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Carl Adrian

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ThoughtFull connects people to mental health professionals; raises $1.1 million

Since May 2020, ThoughtFull's number of enterprise clients have grown by over 10x.

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Marvelstone Group founder to face 10-year jail term for fraud after losing investors money

Marvelstone previously established Lattice80, a Fintech Hub in Singapore

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Grab now owns 90% of Indonesia's OVO; buys out existing shareholders to gain control

OVO is currently one of the most popular digital wallets in Indonesia, with a 38% market share.

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FutureLab has just raised $478,000 to improve online mentorship and learning

FutureLab is also preparing to raise a Series A funding round

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OYO hotel chain has filed for IPO in India; plans to raise over $1 billion

Funds raised by the IPO will be used to pay off existing debt obligations and fund growth

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Binance crypto-exchange takes down apps in Singapore; users to withdraw funds by 26 Oct

Singapore's central bank has instructed Binance to cease operations in the country

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This upcoming event aims to match top venture capitalists with 400+ startups

Since 2019, the initiative has matched over 150 startup companies with investors

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Singapore and India will soon have 'low cost fund transfers' between banks

The central banks of both countries plan to integrate each others banking services.

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OYO was badly affected due to travel restrictions; just raised money from Microsoft

OYO will work alongside Microsoft to co-develop new technologies for the hotel and tourism sector.

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China is launching a new Stock Exchange for 'Innovative SMEs'

China also aims to attract more foreign investments into local companies that go public.

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Meet the 30 graduating startups from MaGIC's GAP Cohort 05 ready to take on SEA's market

All 30 startups have just went through 3 months of rigorous training under MaGIC's Global Accelerator Programme (GAP)

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Malaysia's MDEC has a new CEO - Mahadhir Aziz, former CEO of Futurise

Mahadhir Aziz was formerly the co-founder and CEO of Futurise.

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Malaysia's Rodeo is behind many of the creative ads on cars; raises $270k via crowdfunding

Rodeo is best known for some of the creative advertisements found on cars on the road.

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CRAFT La helps people learn new creative skills; raises $260k via crowdfunding

CRAFT La pivoted from being a marketplace for local artisan products

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Meet the industry leaders who will be speaking on 'Tech for Good' at MaGIC's upcoming E-Nation event

E-Nation's Series-3 event will bring together 22 industry leaders from large corporations, technology startups, the media, and more.

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Nas Daily's academy halts operations in Philippines; reportedly loses 500k+ followers

Nas Daily's move to halt operations comes after a recent controversy with the locals.

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Huawei to commit $100 million to support startups and build ecosystems across Southeast Asia

Huawei's Spark initiative will seek to incubate and drive startup ecosystems in the Asia-Pacific region.

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As on-demand deliveries rise, FatBerry now offers motor insurance to Lalamove's riders and drivers.

Fatberry is a digital insurance marketplace that allows users to compare, customize and buy a wide range of insurance products instantly

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Gentree Fund is setting aside $40 million to invest in companies entering The Philippines.

Gentree Fund is sector agnostic, and will invest in early-stage and growth-stage companies.

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AirAsia is buying over Gojek's business in Thailand

Gojek's services in Thailand will no longer operate after 31st July.

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Zoom video conferencing giant buys Kites, an AI translation startup from Germany

Zoom wants to break down the language barrier when doing business online.

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Shopee to begin food delivery service in Malaysia; begins looking for delivery partners

Shopee is currently looking for delivery partners in both Kuala Lumpur and Selangor

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China continues aggressive clampdown on cryptocurrency mining and trading

China has shut down a slew of crypto mining centres and denied funding for businesses involved in crypto trading.

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Justika made a platform to connect people to lawyers; raises seed funding

Justika wants to democratize access to lawyers and legal services.

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Google is opening its first 'permanent' retail store; will showcase company's products

Google's retail stores will also double as a place for customers to fix their products and attend workshops

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5 Must-Know Content Marketing Types and How to Use Them to Your Advantage

There are so many options when it comes to marketing tactics and strategies that marketers can be overwhelmed

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Foodpanda is testing robot deliveries; partners with 3 autonomous robot startup companies

Both Foodpanda and rival Grab are testing new approaches to improve the speed and reliability of their delivery services.

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Apple is taking privacy further by preventing email tracking too

Apple's upcoming iOS 15 update will significantly reduce tracking in email

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Thailand has its first unicorn startup, and it's in the logistics space.

Flash Group became the country's first unicorn startup after raising $150 million

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China is banning companies providing cryptocurrency payments and investments

China has shut down most of the country's local exchanges too.

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Pine Labs acquired Fave back in April; now valued at $3 billion after new fundraise

Pine Labs is currently in the midst of raising a $285 million round

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Mobile game spending shoots up in Philippines and Vietnam, largely due to the pandemic.

Mobile game spending is expected to continue rising due to the availability of more payment methods.

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Clubhouse is now available on Android, finally.

Clubhouse on Android can be downloaded from the Google PlayStore, but only in the US.

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Starlink getting closer to achieve global internet coverage; has over 500k pre-orders today

SpaceX's Starlink has the potential to disrupt traditional internet providers

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This event will help SMEs reduce costs and find clients digitally; 100 free passes available

DATA Asia will take place from 24th - 30th May, 2021. Free passes on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Disney is shutting down 18 TV channels in Southeast Asia; will focus on streaming

Disney's streaming service is only available in 2 countries in Southeast Asia

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Pine Labs has just bought Fave for $45 million

Fave currently operates in 35 cities across Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia

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Philippines wants more people to set up businesses; launches eSPARC online company registration

eSPARC will provide a secure, transparent, and efficient way to register companies online in the Philippines

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Clubhouse has a new feature that allows creators to get paid on the app

A new 'Send Money' button will appear on creators' profiles

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Spotify wants a piece of the live-audio market; buys Clubhouse competitor Betty Labs

Spotify has been making a series of acquisitions over the past few years

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Tesla now lets people buy cars with Bitcoin; further driving the price up

Customers will notice a new payment option on Tesla's website.

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This upcoming startup event aims to provide fundraising support, quality networking, and much more

KL Startup Summit 2021 is focused on the growth of the Malaysian startup ecosystem.

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Gojek early investor Openspace Ventures just closed a $200 million 3rd fund

Openspace Ventures aims to invest in Southeast Asian mid-stage startups

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Investors can now own shares in this logistics firm that's growing over 5X each year

GoLog aims to capture a piece of the $162 billion cold-chain logistics industry by 2026

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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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