Week in Review
As Grab gears up to face competition from Uber and Indonesia’s Blue Bird, Karamjit Singh ponders whether there is to Grab’s success than just addressing local market needs.
This week sees Karamjit Singh’s attention grabbed by some creative marketing from a Tony Fernandes-owned telco, and the desire of an Indonesian e-commerce pioneer to stay local – by not taking in a foreign investor.
E-commerce and spectrum news in the region grabbed Karamjit Singh’s attention as Japanese players struggle, brick-and-mortar Indonesian players go online, and Singapore’s telco regulator shows its Malaysian counterpart how it’s done.
The days when Internet companies dominated the e-commerce markets in South-East Asia may be coming to an end, writes Karamjit Singh.
News of Malaysia’s spectrum refarming exercise will likely dominate for months to come, predicts Karamjit Singh, while cautioning readers to not drink too much Kool Aid when it comes to startup funding.
Looking beyond its business model, funding, new brand and its market traction, at its core, Grab is a digital disruptor, writes Karamjit Singh.
MDeC is going back to one of the initial goals of the MSC vision, but its success will depend on the hunger of entrepreneurs.
Garuda Indonesia aims to be a full digital airline by 2020. Karamjit Singh talks about the possible ripple effect this can have on other state-owned enterprises and even SMEs. Meanwhile, GrabTaxi’s new R&D centre in Seattle has him pondering as well.
2015 was a watershed year in Malaysia for venture funding and recognition as an emerging startup hub, and there is that matter of Netflix launching soon in SEA, writes Karamjit Singh.
2015 was marked by challenges, but saw major developments on the startup front 2016 might be a year of consolidation, aggregation and rationalisation for startups IT’S January 1, and while some of us are suffering from hangovers, most of us will be setting out New Year’s resolutions and looking ahead.