Niki.ai shares plans to get half a billion users transacting online via simple conversations

Intuitive, simple, and accessible seem to be the most important characteristics of a chatbot 

Today's top tech news, July 16: Mid-tier funding galore and M17 ends IPO attempt

Also, Singapore lands another fund and the Hong Kong Central Bank is experimenting with blockchain 

Hong Kong's central bank rolls out blockchain-based trade finance

Hong Kong Monetary Authority has already signed 21 banks, including HSBC and Standard Chartered, for the new system which will go live in August 

3 things startup founders can learn from Elon Musk's Thailand cave rescue drama

The #ThaiCaveRescue event provides lessons in product development, publicity, and dealing with failures 

7 lessons entrepreneurs can learn from Manny Pacquiao

There's something magnificent about the inconceivable power of mind, body and spirit a human being can muster when challenged to overcome an opponent in physical combat 

TripAdvisor infuses more money into Southeast Asia's online restaurant reservation startup Eatigo

The funding comes as TripAdvisor's restaurants business unit TheFork looks to help expand Eatigo's presence and services across the Asia Pacific region 

Golden Equator Capital, Korea Investment Partners launch US$88M fund for Series A/B startups in Southeast Asia

The average ticket size of GEC-KIP Technology and Innovation Fund will be between US$1.5M and US$3.7M with follow-on potential 

Autonomous vehicles are coming but you won't own one

Despite the government’s optimistic outlook, Didi CTO and co-founder Bob Zhang believes that mass adoption of autonomous vehicles is at least a decade away 

Hong Kong-based logistics platform Gogovan raises US$250M to expand into new markets

Last August, the firm merged with 58 Suyun, a leading intra-city logistics company in Mainland China, and increased presence to over 300 cities 

Happened in Indonesia; GetCraft names new CTO, Seekmi introduces new look

A summary of all the exciting news coming in from Indonesia to our news desk this week