e27 is one of the leading blogs that covers topics like the latest technology innovation, startups and entrepreneurship in asia. e27 was founded in 2006 and is a media company focused on growing Asia’s technology startup ecosystem. It reports on tech startup news, trends and personalities relevant to startup communities in Asia and also organizes the much-celebrated Echelon conference. Other community events include. Founders Drinks, a monthly meetup in several cities around Asia and most recently, Echelon Ignite, a spin-off conference from Echelon to catalyze younger startup communities.

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Accelerators

MasterCard launches 2016 edition of virtual accelerator Start Path Global

Two companies in APAC have already signed up
Sep 17, 2016
Urban landscape of Singapore. Photo Credit: Everything/ Shutterstock.

Paypal launches new fintech incubator in Singapore

It's the second fintech incubator Paypal has launched in Asia following its first in Chennai
May 06, 2016

500 Startups ramps up activity in Asia, ropes in two partners in Vietnam

The fund has already invested in 3 startups in Vietnam and plans to back up to 20 more over the next 12 months.
Aug 19, 2015

This stadium may be the future of Taiwanese startups

Shut in 2008, Zhongshan Soccer Stadium v2.0 will open its doors next year — this time as a large-scale startup cluster called Taiwan Startup Stadium
Aug 05, 2015
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Advertising

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Big Data

Gautam Tewari, Co-founder of SmartVizX

Husband-wife duo get $500K for revolutionary VR startup SmartVizX out of India

The Tewaris' Delhi-based startup integrates virtual reality into online stores to give you a feel of what your purchases would look like at home
Mar 12, 2016

Singapore’s first Y Combinator startup Semantics3 bags US $1.55M funding

Semantics3 is a startup that seeks to provide product and pricing data for e-commerce through a data API platform
Nov 06, 2015

10 Big Data startups in Singapore and India you should know

Who is leading the charge for Big Data in Singapore and India? We’ve compiled a list of the top ten you should keep on your radar
Apr 10, 2015

Restograph is proof of the exciting Philippines startup ecosystem

The Philippines is notably Asia’s second-fastest growing economy after China, recording 6.1 per cent growth in 2014 following three quarters of decline
Feb 08, 2015
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Consumer

This Bengaluru-based startup has built an on-demand marketplace for spiritual gurus

“AadiShakti” has set its eyes on disrupting the spiritual and healing industry
Jul 10, 2016

Delhi startup FarEye raises $3.5 million to bring drone deliveries to India

FarEye aims to solve the critical problems faced by businesses such as real-time coordination between employees on the go, job execution and customer requests by moving [Read More...]
Jun 24, 2016

Cash is still king in Vietnam, but two fintech firms look to bring a drastic change

The two companies—MatchMove Pay and Tapp Commerce—are offering new ways for Vietnamese consumers to participate in the growing digital economy
May 07, 2016
Gautam Tewari, Co-founder of SmartVizX

Husband-wife duo get $500K for revolutionary VR startup SmartVizX out of India

The Tewaris' Delhi-based startup integrates virtual reality into online stores to give you a feel of what your purchases would look like at home
Mar 12, 2016
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eCommerce

Photo Credit: Nicolas Lannuzel at Creative Commons

Backseat driving: Key takeaways from the Google and Temasek e-commerce report on Southeast Asia

The ‘e-conomy report’ points to an e-commerce industry set for serious growth, but it also highlights potholes and obstacles in the region
May 27, 2016

Cash is still king in Vietnam, but two fintech firms look to bring a drastic change

The two companies—MatchMove Pay and Tapp Commerce—are offering new ways for Vietnamese consumers to participate in the growing digital economy
May 07, 2016
Photo Credit: Shutterstock, Christopher Penler

Hold your breath: Alibaba just acquired controlling stake in Lazada

Brands and distributors on Alibaba platform will now have access to the Southeast Asian consumer market
Apr 12, 2016

Garena, Singapore’s largest web platform, raises $170 million led by Malaysian government

The funding will be used to accelerate regional 'leadership,' and special attention was paid to Shopee and AirPay
Mar 31, 2016
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Education

No black magic, this student has invented an apparatus that can produce water from thin air

Indian engineering student Jawwad Patel’s self-filling water apparatus can produce potable water even from polluted air
Aug 20, 2016

Shanghai startup italki raises $3 million for on-demand language tutor network

English is by far the most popular language in the network, but more cash means new opportunities
Jun 26, 2016
Photo credit: ManyTutors

At 24, this entrepreneur battled cancer while building his company. A decade later, he is pivoting

Lai Weichang built his Singapore-based tuition agency at the age of 24. Now at 35, he is ready to take it to the next step
Apr 29, 2016

Booktrack adds movie-style soundtrack to e-books. Is this the future?

