world, Singapore firms — especially those facing cyclical headwinds […]
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Malaysia’s Dah Makan is a do-everything food tech startup and it just closed a US$1.3

Instead of partnering with restaurants or caterers, Dah Makan does everything from cooking and preparing the meal, to delivery and payments Kuala Lumpur-based full-stack food delivery startup Dah Makan announced that it has raised a US$1.3 million seed funding round from several investors including NFQ Capital, East Ventures, Asia Venture Group, Grupara, and angel investor […]
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India’s True Balance recharges its coffers with US$15M funding from Korean VCs

True Balance claims it provides quicker and intuitive balance check, call log, data pack assessment, and recharge service for prepaid Android smartphone users Balance Hero, an Indian startup providing*mobile balance*checking app True Balance, has raised INR 100 crore (US$15 million) in Series B round of funding from existing investor SoftBank Ventures Korea. New investors, including […]
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Alibaba accelerates offline retail push through partnership with Bailian

Through a strategic partnership, the Chinese e-commerce giant will*leverage tech such as big data to modernise the offline retail space Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba*has announced a strategic partnership with major Chinese retail chain Bailian Group, marking another significant step in its O2O strategy. Bailian is a major China retail conglomerates with more than 4,700 outlets […]
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Lalamove to launch same-day delivery service in Bangkok this June

Citing 600 per cent revenue growth within just one year, Lalamove expects to reap profits within the next two months Hong Kong-based on-demand courier and delivery service Lalamove announced that it is set to launch its same-day delivery service in Bangkok in June, according to a report by Bangkok Post. According to Santit Jirawongkraisorn, Lalamove’s […]
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Vault Dragon gets US$1.16M pre-Series A to bring your medical records to the digital

Co-led by Golden Equator Capital and Raging Bull, with this round Vault Dragon has raised more than US$2.13 million in total Singapore-based digital health data startup Vault Dragon today announced that it has raised S$1.64 million (US$1.16 million) pre-Series A funding co-led by Golden Equator Capital and Raging Bull. According to a press statement by […]
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Dropping SpaceX, Israel’s SpacePharma launches bio-testing nanosatellite into orbit w

After a year of SpaceX delays, the pioneering cube satellite hitched a ride with India’s ISRO Israeli-Swiss startup SpacePharma, which has built a nanosatellite dubbed DIDO that conducts biological experiments in microgravity, has finally launched its pioneer machine with the help of India’s national space agency, ISRO. It was originally scheduled for the end of […]
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Trump could be the best thing to happen to Indian IT

India’s IT will need to transform across all aspects of strategic direction including business models, people, processes, and most importantly, mindsets “Change before you have to.” – Jack Welch Well, Donald J Trump is here. And if there’s one thing he is driving, it is change. While the jury is still out there on the […]
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India’s Urban Ladder furnishes the business with US$15M financing

Bangalore-based Urban Ladder is an online furniture and home décor company that aims to provide a curated destination for home solutions Bangalore-based online furniture brand Urban Ladder has raised INR 102 crore (approximately US$15.2 million) in fresh funding from existing investors, including SAIF Partners, Kalaari Capital, Sequoia India*and Steadview Capital, said a Live Mint report,*citing […]
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Google launches latest RCS messaging service across Asia via Telenor

The RCS system is designed to significantly upgrade the messaging services offered by traditional telcos like Telenor What made messaging services like WhatsApp, Telegram and LINE so successful? One major factor is that standard Android SMS messaging systems — the ones that comes pre-installed with most Telcos —are pretty horrendous. Google is putting a lot […]
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Look ma, no hands! A Singaporean team has just made wheelchairs autonomous

Botler’s smart two-wheel attachment won the team top prize at the MIT Hacking Medicine Robotics Singapore 2017 Last year, e27 profiled a startup that turns any wheelchair into a motorised transport. Now, another Singaporean team is taking that one step further — self-driving wheelchairs. At the MIT Hacking Robotics Singapore 2017, the team led by […]
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All is fair in love and jobhunting: 10 most popular startup jobs viewed

Curious about which jobs catches the most attention from job seekers? Want to know how many more are eyeing that job you fancy? We’ve crunched our website’s data and came up with this list. * The e27 system is a fount of information; with a vast database containing startups, investors, jobs, events, and products, we […]
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Indonesia’s former chief police Badrodin Haiti will not be Grab’s new president commi

Grab announced the appointment of Badrodin Haiti as their new president commissioner on January 30 Rumours have been circulating since Thursday morning that Grab’s newly appointed president commissioner Badrodin Haiti, who also happens to be the former Chief of the Indonesian National Police, resigned from the position. When e27 reached out to Grab spokesperson to […]
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Whats up Down Under? Let’s have a look at 16 promising Australian startups

You may already be using some of these apps/services Australia is home to many startups, and these are some of the most promising ones that are expected to continue performing well.*These companies have all demonstrated tremendous growth in a relatively short amount of time. They are expected to continue their growth, and as such, they […]
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The workspace you need to become more productive and creative

An optimal workspace will help your company to function better CEOs are always at work, even when we’re not.*As the CEO of several internet startups over the years, I’ve been invested in every aspect of my companies: getting briefed on every initiative, getting to know all employees personally, and jumping into any role as needed. […]
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Samsung head arrested over involvement in South Korean political scandal

The court stated that they have finally produced enough evidence to arrest and detain Samsung head Jay Y. Lee In the latest update on the political scandal that has been going around since last year, South Korean prosecutors had arrested Samsung Electronics de-facto head Jay Y. Lee on Friday. LA Times reported that Lee was […]
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Temasek Holdings expands US presence with launch of San Francisco office

It previously opened a New York office in 2014 Singapore government-backed investment company Temasek Holdings*has officially opened an office in San Francisco — expanding its*US presence after it opened an office in New York in 2014. In an official press release, Temasek said the San Francisco office will be cultivating relationships and looking at deals […]
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Tencent confirms WeChat will introduce paid content for official accounts

The major question is if Chinese consumers are willing to pay for content that was largely free Editor’s note: A version of this post first appeared on Yicai Global, the English-language financial news service of Shanghai Media Group. Yicai Global is one of just two dedicated Chinese news feeds connected to the Bloomberg terminal. WeChat, […]
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