Monthly Archives: October 2015


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Oct 2015

Netflix’s arrival in Singapore and select countries in Asia was officially announced in early September, but little has been heard since. The online video streaming service that has been the bane of expensive cable TV providers everywhere and pirates in certain territories, is expected in Singapore, Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong in early 2016. Little is known even now, but after meeting with Netflix corporate communications lead Jonathan Friedland, we were able to have a few pressing questions answered ahead of the opening of the regional office the company aims to place......

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Oct 2015

(Photo by JerryYang51) These aren’t the usual names that come up when people talk about China tech – most usually stop at Jack Ma or Lei Jun. The 24 entrepreneurs on this list are rising stars. Some are just starting out while others have already had a smash-hit or two; a handful have already IPO’d and may be plotting to launch something new. Either way, they’re ones to watch. We’ve attached Tech in Asia’s own data so you can see what kind of stage the company is at, but this list is......

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30
Oct 2015

There’s no question that Google Analytics is an essential tool to understanding your digital audience. It allows you to dig deeper into the types of content they interact with, the platforms they engage on, and the path that leads to a conversion. Businesses large and small can take advantage of these benefits, giving them the data to adjust their marketing plan as needed and make the best use of their budget. In 2014 over two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies utilized Google Analytics as part of their data collection and marketing strategies, a......

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30
Oct 2015

In less than two weeks, Tech in Asia will play host to over 3,000 attendees at the fourth edition of our Jakarta conference. It will be the largest ever in terms of attendee numbers and also stage content, with the debut of five expert stages. But the action doesn’t stop here. We’re going a step further to provide each individual, whether you are a Tech in Asia Jakarta conference attendee or not, opportunities to connect with investors, VCs, and like-minded folks in the tech community. During the week of our conference (November......

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30
Oct 2015

  Minimalist apparel retailer Everlane earned $12 million revenue in 2013, and expected to triple the amount the following year. Founded in 2011 by Michael Preysman, Everlane was determined to revolutionize the way consumers look and think about their clothes. They’re famous for making their entire manufacturing process transparent to consumers, so they know exactly where their The post Apparel Referral Program Examples: Everlane appeared first on Word-of-Mouth and Referral Marketing Blog....

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30
Oct 2015

(Photo by Ramesh Lalwani) Facebook is going all-out on India. That makes sense. With Mark Zuckerberg looking ahead at saturation in mature markets like Europe and North America, and with his social network locked out of China, he’s pushing forward a lot of things to ensure that Facebook gains plenty of growth from India. 130 million Indian people now use Facebook actively. But Facebook wants a lot more. It wants “the next billion people,” as the company has called them, who’ll use Facebook and all its sister apps, like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp,......

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30
Oct 2015

The 44th annual Tokyo Motor Show kicked off for the general public today, but Tech in Asia was on site for a press preview yesterday to scope out some of the domestic automakers’ funky, futuristic concept vehicles. Sure, the supercars were fun – but this list will look at innovation beyond pure horsepower and sharp body angles. Here are our five favorites, in no particular order: A power generator on wheels Hydrogen and electric-powered cars were a centerpiece of each manufacturer’s exhibition area. Toyota turned its hybrid Prius sedan into a household......

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30
Oct 2015

A recent article by The Straits Times deputy tech editor Sherwin Loh baffled me. Sternly headlined “Don’t let Pirate3D’s actions sully name of all Singapore startups,” he warned of how Pirate3D’s troubles will “diminish the accomplishments of its peers and tarnish Singapore’s reputation.” Sherwin added: “like its products, the Pirate3D blip barely matches up to the reality of the local startup scene. It should not become a standard by which all other Singapore startups are measured.” I could not believe what I was reading. Before I say why, here’s a bit of......

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30
Oct 2015

China’s ride-hailing wars are officially on. Homegrown giant Didi Kuaidi dominates the business of hailing taxis in China, but American-import Uber has been making waves – both in business and legal circles – with its peer-to-peer rides model. Didi Kuaidi released a private-driver function similar (i.e. identical) to Uber’s earlier this year, and since then, the two companies have been duking it out. One on hand, both companies have faced city-wide bans and friction from authorities. On the other, each company’s war chest has ballooned since the battles began, with billions raised......

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30
Oct 2015

Radiology readings are critical in medical diagnosis, especially in the detection of orthopedic and soft tissue conditions. While hospitals and medical practitioners require patients to undergo procedures like X-rays, CT scans, and MRI tests, there are few experts in the field who can interpret medical images well. This shortage is most apparent in developing countries like the Philippines and Indonesia, where experienced radiologists only make up around 1 percent of total practitioners. Philippines-based Lifetrack Medical Systems addresses this problem. Today, Lifetrack announced it raised an undisclosed amount of funding from strategic investors,......

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30
Oct 2015

Mumbai is India’s financial capital. It’s also one of the most expensive places for real estate in the country. But you don’t have to rent! Plenty of coworking spaces have emerged as answers to this issue. Check out one of the six we’ve listed below the next time you’re in the city – you might even make a new friend or two. 1. The Playce | Mulund West Located on the northeastern side of Mumbai, The Playce is 5,000 square feet of desks, private cabins, conference rooms, and a gaming room. It......

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Oct 2015

If you’re in the mood to get scared, Digital Happiness’s 2014 game DreadOut is a damn good option. The Indonesian indie devs put together a horror game that isn’t without its flaws, but packs some genuine scares along with a unique Southeast Asian flavor. But that was a year ago. Thankfully, as the Halloween holiday descends on us for another year, Digital Happiness has announced another game in the DreadOut series. DreadOut: Keepers of The Dark will be coming to Steam later this year. But you can get a taste of it......

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30
Oct 2015

Earlier this month, the prestigious medical journal The Lancet sounded the alarm: smoking is set to kill one in three young Chinese men over the next few decades. According to the study, two-thirds of young men in China pick up smoking – typically before age 20 – and around half of those are predicted to die as a result. Due to social norms, smokers in China are overwhelmingly male. Some studies put the proportion of smokers among women as low as 3 percent, and women whose deaths are directly attributable to smoking......

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30
Oct 2015

Ecommerce seems like a no-brainer for Singapore. It may be a tiny market, but it boasts a stable economy, astonishing internet and smartphone penetration, and a strategic position smack in the middle of numerous developing economies. Ecommerce is blowing up throughout Southeast Asia, and Singaporean startups have moved to take advantage, even while conquering their home market. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular ecommerce sites in the country today, some of which have moved beyond the border, and some of which have crossed sea and land to reach......

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30
Oct 2015

Are you hungry? That’s the question asked by Ele.me, China’s biggest food delivery startup. The company, which until now has offered only a traditional B2C online-to-offline (O2O) food delivery service, has just announced that it plans to expand into B2B with an offering called Youcai. Solving problems for small restaurants Ele.me sees Youcai – which roughly means “have food” in Chinese – as being another link in the O2O food delivery chain. Youcai is a B2B platform that links food ingredient vendors with restaurants. The idea is that by leveraging all of......

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