Startups

HungryHippie aims Airbnb model at traveling foodies
HungryHippie is using the Airbnb model to position itself as a global community marketplace made up of local people helping travellers experience local food culture, the way the locals do.
Japan's GMO VenturePartners eyes SEA with US$12mil fund
The trend of Japanese companies increasing their attention and investment in the South East Asia region continues with the addition of GMO VenturePartners and its US$12-million fund to the list.
Malaysia's start-up scene needs to break out of stealth mode
Malaysia may have one of the most active developing startup ecosystems in the region but we don’t do a good enough job of promoting the fact, admits Cradle Fund chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan.
For SI Camp Asia, builders now wanted
The inaugural Social Innovation (SI) Camp Asia, set to take place in Kuala Lumpur from Nov 9-11, has issued a call for individuals to join in and help make ideas a reality.
For Shiroube founder, a different kind of ROI
For local guide marketplace Shiroube, its founder Tatsuo Sato, is tapping into an altogether difference kind of return on investment.
Vincent Tan: Young people deserve ‘Angels’
It’s not every day that you get to meet a billionaire at an informal event but that’s exactly what over 100 people got to do at the DNA-TeAM Disrupt event held Oct 16 at the Plug & Play Technology Garden in Kuala Lumpur, where Tan Sri Vincent Tan, one of the wealthiest men in the country, was on hand to field questions.
‘Entrepreneurs not equitable in asking for money’
Most of the companies Malaysia Venture Capital Management Bhd (Mavcap) has invested in since 2011 have been startups, and quite a few of them have failed, says its chief executive officer Jamaludin Bujang.
Mavcap asking for ‘substantial amount’ from govt
Even though Mavcap has RM100 million left over from its last allocation from the Malaysian Government, it will be asking for more – ‘actually quite a substantial amount,’ says its CEO.
How hungry is MDeC to make a difference?
MDeC has to step out of its box and it absolutely must step up its game. It can do this next year when it gets the next drawdown of its funding from the Government under the 10th Malaysia Plan. Pick the best entrepreneurs and send them to Silicon Valley to test their ideas against the best in the world, argues DNA founder and CEO Karamjit Singh.
IBM out to ‘KickStart’ entrepreneurs in ASEAN
IBM has announced a ‘SmartCamp KickStart’ program to identify early-stage entrepreneurs who are developing business ventures that align with its Smarter Planet vision; submissions are now open for startups based in ASEAN.
Download Digerati50 2020-2021 PDF

Digerati50 2020-2021

Get and download a digital copy of Digerati50 2020-2021