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Alibaba Makes Strategic Investment In Israeli Venture Firm JVP

TECHCRUNCH: Two months after making its first investment in Israel, Alibaba is digging deeper into the country’s startup ecosystem. Venture capital firm JVP (Jerusalem Venture Partners) announced yesterday that it will partner with the e-commerce giant to give financial support to promising startups. The amount of money both companies will invest together was not disclosed. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, InspirAsia

April 5, 2015

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The Promise Of Outsourcing To Vietnam

TECHCRUNCH:  It’s no surprise that Vietnam is being talked about as an alternative, amid rising costs and attrition rates in popular offshoring destinations like China and India. The General Statistics Office of Vietnam reports growth of almost 6 percent in GDP during 2014. Tech giants like Samsung, Microsoft, LG and Intel have invested in large operations in Vietnam, and a growing number of technology startups have secured investment. The entrepreneurial spirit on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City is palpable.

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Analytics, Global trends, InspirAsia, Vietnam

April 3, 2015

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Top 3 Co-Working Spaces For Technology Entrepreneurs In Bali

E27.CO: With the rising trend of co-working, 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

April 2, 2015

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Banking On Southeast Asia’s E-Commerce Future

TECHCRUNCH:  China’s e-commerce, m-commerce and payments lead the world. It is the largest e-commerce market (KPMG), and is home to Alibaba, with its US$25 billion IPO, the largest in history. Alipay, China’s answer to PayPal, is the world’s largest online payment service.

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Global trends, InspirAsia, news

April 2, 2015

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One of Singapore’s Sexiest Co-working Spaces Has Opened Its Doors

E27.CO:  It’s a great time to be an entrepreneur in Singapore. Never in the history of our little red dot has there been more buzz, more excitement, more life and more resources channeled towards technological innovation. Singapore has become a hub in this region and a real player on a world stage once dominated by the great industrial economies of the world like Japan and America.

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InspirAsia, news, Singapore

April 1, 2015

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Snapdeal Forays Into Financial Services; Acquires RupeePower

E27.CO: Indian online marketplace Snapdeal has  announced its foray into financial services with the acquisition of a majority stake in RupeePower, a digital financial products distribution platform, for an undisclosed amount. The e-commerce player will now offer consumers a financial services marketplace by integrating RupeePower onto the Snapdeal platform. It aims to enable US$1 billion consumer loans disbursal over the next two years.

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Deals, India, InspirAsia

April 1, 2015

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Singapore: A Fascinating Alternative To The Welfare State

FORBES.COM:  Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore, died last week at age 91. Almost every obituary has remarked on the radical transition his leadership heralded. As John Fund wrote at National Review: “By embracing free trade, capital formation, vigorous meritocratic education, low taxes, and a reliable judicial system, Lee raised the per capita income of his country from $500 a year to some $52,000 a year today. That’s 50 percent higher than that of Britain, the colonial power that ruled Singapore for 150 years. Its average annual growth rate has averaged 7 percent since the 1970s”.

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InspirAsia, news, Singapore

March 31, 2015

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Singapore Venture Builder Hatcher Announces US$100M Venture Fund

E27.CO:  Singapore-based venture builder platform Hatcher has announced the launch of the Hatcher Fund, an early-stage venture fund with a target size of US$100 million.

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InspirAsia, news, Singapore

March 30, 2015

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Hong Kong Tycoon Li Ka-shing Ventures Deeper Into Tech

THE WALL STREET JOURNALWhen the venture-capital fund of Li Ka-shing, Asia’s richest man, hosted a gathering of its portfolio companies in Shanghai last year, it broke the ice with a scavenger hunt. 

