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Singapore startup gets series B funding to do mobile payments in Africa and more emerging markets

TECHINASIA: Nearex, a mobile payments startup based in Singapore, yesterday announced it raised funds in a series B round led by Tata Capital Growth Fund. After it has gained traction across Africa, the startup is aiming to expand to other emerging markets.

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Deals, Fintech news, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking, news, POS/mPOS and online acquiring, Singapore, Vietnam

July 8, 2015

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Magic Caves of Alibaba

TECHINASIA: Alibaba’s spin-off finance subsidiary, Ant Financial, today put out a major new update to its Alipay mobile wallet app. For the first time, the mobile wallet now has ecommerce merchants and shopping baked right into the app. It means that within Alipay, which is China’s top mobile wallet service with over 400 million annual active users, people can now find local services like fresh flowers or food delivery – and then pay for it all in the same app. As in Alibaba’s other marketplaces, all the things are from third-party sellers.

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China, eWallets, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news

July 8, 2015

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Real estate crowdfunding: new capital inflow

TECHCRUNCH: In a move that feels fairly unusual, Global Founders Capital (GFC), the venture capital arm of German startup factory and e-commerce behemoth Rocket Internet, has invested in a startup before it’s even launched. The company in question is BrickVest, a London and Berlin-based real estate investment platform founded by Emmanuel Lumineau, Thomas Schneider, and Adalbert Wysocki, who have a background in investment banking, real estate and fintech. It’s launch is pegged for Q3 2015, but interested parties can sign up for pre-registration now with the promise to be able to get in on the action early once the first real estate is listed on the site.

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Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Singapore

July 8, 2015

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Crisis in China

THE ECONOMIST: China is certainly not the first country to try to prop up a falling stockmarket. The central banks of America, Europe and Japan have all shown form in buying shares after crashes and cutting interest rates to cheer up bloodied investors. But the circumstances and the manner of China’s intervention of the past ten days make it an outlier, worryingly so.

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Analytics, China, Global trends, Hong Kong, InspirAsia

July 8, 2015

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P2P-Lending in India and China

TECHCRUNCH: Lendingkart, a New Delhi-based platform for small businesses loans, has raised a Series A of $10 million from Saama Capital, Mayfield Fund, Shailesh Mehta, and Ashvin Chadha. Since launching a year ago, Lendingkart has processed loans from 50 cities and 17 states across India. It will use its new capital to expand into all towns and cities in India, improve its credit scoring technology, and hire more employees.

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China, Deals, India, InspirAsia, p2p/online lending

July 8, 2015

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Alibaba Steps Up Asia Logistics Presence With New SingPost Investment

FORBES: China’s Alibaba Group is deepening ties with Singapore’s national postal service provider SingPost, as the e-commerce titan seeks to grow its international businesses. Alibaba, which last year invested $249 million for a 10.35% stake in Singapore Post Ltd, has agreed to spend another $138.6 million to acquire an additional 5% stake. The company will hold 14.51% of SingPost upon completion of the deal, which is subject to the approval of SingPost shareholders and Singaporean authorities, Alibaba announced in a statement today

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China, InspirAsia

July 8, 2015

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Unbanked Stories: Thai, Myanmar, Mexico, Bangladesh, and the Philippines

E27.CO: Philippines-based fin-tech startup LoanSolutions has raised an undisclosed round of funding from a group of international investors led by KK Fund, with participation from other venture capitalist funds and angel investors, including Kickstart Ventures and John Dang, CEO of Zipmatch. (more…)

InspirAsia, Myanmar, Philippines

July 6, 2015

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Chinese Companies Delisting from U.S. Indices? Maybe Not

TechCrunch: It was the big story not so long ago. As of mid-June, 14 U.S.-traded China-based companies had received buyout offers valued at a collective $22.4 billion, according to Dealogic. The highest profile of the bunch was Internet services provider Qihoo 360, which, several weeks ago, announced it had received a buyout offer led by its chairman and CEO — one that would make it the “largest take-private deal of a U.S.-listed company,” said the WSJ. (more…)

China, InspirAsia

July 6, 2015

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A guiding star in the world of start-ups

ASIAONE: It was all mapped out in the stars. Ms Jenny Lee was transported from a sheltered life in Toa Payoh to New Zealand as a 14-year-old Girl Guide on her first trip outside of Singapore. She spent four weeks there in all but it was one week of camping that gave her an epiphany.