Would adding a soundtrack to e-books enhance the experience, or be too distracting? With $7 million in funding so far, investors are betting on the former
Mar 03, 2015
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Entrepreneurship

Divyank Turakhia (R) and Zhang Zhiyong (C) sign the acquisition agreement. Photo credit: PR

He made his first $1M at the age of 18 and $100M at 23, and now sold his adtech firm for $900M at 34

Media.net, a global adtech company started by serial entrepreneur Divyank Turakhia, has been acquired by a consortium of Chinese investors for $900 million
Aug 23, 2016
CEO and Founder of Pangara, David Svensson

Here’s why this Swede thinks Vietnam has the tech talent Scandinavia needs

David Svensson, CEO and Founder of freelancer platform Pangara, expounds on its unique selling points and how Northern Europe can leverage on Southeast Asia’s talent [Read More...]
Jul 03, 2016
Convergence Ventures Partner Donald Wihardja speaking at the Echelon Asia Summit 2016 in Singapore. Photo credit: e27

At a crossroad, will Indonesia follow the path set out by China or India?

Convergence Ventures Partner Donald Wihardja looks at trends in the two markets and decides which direction Indonesia will take
Jun 20, 2016
William Bao Bean speaking at Echelon Asia Summit 2016. Photo credit: e27

Why William Bao Bean doesn’t think Asia will produce the next Mark Zuckerberg

The MOX MD and SOSV Partner explains the issue faced by Asian companies in competing in the international markets, and what they can do about it
Jun 16, 2016
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Events

William Bao Bean speaking at Echelon Asia Summit 2016. Photo credit: e27

Why William Bao Bean doesn’t think Asia will produce the next Mark Zuckerberg

The MOX MD and SOSV Partner explains the issue faced by Asian companies in competing in the international markets, and what they can do about it
Jun 16, 2016

Japan’s Cerevo: Germany seen as launchpad for the EU market

While European startups flock to Asia, Japanese consumer electronics company Cerevo is looking to Europe with a focus on Germany
Jul 16, 2015

HackerEarth to conduct special hackathon on International Women’s Day

With an aim to encourage women to code, the online hackathon is scheduled from March 6 to March 8, 2015
Feb 16, 2015

Two Hong Kong startups to set precedent at West Tech Fest

It’s the first time that two non-Australian startups have been selected as finalists at the OzAPP Awards
Feb 07, 2015
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FinTech

Photo credit: junpinzon / 123RF Stock Photo

Blockchain for the unbanked: Philippines’ Coins.ph raises $5M Series A

With a fast growing mobile market and largely underbanked population, Coins.ph uses the blockchain to deliver financial services via mobile and web
Oct 24, 2016
London Mayor Boris Johnson laughs as he gets up to speak at Campus Tel Aviv Monday, November 9th (photo credit: Gedalyah Reback)

Bye Bye Britain: the ‘Brexit startup’

Uncertainty is the real result of Britain’s decision to divorce itself from the European Union in the about-to-be-infamous ‘Brexit’
Jun 27, 2016
Urban landscape of Singapore. Photo Credit: Everything/ Shutterstock.

