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Target Acquired Kickstarter campaign ends with goal more than 200% fulfilled

Target Acquired Kickstarter campaign ends with goal more than 200% fulfilled

The next challenge for Target Acquired, a game to be launched by Touchten Games, will be to keep its 298 backers happy The last 30 days have been crazy for Indonesia-based games company Touchten Games. On October 28, 2014, CEO Anton Soeharyo and his team launched the company’s first Kickstarter campaign for its casual gaming app


Black Friday, Cyber Monday: aCommerce partners LINE in Thailand to sell and ship

The Thailand-based company is working an American retailer to bring Black Friday and Cyber Monday to mobile users in the country Black Friday and Cyber Monday might have started in America, but these shopping events sure are popular here in Southeast Asia. Based in Bangkok, Thailand, e-commerce solutions provider aCommerce has today announced its partnership


[Updated] Mobile marketplace Carousell raises US$6M led by Sequoia Capital

Funds will be used to raise awareness amongst consumers in existing markets such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan Singapore-based peer-to-peer mobile marketplace Carousell today secured US$6 million in a Series A investment round led by Sequoia Capital in India, with participation from existing investors Rakuten Ventures, Golden Gate Ventures, 500 Startups and entrepreneur Darius Cheung. According to


EasyVan launches in Bangkok as lalaMove; to give out free condoms

As part of its official partnership with Durex, EasyVan’s Thai brand lalaMove will give out free condoms this December 1 Come December 1 (World AIDS Day), Hong Kong-based delivery matching startup EasyVan will be delivering 100 condoms in Bangkok, Thailand for 12 hours, as part of its official partnership with Durex. However, instead of using

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Edu-mobile app developer QLL snags US$450K led by B Dash Ventures

Taiwan-based edu-mobile app developer will use the funds to seek out users in markets such as US, South Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia Taiwan-based mobile application development startup QLL (or Quick Language Learning) today announced receiving US$450,000 in a funding round led by Japanese investor B Dash Ventures, with participation from Incubate Fund, Pinehurst Advisors, Viling


OPT SEA signs joint venture with e-frastructure to introduce Lead Commerce

Lead Commerce will operate two websites: Comparison.Asia and Japan-based digital advertising agency OPT SEA and Thailand-based company e-frastructure today announced a newly established joint venture to introduce Lead Commerce, an online lead generation media company. Lead Commerce will be headed by Pawoot Pongvitayapan, CEO, e-frastructure and Managing Director at Rakuten TARAD, and Soonhee Kim, COO, OPT


Accounting SaaS Japan raises US$8.5 million in Series B round

Investors are Fidelity Growth Partners Japan, Arbor Ventures, iMercury Capital and Mobile Internet Capital Japan-based accounting Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider Accounting SaaS Japan (ASJ) today announced raising JPY 1 billion (US$8.5 million) from Fidelity Growth Partners Japan, Arbor Ventures, and iMercury Capital, as well as existing investor Mobile Internet Capital. The company will use the funds


[Updated] No credit, no problem: Codashop lets you buy Steam Wallet Codes with carrier billing

No credit card? This startup wants to help gamers in Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore get Steam Wallet Codes with a SIM card Singapore-based Coda Payments (or better known as Codapay) today announced launching Codashop, a way for gamers in Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore, to purchase Steam Wallet Codes. While Steam Wallet Codes can


PocketMath snags US$10M Series A investment from Rakuten Ventures

Mobile advertising platform PocketMath will use the funds to hire and boost product development efforts Singapore- and US-based self-serve mobile advertising platform PocketMath today announced raising US$10 million from Rakuten Ventures in a Series A round. The funds will be used to boost hiring and product development efforts, according to an official statement. Going forward, Saemin


AIA launches 12-week accelerator programme with Hong Kong’s NEST

Eight startups focussed on the wearable tech and healthcare space will be selected to participate in this exciting programme Insurance giant AIA has partnered with Hong Kong-based startup incubator NEST to launch AIA Accelerator, a 12-week programme targeted at startups in the wearable technology and healthcare space. A total of eight companies will be chosen to participate


[Updated] Singapore’s LTA to roll out crowd-sourcing app for taxis mid-Dec 2014

This app will broadcast the location of commuters to taxi drivers who can save time with one single integrated platform Driving into Singapore next month is the Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) newest crowdsourcing app Taxi-Taxi@SG, according to an official news release. The release did not specify which platforms said app will be launched on, but


GoGoVan raises US$10 million from RenRen to fund China plans

The Hong Kong-based delivery matching app startup has not decided which Chinese city to launch in first yet Hong Kong-based delivery matching platform GoGoVan today announced receiving US$10 million from Chinese social networking firm RenRen, according to community platform StartupsHK. RenRen will now own a 10 per cent minority stake in GoGoVan, read the same report.


Dining out? Save time: Chope acquires queueing service Ticktok

Singaporean restaurant reservation platform Chope has integrated queueing service Ticktok. What’s the synergy between the two? Singapore-based restaurant reservations provider The Chope Group today announced its acquisition of Appic Technologies, a fellow local company behind queuing service Ticktok. The acquisition sum was not disclosed. For background, Ticktok is a service that helps restaurant patrons make the


Meet StartmeupHK Venture Forum 2014′s 3 champions: Freightos, Perseus Telecom, Scoutbots

Organised by InvestHK, StartmeupHK Venture Forum 2014 saw three winners come out of 550 entries from 47 economies Out of 550 entries from 47 economies, 12 were chosen. From those 12 stunning, stellar growth-stage companies, another six were picked in a private pitching session. And from those six, three — Freightos, Perseus Telecom and Scoutbots


Transport startup CarPal helps merchants deliver 18 hours a day

With a fleet of 100 drivers, CarPal’s clients said that they like it for great customer service among other things A delivery is but a few cursor clicks away, say local merchants, clients of three-month old transport startup CarPal. The service, registered in the Netherlands, is currently available in Singapore, Amsterdam, Taipei and Syndey. Co-founder Maarten