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“but they did not reply to my email!”

A culture of excuses is extremely toxic and should not be tolerated in tech companies

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.

This will make you look at Indonesia differently

Indonesia has more than 17000 islands, however most foreign tech investors and entrepreneurs rarely go beyond Jakarta. There are blue oceans in the provinces.

Why Baidu fell behind Alibaba & Tencent (and what can be done about it)

Those who are familiar with China’s internet scene would have heard the term “BAT” – which is the acronym for “Baidu, Alibaba & Tencent”, the three dominant players occupying search, ecommerce and social network respectively. In a way, pretty much… Continue Reading →

Are Self-Service Terminals The Way to go for Restaurants?

Self-service ordering and payment kiosks, initially deployed by McDonalds and Golden Village Cinemas, are now widely available among fast food franchises in Singapore. In fact, they have mushroomed across the food & beverage (F&B) sector, especially among the chain establishments…. 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 →

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 →

Lazada squeezes the likes of Ezbuy out in Southeast Asia

We have always been arguing that with the giants such as Alibaba, Lazada and JD.com entering the Southeast Asian market, smaller e-commerce platforms will increasingly find it difficult to survive, let alone grow. The same is happening to the Daigou… 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 →

Innovation – you never arrive

The other day, someone told me while it was easier to start a business in this day and age, it is hard to do a good business due to depressed profits, and intense competition. My response was straight to point,… Continue Reading →

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