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China, InspirAsia, news

March 29, 2015

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Bitcoin, investment opportunities & Asian prospects

DEALSTREETASIA: For all of its challenges, there are compelling reasons to evaluate Bitcoin, a relatively new FinTech innovation. In fact, it holds tremendous promise and opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs interested in exploring the space. (more…)

Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news

March 27, 2015

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Startup Pawnhero to represent PH in Echelon Asia Summit 2015

DEALSTREETASIA: Startup company Pawnhero will be representing the Philippines in the upcoming Echelon Asia Summit 2015, after winning the main award in the first-ever Echelon Top 100 Philippines Qualifiers. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Philippines

March 27, 2015

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A List of Venture Capital Firms in Singapore

TECHINASIAVenture capital firms have entered Singapore in droves, which means internet startups here can look forward to a wider variety of funding options. Here is a list of venture capital firms with a presence in Singapore that are actively investing in startups in the series A rounds and above. It includes funds that are supported by the Singapore government through the NRF TIS scheme and the ESVF initiative. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Singapore

March 26, 2015

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Advanced Merchant Payments Pulls in Undisclosed Amount of Funding

FINOVATE: Advanced Merchant Payments (AMP), a company that provides banks technology to offer loans to their small business customers, pulled in an undisclosed amount of funding today from Route 66 Ventures. The new installment is a follow-on round to the $5 million Series A round received in November 2014 from SBT Venture Capital. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, Hong Kong, InspirAsia, news

March 26, 2015

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1337 Ventures teams up with Maybank in regional FinTech drive

E27.CO:  The initiative will start with a roadshow spanning four cities in April and culminate in a three-day idea validation bootcamp in Kuala Lumpur in June. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, Malaysia, news

March 26, 2015

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Singapore’s Zopim to power Facebook Messenger’s Business app

TECHINASIA: Facebook woke up the internet industry when it announced that its popular Messenger app, one of the world’s largest chat apps with 600 million active users, will open up to third-party developers. The move emulates the recipe that brought Asian chat apps Line and WeChat into prominence as platform businesses. Announced on the same day (though overshadowed) was the news about Businesses on Messenger, an upcoming feature on the app that allows users to chat with businesses on customer support matters. Singapore startup Zopim, acquired last year by customer support software company Zendesk for US$30 million, will power the feature. (more…)

Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, Singapore

March 26, 2015

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Indian fin-tech startup Artoo gets US$500K funding

E27.CO: Bangalore-based Artoo IT Solutions, a startup that offers customer relationship management solution to banks and financial institutions, has secured US$500,000 in funding from seed-stage investor Accion Venture Labs and Rianta Capital Zurich’s impact investment unit Artha Initiative. The startup will use the capital to enhance its product functionality, build team and scale operations globally. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, India, InspirAsia, news

March 26, 2015

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Budget Reinforces Hong Kong’s Long-term Economic Development

InvestHK Bimonthly Newsletter: The regular InvestHK’s newsletter covers Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary John Tsang’s budget speech, as well as the expansion of the government fund Stratmeup HK to India. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities, Hong Kong, InspirAsia

March 25, 2015

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Yuri Milner’s Unparalleled Global Tech Gold-Mining Machine

FORBES: How a Russian investor Yuri Milner established his “gold-mining machine” (firm DST) and why he believes that the future belongs to Asia. China lifted Milner up from ranked 35 to 20 in the Forbes ranking of the best investors. Investments in Alibaba and smartphone vendor Xiaomi opened Yuri Milner’s way to the Forbes’ top 20 investors. In the past year the entrepreneur preferred China to the US.

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Analytics, China, Fintech news, Global trends, InspirAsia, news

March 25, 2015

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Entering the Post-LKY Era

The Independent: Lee Kuan Yew has passed away. He is the man who established Singapore, as we know it. The man of outstanding commitment and vision. Rest in peace (more…)

InspirAsia, Singapore

March 23, 2015

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Golden Gate Ventures to raise $50m in second fund

DEALSTREETASIA: Early-stage fund Golden Gate Ventures (GGV) has upped its game in the venture capital space – raising around $50 million for its second fund. (more…)

Fintech news, Hong Kong, InspirAsia, news, Singapore

March 23, 2015

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Addressing last mile e-commerce logistics, payment issues in Indonesia

E27.CO: Echelon Indonesia to discuss measures needed to boost e-commerce in the island nation. Here’s what existing players are doing to build the ecosystem  (more…)

