Author Archives: Elaine Huang


PricePanda: Shopping trends, habits in Southeast Asia (Jul-Oct 2014)

PricePanda: Shopping trends, habits in Southeast Asia (Jul-Oct 2014)

How are shoppers in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines searching for goods? Out of a million unique users in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia on PricePanda, 44 per cent were with a mobile device, noted a recent infographic published by the Rocket Internet-backed price comparison platform. The infographic was based on the data generated from


Lovesprk partners Lovebyte to create romance in Malaysia

Lovesprk has about 250 registered users so far. Lovebyte’s 120,000 users in Malaysia will definitely help the former extend its reach Malaysia-based date concierge portal Lovesprk today announced that it has partnered with Singapore-based couple app Lovebyte to extend its reach to the latter’s 120,000 users in Malaysia. This is Lovesprk’s second partnership with a couple


Kamcord: 25M videos shared in total; opens office in Japan

The Android and iOS in-game mobile recording service has had 1.3 million content creators in the last 30 days. Will Kamcord win Asia over? US-based iOS and Android in-game mobile recording service Kamcord today announced quite a number of milestones, including having 25 million videos shared on its platform and 1.3 million content creators in the


London-based taxi app Hailo available in Singapore

Joining GrabTaxi, Easy Taxi and Uber in the city-state is Hailo; it has partnered with SMRT and Prime Taxi London-based taxi app startup Hailo has officially expanded into Singapore, a market Ron Zeghibe, its Chairman, has termed as “unique” and “important”. Hailo’s expansion into the city-state, its first stop in Southeast Asia, is accompanied by partnerships with


migme signs Indonesia-based payment provider DOKU as Enterprise Merchant

migme users now have more channels to purchase credits for use on the platform: Internet banking, ATM transfer, convenience stores and their DOKU Wallet Australia-based social entertainment platform migme today announced that it has signed Indonesia-based payment provider DOKU as an Enterprise Merchant. With this deal in place, migme users in Indonesia will have the


HungryGoWhere Co-founder Dennis Goh joins Wavemaker, now hungry as VC

He will work alongside Nix Nolledo, Venture Partner, Wavemaker Pacific, who’s currently based in the Philippines Dennis Goh, one of the three Co-founders who started Singapore-based restaurant review website HungryGoWhere, has now left the SingTel-owned company to become a venture capitalist with US-based investment firm Wavemaker Partners, reported Digital News Asia today. Wavemaker has two funds,


ZALORA’s “digital interactive” pop-up store could have been better

The e-commerce marketplace launched its stylish pop-up store but is it really “digital interactive”? Rocket Internet’s fashion e-commerce marketplace ZALORA sure showed everyone in Singapore how a pop-up store should be like. Samsung Galaxy tablets positioned near every rack, showcasing clothes adorned by models; computers with barcode scanners for those who would like to purchase


Oddle helps restaurants snag and fulfil oodles of delivery orders

The order management platform has signed restaurants such as The Soup Spoon and Syed Alwi Nasi Lemak In 2013, The Lawn owner Lim Ze Yan met with a problem faced by many restaurateurs in Singapore and beyond. Business was starting to get brisk, but it was difficult to facilitate online deliveries or pick-ups without signing up with


This infographic is your guide into Thailand’s 2014 e-commerce landscape

How many travel-related e-commerce players are there in Thailand? What about flash sale websites? Investors and startups will love this infographic created by the newly launched Thai Ecommerce Association, a group made up of seasoned e-commerce entrepreneurs. It gives a good overview of the services available in the Thai e-commerce scene, like ad retargeting, classified listing, search


Brainly, with 7M unique users in Asia, wants to solve homework woes

Don’t understand calculus? Check out this platform that has seven million unique users in Asia “What is the meaning of the word ‘uncouth’?” read one post on, one of the many localised sites belonging to the Poland-based peer-to-peer homework help network. For background, the company was first founded in 2009 by Michał Borkowski, Tomasz Kraus and Łukasz


Singapore’s CoinPip part of 500 Startups’ Batch 11

Anson Zeall, Co-founder and CEO, CoinPip, is now in the US for the accelerator programme “Metrics, metrics, metrics,” said Anson Zeall, whose Singapore-based Bitcoin startup CoinPip has been enrolled in 500 Startups’ Batch 11 accelerator programme. His last nine days with the programme, which started on October 13, 2014, have been quite meaningful. He told


4 things you need to know about cross-screen advertising: Appier

Content, format, timing and device: Appier’s new report has a trove of data about cross-screen advertising in Asia Cross-screen advertising is the next big trend, said Chih-Han Yu, CEO and Co-founder, Appier, at a press session in Singapore today morning. Yu was sharing insights from the Taiwanese marketing technology company’s latest and inaugural report on


trippiece’s English site scores 27 trips, 480 users in 6 months

The social travelling platform has been doing well in Japan, but wants to capture more users in rest of Asia Japanese travel startup trippiece first launched its English website in April 2014. Half a year later, it has today announced having conducted 27 trips with 480 users on its English version. For background, trippiece is


IIPL invests in Startupbootcamp FinTech; sets up London office

The venture arm of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore will soon help set up a financial technology accelerator in Asia Infocomm Investments today announced its investment in London-based financial technology accelerator Startupbootcamp FinTech. The investment sum was not disclosed. For background, Infocomm Investments is the venture capital arm of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore