honestbee

Founded by Joel Sng and launched in Singapore in July 2015. honestbee is an online grocery, food and laundry delivery service that was launched in Singapore in July 2015. The service is also available in Singapore, Taipei, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Manila.

Gogoro

Gogoro is a Taiwanese-based venture-backed company that develops and sells electric scooters and battery swapping infrastructure.

Gogoro was founded in 2011 by Horace Luke and Matt Taylor. Gogoro is putting energy into things that matter. With a mission to deliver consumer innovations that will improve how the world’s most populated cities distribute and utilize energy, the company is enabling the transformation of megacities into smart cities

Leveraging the power of big data and the unrelenting demand for smarter technologies, Gogoro is helping to create a more intelligent and adaptive system for today’s most dynamic cities. They’re working toward a better future by putting power in the hands of everyone, so all of us can move forward, faster.

Source e27, wikipedia

Poundit

Formerly known as YouPoundit, Poundit is an ecommerce site for electronics and accessories that has built partnerhips with about 50 tech brands and authorized distributors including Sony, GoPro, ASUS, JBL, Harman Kardon, and Otterbox.

ASUS teams up with Fenox VC to launch US$50M fund, aiming for technologically strong startups

Anisa Menur A. Maulani, writing for e27;

Taiwanese computer hardware and mobile phone giant ASUS today announced a partnership with Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Fenox Venture Capital (Fenox VC) to launch a US$50 million fund for tech companies.

The partnership will serve as a gateway for ASUS to access startups through the VC’s network. In turn, ASUS will collaborate with the startups and provide them with access to the greater Asian and global markets.

The fund will focus on startups in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI), internet-of-things (IoT), big data, cloud, and AR/VR.

Gogovan

Established in 2013, GoGoVan is the first app-based platform for transporting goods in Asia. The app GoGoVan was created to connect drivers and customers, and we aim to redefine the everyday logistics experience by providing a convenient and efficient service.

Since its successful July 2013 launch in Hong Kong, GoGoVan has expanded to Singapore, South Korea, China, and Taiwan. The GoGoVan network currently comprises of over 20,000 commercial vehicles and 70,000 registered drivers. It continues to grow rapidly, and our presence will soon encompass additional cities on a global scale.

Appier

Appier is a technology company which aims to provide artificial intelligence (AI) platforms to help enterprises solve their most challenging business problems.

Appier was established in 2012 by a passionate team of computer scientists and engineers with expertise in AI, data analysis and distributed systems. Appier serves around 1,000 global brands and agencies from offices in 14 markets across Asia, including Taipei, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Osaka, Sydney, Ho Chi Minh City, Manila, Hong Kong, Mumbai, New Delhi, Jakarta, Seoul, and Bangkok.

Kata.ai, the startup formerly known as YesBoss, raises US$3.5M in Series A funding round

Anisa Menur A. Maulani, writing for e27;

Indonesian artificial intelligence (AI) startup Kata.ai today announced that it has raised a US$3.5 million in Series A funding round led by Taiwan-based Trans-Pacific Technology Fund (TPTF).

MDI Ventures, Access Ventures, and Convergence Ventures also participated in the deal.

In addition to them, VPG Asia, Red Sails Investment, and angel investor Eddy Chan also took part in the round.

Two PH startups join Google accelerator program in US, get P2.5M each

Melvin G. Calimag, writing for NewsBytes Ph;

Two digital startups from the Philippines recently took part in Google’s Launchpad Accelerator in California, joining other startups from all over the world that were picked by the tech giant to undergo mentorship and receive $50,000 (about P2.5 million) in funding to speed up their product development.

The Filipino startups which carried the country’s flag are Honesty Apps, a do-it-yourself mobile app platform for Android and iOS, and Bloom Solutions, a fin-tech firm that aims to transform the remittance business with blockchain technology.

Congratulations to both Honesty Apps and Bloom Solutions!

MiCab in Manila to launch next month

Alyza Angeles, writing for Yugatech;

MiCab, a Visayas-based taxi-hailing app, will finally pave its way in Metro Manila next month.

If I were MiCab, I’ll launch the service in Manila this month!

