Author Archives: Elaine Huang


Going against the Grain: Behind the scenes with this food startup

Going against the Grain: Behind the scenes with this food startup

We followed Singapore-based startup Grain for a day to understand how it goes about delivering healthy food to people in the CBD area If the kitchen is a culinary battlefield, Grain’s two chefs must be valiant warriors. Two weeks ago, I decided to visit Singapore-based food startup Grain to get a better understanding of its


Uber launches third-party regular taxi-booking app in Singapore

Entering into the arena of GrabTaxi and Easy Taxi in Singapore is Uber with its newest UberTaxi US-based transportation company Uber has finally launched the option to book regular taxis in Singapore with UberTaxi. The firm, which has been in Singapore for some 18 months, had always positioned itself as a private-car booking service. Its offerings


Australia-based beauty box startup bellabox grabs US$2.7M in funding

The funds from Allure Media will be used for expansion and product development, and also to boost hiring efforts Australia-based beauty startup bellabox has today announced securing over A$3 million (US$2.7 million) from digital publisher Allure Media. For the record, the nearly three-year-old beauty subscription service and e-commerce platform received A$6 million (US$5.4 million) from Allure


Gumtree Singapore goes mobile

Finally, this online classifieds site has launched a mobile app in city-state Singapore, where 80 per cent of people buy pre-loved goods London-based free online classifieds Gumtree today announced the launch of its new iOS and Android mobile app for Singapore. The predominantly web-based platform has previously launched mobile apps in locations such as the UK and


Meet your personal date consultant with Malaysia’s Lovesprk

Now, perfect dates aren’t that hard to create. Just ask newly launched platform Lovesprk My sort of date night might sound utterly boring to some: two absolutely scrumptious bacon burgers, root beer floats, a comfortable couch with pillows aplenty, and a flat screen TV playing Breaking Bad in 3D. I am, of course, exaggerating, but for many


Puzzle app Unblock Me has 98.2M paid and free downloads

Thailand-based gaming company Kiragames is working to launch ‘Hello Kitty in Unblock Me’ globally In 2009, Thai entrepreneur and indie developer Kirakorn Chimkool launched Unblock Me, a puzzle game that involved sliding blocks of wood. He had heard about Apple’s interest in accepting iOS applications from Thai developers. Being a self-proclaimed geek, Chimkool bought a


Monk’s Hill Ventures’ Kuo-Yi Lim: Keep hustling, move fast

The former CEO for Infocomm Investments shares with e27 his take on Asian startups “Keep hustling — you have to keep the pressure on yourself to move fast,” said Kuo-Yi Lim, Managing Director, Monk’s Hill Ventures. That was Lim’s advice to startup founders in Asia in conversation with e27. Previously the CEO of Singapore’s Infocomm


Rakuten to buy cash-back shopping website Ebates for US$1B

In 2013, US-based cash-back shopping website Ebates processed more than US$2.2 billion worth of transactions Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten today announced its plans to acquire US-based cash-back shopping website Ebates for US$1 billion in cash. Additionally, it will hold 100 per cent of Ebates’ outstanding voting stock. Hiroshi Mikitani, Founder and CEO, Rakuten said in an


Moo Natavudh: 8 angel investments since last year, 3 to come soon

Thailand-based angel investor Moo Natavudh is the CEO of e-book store Ookbee — which explains his insatiable risk-appetite Aside from being the CEO of Thai e-book store startup Ookbee, Moo Natavudh is also an active angel investor. Since 2013, the Thai entrepreneur has invested in eight startups, including job portal Jbtalents and matchmaking app Noonswoon.


Want to know what startup event is your community’s favourite?

Are you a new entrepreneur or a digital nomad travelling about? World Startup Events might help you find a regular event to network and learn Three startup organisations, Startup Genome, World Startup Report and Startup Digest, have come together to launch World Startup Events, a platform that aggregates startup events in various communities globally. The map feature will


Ashley Madison CEO on South Korea lawsuit: “I just want the right to operate”

Last month, Ashley Madison, a Canada-based platform for married individuals, filed a lawsuit against South Korea. Its CEO reveals more in a chat with e27 Ashley Madison might be a site for married individuals to meet one another, but the Canadian firm sure doesn’t condone cheating — particularly engaging in uncompetitive acts. In its statement


Hugh Mason on first-time entrepreneurship: Don’t let ego drive you

Hugh Mason, Co-founder and CEO, JFDI advises newbie founders to kill the ‘kiasu’ and find a mentor. Hear him speak this Echelon Thailand When Hugh Mason, Co-founder and CEO, Joyful Frog Digital Incubator (JFDI) was about 28, he started his first company. It was a humble TV production company called Invincible Films which he started


Guvera: 95% of consumers want music but don’t want to pay for it

Australian music streaming service Guvera’s Michael Wallis-Brown tells e27 about where the firm is headed to next in Asia First founded in 2008, Australia-based music streaming service Guvera made headlines last month with its official launch in Singapore. Singapore, according to the company, is its 12th market to date, following home country Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia,


Snaptee snags US$750K from SXE Ventures and Nest

Hong Kong-based mobile custom apparel startup Snaptee will be using the funds to boost expansion efforts in the US and in Japan Hong Kong-based mobile custom apparel startup Snaptee today announced raising US$750,000 from new investors including SXE Ventures, Nest, and Groupon Founders Danny Yeung and Joel Neoh. For background, Snaptee allows users to design,