Tech in Asia is an online technology media company based across Asia and the US. As a crew of journalists and bloggers with a culture and passion for new ways of delivering tech and startup news, we’ve bonded together under one goal – to share with the world and our regional audiences on the latest happenings in Asia’s tech and startup scene.

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Consumer

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China’s Mobike gets $215 million ahead of global push

China’s new bike-sharing battle looks a lot like the ride-hailing war
Jan 04, 2017
CEO of Ale Lena Okajima.

Forget fireworks. Here comes Uber for shooting stars

Now this is an "only in Japan" kind of technology
Jul 31, 2016
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4K video for $450? Xiaomi’s drone hits DJI where it hurts

It looks pretty awesome
May 25, 2016

China’s Netflix launches VR headset for $23

Letv will launch the LeVR COOL1, which they call a "virtual private theater" on December 29.
Dec 25, 2015
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Development

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How Indian techies are bypassing online flash sales by writing javascripts

The next time you try buying a smartphone in a flash sale, it may be worth seeing how you can harness their fast purchasing strategies
Jun 06, 2016

Here are four cues the Philippines can take from Singapore to build a thriving startup ecosystem

Indeed, the Philippines has a long way to go, and there are many lessons to learn from Singapore. We asked some of the thought leaders in the tech scene what these [Read More...]
Jul 18, 2015

Hiring tech talent? This Indian startup bags $7.5M to assess programmers on your behalf

Almost 90 percent of companies with more than 1,000 employees can't find the tech hires needed to power innovation - this is how HackerRank solves this growing pain point
Jul 15, 2015

Meet Sofia Huiya, one of the pioneering Indonesian women who code for a living

Women are underrepresented in Indonesia’s IT departments but there are pioneers. Sofia Huiya used to be a developer at Tiket, Indonesia’s top travel booking startup, [Read More...]
Jun 05, 2015

eCommerce

Japan’s hottest unicorn Mercari is charging into the US

Japan’s youngest unicorn, Mercari, has dominated the domestic ecommerce space and wants to conquer the US next
Sep 06, 2016
Born in Pakistan, Kanwal Sarfraz now works in the Middle East.

The co-founder of Rocket Internet’s ‘Lazada for the Middle East’ shares her journey

Pakistan-born Kanwal Sarfraz, who got her postgraduate education from Cambridge, says she didn’t need much convincing to join Rocket
May 08, 2016
Navneet Singh, co-founder and CEO of PepperTap.

Why India’s third largest online grocer which raised over $50M is shutting shop

This is why hyperlocal is a tough business
Apr 24, 2016
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Is Rocket Internet’s Jabong running out of funds?

The Indian startup isn’t the only company in Rocket’s portfolio that seems to be in trouble
Apr 14, 2016
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Education

Hideki Ota (L) and Yoshu Urano of School With. Photo credit: PR

Ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, these entrepreneurs want more youngsters to study in Japan

While School With has focused on sending Japanese students abroad, the company’s new service, NihonGo, aims to bring students to Japan
Aug 27, 2016
(From left) Indranil and Anant, Nhance’s co-founders. Photo credit: PR

The app that’ll help you pick up business skills during your coffee break

Why five minutes may just be enough to absorb some skills on the go
Aug 23, 2016

This edtech app takes Indonesian parents back to school

This new mobile app and online tool helps parents and teachers come together and stay up-to-date on students’ progress
Aug 31, 2015

With final exams on the horizon, China’s test prep startups rake in investments

Yuan Tiku, which literally translates to "Ape Exam," just announced it completed a $60 million series D round of funding, with a valuation of $360 million. Another test [Read More...]
Mar 30, 2015
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Entrepreneurship

What you need to know to launch a startup in Japan

Japan may have less venture capital flying around but it’s still a huge market and a great time to start a business in the country
Dec 18, 2016

a16z’s Jeff Jordan: Why startups should stop selling out before IPO

“Now it’s been fashionable not to go public and companies are trying to stay private for much longer . . . the reality is the best tech companies – the ones [Read More...]
Sep 07, 2016
(From left) Indranil and Anant, Nhance’s co-founders. Photo credit: PR

The app that’ll help you pick up business skills during your coffee break

Why five minutes may just be enough to absorb some skills on the go
Aug 23, 2016
Dr. Albert Lin. Photo credit: Calit2 / Erik Jepsen.

