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We want to bring the next billion online: Opera’s Ivollex Hodiny

We want to bring the next billion online: Opera’s Ivollex Hodiny

In an exclusive chat with e27, Hodiny talks about Opera’s plans to break into notoriously difficult Asian markets “I believe that access to the Internet should be a human right,” said Ivollex Hodiny as we started our conversation one sunny afternoon in Singapore. Hodiny is the Asian Growth Director of Opera Software, a company that many


One idea, 500 Startups: The story of how Blockstrap came to be

The cryptocurrency development platform’s co-founders share how they got their break, journey so far, vision and plans, among other things Getting your startup accepted into an accelerator is not easy. Getting just your idea accepted is almost unheard of. With seasoned founders and experienced investors scrutinising every detail of the business plan, rejection can come even with

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We look for teams that have “the secret”: JFDI

What do you know that others don’t? What do you believe that others don’t? JFDI.Asia’s Wong Meng Weng and mentor Thomas Gorissen talk about choosing startups, Singapore’s ecosystem and more Last Friday, JFDI.Asia (JFDI) held its Demo Day showcasing the latest batch of 12 new startup teams from its flagship JFDI accelerator programme. JFDI’s programmes and operations comprise mentors

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India’s infrastructural challenges make a great opportunity: BlaBlaCar

With long waiting lists in trains, uncomfortable bus rides, expensive car travel and increasing pollution, India needs carpooling. But will cautious India take to BlaBlaCar? BlaBlaCar Founder Frederic Mazzella wanted to visit his home in the French countryside, but he didn’t have a car and the trains had no room. He managed to get a lift


Offline-to-online payment solutions to shape emerging markets: Ayannah

In an exclusive chat with e27, powered by GREE Ventures, Ayannah’s Founder Mikko Perez shares trends in the digital commerce and payments sphere   To anyone familiar with the Asian fintech and remittance world, Ayannah can be considered a household name. Started in 2009, Ayannah offers ways for underbanked people to transact online without going through


Start Up Nation appoints Lim Ming Ling as GM of Malaysian subsidiary

Lim, who previously founded Work Palette, will boost SUN Malaysia’s investment, acceleration and social impact divisions Singapore-based investment firm and accelerator Start Up Nation (SUN) has appointed Lim Ming Ling as General Manager of its Malaysian subsidiary, SUN Malaysia. The appointment was made official on January 1, 2015. Lim, who previously founded the now-defunct Malaysia-based co-working

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Go big or go home: MassChallenge’s John Harthorne and GSF’s Rajesh Sawhney

In an exclusive fireside chat, Harthorne and Sawhney talk about the importance of a global vision for startups. Take baby steps, but plan big, they say It is not everyday that you run into stalwarts from the startup industry. So I knew my stars were aligned when on a windy afternoon in Seoul at Hanwha S&C’s Dreamplus Day 2014 event I saw two major


LINE COO replaces CEO, wants to evolve into a global service

The Japanese company aims to transform LINE from a Japanese service to a global service and from a messenger platform in to something the company calls a life platform Days after announcing the purchase of Microsoft’s MixRadio service, Japanese messaging app, LINE has announced that its board of directors has provisionally appointed COO Takeshi Idezawa


Coffee Chat: Why does Anh of Appota insist on long-term accelerator programmes

The Coffee Chat series features the best and promising startups, and entrepreneurs from Vietnam. This week, we chat up with Do Tuan Anh, affectionately known as TA, Co-Founder of Appota “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change” ― Albert Einstein Appota is not Do Tuan Anh’s first venture. The “love towards mobile and


I do not take shortcuts with other people’s money: Khailee Ng

The Managing Partner of 500 Startups, in a freewheeling conversation, talks about approaching investing with care and nuance, the time machine concept, and much more When Khailee Ng, Managing Partner, 500 Startups, was 15 years old, he learnt how to build websites using hand-coded HTML and notepad. At that time, he used to look at

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Ensogo revamps management team to strengthen the company

The Southeast Asian e-commerce player hopes the new team will bring the company to greener pastures after months of falling stock prices Embattled Southeast Asian e-commerce player Ensogo Limited, formerly known as iBuy, has announced a slew of executive appointments that the company hopes will “significantly strengthen the company’s senior management team”. The former Regional Managing Director, Southeast Asia


For prompt delivery, there is no faster way than stocking in: Hermo’s Ian Chua

Hermo Co-founder talks about being men in a woman’s industry, gaining trust of brands and expansion plans We shortlisted top e-commerce websites in Malaysia more than a year ago, and there is one in particular that is getting increasingly popular, especially among the ladies – Hermo. Hermo is among the top 500 websites in Malaysia, according to Alexa,


Chai with Lakshmi: Bringing healthcare to India’s remotest villages

With technology, affordable healthcare anywhere could be a reality, explains Sujay Santra, Founder of iKure It’s true that a villager pays more for a consultation with a doctor than his city-counterpart! Why? Well, add the cost of the 20km walk, the cost of loss of earnings of the day, the price of staying in the city