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China, InspirAsia

July 5, 2015

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15 Southeast Asian Fintech Startups Worth Looking At

TECHINASIA: Vladislav Solodkiy, Life.SREDA VC: It has been almost 2 months since I relocated to Singapore. During this time I saw about 100 fintech projects at different stages. My last article was dedicated to 5 most promising mPOS-acquiring startups, and now I’d like to introduce 15 more projects. (more…)

Hotnews, InspirAsia, Malaysia, news, Philippines, Singapore

July 5, 2015

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Marvelstone and Life.SREDA to Co-Invest in S.Korean and Asian Startups

ASIA Outlook: The MoU between Marvelstone and Life.SREDA will strengthen startup capacities across Asia in the finance and technology sectors (more…)

Hotnews, InspirAsia, Korea

July 3, 2015

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Singapore’s Fintech

E27.CO: Singapore-based real-time financial monitoring app Call Levels is raising a US$500,000 bridge round to spur growth, e27 has learned. The round, which is still open but partially committed, is expected to close in the coming weeks. (more…)

Deals, InspirAsia, Singapore

July 3, 2015

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Latest Trends In The Indian Startup Scene

E27.CO: incub@TE, an incubator run by Tata Elxsi (part of the US$100 billion Tata Group), was launched in 2012 to nurture and support products- and service-oriented startups. This Bangalore-based incubator has now partnered with Get2Volume and AISB Holdings to provide cross-border programmes to early-stage ventures. Unlike other incubators, incub@TE forms a rather long-term association with its incubatees. e27 spoke to Rajesh Kumar, Vice President (Strategic Initiatives) at Tata Elxsi, to know more about the incubator. Read the full article

E27.CO: The Indian e-commerce market has found a new superhero — cashback. Move over discounts, cashback is the hottest new trend in business. Cashback is the newest trend to rock the entire Indian e-commerce game. Big players, emerging players, almost everybody in the e-commerce niche is embracing cashback culture, compelled by thick audience demand, surging market competition and latest funding rounds. It remains to be seen if the new fad stays strong in the long run or fizzes out in an industry that has been enveloped with deep discounting since its inception. Read the full article

TechInAsia: Indian women online shoppers in the age bracket of 18-24 are the most active and comprise of 52 % as compared to 20 percent between the age group of 25-34, 6% above the age of 34 and 2% less than the age of 18 years.  On an average, most of the women prefer shopping online between 9 – 11 pm that too on Mondays and Fridays. Also, 80% women prefer Cash on Delivery payment option while only 20% opt for online transactions, said the survey. Read the full article

India will pass U.S. to become world’s second largest smartphone market by 2017: VentureBeat

India Now Uber’s Second Largest Market Following Expansion To 7 New Cities: TechCrunch

TechCrunch: BankBazaar, a startup that lets Indian consumers compare financial products online, has scored a $60 million Series C led by Amazon, with participation from Fidelity Growth Partners, Mousse Partners, and returning investors Sequoia Capital and Walden International. The platform aggregates information about online loans, credit cards, and fixed deposits from 23 financial institutions, which users can research and then apply for using its site or Android and iOS apps. BankBazaar says it gets four million unique visitors each month. For Amazon, its investment represents a chance to take a larger stake in the personal finance market. Read the full article

Read more on the topic: TechInAsia

India, InspirAsia

July 2, 2015

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Singapore Is A New Fintech Capital

DEALSTREETASIA: The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has committed S$225 million ($166.48 million) over the next five years, to growing the fintech segment of the startup ecosystem in Singapore. MAS’s managing director, Ravi Menon, revealed that this was a part of the Financial Sector Technology & Innovation (FSTI) scheme during a speech at the Global Technology Law Conference.  (more…)

InspirAsia, Singapore

July 2, 2015

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A Simple Guide To The Blockchain

WIRED: Ahead of the event, here’s everything you need to know about one of the biggest areas currently transforming the world of digital finance: the blockchain. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, InspirAsia, Singapore

July 1, 2015

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Boom Of Taxi Apps In Asia

E27.CO: GrabTaxi from Singapore is about to get US$200 million in fresh capital, pegging its valuation at US$1.5 billion. It quotes “a person familiar with the situation”, who has shared that the round is being led by US hedge fund Coatue Management LLC. The source also mentioned that existing investors SoftBank and Tiger Global Managementare also going to participate in the round. GrabTaxi’s last funding, a then record-breaking US$250 million round, happened just seven months ago in December 2014. Read the full article (more…)

India, InspirAsia, Singapore

July 1, 2015

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Some Chinese Are Taking 22% Margin Loans to Finance Stock Purchases

Bloomberg: As more Chinese jumped into the market in the hope of instant wealth, peer-to-peer websites offering loans for stock investing have mushroomed. They are among a multitude of sources of leverage outside of traditional margin financing that threaten to complicate any efforts to prevent an unruly reversal of China’s stock market boom, which is already faltering. (more…)

China, InspirAsia, p2p/online lending

July 1, 2015

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Mobile wallet Xendit targets Indonesia’s P2P payment market

E27.CO: Currently in beta, the launched version will allow users to connect their debit cards, send funds to friends and  withdraw wallet funds to a bank accounts (more…)

eWallets, Indonesia, InspirAsia

July 1, 2015

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How Widely-Accepted Are Mobile Payment Methods In China’s Brick-And-Mortar Shops?