The explorer who built two companies from his search for the tomb of Genghis Khan

We talk a lot about Silicon Valley around here, but Dr. Albert Lin is best known for another one: the Valley of the Khans project
Aug 22, 2016
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FinTech

NEW DELHI, INDIA APRIL 9: Picture showing hands counting the currency notes of Indian one hundred rupee currency notes on April 9, 2009 in New Delhi, India. Photo credit: Raj Kumar/Mint via Getty Images Israel

Low-key loans startup raises $75 million in 2016’s largest fintech round yet in India

The startup, InCred, will conduct small and medium business loans, education loans, and mortgage loans, among other things
Aug 24, 2016

P2P lending is broken in India. What can we do to fix it before it’s too late?

Jun 24, 2016
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Massive Chinese buy-up is bringing Bitcoin to a two-year high

The cryptocurrency is currently trading at its highest levels since 2014
May 30, 2016

This rockstar banker from Japan built a startup that fuses media and fintech

After resigning from his lucrative gig at Nomura, Kazumasa Tomita founded Zuu, one of Japan’s largest and fastest growing finance-related media sites
Sep 28, 2015
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Gaming

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Why Chinese gamers are ‘ruining’ Pokemon Go in Japan

Less than a day after Niantic’s smash-hit AR game Pokemon Go launched in Japan, the Japanese servers have reportedly been flooded with Chinese players
Jul 25, 2016
Geektime playing Pokemon Go. Photo credit: Gedalyah Reback / Geektime

5 things I don’t get about Pokemon Go

It's not just you
Jul 17, 2016

The top game in China right now is a Pokemon Go clone

Were you expecting this not to happen?
Jul 11, 2016
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There’s some serious money going into VR right now, but is it worth it?

If VR is to achieve mainstream success, it has to be sold as more than another gaming machine - if that is possible
Dec 27, 2015
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Greentech

This outdoor air purifier makes your wait for the bus 40% less smoggy

The City Air Purification System, a research project from design and engineering firms Sino Green and ARUP, can change the quality of life in one of the most polluted [Read More...]
Apr 24, 2015

In Pakistan, a startup helps people beat energy shortages with solar panels

Life for the vast majority of the un-connected rural populace ends after sunset. For Jeremy Higgs, co-founder of Pakistan-based startup Eco Energy Finance, this [Read More...]
Mar 21, 2015

Solar power marketplace gets $2M in funding to help more people go green

IACC’s marketplace, Green Energy Navi, purports to be the largest of its kind in Japan
Mar 06, 2015

This Japanese woman can reduce the price of solar energy around the world

As CEO of Material Concept, she steers the company towards a big breakout in the field
Dec 02, 2014

Hardware

China’s Netflix launches VR headset for $23

Letv will launch the LeVR COOL1, which they call a "virtual private theater" on December 29.
Dec 25, 2015
Photo Credit: Zimplistic, one of the fast rising hardware startups from Singapore

15 top-funded hardware startups in Southeast Asia (INFOGRAPHIC)

This smart gadget revolution is not just taking place in the U.S., Japan, South Korea, or China – entrepreneurs across Southeast Asia are leaping in
Oct 27, 2015
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Xiaomi just made a ‘hoverboard’

It’s now listed on Xiaomi’s website, with sales beginning November 3 - here are the details
Oct 19, 2015

Make music sound better – and save your hearing – with this audio personalization gadget

Hong Kong-based startup Aumeo wants to bring real customization to the way we hear music – while still allowing us to wear the headphones of our choice
Aug 28, 2015
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Health

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Singapore’s Eggchill wants to help women with fertility issues