Paypal launches new fintech incubator in Singapore

It's the second fintech incubator Paypal has launched in Asia following its first in Chennai
May 06, 2016

Singaporean fintech startup fastacash raises $15M in Series B

fastacash will use funds to ramp up scaling, accelerate consumer usage, innovation and expand its global reach
Jul 14, 2015
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Gaming

HTC has launched its VR app store globally

The app store will focus on games, but there will be categories like education, art, sports and home decoration
Oct 02, 2016

Playlab scores $5M Series B funding from Monk’s Hill Ventures

The funding will allow the Thailand-based startup a bigger bite of Southeast Asia’s growing gaming pie
Oct 14, 2015

Singapore-based startup iCandy will go IPO, expects to raise $2.58M

iCandy will be the first mobile games studio in Southeast Asia to go IPO. It plans to use the funds to enhance its product and grow its user base.
Aug 18, 2015

Starting up is so painful, I will never want to do it again: GREE Founder

In front of a packed house in Fukuoka, Japan, Yoshikazu Tanaka talks about challenges, the secret of GREE’s success and what lies ahead
Apr 15, 2015
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Greentech

No black magic, this student has invented an apparatus that can produce water from thin air

Indian engineering student Jawwad Patel’s self-filling water apparatus can produce potable water even from polluted air
Aug 20, 2016
(L-R) Altigreen Co-founders Amitabh Saran, Shalendra Gupta and John Bangura. Photo credit: PR

This startup can convert your diesel/petrol car into a hybrid electric for less than $1,500

Altigreen has created a low-cost retrofit system that transforms fossil fuel-based vehicles into hybrid electrics, increasing mileage by over 20 percent and cutting [Read More...]
Aug 05, 2016

Hong Kong air purifying startup uHoo to launch US$30K Indiegogo campaign

Uhoo’s Co-founder tells e27 that the device plans to retail at US$199, with the Indiegogo campaign going live on November 11, 2014
Nov 08, 2014

Hardware

Singapore’s Ampere surpasses US$60K Kickstarter goal in no time at all

The wireless charging sleeve is expected to be shipped by August 2015. Early bird pledges begin at US$69
Jan 18, 2015

3D-printing pen 3Doodler may beat its previous US$2.3M Kickstarter

The Hong Kong-based 3D innovation has surpassed US$250,000 on the first day of a ‘short’ 20-day crowdfunding campaign
Jan 07, 2015

Indian govt bans Xiaomi from selling, importing handsets: Report

The Delhi High Court has passed an ex parte injunction order against Xiaomi for infringing on Ericsson’s Standard Essential Patents
Dec 12, 2014

Too cool: Ambi Climate more than 300% funded on Kickstarter

Hong Kong-based company Ambi Labs will be shipping the device and launching its companion app by June 2015
Oct 13, 2014

Health

Practo acquires Bangalore-based healthcare analytics startup Enlightiks

The acquisition will strengthen Practo’s position in delivering optimised healthcare enterprise solutions
Dec 18, 2016

China healthcare startup Guahao completes $394M funding round

The booking and health service portal is backed by Hillhouse Capital, Goldman Sachs, and others; will change its name to We Doctor
Sep 27, 2015

China’s Sleepace secures $7M in Series B from Luolai and JD

Sleepace will use funds to improve product R&D, enhance branding and market outreach, and expand into new markets
Jul 20, 2015

Track your child’s health, growth and development using BabyBerry

Developed by Bangalore-based Cerebrahm Innovations, BabyBerry is an app that tracks and monitors your child’s health and growth
Feb 20, 2015
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Industry

Gautam Tewari, Co-founder of SmartVizX

Husband-wife duo get $500K for revolutionary VR startup SmartVizX out of India

The Tewaris' Delhi-based startup integrates virtual reality into online stores to give you a feel of what your purchases would look like at home
Mar 12, 2016

Cry! Eat! Burp! Poop! 5 apps to help new parents manage it all

These Android-based apps can help new parents through the first year of the exhilarating and exhausting world of parenthood.
Oct 30, 2015

Sony to acquire Belgian image sensing startup Softkinetic

Sony said it will use Softkinetic’s technology to create a new generation of image sensors.
Oct 10, 2015

China’s Dianping and Meituan launching O2O services to take on Baidu

Dianping is a restaurant review app backed by Tencent, while Meituan is an online deals startup backed by Alibaba.
Oct 08, 2015
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Innovation

This startup aims to make Singapore the artisan coffee capital of the world

The creation of Cafebond was inspired by Melbourne’s vibrant coffee culture
Sep 10, 2016

27 innovators pushing Indonesian tech and startups forward

We mention a diverse mix of startups, corporates, government, and social enterprises who have contributed in the ecosystem’s growth.
Mar 29, 2016
Urban landscape of Singapore. Photo Credit: Everything/ Shutterstock.

