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Kate Tran

Why Jack Ma is missing from the dinner of Chinese internet billionaires

There is a photo circulating on the internet about some of the most prominent names of Chinese mobile internet industry gathering at the same dinner table. Many of you asked us three questions: Is this photo real? Who exactly are… Continue Reading →

The bizarre event that ruined a US$150m company

So the rumours that have been spreading for months have finally authenticated: Bluegogo, once China’s 3rd biggest shared bicycles operator, folded. There are many news reports about this incident, although none of them caught the bizarre event in June that… 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, 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 →

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 →

Greatest motivation for entrepreneurs

“I am just trying to think about the future and not be sad.” A few months ago, a veteran in Singapore’s tech scene threw me this question: “How do we empower our entrepreneurs to dream big, to solve humanity’s real… Continue Reading →

Why fintech companies in China avoid SMEs

While all the governments are encouraging P2P to be primarily helping SMEs with credit for growth, the founder of one of China’s largest fintech platforms, has a different perspective. “I do not do SMEs at all,” he told us at… Continue Reading →

The economics of bike sharing

Many people still want to discuss China’s “sharing economy” with us: shared bikes, power banks, basketballs, or umbrellas. It seems everyone has an opinion on whether it would work or not, and why. Nonetheless, it strikes us that many have… Continue Reading →

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