Singapore-based social enterprise Eggchill wants to serve women in Asia in a couple of ways
Dec 20, 2016

4 healthtech startups that could soon be unicorns in India

The billion-dollar club (or the 6,686 crore club) maybe about to get bigger
Sep 09, 2016
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Facebook investors, Rebright back an app connecting you to specialist docs in 30 minutes

Two factors differentiate DocsApp from several others trying to mitigate the problem of doctor shortages in India through online consultation
Apr 29, 2016
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Tweet your healthcare queries to doctors and get quick answers

The Twitter ID goes live Thursday, World Health Day, and is first available to those in India, Singapore, and the Philippines
Apr 06, 2016
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Industry

7 rising startups in India

A list of Indian startups to watch for this week
Oct 15, 2016

How the current capital structure for VCs can be improved

It might be time to start questioning some of the industry's long held beliefs
Sep 05, 2016

Now you can Shazam your beer

Can't remember a drink you really liked. Use this app and BOOM! Beer.
Nov 13, 2015

Jack Ma talks about the ‘4 cannots’ and the dangers of success

Nov 07, 2015
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Innovation

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Inside the Singapore government’s lab of the future

Tech in Asia peeked inside The Hive – the place where the coders work – and caught a glimpse of what goes on within. Here’s what we learned
Aug 03, 2016
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 29: Iconic Flinders Street Station was completed in 1910 and is used by over 100,000 people each day. Photo Credit: Neale Cousland / Shutterstock

Why Australia’s innovation transformation won’t happen overnight

Australia is too risk-averse and its government too uncommitted for its innovation plans to actually work
Jun 24, 2016

A public toilet in China has faster internet than your house

Signal strength like this is sure not crappy.
Jan 16, 2016

One school in India has given birth to a surprising number of cool startups

Some of India's top startups are coming out of the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur.
Oct 23, 2015
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Internet

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Singapore’s Eggchill wants to help women with fertility issues

Singapore-based social enterprise Eggchill wants to serve women in Asia in a couple of ways
Dec 20, 2016
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Here’s a list of women-centered websites in Indonesia

We have gathered a list of women-centered pages to help you navigate through all the patriarchy
Dec 10, 2016
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How Indian techies are bypassing online flash sales by writing javascripts

The next time you try buying a smartphone in a flash sale, it may be worth seeing how you can harness their fast purchasing strategies
Jun 06, 2016

Inside Netflix’s strategy to expand across the planet

Tech in Asia's Michael Tegos takes an inside look at Netflix and its strategy to expand around the globe
Mar 31, 2016
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IoT

11 failed startups in India this year and what you can learn from them

With the sudden surge in startups India has seen a rash of success stories and failures. Here are some of the biggest companies that fell, and what we can learn from [Read More...]
Dec 18, 2015
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The moment when he accidentally reinvented the personal cloud

In the way that sometimes happens, trying to fix one simple problem – I want to take more photos on my phone – spiraled into something much bigger
Nov 28, 2015

This startup ensures the local bar never runs out of your favorite beer

This startup gives a new meaning to beer in the cloud
Oct 16, 2015

Here’s how a Finnish startup landed $10M from Baidu. In a McDonald’s

IndoorAtlas is an indoor positioning system that relies on a building's unique magnetic field to help people pinpoint specific locations with ease.
Aug 10, 2015
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Lists

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Here’s a list of women-centered websites in Indonesia

We have gathered a list of women-centered pages to help you navigate through all the patriarchy
Dec 10, 2016

4 healthtech startups that could soon be unicorns in India

The billion-dollar club (or the 6,686 crore club) maybe about to get bigger
Sep 09, 2016
Geektime playing Pokemon Go. Photo credit: Gedalyah Reback / Geektime

5 things I don’t get about Pokemon Go

It's not just you
Jul 17, 2016
Indian Muslim Entrepreneurs Network co-founder Tausif Malik stands with the inaugural participants of the national Muslim Spelling Bee in the US

Towards a global Muslim startup ecology: 11 most innovative Asian Muslim startups

