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How Asia Uses Bitcoin In One Color-Coded Map

TECHINASIABitcoin 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. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, InspirAsia

April 21, 2015

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Alibaba Wants Its Merchants To Ditch PCs, Just Use Smartphones

TECHINASIA: Alibaba wants its merchants to ditch their PCs. The ecommerce titan has rolled out new tools into its Taobao mobile app (pictured above) that allow the marketplace’s 8.4 million annual active merchants to run their stores solely from their phones. (Update: Swapped in the latest stat for Taobao sellers; the original article stated 7 million.) (more…)

China, InspirAsia

April 21, 2015

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Xiaomi’s Smart Strategy to Design Phones for Everyone

WIREDHugo Barra had  a pretty good job—I mean, assuming you consider building the most popular mobile platform in the world to be a pretty good job. As global product lead at Google Mobile and then at Android, Barra served near the top of a division that essentially built an industry-defining business from scratch. A prominent spokesperson, he came to be personally identified with Android’s global domination. So when he left Google in September 2013 for Xiaomi, a scrappy Chinese phone manufacturer that was best known for its CEO’s slavishly Steve Jobs–aping  keynotes, the popular reaction fell somewhere between bemused and befuddled. Some wondered if a widely reported love triangle involving Barra’s girlfriend and Sergey Brin was to blame. The phrase “little known outside of China” seemed to come up a lot. (more…)

China, InspirAsia

April 21, 2015

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TradeGecko raises $6.5m Series A round from NSI & Jungle Ventures

DEALSTREETASIA: Singapore-based startup  TradeGecko, a B2B web-based inventory and order management software provider for independent brands and their retailers, has raised $6.5 million in a Series A round from  local venture capital firms NSI Ventures and Jungle Ventures (more…)

Deals, InspirAsia, Singapore

April 21, 2015

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Consumer Finance Startup CompareAsia Scores $40M Series A Led By Goldman Sachs

TECHCRUNCHCompareAsiaGroup, which runs websites that help users find financial services, has raised a $40 million series A led by the Goldman Sachs Investment Partners team. Other investors include Nova Founders Capital (a venture firm that is also one of CompareAsiaGroup’s founders), Jardine Pacific, Ace & Company, Route 66 Ventures, Zynga-founder Mark Pincus, and Owen Van Natta, who has held senior positions at Facebook and MySpace. CompareAsiaGroup’s total raised to date is now about $45 million, including an earlier seed round. (more…)

Deals, InspirAsia

April 21, 2015

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Teaching China’s Shoppers How to Spend

WIREDIt’s the perfect  Internet strategy: Position yourself at the mouth of a datastream, then get people to feed into it. Take Google: Because it grows anytime someone surfs the Internet, the company invests huge amounts of time and money making it easier for people to log on—going so far as laying miles of fiber-optic cable in Kansas City and delivering Wi-Fi via  high-altitude balloon in Australia. Or Amazon: Because it’s become many shoppers’ default service for online purchases, the company has flooded the market with cheap devices—from Kindles to voice-controlled speakers—to capture every stray consumerist desire. Alibaba, for its part, had the largest IPO in history because the hugely popular retailer benefits almost anytime someone in China spends money online. So now it’s trying to pump even more money into China’s online economy, by introducing the country’s consumers to the tools of modern finance. (more…)

China, InspirAsia

April 21, 2015

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Payroll Startup Salarium Partners With Mobile Payment Firm PyxPay

E27.CO: Hong Kong-based payroll solution company Salarium has partnered with PyxPay, a mobile payment firm, in an attempt to increase its service offerings. With this, the former will have an e-wallet that can pay employees anywhere in the world. It also recently partnered with e-money providers in several ASEAN countries for local payments. (more…)

Fintech news, Hong Kong, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking

April 20, 2015

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Silicon Valley or Death Valley

The Independent: Soaring rental and labour costs have pushed manufacturing companies out of Singapore and in its place the government of Singapore is nurturing high-technology startups to be the next Ali Baba of Asia. (more…)

InspirAsia, Singapore

April 19, 2015

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New Startup Brings P2P Loans To Singapore’s Small Businesses

TECHINASIA: 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 discuss setting up a tech startup. It’s a good thing, then, that they are here to do both. (more…)

Crowdfunding/investing, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, p2p/online lending, Singapore

April 17, 2015

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Fintech Startups Are A Threat To Banks. Here’s What Maybank Is Doing