Governments in Southeast Asia are upping their push to smart nation status

Here’s how Southeast Asia is going all out to integrate smart technology into everyday devices for the benefit of both society and the economy.
Sep 20, 2015

Why you need NoBroker to find your dream house

House hunting. Brokers. False promises. We have all been there. Can a startup change this?
Jul 24, 2015
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Internet

CEO and Founder of Pangara, David Svensson

Here’s why this Swede thinks Vietnam has the tech talent Scandinavia needs

David Svensson, CEO and Founder of freelancer platform Pangara, expounds on its unique selling points and how Northern Europe can leverage on Southeast Asia’s talent [Read More...]
Jul 03, 2016
Image credit: Mary Meeker

In the year’s most anticipated report, China, Snapchat and data analytics stand apart

In many ways, China is competing with Silicon Valley, Snapchat is the future of advertising and Big Data is becoming an important debate
Jun 04, 2016
Photo Credit: Nick Turner on Unsplash.com

We see what you’re doing there: Indonesia has the most VPN users of 34 countries

The Global Web Index cited ‘overcoming governmental restrictions’ as the main reason why Chinese, Indonesians and Thai people are so into using VPNs
Apr 01, 2016

Garena, Singapore’s largest web platform, raises $170 million led by Malaysian government

The funding will be used to accelerate regional 'leadership,' and special attention was paid to Shopee and AirPay
Mar 31, 2016
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IoT

IT

5 things to know about back-end web development

General Assembly instructor Matt Jording explains the basics of back-end web development
Oct 31, 2014

8common raises US$3.3M in IPO; to be listed on ASX tomorrow

Upon listing, 8common will have a market capitalisation of A$13.5 million based on a A$0.25 issue price
Aug 29, 2014

Paladion raises US$10M fund from Infosys Co-founder NS Raghavan

The capital will primarily be used for enhancing Paladion’s cyber security intelligence and cloud security services platform and global expansion of multiple security [Read More...]
Jun 21, 2014

This video analytics tool can help retailers profile their customers

SingTel, with KAI Square, launches VAaaS, a video analytics tool for Singaporean retailers, to help them identify customers, as well as count them, among other things
Apr 23, 2014
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Lists

27 innovators pushing Indonesian tech and startups forward

We mention a diverse mix of startups, corporates, government, and social enterprises who have contributed in the ecosystem’s growth.
Mar 29, 2016

6 tech startups that made it big without venture capital

While some great startups in the world were built on massive VC money, a bunch of them scaled the heights with self funding
Jul 26, 2015

10 Big Data startups in Singapore and India you should know

Who is leading the charge for Big Data in Singapore and India? We’ve compiled a list of the top ten you should keep on your radar
Apr 10, 2015

Thumbsup releases its Thailand Startup Year in Review 2014 report

Thumbsup’s report highlights nine notable Thai startup funding rounds from this year, but 70% remain bootstrapped
Nov 14, 2014

Media

HTC has launched its VR app store globally

The app store will focus on games, but there will be categories like education, art, sports and home decoration
Oct 02, 2016
Photo credit: TaleHunt PR

Write a tale, hunt for an audience: This app aims to be the Twitter of very short stories

India-based mobile app TaleHunt enables users to write tiny 250-word stories and share it with the world
Jun 11, 2016
Photo credit: BeMyGuest

BeMyGuest becomes first Singapore startup to join Fast Company’s Top 50 Most Innovative Companies list

It joins the ranks of Airbnb and Uber in the travel category in this year’s list
Feb 16, 2016

New Zealand VR media firm 8i snags $13.6M from Samsung Ventures, others

8i wants more humans to star in virtual reality videos; hence, it went and got funds from these top names
Oct 15, 2015
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Mobile

Image credit: Hike

Hike raises $175 million led by Tencent and Foxconn to take on WhatsApp in India

While WhatsApp is still the most-preferred IM app in India, Hike has more than 100 million users with a monthly messaging volume of 40 billion
Aug 16, 2016
Go-Jek office. Photo credit: e27.