MiCab, a homegrown ride-sharing service. The service “exclusively partner with taxi fleet companies who take pride in their service, putting the value of their vehicles and drivers top of the priority” which means none of that LTFRB-drama.

Their app is available to both iOS and Android users.

GoSPCE

GoSPCE allows guests to rent traditional and unique spaces for work and play. It also enables an end-to-end marketing and operations solution for hosts.

In a nutshell, its a service that connects (co-working) space and retail owners to guest and/or renters.

You can download their app from Google Play Store.

Taxumo

Taxumo is the easiest way for small business owners, self-employed professionals, and freelancers in the Philippines to prepare, file and pay their taxes. All you need to do is track your income and expenses and Taxumo does the rest (from computing to filling up BIR or Bureau of Internal Revenue tax forms and paying taxes online). You can do all of these things through Taxumo!

China’s Didi backs Uber rival Careem to expand its global footprint into the Middle East

Jon Russell, writing for TechCrunch;

A week after its first investment in Europe, Chinese ride-sharing giant Didi Chuxing is spreading its wings once again after it announced a financing deal with Careem, an Uber rival in the Middle East that is valued at more than $1 billion. The size of the investment was not disclosed.

Didi Chuxing appears to be investing to every ride-sharing startups in every region, except for Uber.

In its push to compete in Southeast Asia, WeWork is pouring $500 million into the region

Connie Loizos, writing for TechCrunch;

Less than two weeks ago, WeWork took the wraps off a new massive round of funding — $500 million from the Chinese private equity firm Hony Capital, the Japanese internet giant SoftBank, Greenland Holdings, and China Oceanwide.

Now, the company is announcing that it’s pouring that exact amount — $500 million — into expanding into Southeast Asia and Korea.

WeWork currently have more than 40,000 members in 23 cities worldwide. In Asia, they have 7 offices in 4 countries, namely China (including Hong Kong), India, Japan and S. Korea.

Pangga, on-demand companionship app, is now looking for partners

Joey Maceda, writing for Yugatech;

Do you have what it takes to be a great companion? You now have the chance to put those skills to work. Pangga, a new on-demand companionship service is now looking for partners.

From their website, this is how they describe their service.

Pangga is an app-based technology platform that enables single millennials to avail a companionship service in order to build a healthy self-esteem in todays “Me Me Me Generation”.

The word Pangga is a Visayan language is an endearment word that is used to address someone whom you love. it’s close equivalent in english is “dear”, “honey”, “sweetheart” or yeah…. “love”.

Interesting concept to say the least and there are a lot of ways this app can be use for “other things” other than what the founder/developer intended it to do. The app/service is targeting a specific group of people like tourists and the Philippines being a tourist destination the service has a lot of potential.

If you are interested in trying out the service, you can send your request to download the app here.

2Go mulls e-commerce venture with SM Group

James A. Loyola, writing for Manila Bulletin;

Logistics 2Go Group, Inc., which has recently been taken over by Chelsea Logistics Corporation and the SM Group, is studying its possible entry into the e-commerce business on top of servicing the needs of its clients in the same industry.

This will be an interesting venture to say the least!

Flyspaces

FlySpaces empowers businesses as a digital marketplace that provides short-term work and meeting space solutions to entrepreneurs, start-ups, SMEs and mobile professionals. Whether the need is for an hour, a day, a week or a few months – we have a network of hundreds of spaces to discover across key South East Asian cities.

Bloom

Bloom modernizes remittance businesses by combining cutting-edge technology like the blockchain, instant payments, and messenger bots with traditional tools like SWIFT and SMS.

Announcing the fourth class of Launchpad Accelerator featuring new countries!

Two startup from the Philippines have been accepted into the program;

  • BLOOM: Transforming remittance businesses with blockchain technology
  • Honesty Apps: A Do-it-yourself mobile application platform for both iOS and Android.

Google Developers Blog;

Launchpad Accelerator includes intensive mentoring from 20+ Google teams, and expert mentors from top technology companies and VCs in Silicon Valley. Participants receive equity-free support, credits for Google products, and continue to work closely with Google back in their home country during the 6-month program.

