Author Archives: Elaine Huang


From Linden to Marszalek, iBuy ramps up C-suite hiring

From Linden to Marszalek, iBuy ramps up C-suite hiring

E-commerce firm iBuy is looking to hire Chief Technology Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Operating and Country Head for Singapore Headquartered in Singapore, e-commerce firm iBuy recently posted a number of job listings on LinkedIn, advertising for a new Chief Technology Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Country Head for Singapore among other


ShopperBoard launches app with funding from Rebright Partners

Touting itself as a Pinterest for shopping, ShopperBoard is now available on iOS and Android devices alongside its web platform Singapore-based startup and Echelon 2014 alumnus ShopperBoard has today announced that it has launched the namesake mobile app on iOS and Android devices. The company had earlier received its first round of funding from Rebright Partners. While


HRBoss’ head honcho Bernie Schiemer: Locals matter

With five offices across Asia, Bernie Schiemer, the man behind HRBoss, believes that people want to talk to their own countrymen “Locals matter,” said Bernie Schiemer, CEO and Founder, HRBoss, a software company with offices in five countries across Asia. He added, “I noticed the difference. You don’t realise how much Singaporeans want to speak


Ashley Madison sues South Korea for being anti-competitive

The website for married individuals to meet one another states that South Korea has spared other similar platforms such as Gihonja Canada-based dating platform for married individuals Ashley Madison has announced that it has filed a suit in Canadian federal court against the South Korean government for “wrongfully blocking” its business. For background, in April


Angels Gate Advisory provides Singaporean startups with free advisory, guidance services

Dear Singaporean startups, Angels Gate Advisory is now offering you pro-bono advisory and guidance services Singapore-based startup incubator Angels Gate Advisory (AGA) yesterday announced its ‘Pay It Forward’ movement which will see local startups from any industry get free advisory and guidance services, as well as free incubation space. “If we contribute and invest time


[Updated] Singapore’s MyDoc launches with funding from August Capital Partners

The healthcare platform will allow healthcare practitioners to manage communications with patients through its simplified service Having completed its first institutional investment round of an undisclosed amount led by August Capital Partners and SPRING SEEDS Capital, Singapore-based startup MyDoc has today announced the launch of its namesake healthcare communications platform. According to an official document, MyDoc


Tour and activities marketplace Tripvisto gets funding from East Ventures

Slated for launch in a couple of weeks, the Indonesian online travel marketplace will use the funds for hiring and product development efforts Indonesia-based online tour and activities marketplace Tripvisto today announced securing an undisclosed amount of funding from East Ventures. According to an official statement, the startup plans to use the funds to build a stronger


Ex-poker professional Chow Shing Yuk’s gamble with EasyVan

The delivery-matching platform is a product of hunger and stupidity, shares the CEO of EasyVan, in a candid conversation with e27 I had imagined Chow Shing Yuk (better known as Shing), CEO and Co-founder, EasyVan, to be a less famous version of Ko Chun, the top-notch, world-renowned God of Gamblers played by Chow Yun-fat in the 1989


This Malaysian startup might be nearlyweds’ go-to platform

Enjoying nuptial bliss shouldn’t be that difficult. This startup wants to help engaged couples find ideas and vendors for their dream wedding Wedding planning should be simple and fun, say Teoh Weng Foo and Ross Affandy, the Founders of, a Malaysia-based resource platform for engaged couples. But those words — ‘simple and fun’ —


Indonesia’s wedding platform Bridestory secures seed funding

This startup will use the funds to help more couples ring the wedding bells with more features and staffers Indonesia-based Bridestory has today announced securing seed funding from US-based private equity firm Sovereign’s Capital, BEENOS Plaza, East Ventures and Fenox Venture Capital. The amount was not disclosed. According to an official release, the wedding platform, which acts


Visa payWave hit 2 million transactions in Singapore last month

How is Visa’s contactless payment option payWave doing in Singapore? We hear it’s growing fast in Thailand as well Tap and go. Contactless option Visa payWave did extremely well in Singapore last month, having processed more than two million transactions in July 2014. According to an official statement, that represents more than one out of


Indonesia’s SpaVista receives funding from founding team of sgCarMart

Beauty, health and wellness services marketplace SpaVista will use the investment to boost hiring and marketing efforts Indonesia-based beauty, health and wellness services marketplace SpaVista has today announced securing a six digit figure* in seed funding from the founding team of Singapore’s online classifieds platform for cars sgCarMart and other investors such as Joel Fu, Strategy Director, sgCarMart. Specifically, the


[Updated] Contrary to rumours, Bubbly gets acquired by India’s Altruist Group

Instead of shutting down, Singapore-based Bubbly has been acquired by India’s Altruist Group Contrary to rumours, Singapore-based mobile social media company Bubbly, or formerly known as Bubble Motion, is still alive and kicking. Today, the firm announced that it has been acquired by Altruist Group, a provider of Telecom value-added service (VAS) platforms across Europe,


ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: 4 from Asia-based startups/investors

Here are our picks for the most memorable and creative ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos! As of August 20, 2014, the ALS Association had raised a total of US$31.5 million in donations, according to the organisation’s official website. The non-profit, which assists those with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) — a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects


Australia-based music streaming service Guvera launches in Singapore

Currently expanding in Asia is Guvera, that will compete with other music streaming services like Spotify and Deezer Australia-based music streaming startup Guvera has today announced the official launch of its iOS-, Android- and web-based namesake service in Singapore, its seventh 12th market to date. The other six 11 are: home country Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia,

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Taiwan’s ALPHA Camp launches ‘Million Dollar Scholarship Program’

This startup school will be recruiting its third batch of students with an attractive programme supported by various Taiwanese startups and venture firms Entrepreneurship is a calling, said Bernard Chan, Founder, ALPHA Camp, a Taiwan-based 10-week accelerator programme that aims to help people launch new careers in the startup scene. But that call cannot be