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Asia news roundup: Google and SoftBank in $1.9b Manbang funding, data leak at Meituan, and more

Here’s a wrap of the day’s news.<p>Transportation<p><b>Google and SoftBank keep on truckin’, join US$1.9 billion investment in Manbang (China).</b> The Japanese …

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4 budding technologies you can take big bets on

Many people dream of going high-tech, but few know which fields to concentrate on. However, with a combination of scientific and market research, …

National University of Singapore

Asia news roundup: Nykaa scores $11m, Nio and Horizon launch $500m EV fund

Here’s what happened in tech today and this weekend.<p>Ecommerce<p><b>Nykaa scores US$11.3 million, claims US$453 million valuation (India).</b> The online beauty …

Prefab Homes

A startup’s guide to Singapore’s grants and accelerators

<i>The Tech Startup’s Guide to Singapore is a series where we bring you useful tips such as the who, what, and how of running a startup in …

Startups

Media regulation in China: Those who grow big get shot

Short-video streaming in China, an industry that is projected to harvest a quarter of the country’s 1.3 billion population by 2018, has become the …

China

Asia news roundup: Alibaba commits $320m to Thailand; True Balance, Triip, and Intrepid funded

Thailand, where Alibaba is trying to stay a step ahead of the competition / Photo credit: Dan Freeman / UnsplashIn today’s news, Alibaba contest …

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Catch Salesforce, HubSpot and WeWork at TIA Singapore 2018’s Revenue Stage

At the beginning, early stage businesses may spend their efforts on searching for the best product-market fit, building a great product, and growing …

Startups

Discover Carousell’s plans for Classifieds 4.0 at TIA Singapore 2018 (INFOGRAPHIC)

Classified ads have come a long way. For decades, they were the domain of traditional newspaper print. Back then, a few days were needed for ads to …

Asia

With funding from a Tencent founder, he’s simplifying cross-border money transfer

Koku co-founder Calvin Goh / Image credit: KokuCalvin Goh was working as a business consultant in Europe when he started seeing a pattern: clients …

Initial Coin Offering

Spotify is about to launch in India. It’s in for one hell of a fight.

Home to 1.3 billion people and the world’s second-largest smartphone market, India is only just getting into the swing of online music. Music …

Startups (India)

Lazada alumni bag $2m investment to get Vietnam’s retailers online

Ho Chi Minh City / Photo credit: duha127 / 123RFIf you’re a brick-and-mortar retailer looking to sell online, you’ll need to get some ecommerce …

eCommerce

Asia news roundup: Alibaba goes rural, Nanjing hits brakes on ride-sharing, and more

Alibaba founder Jack Ma / Photo credit: AlibabaHere’s a wrap of the day’s news.Ecommerce<b>Alibaba to invest over US$700 million in Huitongda Network</b> …

China

How this $160m Hong Kong startup runs its engineering team

<i>This article is part of The Inside Series, a Tech in Asia Jobs initiative. Search thousands of tech and startup jobs here.</i>The Lalamove team / Photo …

Product Management

Behind Singapore’s meteoric rise as a top blockchain hub

Image credit: Tech in AsiaWhichever tech circle in Singapore you move in, chances are you’ve heard about another exciting new initial coin offering …

Cryptocurrency

Asia news roundup: Softbank leads $25m Modalku round, while 500 Startups backs HelloGold

Image credit: HelloGoldHere’s a wrap of the day’s news.Fintech<b>Funding Societies lands US$25 million in series B round (Singapore).</b> The peer-to-peer …

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How Singtel, PwC, and Singapore help the talent-starved cybersecurity industry

Cybersecurity threats are very real. / Image credit: PexelsTelecommunications giant Singtel has news for Singaporean companies. “Our analysis reveals …

Asia

Park N Parcel to deliver Hong Kong, Japan, and Thailand expansion after seed funding

The Park N Parcel team / Photo credit: Park N ParcelYou’ve bought something online, but inevitably, you’re at work or out enjoying yourself when the …

eCommerce

P2P lender launched at Harvard nets $25m in Softbank-led series B

Funding Societies co-founders Reynold Wijaya (L) and Kelvin Teo (R) / Photo credit: Funding SocietiesThere’s a story going around that Kelvin Teo and …

South-east Asia

Why a Facebook ban is unlikely in Indonesia

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg during a trip to Indonesia / Photo credit: Mark ZuckerbergIndonesia, one of the most active countries on Facebook …

Asia

Asia news roundup: Rotimatic maker bags $30m, ZTE banned from buying US tech, and more

Photo credit: ZimplisticThe US has banned a telecommunications-gear maker in China from buying American products amid growing trade tensions between …

Bitcoin Cash

4 fintech startups worth checking out at Tech in Asia Singapore 2018

This May 15 & 16, more than 250 promising startups will be gathered under one roof at Tech in Asia Singapore 2018, showcasing their products to over …

Startups

Fresh from hitting $20m in revenue, Rotimatic maker Zimplistic raises $30m

Photo credit: ZimplisticSingapore-based Zimplistic announced today it has raised US$30 million in a series C round led by private equity firm …

Startups

Asia news roundup: Hellobike raises $700m, Ola goes electric, and more

Ola plans to have 10,000 electric auto-rickshaws on India’s roads in the next 12 months. / Photo credit: OlaHere’s a roundup of news from today and …

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Meet 4 AI-powered startups that are changing customer satisfaction at TIA Singapore 2018

Have you ever faced an angry customer? In the business world, hell hath no fury like a customer scorned. With the emergence of deep learning and …

Startups

This Baidu and Sea veteran just raised $2.8m to get banks ready for online payments

Silot CEO Andy Li (center) and team members at the Visa Everywhere Initiative in Thailand, where Silot won the People’s Choice Award / Photo credit: …

South-east Asia

Grab and Uber may have to revisit deal terms to avoid derailment, say experts

Grab co-founder and CEO Anthony Tan / Photo credit: GrabIt has been two weeks since Grab and Uber revealed their game-changing merger, which will see …

Net Neutrality

Asia news roundup: Uber deal hits speed bumps, exec accused of bitcoin theft, and more

Photo credit: ReutersMore news on Grab and Uber’s delayed mega-deal, while China’s answer to SpaceX secures a funding bonanza.Transportation<b>Regulator</b> …

Venture Capital

India’s AI startups are at a tipping point

Photo credit: Matan Segev from PexelsThere’s a growing pipeline of high-caliber founders – who have “been there, done that” – taking the startup …

Startups

When the robots come for China’s jobs, what will workers do?

120 million people work in China’s manufacturing industry, but China’s now looking to robots in a big way. What will laid-off workers do for income …

Asia

Asia news roundup: WeWork buys Naked Hub, Warburg mulls Ant investment, and more

Photo credit: Eloise Ambursley / UnsplashIn today’s news, there were exciting times for co-working startups as one nabbed millions in investment, one …

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