Social

Gobi Partners leads US$1mil pre-Series A in Avana
Social commerce platform, Avana raises US$1mil for growth plans.
Maybank launches regional collaborative FinTech Sandbox platform
Aims to provide opportunities for start-ups and innovators to develop and test new ideas.
East Ventures raises US$27.5 mil fund for startups in SEA
East Ventures raises money from prominent family offices and entrepreneurs across continent to invest into SEA.
Digitalisation to drive Asia’s higher education IT spending to US$10.4bil
IT spending in the higher education sector in the Asia Pacific region excluding Japan (APeJ) will increase from US$8.7 billion in 2015 to US$10.4 billion in 2019, a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.2%, according to IDC.
Joel Neoh's KFit aims to make keeping fit fun, and social
Keeping fit is what has got Joel Neoh excited enough to base his new startup KFit on it. Not only is the market size large, he also sees a greater purpose – to help raise fitness and by association, health levels across Asia Pacific. And for starters, he believes he has possibly raised the largest pre-seed funding round in Asia.
Hootsuite appoints new VP for Asia Pacific
Social media platform Hootsuite has appointed Simon Trilsbach as vice-president, Asia Pacific (APAC). He will be responsible for growing and expanding Hootsuite’s presence across the region.
Social influence eclipsing conventional HR philosophies: Forbes
2013 is slated to be the year of social human resource (HR), with five broad trends overtaking some of the most traditionally tried and tested methods millions of people have relied on when getting a job or when moving to another, noted a Forbes article.
Social banking with CIMB OctoPay
New DNA contributor Bernard Sia looks at CIMB’s Facebook app and the potential of banking through social networks.
The top consumer trends for 2013, according to Ericsson
Ericsson ConsumerLab has identified the hottest consumer trends for 2013 and beyond, among them being that men will take a backseat as women drive the smartphone market.
Megatrends fast changing the role of CIOs: Forrester
At Microsoft’s Breakfast with Visionaries event, over 100 Chief Information Officers (CIOs) heard from Forrester and Microsoft how mobile, cloud, enterprise social and big data will dominate the next decade and drive at least 80% of their industry’s growth by the year 2020.
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