Class 4 kicks off July 17th, 2017 at the Google Developers Launchpad Space in San Francisco and will include 2 weeks of all-expense-paid training.

Introducing Pera Swipe

I’d like to tell you about this new reward rewards app for Android phones called Pera Swipe, developed by Mobino Inc.

Pera Swipe aims to bring added value to content and promotions by rewarding users with points that can be redeemed for prepaid mobile load and other prizes (more prizes in the future). Postpaid subscribers are very much welcome to use the app since the load prizes can be sent to others as a gift.

Pera Swipe displays various promotions and interesting articles offering different points on users’ lock screen. Users will be able to earn points by swiping left or right on their Pera Swipe lock screen. Swiping right allows the user to unlock their smartphone, while swiping left on special promotions will direct the user to the promoter’s website, social media page or other URLs.

To know more about the service, you cn visit their website at peraswipe.com or their facebook page. Pera Swipe is currently running an early bird promo where users can earn P10 Extra points if you sign up this April. Unfortunately, their app is not yet available for download.

Whatfix raises US$3.7M Series A to allow businesses to create interactive help guides on websites

Sainul Abudheen K, reporting for E27;

Whatfix, a SaaS startup that allows enterprises to create interactive help guides on their websites, has raised INR 24 crore (US$3.7 million) in Series A round of funding, led by Indian VC firm Stellaris Venture Partners, with participation from existing investors Helion Venture Partners and Powerhouse Ventures.

Marquee angels, including Gokul Rajaram (Product Engineering Lead at Square), Girish Mathrubootham (Freshdesk CEO), Aneesh Reddy (Capillary Technologies CEO) and US-based investor Vispi Daver, have also joined the round.

Weekly Sponsorship

I was planning to open the blog for sponsorship by the 2nd half of the year but since there are a lot of people and companies wanting to partner or promote their products and services via the website, and that it’s the first day of April or the start of 2nd quarter of the year, so I’m now opening the site for weekly sponsorship.

I previously accept weekly sponsorship before I relaunch the site but it was not that successful hopefully this time it will be. In a nutshell weekly sponsorship are sponsored post usually (150 plus words) article that will be written by me or the sponsor. It may or may not contain an image from the sponsor and its linked back to a url provided by the sponsoring party.

It will be the only sponsored post for the whole week, as you can see I’m not running any ads on the site, so your sponsored article will get maximum exposure.

Sponsorship are published at the end of each week (Friday at 12:00 AM), since this is the time where the site has the most traffic. Then a note with a link will appear on the sidebar for the entire week, thanking the sponsor for their support. I will also share the article to all my social media accounts.

I will publish dedicated page provide more details on how you or your company can run weekly sponsorship on the site but for now, if you have question about weekly sponsorship, you can get in touch with me via the contact page.

Cheers!

Fastacash

Fastacash is a social payments platform that enables the transfer of any type of value across any social media network or messaging platform.

Headquartered in Singapore, Fastacash have international teams across the US, the UK, South East Asia and India.

Myanmar’s MyPay in serious talks to acquire Singapore’s Fastacash; Co-founder rejoins board after absence

Kevin McSpadden, writing for E27;

Two Southeast Asian payment companies that specialise in using social media to facilitate money transfers are in serious acquisition talks and expect the deal to be done in the coming months.

The Singaporean online payment company fastacash has been approached with an acquisition offer from Myanmar’s MyPay and are moving forward with the deal, fastacash General Manager Mark Carter told e27.

The deal has been approved by Fastacash shareholders and is expected to be completed in the next 60-90 days.

MyTaxiIndia

MTI (My Taxi India) is a complete car rental solution for local, outstation or holidays tour. Within few years of its launch, MTI already has the largest ISO 9001:2008 certified taxi network in India, or local, outstation or holidays tour. Within few years of its launch, MTI already has the largest ISO 9001:2008 certified taxi network in India, with over 15,000 + taxis operating across 120+ cities. Unlike other on-line car rental companies in the country, the company follows an affiliate business model, whereby it works with on-board taxi fleet operators across the country.

The startup was founded in 2013 by CEO Anshuman Mihir.