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

Who owns the future? The governments or the internet giants (or someone else)? In the first two parts of this analysis, we discussed why we...

Mobile payment in Southeast Asia – overview and trends – Part 2/3

Plausible and implausible use cases for payment adoption in Southeast Asia In Part 1, we discussed why we couldn’t exactly replicate Alipay and Wechat in...

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...

Chat bots & AI – Part 2: who will own the future

Who will own the future of intelligent chat bots? On one hand, there are internet giants such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, Alibaba and Tencent. These...

Twitter’s problem is not 140 vs. 280, but failure to expand horizontally

Big news that Twitter is experimenting expanding size limit of each tweet from 140 characters to 280 characters. This is entirely missing the point Twitter’s problem...

Clash of the titans in Thailand’s ecommerce scene

  Last year, Thailand witnessed the entry and subsequent overhype of 11street – a company owned and invested by South Korean telecommunications giant SK Telecom....

Southeast Asia’s ecommerce logistic headache: finally resolved?

Whilst catching up with some friends running e-commerce businesses in the Philippines, we chatted about changes in the logistics - for a long time...

Making insurance cool again!

There were a few times when i went to a gathering introduced myself as from the insurance industry, people would give me a sympathetic...

Alibaba leads US$1.1 billion investment in Tokopedia

Indonesian ecommerce platform Tokopedia just announced that it has secured a new funding round of US$1.1 billion, led by Alibaba Group. The confirmation came after...

Softbank: the final winner of SEA ride-hailing war?

US$2 billion  investment to Uber’s largest rival in SEA is the latest move by Softbank in the great war of ride-hailing. How far can...

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