Asian start-ups step out of Silicon Valley’s shadow

Asian start-ups step out of Silicon Valley’s shadow

For years, start-ups across Asia have been described as local versions of Silicon Valley players. ...But as their skyrocketing valuations show, investors are starting to realise that successful Asian start-ups are more than carbon copies of western companies.

Local problems, after all, often call for local solutions.

Video: Hian Goh Interviewing Reed Hastings

Video: Hian Goh Interviewing Reed Hastings

Early last year, Hian Goh interviewed Netflix CEO Reed Hastings about his personal journey of (re)invention and transformation of Netflix to the global company it is today. The conversation was part of the MDA Distinguished Speaker Series with around 100 local media professionals.

Watch the entire interview here.

Go-Jek now lets users transfer e-cash to each other

Go-Jek now lets users transfer e-cash to each other

Indonesia’s on-demand ride app Go-Jek introduced a simple e-wallet not long ago. It lets users store credit on the app for future rides and purchases.

Now the startup introduced a new feature which allows users to send Go-Pay credit to each other at no cost. It’s a big step in Go-Jek’s evolution into an increasingly powerful payments solution that enables users to transact with each other.

Go-Jek also confirmed that users will be able to withdraw Go-Pay credit in the form of cash at several partner banks once the feature is fully implemented

TradeGecko Launches Global Partner Program

TradeGecko Launches Global Partner Program

TradeGecko...  today unveiled details of its innovative, new global partner program. The new partner program makes it even simpler for individuals and businesses to refer clients to TradeGecko, provide resources and support for those clients, and get paid for their efforts.

Facebook Co-Founder Saverin Backs Health Marketplace Startup CXA

Facebook Co-Founder Saverin Backs Health Marketplace Startup CXA

Facebook's co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s B Capital Group has led a new financing round for a Singapore-based online health insurance service that values the startup at $100 million.

Singaporean government investment vehicle EDBI jointly led the $25 million round in CXA Group alongside Saverin’s outfit, the startup said in a statement Wednesday. New investors Royal Philips NV and RGAx, a unit of Reinsurance Group of America Inc., and existing backers NSI Ventures and BioVeda Capital also joined the round.

Go-Jek Integrates with Taxi Operator Blue Bird

Go-Jek Integrates with Taxi Operator Blue Bird

Indonesia’s homegrown ride-hailing app Go-Jek followed through on its promise to enter a partnership with the country’s largest taxi operator, Blue Bird.

[Uber] launched its own tie-up with another big taxi company, Express. The way it works is very similar to what Go-Jek and Blue Bird are doing now.

Blue Bird says it has some 23,000 cars across Indonesia, while Express has at least 11,000 vehicles under its banner.

Defining the Entrepreneurial Mindset: The Difference Between a Speculator and an Entrepreneur

Defining the Entrepreneurial Mindset: The Difference Between a Speculator and an Entrepreneur

I recently heard a discussion about the entrepreneurial mindset, and what that means. The opinion given to the audience by the speaker was that an entrepreneurial mindset was one that takes big risks. Based on this theory of the entrepreneurial mindset, if you don't take a big risk, you won't get a big return...

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