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Japan legalisation of Airbnb is an embarrassment for Singapore

Disruption is becoming a great PR-slogan, except for the fact that cities do not actually want real disruption 

Airbnb is now legal in Japan; hosts can sublet homes for up to 180 days per year

Airbnb claims its host community pumped US$8.3 billion into the Japanese economy 

Tinder rules in Asia, but data shows it is fuelling competition

The fact that the most popular dating apps are largely variation on Tinder's swiping features demonstrates that easily finding dates with a few finger swipes has an universal appeal among young generations 

Indian budget hotels booking startup OYO Rooms close to raising US$250M led by SoftBank: Report

SoftBank was looking to infuse a whopping US$500 million in this round, but OYO's early investors opposed the move 

Rakuten India appoints former Flipkart Senior Director Sunil Gopinath as new CEO

Gopinath quit Flipkart in July last year after a two-year stint when the e-commerce firm was going through a rough patch 

Former PIMCO Japan Managing Director Makoto Takano to invest US$4.6M in Indian startups

The money will be invested through GHV Accelerator, which is on track to launch a US$54M fund for startups in health-tech, fintech, adtech and B2B marketplaces 

Tokyo and Seoul should take a leaf from the Singapore fintech playbook

Japan and South Korea are playing a catch-up game to Singapore when it comes to fintech, but there is reason for optimism with potential partnerships across the region 

Despite the fintech boom, robo advisors in Japan have yet to make their mark on the industry

Robo-advisors in Japan are facing difficulties in winning clients and are increasingly looking for new ways to increase their managed assets 

Number of Vietnamese deals dropped in 2016, but were worth a whole lot more

The fintech sector drove Vietnamese deals, contributing more than half of the dollar value. 

Mobile advertising in APAC still dependent on banners, but native ads could enhance engagement

Shifting to native ads and reduced reliance on banners could push more users to ditching ad blocking tools and eventually engage with sponsor messages