TECHINASIA: When JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon told the banks’ shareholders that Silicon Valley “[wants] to eat our lunch” – alluding to how tech startups are slowly taking away business from them – he’s not alone in that belief. Banks are feeling the heat from startups, which are working on various alternatives to traditional banking. Some banks are not taking it sitting down. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, Malaysia

April 17, 2015

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Scaling Globally From Singapore

TECHINASIA: Building a startup into a billion-dollar company is still a dream for most.  While it is easier than ever to start a business, it’s harder than ever to scale one. In the tech industry, many companies are “born global” by nature, but successfully scaling globally takes a special mix.  Over the past few years there has been a lot of valuable information and focus on starting lean, but little information as to how to cross the chasm and successfully scale into a profitable, global business.  So, what’s the magic recipe? I have assembled a short list based on my experiences of working with successful startups in the US, Europe, and Asia, and also asked local experts for their opinions. (more…)

Analytics, Global trends, InspirAsia, Singapore

April 17, 2015

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Mobile money: why isn’t the M-Pesa effect hitting more countries?

THE GUARDIAN: Access to financial services via mobile phones has proven to be a huge boost to development. Why aren’t more countries following Kenya’s success? (more…)

Fintech news, India, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking

April 16, 2015

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Temasek Largest Foreign Investor In Chinese Banks

DEALSTREETASIA:  Data from SNL Financialreleased earlier this week,showed that Singapore state-owned fund Temasek Holdings is the single-largest foreign investor in Chinese banks amongst the top 25 foreign investors in China. The SNL index also showed that Chinese banks had outperformed their regional peers in the Asia-Pacific, including Japan and Australia. (more…)

China, InspirAsia, Singapore

April 16, 2015

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Zomato Acquires Cloud-Based MaplePOS To Move Beyond Reviews

E27.COZomato, the online restaurant guide, has acquired MaplePOS, a cloud-based point of sale product for restaurants at an undisclosed sum. It has already renamed the MaplePOS product to Zomato Base. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, India, InspirAsia

April 15, 2015

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Philippine Startup Satoshi Citadel Industries Acquires BuyBitcoin.ph

E27.CO: Philippine startup Satoshi Citadel Industries (SCI) has acquired BuyBitcoin.ph, the first Philippine Bitcoin exchange in the country. Founded by Sam Kaddoura, Lasse Birk Olesen, James Florentino and Dan Walton in January 2014, BuyBitcoin.ph is a peso to Bitcoin ‘over-the-counter’ exchange which allows Filipinos direct access to buying and selling of the cryptocurrency. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Deals, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Philippines

April 14, 2015

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Temasek Acquires SVB India Finance For $48.1M To Foray Into Venture Debt

TECHINASIA: Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund Temasek has acquired SVB India Finance, the largest provider of debt financing to VC-backed firms in India. The deal is worth INR 3 billion (US$ 48.1 million). (more…)

Deals, India, InspirAsia, Singapore

April 14, 2015

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Singapore Parliament Takes New Steps To Regulate Taxi Booking Apps

TECHINASIA: Singapore’s Parliament has proposed new laws for the regulation of third-party taxi booking apps such as Uber and GrabTaxias reported by Today Online. The regulations in question echo the basic regulatory frameworkproposed by Singapore’s Land Transport Authority back in November 2014. Requirements such as third parties having to register with the LTA, dispatch only properly licensed cars and drivers, and disclose adequate and timely information on charges and fees, remain. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities, InspirAsia, Singapore

April 14, 2015

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Restaurant Classifieds Site Zomato Eats Up An Additional $50M In Funding

TECHINASIA: Barely five months after raising US$60 million, restaurant finder app Zomato has swallowed another US$50 million in a fresh round of funding from existing investor Info Edge, a public listed online classifieds firm, among others. Info Edge alone pitched in US$24 million. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, India, InspirAsia, news

April 13, 2015

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Startupbootcamp Announces Top 10 FinTech Startups To Join Its Singapore Program

TECHINASIA: 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. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Singapore

April 13, 2015

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Co-Foundry & Plug and Play establish fintech accelerator

DEALSTREETASIAThe Co-Foundry (TCF), a Singapore-based venture accelerator and a co-working space, has launched a fintech accelerator, together with the Silicon Valley accelerator Plug and Play (PnP). (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Singapore

April 13, 2015

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Singaporean Investments In Myanmar See Significant Increase

