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282 Added | 1 Magazine | 1 Following | 1,437 Followers | @sgeio | SGE is a media and research firm focused on trends & opportunities in the internet technology space in Asia. We can help you gain insights into industries and companies and navigate the business of technology in Asia. We run Asia's oldest and one of the largest tech blogs, SGE.io, produce research reports, consult for individual clients and speak at global conferences. Organizations we have worked with include the Singapore government, government agencies in Singapore, Malaysia and Austria, and global firms like Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!, Linkedin and PayPal. We regularly provide our opinions to various global and regional traditional and online media like Straits Times, Business Times, The Next Web, TechCrunch, Today, Globe and Mail, CNET, ZDNET, Channel News Asia, 938Live and BBC.

Reverse Innovation in Tech Startups: The Story of Capillary Technologies

At its core, reverse innovation describes solutions adopted first in poorer, emerging nations that subsequently—and disruptively—find a market in richer, developed nations. But can reverse innovation be relevant in the world of high-technology? The very definition of “high-technology” hints at …

Malaysia on its way to become a Startup Destination

<b>KUALA LUMPUR</b>: The technology startup community in Kuala Lumpur is building momentum and if you have been connected with the right crowd, you will …

Malaysia Is Poorly Marketed To Entrepreneurs, Says 500 Durians’ Khailee Ng

Malaysia is an easy place to get cheap, good, English-speaking talent, with overheads that are often far lower than in more advanced markets in Southeast Asia. But it continues to suffer the effects of brain drain. Simply put, Malaysia isn’t cool to be in for some of the nation’s brightest, and …

Online Infographic Design Tool PiktoChart Hits 300,000 Users

About a month ago, online infographic tool Piktochart hit 300,000 users and co-founder Ai Ching shared how the startup pulled it off in a blog post …

Singapore Startup Deal.com.sg Records $50 million Yearly Revenue; Founder Shares His Starting Up Story

Patrick Linden is the co-founder of Dealguru Holdings, whose services include a daily deals site Deal.com.sg, an online food delivery service Room …

Major WeChat Upgrade: More Scanning, More Shaking, More Shopping

Tencent’s WeChat continues to grow and evolve beyond its origins as a pretty simple chat app. Yesterday, QQ Tech <i>somehow</i> got its hands on a test …

Apps

7 Top News Stories this Week on Tech in Asia (Jun 9 2013)

This has been an interesting week to say the least. Amazon invades Asia! People are (not) buying computers with sheep! Sweet games from Cambodia! But …

Asia

Kickstart and Pollenizer: Creating a tribe of people across borders

Pollenizer has partnered with Kickstart Ventures to bridge geographical and market barriers for startup communities, building synergy across …

Duets launches worldwide, reaches top music spot on local App Store

Mobile karaoke app Duets is gaining traction, having reached top spot in the Philippine App Store after worldwide launch and raising its seed round.

iMoney receives US$500K funding from Asia Venture Group

iMoney Group just announced receiving US$500,000 in funding from Asia Venture Group to extend its reach in Southeast Asia and dominate Malaysia.

Kakao enters Malaysia through partnership with Friendster

Friendster certainly has not died at all. Today, it partners with Kakao Corp to promote, market and distribute the Kakao mobile platform in Malaysia.

GREE Ventures deepens Indonesian footprint with UrbanIndo's Series A

How Styleprofile and other ‘mobile blinders’ could displace Asia’s fashion magazines

Styleprofile uses crowdsourcing to generate content at no cost.<p>Magazine circulation has been declining in the United States, due in part to a …

Why Asia’s obscure startups will be the ones to shape the region

In his trademark blunt style, 500 Startups founder Dave McClure told it like it is at Echelon, a startup conference in Singapore. In front of a …

Venture Capital

Waygo is most promising startup; roundup of startup pitches at Echelon 2013

Aligned to the vision of being a regional event, this year’s Echelon traveled to over 10 countries and saw over 300 submissions from the region. Over …

Crowdsourcing platform 99Designs pushes into Singapore; gives startups access to affordable design

Design crowdsourcing site 99Designs is continuing its expansion into Asia, following the launch of its localized Hong Kong site with a Singapore one. …

Dolphin Browser sets eyes on Southeast Asia

Dolphin Browser, a popular mobile browser with over 50M downloads and more than 10M installs on Android, is looking to Southeast Asia as its next big …

How to build a community around your startup

<i>By Vinnie Lauria, managing partner of Golden Gate Ventures</i><p>My number one goal is to help the community. Do that, and everything else will fall into …

Leaked Line Document Sheds Light on One of Its Monetization Models

The popular Asian message service Line displayed impressive financial results earlier this month, and a leaked document from Taiwan (a presentation to potential customers) sheds light on one of the monetization models that the company employs.<p>Messaging services have always sought to diversify their …

Dell and Intel Open Big Data Innovation Center in Singapore

Singapore has long been an Asian hub for data centers, but now the next big data-driven industry – aptly called ‘big data’ – could see Singapore …

Big Data

What’s Up In Korea This Week? [29. May]

<i>*Remember folks, Wednesdays are your 'Weekly News' day!</i><p><b>Cymera Tops 20mil. In Downloads</b><p>So Cymera is kind of a big deal now - they just topped 20 mil. …

Korean govt’s startup bootcamp offers sponsored trips to Singapore, Israel, and Boston

Six months of workshops, mentoring, and sponsored trips to Singapore, Israel, or Boston. For 20 Korean startups, these experiences will be the …

Foodpanda Merges w/ Rival, Claims to be Biggest Food Delivery Site in Singapore

Food delivery site Foodpanda has been making headlines a lot recently. First with a $20 million financing round and then a rebrand in Vietnam. Today, …

Asia

10 Great Incubators and Co-Working Spaces Across Vietnam

For those of you who are curious about the frontiers of Vietnam’s startup scene, an interesting place to start is the landscape of incubators, …

Ho Chi Minh City

App Annie: “Google Play is growing very fast in Southeast Asia”

Beijing’s App Annie is growing rapidly with over 80 team members located at Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, San Francisco, and London. Today it serves …

Human Doll Cloning is So Hot right now in Japan

Here is a 3D printed doll, cloned from a real human’s head, that you can never unsee.<p>She has a few friends that may or may not haunt you in your …

Four Eyes aims to be Philippines’ Warby Parker, sells cheap prescriptive eyewear online

Of all of United States’ startup exports, Warby Parker is one that hasn’t really been replicated in Asia. The startup, which sells quality eyewear at …

South Korea plans tax incentives for R&D, tech startups

The range of economic measures include include tax breaks for angel investors and venture capitalists, policy tweaks to make it easier to disinvest …