Today's top tech news, April 16: Singapore may loosen strict rules on AirBnB-esque rentals

Also, Thailand mobile operator gets hit with data leak and Philippines bank inks interesting deal with blockchains startup 

Singapore's Silot raises pre-Series A funding round by Arbor Ventures, Eight Roads Ventures

Silot plans to use the new funding to support its expansion in Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and other markets in the region 

Veiris uses blockchain to ease know-your-customer process --and is determined to win the Indonesian market

Having been run through bootstrapping, Singapore-based Veiris is planning a token sale in Q2 2018 

[Exclusive] Singapore blockchain firm ELECTRIFY takes major step to bring its P2P electricity marketplace to Japan

Singapore's ELECTRIFY has signed an MOU with TEPCO and hopes to make Japan a major market for its P2P electricity marketplace 

Today's top tech news, April 12: Allianz X invests in Go-Jek, WeWork confirms naked Hub acquisition

We also have updates from Warburg Pincus, Ant Financial, and Protégé Ventures 

4 overplayed startup themes in Singapore and the challenges of implementing them

Think education is ripe for disruption? Well a lot has changed since your school days 

M Cash's backer Kresna Graha Investama to invest in MatchMove Pay

In November 2017, together with M Cash, Kresna Graha Investama acquired stakes in MatchMove's operations in Indonesia 

Kristal.AI is bringing artificial intelligence to the fintech world, raises US$1.85M seed round

The fintech platform allows clients to chose from 150 'Kristals' which manage their money according to their investment risk profile 

E-scooter-sharing platform Telepod raises funding led by SMRT's corporate VC and incubator

In June 2017, Telepod launched a Kickstarter campaign to scale its project nationwide 

Consentium raises US$10M more to take its total funding from private ICO sale to US$20M

The fintech platform also offers a transactional fee redistribution programme as an incentive to create and cultivate strong in-app communities