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Cambodia through the eyes of local startups

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With a population of about 16 million people, Cambodia is often economically sidelined by its bigger neighbors, Vietnam and Thailand. But for a country where 60 percent of its population has no access to electricity, Cambodia has progressed leaps and bounds in technology. According to a recent Asia Foundation report, Cambodia witnessed a surge in mobile […]

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Vietnam through the eyes of local startups

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With a population of 90 million, Vietnam is the third largest market in Southeast Asia after Indonesia and the Philippines. Like its counterparts, Vietnam is also home to a lot of young people, approximately 40 percent of whom are less than 25 years old. This growing population of young people will likely be the next […]

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Japan through the eyes of local startups

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For a country that spends 3.39 percent of GDP on research and innovation, Japan scored an impressive second place in the ranking for best countries for entrepreneurship. One might think that the startup ecosystem is blazing in the land of the rising sun, but other reports paint a different picture. Japanese cities were sorely missing from […]

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Hong Kong through the eyes of local startups

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It was one of the four Asian tigers that witnessed exciting economic growth from the 1960s to the 1990s. Despite its small market population of over 5.7 million in 1990, Hong Kong found its niche in North Asia, and thrived in finance and marine trade. It also ranked highly as a business-friendly environment for companies to incorporate. But with the […]

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South Korea through the eyes of local startups

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It is a country that is proud of its many global accomplishments. Many would have encountered something made in or originating from South Korea at least once in their lives. According to a presentation by Nathan Millard, CEO of G3 Partners, South Korea has a 83 percent smartphone penetration rate, one of the world’s highest, an estimated $23.6b ecommerce […]

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India through the eyes of local startups

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An Indian friend once told me, “Indians may all look the same to outsiders, but we are all different in so many ways — in cultural background and the way we live, work and play.” That statement is as much as true as I struggle to fathom the complexity of the huge Indian market and […]

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Taiwan through the eyes of local startups

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It is regarded as a small market that is dwarfed by its giant neighbors of Japan, China and Philippines. But despite its small size, Taiwan’s population of 23 million grew economically in the 1960s to 1990s and was dubbed as one of the four Asian Tigers with strong economic growth. Fast forward to the current day. In the […]

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Philippines through the eyes of local startups

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It is the second largest ASEAN nation of 102 million people and, similar to Indonesia’s geography, it has thousands of islands that forms the nation of the Philippines. An estimated 2.3m Filipinos are working overseas, bringing home US$26.92b worth of remittance in 2014 and helping the country spur its economic growth. With a GDP of US$2,728 per capita and […]

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Singapore through the eyes of local startups

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A country that is the smallest in physical size among the ten ASEAN nations, but yet holds the highest GDP per capita at US$52,000, Singapore is known to be one of the four Asian tigers. With no natural resources except its people, its resilience and the need for constant upgrading and innovation have been pivotal in keeping […]

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Malaysia through the eyes of local startups

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A country of 30 million people, Malaysia is a rich ethnic diversity of major races and is home to founders of international recognised names like AirAsia, Grabtaxi, Jobstreet and iProperty. Last year, it was put into the international spotlight for the wrong reasons, from air safety concerns, political human rights concerns to the sovereign wealth fund saga, all these issues […]

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Thailand through the eyes of local startups

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A country known as the Land of Smiles, Thailand is definitely the place to visit as a tourist for its friendly hospitable people, beautiful beaches, spas, scenic and cultural attractions. But as a tech ecosystem and business hub, how does Thailand work? What are the unique features and challenges of Thailand that local startups face? […]

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Indonesia through the eyes of local startups

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11 and 12 November were two days of highly intensive activity at the Tech in Asia Jakarta 2015 held at Balai Kartini. From my sources at TIA, it was a whopping 4123 attendees, the largest turnout for a TIA event. The sheer crowd was a testament to Indonesia’s importance as a major South-East Asian consumer market. 142 of […]