Colin Tung
Before joining e27 as a correspondent, Colin was training to represent Singapore at the Southeast Asian Games in athletics. An English Literature graduate, he has honed his craft for storytelling with various media, writing on sports, youth and social issues, and news in general. He reads widely (from Achebe to Stoppard, and National Geographic to HBR) to satiate his curiosity about the world, one he believes technology is revolutionising. Colin formerly served as a Foreign Service officer at the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Articles by Colin Tung
Inspired by sci-fi films, 23-year-old builds drone company SwarmX

Inspired by sci-fi films, 23-year-old builds drone company SwarmX

EVENTS, PEOPLE, SINGAPORE, TECHNOLOGY | 02 Feb, 2016

The Singapore-based CEO and founder Pulkit Jaiswal is one of Asia's 10 most outstanding innovators under the age of 35 

In rebranding, GrabTaxi to be known simply as Grab from today

In rebranding, GrabTaxi to be known simply as Grab from today

INDONESIA, MALAYSIA, NEWS, SINGAPORE, VIETNAM | 28 Jan, 2016

All the company's existing services, including GrabTaxi, GrabCar, GrabBike, GrabHitch, and GrabExpress to be under one umbrella 

8 reasons why you need to join TOP100 Startup Search today

8 reasons why you need to join TOP100 Startup Search today

ECHELON, EVENTS, SINGAPORE, VIETNAM | 27 Jan, 2016

It's not just a startup pitching competition. It's a chance for you to... 

Startupbootcamp Fintech makes FastTrack pitstop in Taiwan

Startupbootcamp Fintech makes FastTrack pitstop in Taiwan

NEWS, TAIWAN | 27 Jan, 2016

Meet the five startups that pitched for a chance to join Startupbootcamp FinTech’s acceleration programme 

E-commerce sales up 40% in fortnight leading up to 2015 Lunar New Year

E-commerce sales up 40% in fortnight leading up to 2015 Lunar New Year

HONG KONG, MALAYSIA, NEWS, RESOURCE, SINGAPORE, TAIWAN, VIETNAM | 27 Jan, 2016

The finding was part of an analysis of 174 million online transactions in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam 

Conversational commerce platform Belazee raises new round of funding

Conversational commerce platform Belazee raises new round of funding

FINANCE, INVESTMENT, MALAYSIA, PHILIPPINES, SINGAPORE, VIETNAM | 27 Jan, 2016

Originating from Malaysia where it is known as Bemalas, the startup handles 30,000 requests monthly, to which it plays concierge 

Boomtrain buys Nudgespot the Indian personalised communication platform

Boomtrain buys Nudgespot the Indian personalised communication platform

FEATURES, SINGAPORE, TECHNOLOGY | 26 Jan, 2016

The Singapore-based courier service has 6,000 drivers on its platform delivering goods, documents, and even pets 

Gigfairy strikes the right note with Tune Studios and BAC Ventures

Gigfairy strikes the right note with Tune Studios and BAC Ventures

MALAYSIA, MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS, NEWS | 22 Jan, 2016

Acquired for an undisclosed amount, the Malaysian live music-booking platform is targetting expansion in the region 

New accelerator gets US$4.5M to drive IoT innovation in Hong Kong

New accelerator gets US$4.5M to drive IoT innovation in Hong Kong

CHINA, HONG KONG, INVESTMENT, NEWS, RESOURCE, SINGAPORE, TECHNOLOGY | 20 Jan, 2016

The accelerator will be San Francisco-based Wearable IoT World's first foray into Asia 

UK's Entrepreneur First to launch in Singapore to help spur innovation

UK's Entrepreneur First to launch in Singapore to help spur innovation

NEWS, SINGAPORE, TECHNOLOGY | 19 Jan, 2016

The programme, in partnership with Infocomm Investments, will help 400 STEM experts build startups over the next four years 

Thailand's Stylhunt snags close to US$500,000 in pre-Series A round

Thailand's Stylhunt snags close to US$500,000 in pre-Series A round

INVESTMENT, NEWS, THAILAND | 19 Jan, 2016

The platform for discovery of online merchants is looking to scale in Thailand before expanding in Southeast Asia 

Malaysia's TheLorry raises US$1.5M Series A

Malaysia's TheLorry raises US$1.5M Series A

INVESTMENT, MALAYSIA, NEWS, SINGAPORE | 19 Jan, 2016

With SPH Media Fund as lead investor in the latest round, the on-demand logistics service provider will expand into Singapore 

Singapore restructures IDA, MDA to support Smart Nation vision

Singapore restructures IDA, MDA to support Smart Nation vision

NEWS, SINGAPORE, TECHNOLOGY | 18 Jan, 2016

The Government Technology Organisation and Infocomm Media Development Authority will be set up from the second half of 2016 

77 per cent of drivers carpool to save money: RYDE survey

77 per cent of drivers carpool to save money: RYDE survey

BUSINESS, NEWS, SINGAPORE | 15 Jan, 2016

Saving time is the second reason, shares the survey conducted amongst 1,000 of RYDE's pool of 20,000 members in Singapore 

Singapore carpooling app RYDE expanding to Hong Kong

Singapore carpooling app RYDE expanding to Hong Kong

NEWS, SINGAPORE, TECHNOLOGY | 15 Jan, 2016

Its 20,000 members — both drivers and riders — have doubled since November 2015 

Building a football community in a cricket-crazy country

Building a football community in a cricket-crazy country

FEATURES, INDIA | 14 Jan, 2016

Indian startup The Football Mind provides a networking and communication platform for fans, players, clubs, and more 

Malaysians view mobile videos primarily at home: Survey

Malaysians view mobile videos primarily at home: Survey

MALAYSIA, NEWS, RESOURCE, TECHNOLOGY | 13 Jan, 2016

But type of video content, whether long- or short-form, influences the choice of viewing device 

Infographic: Male youth spend more money than females on online shopping

Infographic: Male youth spend more money than females on online shopping

RESOURCE, SINGAPORE | 12 Jan, 2016

The survey conducted by diploma students also found that Singapore youth are drawn to the privacy of online shopping 

The TOP100 Startup Search has begun. Apply now!

The TOP100 Startup Search has begun. Apply now!

ECHELON, EVENTS, SINGAPORE | 12 Jan, 2016

Regional qualifiers take place in 14 countries. The TOP100 will exhibit at the Echelon Asia Summit in Singapore in June 

Singtel to work with startups to solve group's business challenges

Singtel to work with startups to solve group's business challenges

NEWS, SINGAPORE | 12 Jan, 2016

Through its venture arm, selected startups will receive up to US$52,000 to test and validate their solutions with Singtel 

DBS Foundation launches portal for Asian social enterprises

DBS Foundation launches portal for Asian social enterprises

NEWS, SINGAPORE | 11 Jan, 2016

The Asia for Good website aims to help social enterprises gain greater visibility 

Viu to offer Singaporeans head start on Korean dramas and variety shows

Viu to offer Singaporeans head start on Korean dramas and variety shows

HONG KONG, NEWS, SINGAPORE, TECHNOLOGY | 11 Jan, 2016

Viu, an app launched in Singapore today, will provide English and Chinese subtitles eight hours after a show's initial telecast in Korea 

MyMusicTaste spins on with US$10M Series A

MyMusicTaste spins on with US$10M Series A

NEWS | 08 Jan, 2016

Allowing music fans to crowdsource concerts, the South Korean company aims to expand within Asia 

Easy Taxi confirms exit from Asia: report

Easy Taxi confirms exit from Asia: report

NEWS | 08 Jan, 2016

The company will focus on Latin America where it seeks to fend off Uber