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UC Browser’s tough lesson from Alibaba

“Marrying into the purple” is a dream but not as sweet as for everyone, especially if you are not making the money. UC Browser is having a hard time beating its opponents – in the meantime – survives the pressure from its parent group Alibaba.

Momentum Works’ predictions beyond Southeast Asia

You would have read our predictions for Southeast Asia last week. Now, we have our predictions for what we think is going to happen further afield in 2018. Let us know what you think by commenting below or emailing us at… Continue Reading →

Subsising MDR is a masterstroke by Indian government

Last Friday (16th December 2017) the Indian Government announced that from January 1 2018 it would absorb the merchant discount rate (MDR) on transactions up to and including ₹2,000. This is provided payment is made using debit cards, the unified… 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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