This article was written by Dustin Craun, founder and executive editor of Ummah Wide.
Feb 12, 2016
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Media

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Kagura shows what the future of music could be like

The software combined with a webcam lets you use your body as an instrument
Aug 19, 2016
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Japanese AR startup raises $2 million to grab the U.S. market

Kudan makes a software development kit (SDK) for developers who focus on AR application
Jul 03, 2016
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Why I’ve lost respect for Peter Thiel

Well, let's count the ways
May 29, 2016
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Lesbian dating startup isn’t afraid of China’s new anti-gay censorship

Cathy, who does marketing for Lesdo, says the company's dramas are important to the startup both in terms of bringing in money and building up the community
Mar 14, 2016
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Mobile

Selfies are inseparable from the messaging app boom. Photo credit: Ellen De Vos / Flickr

Op-ed: It’s time for messaging apps to form the ‘anti-Facebook alliance’

It’s not as unlikely as it sounds
Oct 08, 2016
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Can Apple put a dent in the world’s 2nd largest market with iPhone 7?

While India is the fastest growing smartphone market in the world, Apple’s market share in India is falling - can the iPhone 7 pose it for a comeback?
Sep 04, 2016
Actress Angelababy, who is of half Chinese and half German descent, does the selfie thing in a promo shot. Photo credit: Meitu.

In China, a startup that turned selfies into a billion-dollar business

Over in China, a very successful startup has been devoting itself to selfies since 2008
Aug 26, 2016
(From left) Indranil and Anant, Nhance’s co-founders. Photo credit: PR

The app that’ll help you pick up business skills during your coffee break

Why five minutes may just be enough to absorb some skills on the go
Aug 23, 2016
More posts from Mobile

News

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China’s Mobike gets $215 million ahead of global push

China’s new bike-sharing battle looks a lot like the ride-hailing war
Jan 04, 2017
NEW DELHI, INDIA APRIL 9: Picture showing hands counting the currency notes of Indian one hundred rupee currency notes on April 9, 2009 in New Delhi, India. Photo credit: Raj Kumar/Mint via Getty Images Israel

Low-key loans startup raises $75 million in 2016’s largest fintech round yet in India

The startup, InCred, will conduct small and medium business loans, education loans, and mortgage loans, among other things
Aug 24, 2016

Singapore’s Red Dot Payment receives investment led by Telkom’s VC arm

The startup’s existing investors, Japan’s GMO Venture Partners, Wavemaker Partners, and Skype co-founder Toivo Annus, also joined this round.
Aug 13, 2016
Tech in Asia image uses photo from Pixabay.

China legalizes Uber and Didi with new rules. But there are lots of catches

Although the regulations are not as scary as they appeared in the first draft back in October, they still present some challenges to Uber and Didi
Jul 28, 2016
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Robotics

Mind-controlled robotics company blasts through Kickstarter goal in just hours

Dobot is a robotic arm designed for everyday use which can be controlled by a computer, mobile app, gesture input, and even brain waves.
Sep 29, 2015

Chinese drone researchers raise millions to be the Xiaomi of drones

About the size of piece of A4 paper and more affordable than anything else on the market, Aheadx's latest drone could see the China based startup soar to even greater [Read More...]
Aug 04, 2015

Pepper robot goes on sale as SoftBank announces $589M joint venture with Alibaba, Foxconn

Now that the emotional robot has entered the market, Softbank wants Pepper to be the first household humanoid robot in the world
Jun 26, 2015
Photo Credit: Tomy, the maker of OHaNAS (Organized Human interface and Network Artificial intelligence System – and also a play on the Japanese verb hanasu, to speak)

Sit down and have a chat with this robot sheep from Japan

NTT Docomo and Tomy have created a true conversation-starter for Japanese kids
Jun 13, 2015
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Security

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Social Media

Buddhist monks selling spiritual services on WeChat raise eyebrows in China

WeChat is a magical place. In one app, you can order wine, hail a cab, split bills, get your laundry done, and – apparently – pay for prayers at a Buddhist temple
Oct 23, 2016