TechInAsia: Mobile payment methods like Alibaba’s Alipay and Tencent’s Tenpay account for a huge portion of China’s online transactions. But do these new payment methods have the same kind of traction on offline shops and restaurants? Chinese tech news site Techweb recently conducted a survey of 1,607 businesses on a busy pedestrian street in Wuhan to find out. (more…)

China, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking

June 30, 2015

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Formation 8 raising US$400M late-stage fund for Asia

E27.CO: A special focus of the fund will be Southeast Asia and South Korea, with the US$400M likely being spread across 10 gigantic investments
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InspirAsia, Korea

June 30, 2015

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South Korean restaurant discovery app MangoPlate raises US$6.1M

E27.CO: South Korean restaurant discovery app MangoPlate has announced today that it has secured US$6.1 million from venture investment group of Qualcomm Incorporated, Qualcomm Ventures, as well as SoftBank Ventures Korea and YJ Capital, a venture capital firm established by Yahoo!JAPAN. This marks YJ Capital’s first investment in a Korean company. (more…)

Deals, InspirAsia, Korea

June 30, 2015

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Baidu To Invest $3.2 Billion In Its Group-Buying Service Nuomi

TechCrunch: China’s Baidu, the company best known for its dominant search engine, said today that it will invest more than $3 billion in its online-to-offline businesses over the next three years. (more…)

China, Deals, InspirAsia

June 30, 2015

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DBS opens DBS Accelerator in Hong Kong

DEALSTREETASIA: Southeast Asian super-regional financial services group DBS, which is based in Singapore, has launched a DBS fintech accelerator in Hong Kong, in a physical site called “The Vault”. This is to function as a FinTech startup hub located in the heart of Wan Chai, Hong Kong. (more…)

Hong Kong, InspirAsia, Singapore

June 29, 2015

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News From The Asian POS System Startups Hottab & StoreHub

TECHINASIA: It’s easy to spot the rapidly rising number of hotels and restaurants in Vietnam. But despite the industry’s noticeable growth, managing a hotel or chain restaurant still takes a lot of work and innovation. That’s where Hottab comes in. It’s a new Vietnamese startup that offers a new solution for point-of-sale (POS) management for F&B business. Hottab provides service tablets and a POS system for food and beverage (F&B) businesses. A cloud-based system connects all devices using Hottab. It includes an application installed on tablet devices that allows waiters to create new orders. It also enables customers to self-order at the table. (more…)

InspirAsia, Singapore, Vietnam

June 27, 2015

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Vietnam Lifts Foreign Holding Limit In Cos, Qualifies For Emerging Market Status

DealStreetAsia: The limit on foreign holdings in Vietnam’s listed companies has been officially lifted, significantly removing investment restriction in public companies that are listed on the country’s stock exchanges, the Vietnam Ministry of Finance announced on Friday. (more…)

InspirAsia, Vietnam

June 27, 2015

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China Pouring Money Into America’s Hottest Startups

TechCrunchJD.com has become the latest internet company in China to venture into the consumer credit space, after the NASDAQ-listed online retailer — a rival to Alibaba — launched a joint venture alongside LA-based financial services company ZestFinance. (more…)

China, InspirAsia

June 26, 2015

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Cuscapi’s Rev tablets roll out at Ministry of Food Singapore outlets

DIGITAL NEWS ASIA: CUSCAPI Bhd said that Ministry of Food Singapore Pte Ltd, a restaurant chain that kicked off in the city-state in 2006, has deployed Rev interactive self-ordering tablets at its outlets.   (more…)

InspirAsia, Malaysia, Pre-order services, Singapore

June 26, 2015

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PH Startup PawnHero Wins The Judges’ Choice Award at Echelon Asia Summit 2015

DEALSTREETASIA: Philippine fintech startup PawnHero has won the Echelon Asia Summit 2015 Judges’ Choice Award in Singapore Wednesday night, beating nine other finalists out of the original 500 applications from around Asia. (more…)

InspirAsia, Philippines

June 25, 2015

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The Monocle Quality of Life Survey 2015

Monocle: ASEAN is the best region for living in the new Monocle Quality of Life Survey 2015: Tokyo (1), Melbourne (4), Sydney (5), Fukuoka (12), Singapore (13), Kyoto (14), Auckland (17), Hong Kong (19) (more…)

Influences FinTech, InspirAsia

June 25, 2015