Left to right: CK Tan, Gareth Roberts, Jeromy Wells, Andrew Low and Andrew Fry at Whispir’s Singapore office. Image Credit: The Fat Farmer

Whispir opens local headquarter in Singapore

Cloud-based communications platform provider Whispir announced today the opening of its local headquarter in Singapore.

In a press statement, Whispir founder, CEO, and chairman Jeromy Wells said that the country has played “an important role” in the company’s recent growth and expansion.

The company stated that it has enjoyed “more than 100 per cent” year-on-year revenue growth in Asia, alongside 48 per cent growth in new customers. Its team has expanded by 33 per cent since June 2016, and the company is planning to double its headcount by 2020.

Other than Singapore, Whispir has presence in Australia, New Zealand, China, and the US.

Synergo raises undisclosed seed funding round from East Ventures

Indonesian talent management software provider Synergo today announced an undisclosed seed funding round from venture capital firm East Ventures.

Founded in by Domenico Tukiman and Rhapsody Budiono when the two founders were working in Los Angeles, the Synergo platform help businesses increase employee performance through tracking, evaluating, comparing, and analysing both employee performance and the company’s performance trends.

The platform was built in order to solve the problem of under-performance in many Indonesian companies, as a McKinsey report stated that 52 per cent of the employed population in the country is underqualified for their job position.

Synergo said in a press statement that they are planning to use the new funding for product development.

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China strengthen internet anonymity laws

The Chinese government internet censorship body announced a new set of regulations on Friday that is meant to eliminate posts by anonymous users in various online platforms, according to several media reports.

Set to be enforced on October 1, the new regulations expect internet companies and service providers to request and verify users’ real names when they register.

They are also obliged to report any “illegal content” to the authorities. According to the local law, the definition of illegal content varied from contents that defy the basic constitution of the country, threaten national security and unity, incite race- or ethnic-based hatred, and also pornographic content.

Thailand teams up with Alibaba to upgrade Thaitrade.com

The Thailand government through the ministry of commerce will cooperate with Chinese internet giant Alibaba to modernise Thaitrade.com, an e-commerce site aims to promote local products to the global market, according to Bangkok Post.

According to the directorate general of the ministry’s international trade promotion department, Malee Choklumlerd, the site will be modernised for the Chinese market into “Thaitrade Xing Fu” and it will also include Alipay as e-payment option.

The site is said to have 136,469 members with 19,476 being sellers and exporters.

Uber-for-bodyguards app launches in Indonesia

Owned Solutions, a division of PT Astra Graphia Information Technology (AGIT), today launched a new on-demand service platform for security services in Jakarta, DailySocial reported.

Named the Mytra Guard app, the platform will enable users to book for security services for events and residences through a mobile app for Android devices. Mytra Guard is also in the process of developing a service of mobile bodyguards (the kind that follows the client around instead of working in one certain location).

The company partners with security company PT Sigap Prima Astrea as a human resource provider for the service.

Targetting the middle-upper segment, the service is currently available only in Jakarta.