DEALSTREETASIA: The amount of FDI flowing into Myanmar from Singapore has seen a significant increase in recent years. Investment by Singapore organisations in Myanmar has risen 41.5 percent from 2012, hitting $311.4 million in 2013, with a focus on urban development, connectivity and finance, according to Lai Shu Ying, the Southeast Asia director of International Enterprise (IE) Singapore. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, Myanmar, Singapore

April 13, 2015

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The insider’s cultural guide to Hong Kong: ‘Neon, frenetic, always hungry’

THE GUARDIAN: From dim sum to protest art, pop-up cinemas to the free comedy found on the Mass Transit Railway, playwright Jingan Young shows us the city’s hectic streets (more…)

Hong Kong, Influences FinTech, InspirAsia

April 13, 2015

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Meet The New Foreign Funds Betting Big On The Indian Internet Space

E27.CO: Internet is one of the hottest and the most sought-after sectors in India that saw VCs pouring in billions of dollars of investments as of late. The success stories of homegrown giants such as Flipkart, Snapdeal, Quikr, Urban Ladder and Ola are prompting foreign investors to throw some huge bucks into the market, although many of these companies are yet to achieve profit. (more…)

Fintech news, India, InspirAsia

April 10, 2015

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Chinese Users Can Now Book And Pay For Karaoke Sessions Inside WeChat

TECHINASIAChina’s wannabe pop stars can now subject their friends to drunken renditions of Jay Chou tunes without carrying cash. WeChat, the popular messaging app owned by Tencent, announced yesterday it will incorporate karaoke services from inside the app. (more…)

China, Fintech news, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking, news

April 10, 2015

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Top Co-working Spaces For Entrepreneurs in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

E27.CO: With the rising trend of coworking, remote work, and “workation” retreats, entrepreneurial Millennials from around the world are quickly adopting the location-independent entrepreneurship lifestyle because of the prospect of reduced living costs, exciting new environments, and access to a network of other motivated and interesting creatives and entrepreneurs. (more…)

Influences FinTech, InspirAsia, Vietnam

April 10, 2015

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Alibaba steps up China online finance network push with new index, bank

REUTERS: Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) and its finance affiliate accelerated a drive to be a full-fledged Chinese online financial network, with the launch on Thursday of an e-commerce tracking stock index and plans for a June start of an internet bank. (more…)

China, Fintech news, InspirAsia

April 9, 2015

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Life.SREDA Announces InspirAsia FinTech Accelerator For Singapore

E27.CO: The 90-day accelerator’s first batch of 20-30 startups will kick off in September, with investments of US$50K to US$300K for 5-15% equity (more…)

Fintech news, Hotnews, InspirAsia, Singapore

April 9, 2015

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Indian Payments Startup MobiKwik Nabs $25M From Tree Line, Cisco, AmEx And Sequoia

TECHCRUNCH: The rise of e-commerce in India has triggered a wave of startups that are leveraging the increasing adoption of smartphones to provide mobile payment solutions. Alibaba invested in Paytm at an apparent billion dollar valuation earlier this year, and now MobiKwik is the latest to be flushed with new cash. New Delhi-based MobiKwik has pulled $25 million in funding, led by Singapore-based hedge fund Tree Line Asia. The deal included participation from a couple of interesting strategic investors — Cisco and American Express. (more…)

Deals, eWallets, Fintech news, India, InspirAsia

April 8, 2015

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Indian E-Commerce Giant Snapdeal Buys Bill Payment Service FreeCharge

TechcrunchSnapdeal, the SoftBank- and eBay-backed online commerce company in India, has completed what it called “one of the biggest acquisitions in the history of the internet industry in India” after it announced the acquisition of online transaction service FreeCharge. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, India, InspirAsia, Mobile payments/banking

April 8, 2015

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Yuri Milner’s DST Global Invests Over $200 Million In Ola Cabs.

TOFLER: For the past few weeks, speculation has been rife that Russian Venture Capitalist Yuri Milner’s DST Global was set to invest $500 million in online cab aggregator Ola Cabs. The wait is now over. The latest funding round closed last week when ANI Technologies Private Limited, the owner of Ola Cabs, issued Series G of Preference Shares to various funds within the DST Global umbrella and to some of its existing investors. The company’s filings obtained from the Registrar of Companies reveals the list of investors and the money each has invested in these preference shares. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, India, InspirAsia

April 7, 2015