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…)
MOBILEMAKERS: The Indian government published proposals to encourage greater take-up of electronic payments in a country where cash still rules.It suggested a range of measures, including tax benefits to merchants if at least half of their transactions are handled electronically. Consumers could also receive income tax rebates if a certain proportion of their spend is cashless. Another idea is for government itself to drop certain surcharges it levies for making card payments.Among the objectives are improving financial inclusion, reducing the risks for individuals of carrying cash, cutting the cost of managing cash in the economy, as well as making tax avoidance harder.
TechInAsia: Vladislav Solodkiy, Life.SREDA VC: Last week Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Square, the world’s third largest fin-tech company by market capitalisation, also took a role of iCEO at Twitter. On top of that, a new wave of rumours about the company to go public by the end of this year hit the media. What do the Asian markets have to offer in respond to this? (more…)
DEALSTREETASIA: Equity-based crowdfunding platform Asian Crowdfunder has launched its operations in Malaysia this month, and is in the process of starting operations in Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. The pan-Asian platform, which claims to be accessible to vetted accredited investors only, is founded by an international team of experienced and successful entrepreneurs and asset managers backed by decades of experience.
International Business Times: Paytm, which has recently forayed into online retailing business, is planning to bring in 1,00,000 sellers from Chinese e-tailer Alibaba’s online arm AliExpress to its platform from August. The Delhi-based company estimates its gross merchandise value (GMV) to increase by $1.5 billion from AliExpress businesses in the next six months. Paytm, originally a mobile payment services, has crossed $1.5 billion (about ₹9,600 crore) in GMV in the year ending April 2015. (more…)
THE COINTELEGRAPH: Analysis of the biennial Payment Innovations Report 2015 from June 17 has described an increasingly successful FinTech sector in Asian and African countries that they say is likely to take the lead in digital payment startups and new businesses, while they criticize NFC payments as a “solution still looking for a problem.” (more…)
TECHINASIA: When we decided to relocate the Life.SREDA fund from Russia, a number of countries – Great Britain, Estonia, Latvia, Hong Kong, Singapore – invited us to move there and do business with them. Here are some reasons, according to my expertise, why Singapore is the best place in the world for financial innovation: (more…)
TECH IN ASIA: Japan’s GMO Internet is often in the news as an investor, but today the Japanese internet service and online payment provider was the one receiving funds. The firm announced a JPY 8 billion (US$65 million) investment by multinational banking giant Mitsui Sumitomo to strengthen its GMO Payment Gateway e-commerce payment solution and aid the startups that it serves.
DEALSTREETASIA: Singapore-state fund Temasek-owned Fullerton India Credit Co. Ltd, a non-banking financial company is planning to establish a home finance company in India, a report said. Buoyed by recent success in retail lending, Fullerton aims at granting loans to people in the affordable housing segment, according to a report in Indian publication Mint, which quoted Shantanu Mitra, the firm’s managing director and chief executive (more…)
TECHINASIA: Singapore-based TradeHero today announced it has partnered with the Singapore Exchange (SGX) to organize the StockWhiz 2015 contest. This year’s iteration picks up from the success of last year’s contest, which according to the company drew over 15,000 people to join in. Participants this time around will be able to trade in more than 400 stocks, real estate investment trusts (REITs), and exchange traded funds (ETFs) in real-time, based on information listed on SGX. (more…)
DEALSTREETASIA: Singapore-based crowdfunding platforms CoAssets, FundedByMe and New Union have established a tripartite alliance to grow crowdfunding in Southeast Asia. Combined, the three companies have facilitated raising of S$200 million ($148.17 million dollars) through international campaigns, to date. They plan to accelerate this growth in the coming months, despite the relative youth of the industry in the region. (more…)
REUTERS: China‘s banking regulator has given a green light to MYbank, the online bank affiliated with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, to start operating. The bank, owned in part by Alibaba-linked Ant Financial, is expected to launch in June as China’s internet companies increasingly encroach upon the turf of traditional banks. (more…)
TECHINASIA: 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 have caught the interest of foreign investors. (more…)
DEALSTREETASIA: Vietnam-based Coc Coc has become the second most popular search engine in Vietnam, after Chrome. Three months after it received the $14 million funding from Hubert Burda Media in February this year, the ad sales have jumped two times, while the subscription for Coc Coc search has increased by 32 per cent. This was revealed by the company’s co-founder Le Van Thanh at the FPT Techday in Hanoi last week. Coc Coc was founded in 2007, inspired by Russia’s Yandex, but its products were commercialised during the last three years, since 2013. (more…)
TECHINASIA: Recently landed in Singapore, Russian venture capital Life.Sreda today announced it has hired Huawei’s former global head of operations and COO of cloud business Victor Chow as CEO of its InspirAsia startup accelerator. From his new position, he will be overseeing accelerator development and the launch of the acceleration program. (more…)
TECHCRUNCH: JFDI Asia, the Singapore-based accelerator program, is doubling down its investment in early-stage startups and experimenting with allowing participants of its 100-day program to spend time away from its physical base. The organization, which was founded in 2012 by former BBC producer Hugh Mason and entrepreneur Meng Weng Wong, said it will now provide an immediate SG$50,000 (US$37,000) investment for startups accepted into its twice-annual program. That covers an 8.88% share in each company, and is double its previous investment. JFDI Asia is also pledging to offer a further SG$70,000 (US$53,000) towards a follow-on seed round for “the most successful startups.” (more…)