A mere two months after speaking confidently of its latest pivot, Ensogo CEO Krzysztof Marszalek has stepped down and the company is closing all its SEA e-commerce units. Karamjit Singh has the story, including why this is a rare failure for Patrick Grove.
Patrick Grove’s Wild Digital and its stellar cast of speakers captures the attention of Karamjit Singh, would like to see competitors to some of Grove’s businesses invited next year as well as some of the giant Chinese and Indian startups.
It took Catcha eight years of stumbles before it finally found success said cofounder Patrick Grove, who also listed the 5Ps of building a disruptive business at the Wild Digital conference in KL.
Tony Fernandes was last year’s What’s Next keynote speaker, and now DNA founder Karamjit Singh is excited to introduce another Asian corporate titan, Vincent Tan, for What’s Next 2016.
With its latest investment into Singapore’s Garena, the Malaysian Government’s VC arm Khazanah Nasional is making bets on late stage startups, writes Karamjit Singh.
Rakuten has decided its B2C model in South-East Asia will not work, Sumitomo has pulled out of Malaysia; Karamjit Singh looks at what this could mean.
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.
Patrick Grove gets his biggest deal yet in the takeover of iProperty by ASX-listed REA Group Ltd, valued at US$536mil. He takes some questions from Mexico City while waiting to board a flight back to KL.
Karamjit Singh reflects on the key takeaways for him from DNA’s inaugural What’s Next conference, and makes a subtle plug for next year’s event.
What’s Next is primed to be the first business tech conference in Malaysia, and also the first conference that targets large brick-and-mortar companies, writes Karamjit Singh.