Author: A. Asohan

Digerati50: Startups, you’ll never walk alone
Sam Shafie holds on fast to dream of catalyzing crowd funding in Malaysia, despite rocky early going between 2012-2015.
Singapore startup Interfone is fighting those roaming blues … with a sticker
A Singaporean startup has a very unique way of solving those roaming blues: With a sticker, targeted especially at business travellers.  
Russia’s Raxel Telematics makes Singapore its home, has big plans
Russian-founded Raxel Telematics has made Singapore its global headquarters, and has even moved all its business development operations to the city-state and is now a Singaporean company.
e27 lands US$2mil+ funding, to build bridges to China
Singapore-based ecosystem pioneer e27 has raised a US$2.2mil Series A round led by Beijing-based TechTemple Group, which would be used to connect the startup and investor communities in China and South-East Asia.
Fresh from Hubba Hired acquisition, TribeHired eyes possible Series A
Malaysian and Singaporean joint venture startup TribeHired, which has just acquired the Bangkok-based Hubba Hired recruitment business for an undisclosed sum, is eyeing a possible Series A funding round by the end of the year.
Malaysia to make coding part of school syllabus … 25+ years later
The pretty big announcement that coding would be part of the Malaysian school syllabus from next year onwards came very quietly … which is not surprising because we’ve heard this all before, writes A. Asohan.
Ideate Media out to fill a ‘huge gaping hole,’ with the help of Douglas Adams
After three years of behind-the-scenes building, Malaysian company Ideate Media is ready to take the local creative content scene to the big stage of international markets, with a series to air on BBC America.
Startupism 101: Lessons learned covering the ecosystem
DNA cofounder A. Asohan, inspired by a week-long prescription drug-induced haze, decides to ‘give back’ to the startup ecosystem.
Muslim-focused online travel startup Tripfez lands US$750K funding
Malaysian online travel agency and hotel review platform Tripfez, which is focused on halal travel and stay experiences for Muslims, has raised US$750,000 in a seed round led by Gobi Partners and Intres Capital, the latter through the Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (ADIF) it manages.
Week in Review: With new CEO, will MaGIC morph?
Ashran Ghazi may be tasked with getting MaGIC back on track to its original mandate, but it may be a case of ‘damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t,’ writes A. Asohan.
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