Thailand vs. Vietnam vs. Malaysia, who is leading the e-commerce market in Southeast Asia?

The competition among the three markets is tight, and here are some interesting insights 

5-minute catch up: Top stories for November 16

Busy day, huh? We don't want you to miss out so here's a quick rundown of today's stories. 

Thailand is planning to give free internet to the poor

The Thailand government will include SIM cards with welfare plans that allows them to access free internet 

iCar Asia raises US$19.3M to foray into auto finance, insurance, warranty services

iCar operates Carlist.my and LiveLifeDrive.com in Malaysia; Mobil123.com and Otospirit.com in Indonesia; and One2Car.com, Autospinn.com and Thaicar.com in Thailand 

Singapore's central bank announces US$20M AI grant, regional cyber threat centre and blockchain prototypes

At the Singapore Fintech Festival, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) also announced a slew of other initiatives to broaden financial inclusion and cross-border transactions 

Optimisation is the way to energy efficiency, but the key issue is awareness

Barghest Building Performance makes optimisation the first step to sustainability. 

Lazada taught me that no objective is too big: Alodokter Founder Nathanael Faibis

According to Faibis, building a strong team should be every entrepreneur's main focus; the amount of work one can do is limited, but with a great team everything is possible 

Indonesian healthcare information platform Alodokter lands US$9M from SoftBank, Golden Gate Ventures, FengHe

Alodokter is developing a fully-integrated healthcare ecosystem, where patients can manage their lifestyle, chat with doctors, handle their medical records, and book offline medical services 

Uber claims it can make a dent in Bangkok's traffic woes, but is this true?

Uber has long claimed it can help decrease traffic and help the environment but studies suggest otherwise