Author Archives: Elaine Huang


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

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


Taobao Marketplace launches self pick-up service with SingPost’s POPStation

Always missing parcels? This particular partnership might make Taobao customers in Singapore very happy Remember Alibaba’s US$249 million investment in Singapore Post (SingPost) earlier in May 2014? Well, that particular deal is already bearing fruit for the Chinese e-commerce giant. Alibaba’s Taobao Marketplace Southeast Asia has today launched a self pick-up service with SingPost. Customers


Couple app Between goes PC; Mac version in pipeline

Korean company VCNC has been testing its PC app with 5,000 users. How has the response been so far? South Korea-based couple smartphone app Between is mobile-only no more with parent company VCNC today launching the PC version of the communications platform. Park Jaeuk, CEO and Co-founder, VCNC, said in an official statement that Between


Meet TriBeluga, Korea’s newest incubator for startups looking at China

This glitzy incubator wants to help Korean startups move to China with local knowledge and connections Just a two-minute walk from Sinsa station in Seoul, Korea, is newly launched TriBeluga, the brainchild of 28-year-old Lili Luo. Located at 82 Naruteo-ro, Seocho-gu (Jamwon-dong), the Korea-based incubator has more to offer than just a space. At its


migme acquires LoveByte for 3 things: couple app, avatar creation and virtual gifts

Co-founders of LoveByte will still continue to spearhead development, except now they will be migme employees Australian company migme has today announced its acquisition of Singapore-based couple app LoveByte for an undisclosed amount. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, Sng Wei Zhang and Chen Jia Jia, who are both Founders of LoveByte, will


Love Out Loud Asia (LOLA) gets acquired by Lunch Actually Group

Someone’s being taken out for a nice lunch. Mobile dating app startup Love Out Loud Asia will be launching its new app early next year Mobile dating startup Love Out Loud Asia (LOLA) has today announced that it has been acquired by the Lunch Actually Group, a dating and matchmaking company that started in Singapore


Chinese advertisers fuelling global mobile ad spend growth: AppFlood

Asia as a region is doing extremely well, as it leads the world in all aspects from advertising budgets to app discovery through mobile ads Asia is leading Q3 2014 with the highest share of global users downloading mobile apps through advertisements, according to a report published by global programmatic mobile ad platform AppFlood. The


BlastOut wants to help event-goers make temporary connections

This Singapore-based app wants to give its users the privilege of staying private on a social network. A temporary social network, that is Two words: Ephemeral content. Or just one word: BlastOut. Like popular US-based chat application SnapChat, Singapore-based geolocation social media platform BlastOut is all about the temporal, fleeting moments. But unlike the former


DrWealth raises US$640K from Puffer Ventures and angel investors

Funds will be used to grow the team to a headcount of eight by early next year and boost development efforts Singapore-based online personal finance company today announced securing S$800,000 (US$640,000) in seed funding from Puffer Ventures (the venture capital arm of PhilipCapital) and angel investors including Huang Shao Ning (former MD and Co-founder, JobsCentral


Too cool: Ambi Climate more than 300% funded on Kickstarter

Hong Kong-based company Ambi Labs will be shipping the device and launching its companion app by June 2015 Having launched a Kickstarter campaign for smart device Ambi Climate last week, with a goal set at US$25,000, Hong Kong-based Ambi Labs was in for a treat. In less than nine hours, the firm managed to snag


Chinese stock market app iMaibo jumps 6.5X to 650K users in 9 months

The firm has revamped its Sentiment Index, which will be rolled out with a buy and sell signal by end of 2014 Chinese stock market app iMaibo has been growing steadily in both user numbers and daily page views, said Jonathan Cai, VP of Business Development, iMaibo. The two-year-old Guangzhou-based company started the year with 100,000 users on


TransLimit raises US$2.7M from investors including LINE Ventures

The company behind social game app Brain Wars will soon release a new title and promote it to LINE users Japanese company TransLimit yesterday announced that it has raised JPY 300 million (US$2.7 million) from LINE Ventures, United, East Ventures, Skyland Ventures, and Genuine Ventures, according to The Bridge. For background, TransLimit is the company