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On tech & VC in China, Southeast Asia & beyond.



[MW Weekend] Here’s why you need to listen to the unspoken words

Sensitivity to cultural events is now a common practice for corporations, especially for those who deal with the general public.

Uniqlo, Muji & Daiso all in one, but Chinese?

How this company doubled revenue to US$1.5 billion in just one year, and the other companies that are trying the same thing.

Rise of niche ecommerce in SEA, probably to be captured by Facebook

How Facebook is quietly positioning themselves to capture some of the ecommerce marketplace in Southeast Asia.

Something’s up with Billboards in Jakarta

If you have been driving around Jakarta lately (as we have, a lot!), you might have noticed something odd among the usual billboard ads. Anti-Mainstream Yes, that billboard is Upside Down, though it’s not the fault of the Demogorgon. This… Continue Reading →

Why no English media reported THAT Blue incident

A few days ago, we published a blog post on how Bluegogo, the bike sharing company once valued at US$150m, went into free fall after a bizarre incident. Since then, we received a lot of enquiries from our readers. Many… Continue Reading →

How to market effectively in SEA without cracking your head

Offline marketing prowess makes all the difference. It is increasingly becoming a crowded space for advertisers to promote their brands online. Not only is it expensive, with so many ads vying for user attention, it is also becoming less effective…. 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 →

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 →

MBar(Mini KTV) entering Singapore

Not long ago, M-Bar, a mini karaoke service wildly popular in China, made its inroads to Singapore. The concept of mini karaoke is simple – a small, soundproof, and air-conditioned booth fitting up to 2-3 people stationed in shopping malls… Continue Reading →

Mobile payment in Southeast Asia – overview and trends – Part 1/3

Can someone replicate the success of Wechat Pay or Alipay? Our Chinese entrepreneur friends believe that the low penetration of banking services in South East Asia presents a huge opportunity for mobile payment. On visits to the region, they ask… Continue Reading →

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