StoreHub – PoS Solutions

The demise of brick-and-mortar (b&m) retail stores have been so acute and rapid in recent times, a phenomenon that is most common in, and perhaps even originated from, the U.S. that it has been a frequently talked-about topic recently. A testament to how relatable it is, and the potential impact it has on, peoples’ everyday …

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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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Akulaku – Buy Now Pay Later SEA

Venture capital has been growing in relevance in Indonesia and in symbiotic fashion, the number of Indonesian startups has been mushrooming, especially with the elevation of multiple startups into “unicorn” status and the population increasingly being optimistic about the future of the country, spurring the business-minded to take hold of the bountiful opportunities there, create both …

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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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Validus – Marketplace Lending

It was not long ago that the Chinese P2P/P2B lending market was praised as a disruptor in the lending space and potential challenger to the traditional banks / lending model. Just as how it rose rapidly into the spotlight, its (potential) downfall could be just as quick, given how the sector has been brought into …

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