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Add your Startup

Since rebooting the site last month, majority of the content that you see on the site are aggregated and/or curated content from top tech blog and news website from the Philippines and the region. I also started curating details on Asian startups most notably those based in Southeast Asia.

Since I cannot cover all the startups that are being founded and launch in the region, I decided to just create a submission form for startups. The form will allow founders or just any individual to add their favorite startup to the site and be included in the Startup list. You can access the form here.

In order for me to add or publish the details of the startup that you submitted, you must follow at least keep in mind these 8 simple rules;

  1. All submission are subjected for verification.
  2. Not all submitted startup will be published because well see rule no. 1.
  3. I have and will edit the content if needed.
  4. I prefer that the submitter’s email address should be using the startup’s domain name but it’s not required.
  5. No porn, casino and all those tings that destroys our youth.
  6. This is not for guest post submission. I will be setting up a system on guest post submission, so please be patient.
  7. Startups based in Asia will be prioritized!
  8. This is not the place to contact me. You can go here if you want to get in touch with me.
  9. Logo or screenshot should at least have a 500 x 500 px resolution.

You may ask, why the hell do I need to create a startup list?

GOOD question and I have GOOD answer, well it sounds GOOD to me at least. Since I mainly cover tech and startup news, if your startup is mentioned in the article then I can link the name of the startup to the startup bio that I have on the site. So that readers can look up the details of your company and hopefully visit your site. There’s also the SEO-goodness, since I’ll be linking the article to your startup’s website. Win-Win right?!

Also, I’m just a lazy SOB, so I’m letting startups themselves add their startup on the site. Hopefully they’ll do better than what I did on the startups that I already have.

Cheers!

e27

South Korea’s Naver joins self-driving car frenzy with suped-up Toyota Prius

Geektime, contributing to E27;

South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has issued a license to web portal company Naver to test a modified Toyota Prius, the company announced Monday.

Naver is a South Korean web portal in South Korea, owned by Naver Corporation. Its subsidiaries in Japan operate the Line messaging.

Yugatech

Philippines has the cheapest mobile data in Asia — report

Daniel Morial, reporting for Yugatech;

We know the headline is shocking but according to a published article from Bloomberg, the cost of mobile data in the county is cheap, even among the cheapest in our neighborhood.

This would been well and good, if the connection speed and reliability are not an issue.

Startups

Shopee Philippines

Shopee is a fun, free, and trusted online marketplace where you can buy and sell on mobile, anytime, anywhere!

TechCrunch

Malaysia’s Dah Makan raises $1.3M for an organized approach to food delivery

Jon Russell, reporting for TechCrunch;

Dah Makan has become the first food delivery startup to raise significant capital in Southeast Asia this year, bringing some fire back to what has been a popular niche for local investors.

The company has closed a $1.3 million seed funding round from backers that include NFQ Capital, East Ventures, Asia Venture Group and Grupara. A former CEO of Nestlé is among the angel investors to have participated.

Apple

Apple uses actual tweets for their latest iPad Pro Ads

This is actual genius, so rather than replying directly, Apple replied in a form of an ad.

TechCrunch

Southeast Asia’s Playlab invests $1M in Brazilian gaming startup Cupcake Entertainment

Jon Russell, reporting for TechCrunch;

Thailand-based casual game studio Playlab has turned investor after it invested $1 million into Cupcake Entertainment, a Brazil-based game maker.

The deal is a little different in that it is not an equity investment; instead, Playlab and Cupcake have agreed to a profit-share deal. Cupcake started producing games in 2014, and its current titles include Letters of Gold and Words of Gold. Co-founder and CMO Gabriel Stürmer described its products — which are for iOS, Android and Facebook — as “casual brain games” that require users to “make boards, or do mathematic combinations.”

Netflix

ComClark beats PLDT in Netflix ISP Speed Index for the Philippines

The Netflix ISP Speed Index is a measure of prime time Netflix performance on particular ISPs (internet service providers) around the globe, and not a measure of overall performance for other services/data that may travel across the specific ISP network.

