S-E Asia a 'homogeneous' region for startup investing

CONTRARY to market perception, South-east Asia (SEA) is not a tricky startup investment destination comprised of highly fragmented countries and an under-developed venture ecosystem.

Telcos unveil Mobile Connect service providers

SINGAPORE'S Big Three telcos on Friday unveiled the first batch of service providers that will offer Mobile Connect, a digital identity solution that allows users to log in to various online services by using just their mobile numbers...

New platform for companies and startups to hook up

LOCAL large corporations and SMEs (small and medium enterprises) can now enjoy greater access to innovative technologies developed by Singapore-based tech startups.

YuuZoo to set up first eSports college, development park in Harbin

SINGAPORE-LISTED social-commerce company YuuZoo said on Wednesday it has signed a framework agreement with the municipal government of Harbin in China to set up Harbin's first eSports college and eSports development park. ...

Private equity transactions in S-E Asia rebounded in 2016: report

PRIVATE equity (PE) activity in South-east Asia rebounded in 2016 to reach nearly US$7 billion in deal value - spurred by a recovery in Malaysia from "a record low" in 2015...
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Going underground

UNTIL recently, the suggestion for an underground parking lot for bicycles - think basement carpark, but for pedal-powered two wheelers only - would have been met with bemusement in Singapore. But the mindset here is certainly changing.

Federal, China Merchants to cooperate on Indonesian oil and gas projects

FEDERAL International said on Thursday that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with China Merchants Industry Holdings (CMIH) to cooperate exclusively on oil and gas projects in Indonesia.
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Time will tell if Trendlines has mastered art of early investing

THIS year, as the Trendlines Group celebrates its 10th anniversary - and second year of being a publicly listed company - a big question on investors' mind is: Will its stock trend higher after its steady fall?...

Keppel DC Reit posts 13.2% rise in Q1 DPU

KEPPEL DC Reit on Monday posted a 13.2 per cent growth in distribution per unit (DPU) to 1.89 Singapore cents for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Keppel DC Reit's Q1 DPU up 13.2%

KEPPEL DC Reit has achieved a distributable income of S$21.8 million for its first quarter ended March 31, 2017, up 47.6 per cent year on year.
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Trendlines to deepen presence in Singapore

THE Trendlines Group - the Israel-based, Catalist-listed startup incubator that invents, incubates and invests in medical and agricultural technologies (medtech, agtech) - is looking to significantly deepen its presence in Singapore this year.

Need to fight for survival makes Israel the hotbed for innovation

IT was a gloriously beautiful spring morning in Israel, and a tech crowd had gathered on the lawn of Hagan b'Shefayim, a garden venue just 15 minutes from Tel Aviv...

Singapore e-commerce firm Y Ventures bets big on big data

A SINGAPORE company is making waves in the world of e-commerce - and doing it by using big data.

S'pore seeks clarity on tech impact before it legislates

THE Republic will take a "watch-and-see" approach to coming up with regulations for e-commerce and other disruptive technologies, said Janil Puthucheary, the new minister in charge of GovTech, the agency tasked with harnessing info-communications technology (ICT) for public-sector...
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Lives shared live

IN CASE you've just returned from an Internet hiatus, live streaming apps are all the vogue. In China alone, the market is reportedly worth US$5 billion, thanks to millennials who find joy in broadcasting snippets of their everyday lives to viewers, many of whom are strangers. These millennial...

Startups AdAsia, 99.co raise US$20m in Series A funding

TWO Singapore-based companies announced this week that they have raised nearly US$20 million in Series A funding, a sign that investors are reverting to making huge bets on early-stage startups.

Grab buys Indonesia e-commerce startup Kudo

GRAB said on Monday that it has acquired Indonesian e-commerce startup Kudo to boost its digital payments capabilities in Indonesia. While the acquisition sum was undisclosed, The Business Times understands it to be in the "high double-digit millions"...

SPH Media Fund leads US$3m pre-Series A funding of Snapcart

THE investment arm of Singapore Press Holdings, SPH Media Fund, along with Vickers Venture Partners and Wavemaker Partners, has led a US$3 million follow-on pre-Series A funding round into Jakarta-based cashback platform Snapcart.

Decoding the millennial generation

In fact, you would get someone like Jay Ng. Mr Ng, 27, is one of the 5,000 employees that make up Garena's youthful and loose-limbed workforce, 550 of whom are based in Singapore...
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Putting the spark back in meetings

BUSINESS meetings? These are absolutely dreadful, if you ask me. I'm thinking, in particular, of those that take place in a stuffy conference room, start or finish late, demand that you be there in person, have no agenda set in advance, and the worst, make everyone wait for just one guy to...

Innovation, ecosystem support key to startup growth, job creation

INNOVATION and ecosystem support positively impact startup growth and job creation in Singapore, according to a new National University of Singapore (NUS) study, findings of which were exclusively presented at The Business Times Leaders' Forum 2017 on Wednesday...
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Disruption response: Singapore can do much more

MOST local business leaders believe that Singapore companies and the government still have a ways to go in responding to disruption.

Government puts aside S$200m to boost deep-tech startups

SOME S$200 million has been allocated by the government to catalyse equity investment in deep-tech startups, and an additional S$20 million set aside to encourage first-time entrepreneurs to start up.
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Before investing in a social media firm, use its platform

UNDERSTANDING what a social media company does and how it plans to grow in the future is critical to investing in one.

StarHub unveils S$250m innovation, operations centre

STARHUB on Friday unveiled a new 58,000 sq ft facility named Hubtricity, an innovation centre and converged operations cockpit located within STT MediaHub in one-north.