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Singapore’s Greyloft lands $1.1M to build a real estate agency for the digital era

Singapore-based Greyloft has raised $1.1 million to build out its vision of what a real estate agency should look and function like in today’s digital era. Wait! Estate agents? Aren’t they the bad actors that spoil things for everyone? It’s true that many startups attacking the real estate have chosen to disintermediate agents on the premise that their motivations are misaligned with those of the consumers they represent. …

Singapore-based music startup buys 49% stake in Rolling Stone

The company behind iconic music magazine Rolling Stone has sold a 49 percent share in the business to a startup from Singapore in a bid to grow its international reach. U.S.-based Wenner Media announced the sale of its stake to Singapore’s BandLab this weekend, although the price paid was not disclosed. BandLab is run by Meng Ru Kuok, the 28-year-old son of palm oil billionaire Kuok Khoon Hong, and …

iPrice adds price comparison to its one-stop e-commerce site in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia-based shopping site iPrice has introduced a major update that brings direct price comparison to its e-commerce aggregation service. iPrice raised $1.2 million last year and it aims to be a one-stop destination for online shopping n Southeast Asia, a region noted for its potential as internet access continues to grow among its 600 cumulative population. It claims more than 500 merchant partners and 1.6 million visitors monthly, and has now …

MIT spinout NuTonomy just beat Uber to launch the world’s first self-driving taxi

Uber has taken the plaudits for its audacious plan to deploy driverless cars as soon as this month, but the U.S. giant has been beaten to the punch for actually introducing autonomous vehicles by a far lower-profile company that is working on the other side of the world in Singapore. NuTonomy, a three-year-old company that span out of MIT, announced that its first autonomous vehicles available for public hire have hit the …

The Singlish Language Reflects the Power of My People

My father had just one question when he started reading my first novel earlier this year: “Who taught you to speak like that?”Written in Singlish—the folksy patois of Singapore that combines English, Mandarin, Malay and Chinese dialects including Teochew and Hokkien—Sarong Party Girls has a … Continue reading Source link

Looking beyond the hype at FinTech in Southeast Asia

From the offices of venture capital firms to the financial services districts, it’s hard to escape the siren’s song of FinTech start-ups. Take a structural shift to mobile, an ever decreasing cost of computing power, the availability of lots of (big!) data, mix in one part artificial intelligence, one part distributed ledgers and we have the perfect recipe for how technology will change the face of …