The difference between PLDT and ComClark is only 0.21 mbps, which is not that much when you think about the area that is being serve by PLDT compare to ComClark.

Also, I may be wrong about this but as far as I know Comclark is piggy backing on PLDT for its connectivity, since Comclark used to be PLDT Clark a number of years ago.

ABS-CBN News

Jack Ma invests in PH

ABS-CBN News;

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma will be investing in the Philippines through his Alibaba Group’s affiliate, financial service provider Ant Financial Services Group.

Mobile operator Globe Telecom on Friday said that Globe Fintech Innovations Inc. (Mynt) has entered into a strategic partnership with Ant Financial.

Yugatech

Philippine analog television to shut down by 2023

Daniel Morial, reporting for Yugatech;

During the Digital TV Summit 2017 earlier today, DICT National Information and Communications Technology Planning chief George P. Tardio said that the government is targeting to phase out analog television broadcast in four to six years time or as late as 2023.

There’s a whole wikipedia article about Digital TV but I’m people will be looking for the comparison between analog and digital TV, you can just right to the topic using this link.

Facebook

You can now post job vacancies and receive applicants directly on Facebook

Facebook;

Beginning today, businesses in the US and Canada will be able to post job openings, and their future employees will be able to easily find those posts on their Page or in the new jobs bookmark. This new experience will help businesses find qualified people where they’re already spending their time—on Facebook and on mobile.

With more than 1 billion users, this feature can easily threaten LinkedIn and other job portal. Another sign that Facbeook wants to be your one-stop-shop portal.

Khan Academy

Pixar in a Box – The Art of Storytelling via Khan Academy

A free online course conducted by Pixar directors via Khan Academy.

TechCrunch

mClinica raises $6.3M to map healthcare data in Southeast Asia

Jon Russell, reporting for TechCrunch;

Health startups are pulling in money in Southeast Asia. A week after wellness-focused insurance brokerage CXA drew $25 million from investors, fellow Singapore-based startup mClinica has announced a $6.3 million Series A raise.

Yugatech

A Nokia 3310 homage is coming to MWC

Daniel Morial, reporting for Yugatech;

The Nokia 3310 will resurface in all its glory. It’ll not be the most powerful phone (it’s not even a smartphone) around but it’s an exciting handset to use again. We can expect a modern version of the feature to be unveiled at this year’s Mobile World Congress.

Nokia 3310 was my very first phone and it has served me well for almost 5 years until I lost it while riding a tricycle.

If HDM’s modern version of 3310 is half as durable and as good as its battery life, then I don’t see any reason why the new 3310 not to be a hit, unless of course they’re just banking on the name and nothing else.

TechCrunch

Dubai plans to introduce flying drone taxis as early as this summer

Darrell Etherington, reporting for TechCrunch;

A growing number of companies are looking at the viability of airborne, autonomous taxis as a way to ease urban congestion and transportation woes, but the city of Dubai could leapfrog those with a plan to deploy a passenger-carrying drone as early as this summer.

Welcome to the future of transportation!

Facebook

New Ways to Watch Facebook Video

New features of Facebook Videos;

  • Auto play with audio – Not good
  • Picture in Picture – Good
  • Expanding vertical or portrait video – Good
  • Facebook Video TV app – Good for users, bad for Youtube!

Apple

Apple Music — Planet of the Apps — New Series, Coming Soon

Planet of the Apps celebrates the world of apps and the talented people who create them. Hosted by Zane Lowe and featuring advisers Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gary Vaynerchuk and will.i.am, the series highlights developers who have the vision to shape the future, solve real problems, and inspire change within our daily lives.

I’ve been hearing about this show from the different podcasts that I listen to and this is the first time that Apple has officially announced or unveil the program.

Looks interesting but I don’t see this show appealing to a lot of people or should I say Apple Music subscribers.

