SE Asian fintech Omise just bagged undisclosed funding led by Japan’s Global Brain

The funding was led by Japan’s private venture capital Global Brain with the mission to create a more inclusive financial system for everyone 

Singapore travellers may soon be able to use NETS for mobile payments in China

A potential deal, in conjunction with WeChat, would allow merchants to accept a NETSPay QR-code system 

Are decentralised apps the key to fighting Digital Maoism?

Digital Maoism is the idea that everything on the internet should be free 

How the son of a humble watch repairer became the owner of a multi-million dollar realty tech startup

His startup iMyanmarHouse, with over 550 developers, 2,200 agents and 300K listings, recently hit US$320M in total transaction value 

Today's top tech news, October 17: Alibaba’s early backer GGV Capital just raised US$1.9B

Also, Temasek plans to acquire Israeli cybersecurity firm Sygnia, and Foodpanda India buys food-tech Holachef 

Household services marketplace Helpling raises funding from Swiss media group

Helpling has also announced the acquisition of the Swiss business from its former rival Book a Tiger 

Burmese fitness platform Flexible Pass has secured funding from Nest Tech

VC firm Nest Tech joins Seed Myanmar and Yangon Capital Partners to close the six-digit dollar round for the company 

3 ways blockchain can change the future of social media in Southeast Asia

The world was a very different place before those platforms, and in many ways, social media is behind some of society's biggest changes—for good and bad 

Online freelancing platform Fastwork raises US$4.8M led by Gobi Partners

The startup claims it offers 22,000 services ranging from graphic design, online & influencer marketing, data entry to web & app development 

So far yet so close: How to successfully manage a dispersed team

Running a dispersed team comes with its own unique challenges. Here is how you can overcome the hurdles