South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual film, music, interactive media and conference-packed festival launched in 1987 and held in Austin, Texas (US). It has become an important place for startups to gain momentum. Indeed, over 50% of attendees from organisations are key decision-making individuals, and 63% of attendees are looking for new business opportunities (2016 report). Startups vie for a chance to pitch at its annual Accelerator Pitch Competition. Since 2009, SXSW Accelerator has showcased more than 300 startups and report that 63% of them went on to secure a combined $2.6 billion in funding, and that 13% have...Read More
Author: Jonathan Quah
Want to know more about the latest developments in Fintech? About the revolution going on in the digital commerce space? About how technology is going to change the way retailers reach out to consumers? These are the questions that Seamless 2017, one of the largest business conventions in Singapore, is promising visitors to answer this year. Seamless 2017 envisions itself as the event for the brave new world of commerce. With a focus on the payments, digital commerce and retail industries, Seamless is a conference for the exchange of ideas between business leaders and the formulation of new business...Read More
Hospitality in Asia is about to be reinvented. What was once a market dominated by hotel conglomerates is now undergoing change with start-ups actively redefining the recipe for a satisfactory accommodation experience. Certainly, the revolutionary accommodation experience from Airbnb has paved the way for other enterprises that focus on hospitality in Asia. The region has also borne witness to the emergence of innovative yet localized models that cater to the Asian demographic such as Pandabed and OYO Rooms. For many, the term ‘shared economy’ is often associated with the start-up turned global budget accommodation platform Airbnb. The company harkened...Read More
With a population size of 68 million, Thailand has seen its fair share of political unrest in recent years. Under the leadership of a military junta, the nation has experienced many an ousting of people in power with the most recent being that of Yingluck Shinawatra, the 28th and first female Prime Minster of Thailand. Despite such revolutions and protests against the government, the Thai startup ecosystem is now immersive, diverse and thriving. The Thai population is one that catches onto new technology readily and maintains a high level of activity in the social media sphere. With the fast-growing nature...Read More
The role of messaging apps has evolved past that of simply messaging. Today, they are incorporated with online payment methods and offline-to-online (O2O) shopping amongst many others. At the forefront of such innovation stands WeChat and LINE – two apps that dominate the messaging activities of the Asian demographic. Beyond visually appealing stickers and a host of memorable cartoon ambassadors, both have ventured into previously unrelated fields. LINE and WeChat have extended their services from the basic functionality of messaging to various payment methods. WeChat offers the WeChat Wallet, a platform on which users can order taxis, book movie...Read More
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