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Global VC, SOSV secures $277 million in its fourth fund — looks to invest in early-stage deep tech startups
It will continue to invest in 150 new startups every year.
India's HappyEasyGo secured $49.3 million funding — expanding its travel platform
It will extend its ticket-booking service to hotel booking.
People can now create QR Codes that replace Business Cards with BEAMSTART
They can be scanned with ANY phone camera, and contacts are automatically saved to the phone.
ScaleUp Malaysia Accelerator to invest RM200,000 into 10 of these 20 shortlisted companies.
These companies will enter the first cohort of their accelerator program.
Malaysia’s Carsome closed a $50 million funding round— set to expand its market reach in Southeast Asia
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Vietnam’s wealthiest man to sell cars to the US — putting his own $2 billion cash on the line
He aims to export electric vehicles to the US by 2021 with the six-month-old auto startup; Vinfast.
Sequoia set to invest $2.4 billion into startup growth in China — despite the ongoing US - China tech war
Today more venture firms are moving towards India and Southeast Asia instead of China.
India is boosting its electric vehicles (EV) industry to convert 200 million vehicles electric by 2026
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Starbucks sees slow growth in China despite opening a new cafe every 15 hours
Its sales struggle to keep up with its rapid expansion in China.
MVLLABS secured $5 million in Series A funding round — looks to grow its mobility ecosystem
Its ride-hailing service TADA is the first blockchain-based in the world.
Singapore’s FinAccel closed $90 million in Series C funding round — to expand its credit lending platform in Southeast Asia
Its credit lending app Kredivo is growing 300% each year.
#AsiaRocks Conference connects ecosystem builders across Asia — providing market expansion opportunities for startups
Taiwan Startup Stadium (TSS) held the one-day event to integrate Asia’s startups with APAC resources.
Singapore’s Zenyum closed $13.6 million funding — set to expand both its market reach and product line
Its substantial growth this year attracted investors all over Asia.
SG Bike acquired Mobike’s fleet in Singapore for $1.9 million — users can ride for free
It sets to become the largest bike-sharing operator in Singapore
Singapore-based digital payments company 2C2P raises $52 million.
2C2P looks to strengthen its position in SouthEast Asia.
Singapore’s BCB Blockchain to fund $300,000 for startups in Philippine
The blockchain firm partners with Philippine’s government to boost the country’s startup ecosystem.
Singapore’s AI-powered firm raised $9 million from its Series A round
It will use the fund to develop and improve its data technology on human insights.
Hong Kong’s Volt14 bagged $955k from 500 Startups — to innovate on a longer lasting battery material
It aims to launch industrial-scale production trials by next month.
Indonesia’s HarukaEDU closed its Series C funding round — expanding its education service into B2B transaction
SIG, an Ameriacan global trading form led the funding round.
Malaysia’s NEXEA invests $60,160 into five local early-stage startups
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Pop Up Asia is quickly becoming one of Taiwan's largest lifestyle trade-shows.
Bringing together international travellers and lifestyle product enthusiasts from all over the world.
Some seem silly, but they're also practical
Kenneth Ho11 Nov, 2019
Global Sources will be taking place in Hong Kong this coming April 2020.
With its mecca of cool and innovative products, the show is one of Asia’s largest consumer electronics conferences.
It’s also a great place for buyers and retailers to source products.
Read on for a list of fun and unusual gadgets, some of which are even quite practical:
#1 This wireless charging pad that also heats up your coffee
Trangjan is showing off a “do-it-all” smart wireless charger with a heating function.
Not only does this fast wireless charger charge your phone at up to 10W, but it’s also able to charge your cuppa at up to 55 degrees celsius.
Sound a bit dangerous? The company says that the product offers “short-circuit protection, over-voltage protection, over-power protection, and temperature protection.
#2 Sogou Smart Recording Pen C1 for text to speech conversion
This petite clip-on gadget is able to record text and then convert it to speech. More specifically, it records in HD audio.
And despite its small size, it will last up to 20 days on a charge, or for 960 minutes of continuous recording.
Recordings are automatically backed up to the cloud where Sogou provides users with 100 hours of storage space. Sogou claims that the accuracy rate for voice to text on the device is 95%.
#3 Tapjoy RS-1 dancing robot and Bluetooth speaker
Tapjoy’s RS-1 isn’t the only adorable robot we spotted at Global Sources, we also ran into the LOVOT, that said, this is the robot that danced the best.
To that effect, this adorable robot lives to dance, which is understandable since he also doubles as a Bluetooth speaker.
If you want to get in on the action, you can control his moves using an app.
#4 Timer USB Cable
If there ever was a cable worth lusting after, this one is it.
The Timer USB Cable from Old Shark is able to automatically stop charging according to your setting.
This is good news for your electricity bill and your device’s health. The cable itself contains a convenient display for the countdown time.
Travelers often encounter the frustration of not being able to fit all their clothing into their luggage.
Vago is a small device that solves this problem. It’s a “travel bag compressor” that essentially shrinks/vacuums down all your clothing into a more compact size.
The company says that the device is able to shrink your clothing down by up to 50%.