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Games in Southeast asia

Introduction Gaming is an activity that is fascinatingly antithetical to the stereotypical Asian culture of pragmatism, hard work, and a focus on academics. Ironically, Asia has an outsized contribution to the global gaming market, which has arguably reached escape velocity in recent years, accelerated by COVID-19-induced movement restriction requirements. Most recently, with the return to …

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Reflections on COVID-19

A true test of our mettle Since first reported in November 2019 in the city of Wuhan, the COVID-19 has spread rapidly globally. It is arguably one of the most significant health pandemics of memory, or at least in many people’s lifetimes, and has thrown a spanner in the works of economic and sociopolitical recovery …

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Going Global in South East Asia, Europe + AI Ecosystem Building in SEA

Attended this event hoping to learn more about the challenges, opportunities, and resources of expanding the business operations of a Southeast Asia-founded startup, especially in AI and high-tech, which has at times been claimed to be a comparative advantage of countries like Singapore given the strong technology ecosystem. Some of the key questions the event …

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Vietnam Internet Ecosystem

Vietnam is a country that I am extremely excited about, especially for its developments in technology and, in particular, FinTech (i.e. payments, lending, insurance). Most articles I have come across speak optimistically of the technology industry and what the future holds, albeit with the caveat that challenges like government support, the ability to attract talent, …

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Singapore Life – Insurtech

Insurance is a significant part of Singaporean’s lives. From the government-mandated MediShield Life to the more comprehensive Integrated Shield Plan (IP), Life Insurance, Disability Income Insurance and more complex products like Investment-linked policies (which, in my opinion, one should stay far away from), it is a topic that comes up from time to time in …

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Venture Capital in Vietnam

Source: Cathay Pacific Vietnam is an amazing place. From my experience traveling there both for leisure and work to the major cities of Saigon (HCMC) and Hanoi, my breath is always taken away by the intensity of energy that the place exudes. It is a blend of rich culture, new and old, that has been …

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Venture Capital in Indonesia

Photo credit: Indonesia Travel With a population of ~260M (~40% of SEA) and an economy growing at a clip of ~5%, Indonesia has been touted as one of the next wave of fast growing countries that will contribute significantly to the prosperity of SEA, with some going as far as setting sights on it to …

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