Go-Jek joins the fray, set to raise $550M in Asia’s ride-hailing war

Go-Jek’s services feature is a serious advantage and one place where the company stands apart from the competition
Aug 04, 2016
Photo credit: TaleHunt PR

Write a tale, hunt for an audience: This app aims to be the Twitter of very short stories

India-based mobile app TaleHunt enables users to write tiny 250-word stories and share it with the world
Jun 11, 2016
Photo credit: Ola

Last order: Ola shuts down food and grocery delivery service

The service was shut down only a year after its launch
Mar 10, 2016
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News

Tencent co-leads $215 million investment in Chinese bike share startup Mobike

Using bikes equipped with GPS and smart-lock technology, Mobike enables users of its app to find a bike near them and unlock it using their smartphones
Jan 05, 2017

Practo acquires Bangalore-based healthcare analytics startup Enlightiks

The acquisition will strengthen Practo’s position in delivering optimised healthcare enterprise solutions
Dec 18, 2016
Photo credit: e27

Thailand is launching a stock exchange just for startups – no revenue required

Nikkei Asian Review's report states that companies could list on the very day they are established, even without any record of earnings
Dec 05, 2016
Photo credit: junpinzon / 123RF Stock Photo

Blockchain for the unbanked: Philippines’ Coins.ph raises $5M Series A

With a fast growing mobile market and largely underbanked population, Coins.ph uses the blockchain to deliver financial services via mobile and web
Oct 24, 2016
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Policy

Uber and Grab to be legalized in Malaysia by the end of 2016

All details agreed to by the country's cabinet will be revealed to the public early next week
Aug 11, 2016
London Mayor Boris Johnson laughs as he gets up to speak at Campus Tel Aviv Monday, November 9th (photo credit: Gedalyah Reback)

Bye Bye Britain: the ‘Brexit startup’

Uncertainty is the real result of Britain’s decision to divorce itself from the European Union in the about-to-be-infamous ‘Brexit’
Jun 27, 2016

27 innovators pushing Indonesian tech and startups forward

We mention a diverse mix of startups, corporates, government, and social enterprises who have contributed in the ecosystem’s growth.
Mar 29, 2016

Robotics

Rakuten leads $10.5 million round in AI startup ViSenze

Brands use ViSenze to turn images into engagement, and publishers use ViSenze to generate monetisation opportunities from their visual media assets
Sep 16, 2016
Photo credit: Saarang Sumesh

At the age of 3, he made a combustion engine model. He’s now 7 and has already built a cleaning robot and a remote-controlled vehicle

Wonder kid Saarang Sumesh has just returned from the US after showcasing his talent at the Maker Faire event in Silicon Valley
Jun 13, 2016

Brace yourself; robots are coming for your kitchen

Our kitchens may soon be run by robots. But this is not necessarily a bad thing as Moley Robotics’ founder Mark Oleynik explains.
Sep 22, 2015

David Hanson: We are close to building the first sentient robot

Hanson’s latest creation Sophia is a machine he believes will be the first to achieve human-like consciousness.
Aug 26, 2015
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Social Media

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Venture Capital

Convergence Ventures Partner Donald Wihardja speaking at the Echelon Asia Summit 2016 in Singapore. Photo credit: e27

At a crossroad, will Indonesia follow the path set out by China or India?

Convergence Ventures Partner Donald Wihardja looks at trends in the two markets and decides which direction Indonesia will take
Jun 20, 2016
Photo credit: IMJ Investment Partners

IMJ Investment Partners launches $53M fund for Japan-based startups

IMJIP Japan Fund 1 will focus primarily on Series A or later stage investments
Feb 11, 2016

70% of VCs reduce the potential of a startup: Silicon Valley VC Vinod Khosla

It’s not always about the money. Vinod Khosla shares a few words of wisdom for startup entrepreneurs, and has something to say about his fellow VCs
Aug 24, 2015

Golden Gate Ventures floats new $50M fund for Southeast Asian startups

The early-stage venture capital firm has already made its first close at $35M from investors including Temasek and Eduardo Saverin.
Jul 29, 2015
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Wearables

Transportation

Tencent co-leads $215 million investment in Chinese bike share startup Mobike

Using bikes equipped with GPS and smart-lock technology, Mobike enables users of its app to find a bike near them and unlock it using their smartphones
Jan 05, 2017

Baidu will build self-driving cars with NVIDIA, and test them in Silicon Valley

Can Baidu compete with Google, Apple and Tesla Motors?
Sep 02, 2016