Author Archives: Elaine Huang


P2P parking lot rental service Parking Duck is good-to-have in Bangkok

P2P parking lot rental service Parking Duck is good-to-have in Bangkok

Can Parking Duck find critical mass in a city rife with illegal parking and drivers who flout parking laws without hesitation? Like most entrepreneurs, Paruey Anadirekkul, Co-founder, Parking Duck, created a company to tackle a personal pain-point. It started when he was a consultant at technology corporation IBM. The young professional, who had to visit


Gaming devs need to educate users on rewards in apps: Tapjoy’s David Chun

What are some trends David Chun, Managing Director, Greater China, Tapjoy, sees happening in Asia?   In a chat with e27, David Chun, Managing Director, Greater China, Tapjoy, said that there will be more acceptance and integration of in-game video advertisements, even though the pick-up rate in Asia will not be as high as in


Chinese gaming publishers eyeing Southeast Asian markets: Red Atoms VP

Chinese publishers keen on entering countries such as Indonesia and Thailand. Can local companies survive? Southeast Asia is hot and ready for Chinese gaming publishers. At least that was what Andrew Chang, VP, Red Atoms, said in his interview with this author late last month, when he was in Bangkok, Thailand, to speak at the


Ardent Capital-backed WhatsNew Group acquires MOXY

MOXY’s CEO and Founder Shannon Kalayanamitr will join WhatsNew Group as Group CMO Thailand-based e-commerce company WhatsNew Group today announced acquiring online lifestyle store MOXY, in a bid to expand its product offerings. The acquisition amount was undisclosed. With the acquisition in place, Shannon Kalayanamitr, CEO and Founder, MOXY, will join WhatsNew as Group Chief Marketing


StockRadars raises funding from CyberAgent Ventures and East Ventures

The undisclosed investment will help Thailand-based StockRadars expand in markets such as Japan and Indonesia Thailand-based stock market app company StockRadars today announced receiving an undisclosed amount of Pre-Series A funding from CyberAgent Ventures and East Ventures. The funds will be used to help StockRadars grow locally and further boost expansion plans in Indonesia and beyond. East Ventures


[Updated] Payment suspended on original ShipYourEnemiesGlitter site, so folks in Asia started this

Watch out because some glitter is definitely coming your way “Purchasing has been temporarily suspended,” wrote Mathew Carpenter, Founder,, on the website. “You guys have a sick fascination with shipping people glitter.” Carpenter had set up something bigger than himself; with his website, people could pay AU$9.99 (US$8.21) via PayPal to ship their foes


Real estate platform LivePhuket partners with Class Act Media

LivePhuket will soon be featured in a six-page spread in Class Act Media’s subsidiaries, including a weekly newspaper Phuket-based real estate website LivePhuket today announced signing a “long-term strategic partnership” deal with Southern Thailand media company Class Act Media. With this agreement in place, nine-month-old LivePhuket will be the exclusive property partner for businesses under Class


[Updated] MicroAd Singapore invests in Southeast Asian digital advertising network Ambient Digital

Going forward, the two entities will be establishing joint venture companies in Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines Singapore-based online advertising company MicroAd Singapore today announced that it has invested an undisclosed amount in Southeast Asia-centric digital advertising network Ambient Digital. According to an official statement, the funds will be used to boost the existing Ambient Digital platform,


Start Up Nation appoints Lim Ming Ling as GM of Malaysian subsidiary

Lim, who previously founded Work Palette, will boost SUN Malaysia’s investment, acceleration and social impact divisions Singapore-based investment firm and accelerator Start Up Nation (SUN) has appointed Lim Ming Ling as General Manager of its Malaysian subsidiary, SUN Malaysia. The appointment was made official on January 1, 2015. Lim, who previously founded the now-defunct Malaysia-based co-working


Incubate Fund launches US$91M fund for Internet of Things startups

A connected world is in the making Japanese venture capital firm Incubate Fund has launched a JPY 11 billion fund (US$91.2 million) for Internet of Things startups, according to The Bridge. The fund, known as Incubate Fund III, was raised from Limited Partners including Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, Yahoo Japan, Sumitomo Mitsui Bank, Development Bank


Food delivery site SpoonJoy raises seed investment from angels including Flipkart Co-founder Sachin Bansal

Hate fussing over what you should have for lunch? This Indian startup has raised funds to help you worry less and eat healthy Bangalore-based food delivery website SpoonJoy has secured an undisclosed amount of seed investment from a group of angel investors to put more food on your office desk. These investors include Sachin Bansal,


FundedByMe rolls out crowdfunding campaign to help Malaysian flood victims

Interested to help flood victims in Malaysia? Here’s a crowdfunding campaign you can take part in Scandinavian crowdfunding site FundedByMe’s CEO and Co-founder Daniel Daboczy has launched a campaign on the platform to help Malaysian flood victims. The campaign was launched together with South Korean couple app Between, which has a presence in Southeast Asia,


LINE to buy Microsoft-owned music streaming service MixRadio

The deal is expected to complete by early 2015. The amount has not been disclosed Japanese chat app giant LINE will be buying music streaming service MixRadio, which is currently owned by Microsoft after acquiring Nokia’s Devices and Services business. The amount remains undisclosed. The deal, expected to be completed in early 2015, will see MixRadio

Bookmate-StarHub launch

Subscription-based e-reading app Bookmate launches in Singapore with StarHub partnership

The service is available for download on iOS App Store and Google Play Store. Users can also access Bookmate via the web Moscow-based e-book app Bookmate has today announced its official launch in Singapore, its first step into Asia Pacific. Currently claiming to have more than 500,000 e-books from 600 publishers, Bookmate will operate with three