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November 2017

Are you addicted to data dashboards as I am?

When I was running a consumer mobile internet business, one thing I did most frequently was… Unlock my tablet and stare at the dashboard. Like one of the many here: Not only me, all my colleagues seemed to have the… Continue Reading →

The failure that defined Alipay’s success

In case you have been living under a rock (or a pile of paperwork) these last few years, here’s an introduction of Alipay (支付宝) and related Alibaba services , courtesy of the Alibaba Group. We caught up with few fintech… Continue Reading →

Stop striving to be productive, think more and embrace change

  Many leaders know that they are on a different lane, but still want to put themselves in their employees’ shoes. Somehow, the notion of teamwork and brotherhood (or sisterhood) led them to having all the wrong ideas on what a… Continue Reading →

Will Grab & Uber merge, with Softbank now a shareholder of both?

By now you always know what is happening: Uber’s board is allowing Softbank to become a shareholder. Probably a huge relief for early investors of Uber, many of whom are desperate to exit as their funds approach maturity. Of course… Continue Reading →

Fashion ecommerce in SEA, and why Zalora is struggling

Last month, Pomelo, a Bangkok-based online fashion brand, confirmed US$19 million funding led by JD.com, China’s second biggest ecommerce platform. This is shortly after Zilingo, another fashion ecommerce company focused on Southeast Asia, announced US$18 million Series B led by… Continue Reading →

Ezbuy’s Taobao accounts suspended: What it should have done

In October, we published an article on the viability of Ezbuy facing an onslaught of Taobao entering Southeast Asia through Lazada. Now in the light of news that the Ezbuy accounts on Taobao has been suspended, we sounded almost prophetic…. Continue Reading →

Alipay & WeChat Pay stick, GrabPay doesn’t, literally

We came across this at a florist in Singapore. What does this tell us? Some of our thoughts: Alipay and WeChat Pay are very present in Singapore – and many other cities in Southeast Asia Chinese tourists frequent. GrabPay is… Continue Reading →

Ripe time for food tech in SEA, but not your usual type

We Southeast Asians are probably obsessed with our food: we not only instagram the hell out of it, but also debate with our friendly neighbor about origins of some popular regional dishes. We also see aficionados building more and more… Continue Reading →

Global internet giants – Only American, Chinese, and maybe Indian – Part 2

In the first part of this article, we examined why global internet giants almost all hail from US and China. In this second installment, we will examine the potential and challenges of India to achieve the same, and what is… Continue Reading →

Global internet giants – Only American, Chinese, and maybe Indian – Part 1

In a recent chat with a leading figure in one of the global internet giants, he threw me this thought: “To be a global player, you need to win either US or China,” he said. “And maybe India, but we… Continue Reading →

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