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From Rocket Internet to a dating site: Diptyc’s Jean-Jacques Lafon

From Rocket Internet to a dating site: Diptyc’s Jean-Jacques Lafon

The Diptyc CEO says one of the main challenges has been to ‘break the stigma of online dating’ in the Philippines and Southeast Asia Earlier this week we covered the launch of Diptyc, hailed as the Philippines’ first dating community for single professionals — the work and vision of Frenchman and former Rocket Internet Manager Jean-Jacques Lafon.

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We will invest upto US$500K in seed stage: Blume Ventures’ Sanjay Nath

Apart from the mobile Internet space, Blume will also look at investing in IoT and other innovation-led tech startups, shares Nath, in an exclusive chat with e27 The Indian startup eco-system is evolving at a fast pace with positive sentiments in the country post General Elections. The macro-economic situation is changing due to several initiatives taken by the

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India has no option but to act: Forbes’ CEO Ashok Barat

In this exclusive interview with DI’s Masami Hamada, the Forbes CEO discusses the future of India-Japan relationship Ashok Barat is a top business leader in India who has accumulated experiences in companies inside and outside of the country. He is the Managing Director and CEO of  Forbes & Company Ltd, a member firm of Shapoorji


Updating the backbone of the world economy: Freightos’ Zvi Schreiber

The Freightos Founder tells e27 that after several exits through acquisitions with his other startups, he’d really love to take Freightos the IPO route The StartmeupHK Week in Hong Kong has only just finished a few days ago on Friday, November 14. Though there were still some events ongoing over the weekend, we already wanted to get


Quit your job without having a panic attack: Google’s Steven Feiner

Called ‘The art of resignation’, Feiner’s book for would-be entrepreneurs reveals how they can quit their corporate jobs gracefully Steven Feiner wasn’t surprised when he found out that more people in the United States had searched Google for ‘resignation’ (5.1 million queries) than ‘Superbowl’ (3.8 million queries) over the last 12 months. He had seen the


KerjaDulu’s Chris Liu wants to disrupt Indonesia’s job market

Indonesia’s new social job platform’s CEO tells e27 he sees huge growth potential in a market that has 55 million registered companies Indonesia, with its 250-million-strong population (far larger than many realise), also, unexpectedly, has a huge and growing jobs market. A recent report by McKinsey in September shows the country is on track to become the world’s seventh


Dropbox’s Aditya Agarwal to join Flipkart’s Board of Directors

Agarwal’s deep technology expertise will support Flipkart’s growth strategy Indian e-commerce marketplace Flipkart today announced that Aditya Agarwal, Vice President of Engineering at Dropbox, will join Flipkart’s Board of Directors as an independent Board Member. Sachin Bansal, Co-founder and CEO, Flipkart said, “Aditya is one of the best technology minds in Silicon Valley today. With Facebook, Cove


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


We plan to map the world’s entrepreneurial landscape: Rasmus Frandsen

Startuptravels’ Co-founder talks on having the right people on board, building a quality community, plus Asia and the Asian entrepreneur This is part 2 of a two-part exclusive with Startuptravels Co-founder Rasmus Frandsen. Read part 1 here. Please tell us about your team. When we (myself and Co-founder Anders Hasselstr0m) had the idea, we began by outsourcing all

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Amazon Web Services’ Pieter Kemps to join Sequoia Capital

“(I) will actually join you on the dark side of venture capital,” said Kemps in an email to close friends. Trusted sources tell e27 that his next destination is Sequoia Capital Pieter Kemps, Principal – Business Development and Venture Capital, APAC, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is departing the American web hosting giant for a role in venture capital firm Sequoia


In China, you’ll need a great product, capital and friends: William Bao Bean

The newly appointed Investment Partner at SOS Ventures and MD at Chinaccelerator will focus on software and consumer services startups Earlier in October 2014, William Bao Bean, ex-MD at SingTel Innov8, was appointed Investment Partner at SOS Ventures, a US$225 million global fund for software, hardware, biotech and consumer services startups. In conversation with e27, he said


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