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Startuptravels wants to connect travelling entrepreneurs everywhere

Startuptravels wants to connect travelling entrepreneurs everywhere

Co-founder Rasmus Frandsen’s passion for travelling and meeting like-minded people has culminated in this social network for entrepreneurs Startuptravels is a brand new, two-week old social network for travelling entrepreneurs ‘made with love and coffee in Copenhagen’. e27 spoke exclusively with Co-founder Rasmus Frandsen, who is currently on a Masters programme at Duke University, North


I need team players, not superstars: Tiwa York talks people management

In the second part of the interview, OLX Head Coach shares lessons learned plus thoughts on agile, team building and Thailand’s potential This concludes the two-part e27 exclusive with OLX Head Coach Tiwa York. Read Part 1 here. What are some of the best things you’ve done or learned about developing your own people? Wow,

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Can OLX bring 67M Thais online? Fearless leader Tiwa York says yes

The Head Coach of OLX talks strategy, knowing your users, and building a product for the “real” Thailand While Tiwa York has never been a founder per se, his 19 years in the business and experience on founding teams have taught him a thing or two about building successful organisations. That’s why he’s the man conglomerate Naspers trusted to


HungryGoWhere Co-founder Dennis Goh joins Wavemaker, now hungry as VC

He will work alongside Nix Nolledo, Venture Partner, Wavemaker Pacific, who’s currently based in the Philippines Dennis Goh, one of the three Co-founders who started Singapore-based restaurant review website HungryGoWhere, has now left the SingTel-owned company to become a venture capitalist with US-based investment firm Wavemaker Partners, reported Digital News Asia today. Wavemaker has two funds,


I invest in people rather than the whole ecosystem: Teo Ser Luck

In an exclusive interview with e27, Singapore’s Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Teo Ser Luck, talks about the government’s vision for startups in the city-nation Entrepreneurship is an important part of Singapore’s economy. The difference between Singapore and Silicon Valley, or for that matter any other startup hub around the world, is the

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Bringing transparency to Bitcoin: Bitspark’s George Harrap

The Bitspark Founder talks about Bitcoin exchange, China being the largest market, Asians’ aversion to risk, and more Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange startup Bitspark last week announced its beta launch. Here at e27, we love speaking to startup founders, and George Harrap was more than happy to share his startup vision with us. Read on to find out why this Australian Founder

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“There are fewer startups in Hong Kong, but it can work in our favour”

In the second part of the interview, Grana’s Co-founders talk the Hong Kong startup scene, having a global team, their industry idols, and more This concludes the two-part e27 exclusive with Grana’s Co-founders Pieter Wittgen and Luke Grana. Read Part 1 here. Do you have any direct competitors in the local area? Grana: The fashion market


SEA e-comm scene needs more role models: Adrian Vanzyl — Part 2

The Ardent Capital Co-founder talks about the importance of aligning interests, investing in people and breeding role models in Southeast Asia This article concludes the two-part Q&A with Ardent Capital Co-founder Adrian Vanzyl. Read Part 1 here On the subject of good investors, how does Ardent differentiate itself from the rest of the pack? There are two types


It’s tough to find really good startups to invest in Singapore: Alex Toh

IncuVest’s Toh shares the firm’s investment philosophy, emerging Russian tech ecosystem, advantages of being in Singapore, and more IncuVest, a Singapore-based investor group, announced earlier this month that it had funded six seed-stage startups — Baseride Technologies, Intellect Motion, Matchimi, Smartmissimo Technologies, Gamera Networks and Monkimun – over the last three months. The company says it has seen over 1,000 deals, formally

Bitcoin is the perfect disruptive technology for Asia:’s Ron Hose

In this interaction with Co-founder and CEO Ron Hose, find out how is using Bitcoin as the perfect disruptive technology in Southeast Asia is Southeast Asia’s — and specifically the Philippines’ — latest answer to a free mobile Bitcoin wallet, with a mobile app currently available on Google Play (the company says an

Grana's Co-founders Pieter Wittgen & Luke Grana

Rebuilding the fast fashion model from the ground up: Grana’s Pieter Wittgen & Luke Grana

In the first part of this e27 exclusive, Grana’s Co-founders introduce their disruptive online-only fashion startup based in Hong Kong Grana is a new and highly disruptive online-only fashion startup based out of a 3,300 sqft warehouse in Hong Kong by Dutch and Australian Co-founders Pieter Wittgen and Luke Grana (whose name is behind the


Building the future you bet on: a chat with Adrian Vanzyl — Part 1

Ardent Capital’s Adrian Vanzyl talks forward thinking, adaptability, and having the right partners Ardent Capital occupies an interesting space in the Southeast Asian startup scene, being both an investor and a builder of companies. This “Operator VC” model looks like an institutional version of the entrepreneur turned angel investor, and might just be the perfect game

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GSF ropes in Phanindra Sama and Manish Dalal as venture partners

They will help in choosing the best startups and take on board/advisor responsibilities in some of its portfolio companies GSF, a startup accelerator-cum-early-stage fund run by Rajesh Sawhney, has roped in‘s Phanindra Sama and Mumbai Angels member Manish Dalal as venture partners and strategic advisors. “At GSF, a venture partner is either an accomplished

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Passion matters in today’s world: Bill Tai — Part 2

People would rather try to take control of their own destiny and have fun while doing it, says Tai, while talking about the current generation This concludes the two-part e27 exclusive with venture capitalist Bill Tai. Read Part 1 here How’s Hong Kong as a startup location? Hong Kong and other geographies around the world are becoming

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Hong Kong startup scene is heating up: Sensbeat’s Leo Wong — Part 2

The number of people who want to do startups is increasing. Growing integration centres and co-working spaces are proof, says the Co-founder This article concludes the two-part Q&A with Sensbeat’s Co-founder Leo Wong. Read Part 1 here Are you looking to expand the Sensbeat team? Yes, but I think the most challenging part is hiring engineers in Hong Kong.

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Bill Tai wants to ‘empower the next generation’ of Zuckerbergs

In this e27 exclusive, Tai talks about the OzAPP Awards, his MaiTai community, books he recommends, tech’s fifth wave and much more This is part one of a two-part e27 exclusive with Bill Tai Legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist Bill Tai, who established the West Coast office of Charles River Ventures in 2002 and whose firm seeded