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Lalamove's orders shoot up by over 200% in Philippines, mainly attributed to the ECQ

Lalamove launched in The Philippines in 2017, and operates in 25 markets globally.

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This firm makes Meat from Plants, and it tastes nearly the same; investors pour in $10 million

Meat made from plants is expected to become a $700 billion industry by 2030

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SpaceX's Starlink could make $30 billion in revenues; 10x more than rocket business

SpaceX just raised another huge funding round of $850 million this week.

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TRIVE Ventures launches $2 million fund; will invest up to $75k into startups

TRIVE Ventures is looking for 'tenacious' founders looking to build a profitable business.

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AirAsia to raise RM250 million by selling more of its shares in a private placement exercise to stay afloat

AirAsia plans to sell as much as 668.4 million shares in its private placement exercises

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Clubhouse, a new popular social media app, is now blocked in China, showing SSL connection errors

Clubhouse users in China will now see an SSL connection error message when logging into the app

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GoObat becomes Malaysia's first online pharmacy to accept cryptocurrency payments

Cryptocurrency payments have become increasingly widespread in recent years, but not for online pharmacy purchases, mentions GoObat founder

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India plans to ban cryptocurrencies and create own digital currency

In 2018, a similar proposal was brought up to ban the use of cryptocurrencies.

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Popular Clubhouse app will soon let people earn tips and subscription fees; valued at $1 billion

Clubhouse currently has 2 million weekly active users since its launch in April 2020.

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Meet 100 fast-growing startups from Taiwan who were at CES 2021

The 100 startups were showcased at the Taiwan Pavilion at CES 2021

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Bumble dating app is going public; female founder close to becoming a billionaire

Bumble's online dating business generated over $376.6 million in revenue between Jan 29 and Sept 30 last year

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Razer gaming peripherals giant goes from loss-making to break-even in 2020

Razer generated $447.5 million for the first half of 2020.

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TikTok China (Douyin) has launched an e-wallet to compete with Alipay and WeChat

Douyin Pay has been added as a new payment method on the app, alongside Alipay and WeChat Pay

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Robotic Surgery is a rising industry in China; Surgerii raises $46 million

The Robotic Surgery market is estimated to reach $6.9 billion by 2026.

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Keep fitness app from China just raised $360 million led by SoftBank Vision Fund

Keep grew to 100 million users in China within 3 years, and is now diversifying its offerings.

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Korean biotech startup E Green Global (EGG) raises $9.2M to scale seed potato production

E Green Global (EGG) was co-founded in 2009 after having found a way to quickly produce virus-free seed potatoes after many years of R&D.

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Singapore's Funding Societies has distributed over $1.8 billion in loans; raises funding from Samsung Ventures

Funding Societies has financed over 3.3 million loans from their base of over 200k lenders.

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Wild Digital launches BOOM21 to recognize 21 of Southeast Asia's top disruptors

Nominations for BOOM21 are open today, and the top 21 will be featured at next year's Wild Digital conference.

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Philippines Fintech Startup SquidPay raises $2 million in Series A funding round

SquidPay is working with the Baguio City government to build a cashless society.

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Nas Academy forms new partnership with Grab to groom 100 aspiring content creators.

Selected participants will undergo a 4-week course by Nas Academy, and will be part of the Grab for Good Fellows alumni.

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China bans TripAdvisor and 100+ others apps to 'clean up' the internet

TripAdvisor's shares fell after China's government made the announcement

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Free job posting sites have risen in popularity among recruiters and employers for remote work hiring

Recruiters and employers have started using these free job posting sites for hiring talent online.

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Malaysian Stingless Bee Honey startup aims to fight the pandemic with superfoods for better health

Demand for stingless bee honey has risen significantly since the outbreak of the global pandemic

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Singapore further strengthening blockchain ecosystem; invests $8.9 million for innovation.

The blockchain innovation program is supported by Singapore's Central Bank.

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Visa has launched an Accelerator Program for Fintech startups across Asia Pacific.

The accelerator program will select 6 Fintech startups to join the first cohort.

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MaGIC's GAP Cohort 04 just ended; here's what the startups have achieved

Cumulative revenue rose from RM 6.5 million to RM13 million in the 3 months

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39 startups will be showcased at MaGIC's upcoming Virtual Demo Day this Tuesday

Top 20 startups will pitch to investors, media, corporates, and many more.

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MaGIC's Cohort 04 startups are a different breed; taking on a post-pandemic world.

The new curriculum focuses on grooming startups to be resilient and adaptable.

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AirAsia Japan files for Bankruptcy

The airline industry is affected badly.

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Airbnb files for IPO; has profitable Q3 despite declining travel.

The company has had occasional profitable quarters too.

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Philippines's Resellee raises $1 million; helps people start a business with no capital.

People can start a business without having to keep any inventory of products.

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serverDNA is helping brands reach gamers; Major gaming event this 5 - 6 December

The event will be held online, with an expected turnout of over 10k participants.

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Malaysia Tech Month 2020 starts today; featuring 70+ speakers & 11 satellite events.

Showcasing Malaysia’s readiness as a global investment destination in tech.

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Popular Malaysian food delivery service, dahmakan, is now Pop Meals.

Business operations and services still remain the same.

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Elon Musk's Starlink launches new app and prices for satellite internet service

Aims to offer reliable, low-latency broadband that provides consistent connection.

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Singapore's cafe chain, Bakerzin, closes down all stores for good.

In its early days, the business had an annual turnover hitting SGD$14 million.

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Razer to launch prepaid debit card for youth in January.

The card also lights up when payments are made

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H&M profit declines; to close 350 stores worldwide.

3rd quarter profit fell by over 50% compared to the previous year.

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NTT Startup Challenge 2020 registrations are open to startups in SouthEast Asia

At least 10-20 startups will be selected to present their pitch ideas

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Malaysia's Cradle Fund announces 7 startups receiving CIP IGNITE II RM500k grant.

Grant for innovative tech based startup at Technology Readiness Level for the commercialisation of the product.

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One month has passed since MaGIC's GAP started; here's what Cohort 04 has achieved.

The first month focused on startup fundraising and a visit to Cradle Fund.

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Alibaba may invest up to $3 billion in Grab.

SoftBank CEO, Masayoshi Son, is reportedly at the center of the discussions.

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Singapore's Suntec lays off 50% of their employees as events industry grinds to a halt.

A total of 85 people will be retrenched, where 60 of them are locals.

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Chinese EV manufacturer XPeng seeks for $1.11B IPO in New York

Xpeng delivered a total of 2,451 Smart EVs to customers in July 2020

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Taiwan plans to be a financial hub, much like Hong Kong.

High-level foreign companies have shown increased interest in Taiwan.

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Over 20 million jobs lost in the US as of April 2020.

The unemployment rate has escalated to 14.7%.

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Philippines ABS-CBN shuts down; leaving 11,000 employees jobless

One of the oldest and largest media networks in the Philippines to cease operations

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Ex ofo employee to launch new electric scooter sharing service in Singapore

Funding to be invested heavily into building core infrastructure for its platform, including initial e-scooter purchases.

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Malaysia's Project W and 50gram team up to raise awareness for breast cancer.

The campaign has already garnered over 1000 fundraising pledges in less than a week.

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Prepping Up for the Startup Job Interview

Despite your commitment to join the startup life, you should know the company culture and gauge its scalability to succeed in the future. If you think that you possess, the skills and attitude to make a great candidate for the startup venture, here are several key points to help you prep up for the job interview

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