Fintech news, Indonesia, InspirAsia, news

March 23, 2015

Lee Kuan Yew’s Singapore: An Astonishing Record

The Economist: An amazing infographics from the Economist: how Singapore has become the most developed country in the world in the Lee Kuan Yew years

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Analytics, Global trends, InspirAsia, news, Singapore

March 22, 2015

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Razorpay Offers Stripe-Style Payments Focused Squarely On Indian E-Commerce Plays

TECHCRUNCH: The rise of companies like FlipkartSnapdeal and Ola have put a spotlight on the e-commerce opportunity in India, where the growth of catchy businesses is being fuelled by consumer demand, improving Internet connectivity and generous VC funding. Now, a new startup called Razorpay — part of the current Y Combinator class — is hoping to ride that trend, by giving more startups and larger tech companies in the country the ability to make it easier to integrate payments into their services. (more…)

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

March 22, 2015

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Exclusive: Russian VC Life.SREDA moving HQ to Singapore, targets $100m second fund

DEALSTREETASIARussia’s economic slump is set to boost the fledgling financial services technology (Fintech) startup ecosystem in Singapore and South East Asia. Moscow-based venture capital firm Life.SREDA, that focuses exclusively on investments in Fintech mobile and internet projects, is pivoting to Asia, and moving its corporate headquarters to Singapore, executives aware of the developments told DEALSTREETASIA. (more…)

Fintech news, Hotnews, InspirAsia, news, Singapore

March 20, 2015

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Chinese FinTech startup iMaibo is raising up to US$10M Series A

E27.CO: China’s iMaibo, a stock market app, has grown from 10,000 to 100,000 active daily users within nine months, brought on a new CEO and is looking to raise a Series A round of US$5-10 million (more…)

China, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news

March 20, 2015

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Asia among Top Five Most Funded Regions in Fintech: Life.SREDA

DEALSTREETASIA: Asia joined the world’s most funded regions for the fintech industry in 2014, with startups in this space raising total of $797 million, a report said. This growth was triggered mainly by fintech investments in China, and on a global level, fintech startups have raised about $6.8 billion during this period, according to data compiled by Life.SREDA, a venture capital firm headed in Russia.

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Analytics, Global trends, Hotnews, InspirAsia

March 19, 2015

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WeChat Now Has 500 Million Monthly Active Users

TECHINASIA: Messaging app WeChat now has 500 million monthly active users (MAUs), parent company Tencent revealed today. The new figure for Q4 2014 is up from 468 million in Q3 last year, and up from 355 million at the end of 2013. (more…)

China, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news, p2p-payments

March 18, 2015

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Ticketing Platform Peatix Bags US$5M In Series B Funding

E27.CO: Global online ticketing platform Peatix has raised US$5 million in Series B funding led by DG Incubation, the investment subsidiary of Digital Garage. SPH Media Fund, the corporate venture fund of Singapore Press Holdings and Japanese media company Sunny Side Up also invested in this round. Existing investors from the Series A round Fidelity Growth Partners Japan and Draper Nexus also participated in the round. (more…)

Deals, Fintech news, InspirAsia, Japan, news

March 17, 2015

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Rakuten To Put Its Bitnet Investment To Work And Accept Bitcoin Worldwide

TECHCRUNCH: Rakuten, Japan’s largest online retail firm, has announced that it will soon accept bitcoin across its global marketplaces. The company is putting its investment in Bitnet — a startup that raised $14.5 million last October — to work with this development. Bitnet, which was founded by ex-Visa execs and is rivaled by Coinbase and Bitpay, will initially be integrated into Rakuten’s U.S. marketplace to allow customers to pay in BTC.

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Cryptocurrencies, Fintech news, InspirAsia, Japan, news

March 17, 2015

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Xiaomi To Offer Financial Services Direct Through Its Smartphones

Channel NewsAsia: Xiaomi has added a function that allows users to buy money market fund offered by mutual fund manager Efund. The service competes directly with similar products offered by Alibaba and Tencent. (more…)

China, Fintech news, InspirAsia, news

March 17, 2015