Date
24 September 2018

startup

  • Singapore attracts US$7.8 billion venture funds over five years

    Sep 19, 2018 1:35pm
    According to the State of Southeast Asian Tech report published by Monk’s Hill Ventures and Slush Singapore last month, Singapore attracted US$7.8 billion of venture funds between 2013 and 2017. The report covered mainly six countries,...
  • How to win and retain customers

    - Sep 17, 2018 11:46am
    As I mentioned in a previous article, I had been invited to serve as a mentor for several startups from Mainland China and Hong Kong. The project is called the X-Plan and has been organized by...
  • US startup launches long-range drone after new funding

    Sep 13, 2018 12:58pm
    Impossible Aerospace, a California-based startup that is involved in developing long-range electric aircraft, has raised US$9.4 million in Series A funding as it seeks to push its business plans.   After raising the new funds, the company...
  • How a startup connects local home chefs with travelers

    - Sep 12, 2018 5:26pm
    TravoAsia, a Hong Kong-based startup that is less than a year old, aims to connect people who love cooking and hosting dinners with people who love eating authentic at-home dinners. Founded by an entrepreneur named Stephen...
  • HK startup to offer pet insurance online

    - Sep 12, 2018 9:05am
    OneDegree, a Hong Kong-based online insurance startup, said it has closed a Series A funding round, led by major insurers and technology firms. Under the arrangement, OneDegree will initially get HK$100 million in funds, followed by...
  • China messaging upstart Bullet Message signals big ambitions

    Sep 11, 2018 5:12pm
    Bullet Message, a new Chinese instant messaging tool, has big plans to grow its business, prompting industry observers to speculate about a potential strong challenger to Tencent’s WeChat platform.  The messaging startup, which claims to have...
  • Unicorn probability of VC startups at about 1%: study

    - Sep 11, 2018 11:45am
    As startups proliferate in the tech world and shoot for the so-called unicorn status, the probability of such entities actually achieving the vaunted US$1 billion-plus valuations only stands at about 1 percent, according to CB Insights, a...
  • HK startup Stamplet turns receipts into customer rewards

    - Sep 10, 2018 2:52pm
    A Hong Kong startup aims to turn “worthless” shopping receipts into points for customer rewards. Stamplet, founded Indian couple Nav Singh and Simran Kaur, offers shopping coupons to users who send in pictures of their receipts. “We...
  • People issue in startup development

    - Sep 10, 2018 12:28pm
    In recent years, I have often served as a judge or a mentor in innovation technology competitions. The candidates comprised young entrepreneurs from Hong Kong and the mainland. Although they have different characteristics, they share a...
  • How two social content startups are seeking to expand

    - Sep 7, 2018 3:16pm
    In recent years, many digital media startups found success by offering amusing and viral content via social media platforms. Keeping their finger on the pulse of the online world, some of them have been looking to...
  • How a HK startup matches brands with ‘micro-influencers’

    - Sep 6, 2018 12:21pm
    In the digital age, brands have begun devoting more time and resources to marketing pitches with help from “influencers”, people who can reach large audiences, in particular through social media platforms, to deliver subtle and not-so-subtle...
  • MemeBot offers AI-powered marketing solutions

    - Sep 5, 2018 5:00pm
    Companies in various sectors are now increasing their investment in new technologies and deploying them in their business to gain a competitive advantage. Founded by Sam Ngan and Echo Chang in 2016, MemePR employs artificial intelligence (AI)...
  • Panda Visa raises US$8.7 mln in series B funding

    - Sep 4, 2018 3:35pm
    Panda Visa, a Chinese firm that helps users complete travel visa application procedures through a mobile application, is said to have raised 60 million yuan (US$8.7 million) in a Series B funding round. According to Chinese...
  • Payments services firm Lianlian raises US$146 mln in new funding

    Sep 4, 2018 12:31pm
    Lianlian Group, the parent company of Chinese payment solution provider Lianlian Pay, has closed a new financing round of 1 billion yuan (US$146 million), boosting the total received funding this year to almost 5 billion yuan,...
  • Smart logistics solution for e-commerce merchants and couriers

    - Sep 3, 2018 5:27pm
    A team of tech entrepreneurs has developed a smart solution for the traditional logistics business. Software solutions firm Appcider Limited said ShipAny is a smart logistics system that links courier services with merchants, offering real-time shipping rates quotations and...
  • P2P money exchange platform CurrencyFair bets big on RMB biz

    - Sep 3, 2018 5:05pm
    CurrencyFair, a Dublin-based online peer-to-peer (P2P) foreign exchange marketplace, announced last month the acquisition of Hong Kong payment services firm Convoy Payments, signaling the fintech startup’s major ambitions for expansion into Asia. Ruth Fletcher, the Irish firm’s...
  • How an AI fan got into technology consultancy

    - Aug 29, 2018 5:49pm
    Just like making good whiskey, it takes time to produce a serious tech product. This is the philosophy of Wistkey, a startup that offers business and technology consultancy services. Eric Lau, the company’s founder and chief...
  • Shansong Express secures new funding, joins unicorn club

    Aug 29, 2018 3:45pm
    Shansong Express, a Chinese intra-city express delivery service, also known as FlashEx, has secured US$60 million in a series D-1 funding round that valued the startup at over US$1 billion, making it the latest entrant to...
  • HK startup offers best rates, least hassle for travel money

    - Aug 29, 2018 3:20pm
    For Hongkongers who are traveling abroad or foreigners visiting Hong Kong, the best foreign exchange rates could be found by using a mobile app. Local technology startup HyperAir provides a “travel money search engine” that enables...
  • RobEx Centre: Hong Kong’s first fully automated smart warehouse

    - Aug 28, 2018 11:56am
    One emerging trend in the market is the deployment of new technologies such as robots and the Internet of Things in supply chain management. Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) and RV Automation, a partner...

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