Startups

WeWork

WeWork is the platform for creators. We provide everything you need to make a life, not just a living. The New York-based started was co-founded by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey in 2010. The startup currently have more than 40,000 members in 23 cities worldwide.

Tech in Asia

WeWork continues Asian expansion with Hong Kong launch

Steven Millward, reporting for Tech in Asia;

Nearly eight months after first entering Asia with a co-working space in Shanghai, US-based WeWork has brought its hustle to the bustle of Hong Kong.

WeWork has just officially opened two Hong Kong facilities, bringing co-working spaces and services to entrepreneurs for prices that start at US$590 per month. One in Wanchai is in an unassuming building on Lockhart Road, while the other is in Jaffe Road’s Tower 535, affording an impressive view over Victoria Harbor.

Apple

Apple Music — Carpool Karaoke: The Series — Coming Soon

A few take away on the trailer.

  • Even though James Corden is the host of the segment before Apple acquired Car Pool Karaoke, there will be no permanent or we could say that the show will hosted by a slew of artists and celebrities and not just one person.
  • It will not just be about music in the car, it looks like they’ll interact with other people as well, which is a good thing for a show like Car Pool Karaoke.
  • It’s all about the fans

Philippine Daily Inquirer

Telco reports improvement in mobile internet speed

Miguel R. Camus, reporting for the Philippine Daily Inquirer;

PLDT Inc.’s flagship mobile unit, Smart Communications, said mobile internet speed improved toward the end of last year as it rolled out more LTE sites made possible with newly- secured radio frequencies.

The telco said this a statement citing the Asia Network Quality Report of J.P. Morgan Securities covering the fourth quarter of 2016. The statement did not include the original report, and details only covered mobile speed, not coverage and reliability.

Smart said data from the report showed that LTE download speeds in the country hit 8.24 megabits per second in the last quarter of 2016, up from the 7.27 Mbps national LTE average posted in the previous quarter.
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This was compared to Indonesia’s LTE average speed of 6.66 Mbps for the same period.

Tech in Asia

After surge in transactions, Philippine central bank regulates Bitcoin

Judith Balea, reporting for Tech in Asia;

The Philippine central bank has decided to regulate virtual currencies, particularly Bitcoin, with more and more people using it to transfer money across borders.

Taking its cue from Japan, the first country to issue rules for Bitcoin in Asia, the central bank finally recognizes that the cryptocurrency “has the potential to revolutionize delivery of financial services” and “further support financial inclusion.”

You can read the full text of BSP’s Circular No. 944 here.

Startups

Sapio

Sapio is the only dating app with a foundation that’s based on a Q&A match system. This allows you to find your soulmate through their lived experiences, heartfelt opinions, and bold passions. Other dating apps offer a multiple-choice Q&A system, but Sapio’s Question Explorer is open-ended; it allows people to give unique answers that reveal individual personalities.

Sounds like a serious version of Peekawoo!

Rappler

Dating app Sapio aims to match you with ‘someone as smart’

Victor Barreiro Jr., reporting for Rappler;

Users of dating and hookup apps like Tinder and OKCupid may want to take their chances by investing time and honest answers in a new dating app called Sapio.

Sapio aims to match users or lead people to good matches by letting people look for others with a complementary personality.

Sapio does this at the onset by asking users to, over time, fill out 300 open-ended questions that help establish intelligence, conversational ability, and shared interests.

Do we need another dating app?

PLDT

PLDT to expand reach of FTTH service by 80%

PLDT Home;

Leading telco and digital services provider PLDT will expand the reach of its fiber-powered fixed line network by about 80% to 4.4 million homes passed by the end of 2017, making available ultra-fast internet connection via its fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) service accessible to Filipino families in more areas of the country.

I always recommend people to just avail of the fixed line internet connection of their provider, since it more stable and reliable than wireless, the only caveat is the its more expensive.

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