Blockchain will force banks to change their feudal mindset

At the moment, banks have all the control and all the power, and users have very low power. With smart contracts, it will turn around, say experts 

Singapore startup Parcel Perform raises US$1.1M to help e-merchants track deliveries

Parcel Perform will use the funding to grow its product and reach into new markets 

500 Durians invests in fintech startup Moneytor that automates debt collection and recovery for lenders

Lenders can automate their settlement processes with Moneytor's AI-powered systems, based on a decision-making engine for every step in the collection process 

We asked founders and investors for their favourite books from 2017 and this is what they shared

From business books to history, 10 members of the startup community give their favourite books from 2017 

Philippines cross-border billing startup Qwikwire to raise US$9M via ICO

Qwikwire is also launching AQwire, a decentralised application built on top of the blockchain technology that enables property developers to sell their units to any customer in the world 

Meet the VC: Rubicon's Andrew Romans dissects the role of corporate venture in the startup economy

Romans says CVC is a means for Southeast Asia's startup scene to leapfrog slower organic growth 

The startup world's moments of ignominy; chronicling the sexual harassment cases that shamed the industry in 2017

Of course, allegations of sexual assaults against Dave McClure were the highlights of this year, but then there have been other major embarrassments, too 

Hong Kong-based fashion e-commerce startup Grana raises funding via venture debt from STI Financial Group

The startup ships fashion apparel directly to 67 markets, and operates 15 pop-up showrooms in Hong Kong, Singapore, the US and Australia 

Budget hotels aggregator RedDoorz to invest US$10M for expansion in Indonesia

Over the next 12 months, RedDoorz will expand into nine news cities in Indonesia, in addition to scaling operations in seven cities it is currently operating in 

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