You may never have to see a wedding pic on Facebook again with this app

If there’s no escaping pictures, is there a way to escape the rubbish ones at least?
Mar 27, 2016
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Chinese social network for plastic surgery gets $50M in funding

The Chinese demand for plastic surgery is so big that people probably speculate as to whether it’s been pumped full of silicone
Mar 15, 2016
Donald Trump speaks at Americans for Prosperity's Freedom Summit in Manchester, NH, on April 12, 2014 (image, ID: 298502474; credit: Andrew Cline / Shutterstock.com)

Your angry reactions to Donald Trump’s Facebook posts might help you get a job

The startup scans online profiles – everything from LinkedIn to Twitter to Facebook – to help companies source candidates for jobs
Mar 06, 2016
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Venture Capital

Photo credit: Brendan Lally (r) and W Sulisto (l).

India vs. Indonesia: How investors like Sequoia think about it

Here are some unique ways to approach the Indonesia vs. India question and tips that could help Indonesian entrepreneurs avoid some of India’s mistakes
Nov 20, 2016

a16z’s Jeff Jordan: Why startups should stop selling out before IPO

“Now it’s been fashionable not to go public and companies are trying to stay private for much longer . . . the reality is the best tech companies – the ones [Read More...]
Sep 07, 2016
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 29: Iconic Flinders Street Station was completed in 1910 and is used by over 100,000 people each day. Photo Credit: Neale Cousland / Shutterstock

Why Australia’s innovation transformation won’t happen overnight

Australia is too risk-averse and its government too uncommitted for its innovation plans to actually work
Jun 24, 2016
A teen girl who codes apps in India. See story: Girl coders in Indian slum fight back after fire destroyed their workshop. Photo credit: Nawneet Ranjan.

Tim Draper’s new seed fund has eyes on India and Indonesia

While the new seed fund has not yet placed a bet in Asia, Billy professes enthusiasm for what he sees people are building in the continent
Apr 17, 2016
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Wearables

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Xiaomi’s new fitness tracker adds a screen and only costs $23

The band sports updated step and heart rate trackers, which Xiaomi says are more accurate than its previous models
Jun 04, 2016

Dot is bringing wearable tech to the visually impaired

This smartwatch doubles as an e-braille reader which makes it easy for the visually impaired to consume digital content in real time.
Sep 12, 2015

This Korean startup is making wearables for the blind, but its ambition is much bigger

If you’re staring at a screen right now, you don’t need the product featured in this article. But trust me, it’s worth a look all the same
Aug 23, 2015

Want to look confident? This wearable will help by improving your walking posture

The Arki coaches you by gently vibrating whenever it detects that you are adopting a poor walking posture
Nov 26, 2014

Science

China’s dark matter satellite begins its search for answers

China joins the search for a an unobserved form of matter, which may make up the majority of mass in existence.
Dec 26, 2015

Space

Singapore space startup Astroscale raises $7.7M Series A round

With this funding, Astroscale hopes to address a problem few of us know about: space junk
Feb 23, 2015

Telecom

Xiaomi offices. Photo Credit: Facebook

Confirmed: Xiaomi is making a laptop, and expanding into telco services

The long-rumored Xiaomi laptop is expected to hit the shelves in the first or second quarter of next year.
Sep 25, 2015

Singapore startup gets record $5.6M seed funding to turn your phone number into a URL

It’s possibly the largest seed round ever raised in the island state - at least the largest to be made public
Oct 22, 2014

Women in tech

CEO of Ale Lena Okajima.

Forget fireworks. Here comes Uber for shooting stars

Now this is an "only in Japan" kind of technology
Jul 31, 2016
Born in Pakistan, Kanwal Sarfraz now works in the Middle East.

The co-founder of Rocket Internet’s ‘Lazada for the Middle East’ shares her journey

Pakistan-born Kanwal Sarfraz, who got her postgraduate education from Cambridge, says she didn’t need much convincing to join Rocket
May 08, 2016