Week in Review

Week in Review: The ‘cultural edge’ and winning in SEA
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.
Week in Review: The words they use
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.
Week in Review: Lessons in spectrum refarming and e-commerce
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.
Week in Review: Formidable competitor to Lazada in Indonesia
The days when Internet companies dominated the e-commerce markets in South-East Asia may be coming to an end, writes Karamjit Singh.
Week in Review: Malaysia’s spectrum refarming
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.  
Week in Review: Grab-bing a piece of the bigger pie
Looking beyond its business model, funding, new brand and its market traction, at its core, Grab is a digital disruptor, writes Karamjit Singh.
Week in Review: MDeC’s unfinished business
MDeC is going back to one of the initial goals of the MSC vision, but its success will depend on the hunger of entrepreneurs.
Week in Review: Garuda a digital catalyst for Indonesia?
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.
Week in Review: Watershed year, Netflix here
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.
Week in Review: Or the year ahead, actually
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.
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