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3D Pen,CreoPop, raises financing round led by 500 startups

By | Jan 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm

CreoPop, a 3D pen with cool ink, today announced that the company has raised a financing round led by Silicon Valley based 500 Startups. Imagine being able to draw anything you want in 3D?! The possibilities for artists to draw their vision in 3D, and…


JFDI.Asia Welcomes 10 International Startups to Their Accelerator

By | Aug 29, 2013 at 4:00 pm

The Joyful Frog Digital Incubator, or JFDI.Asia, announced the team of 10 international startups chosen to participate in their accelerator program, which kicked off today and runs until December 6. The successful and long-running accelerator, based in Singapore, takes teams of entrepreneurs from idea to…


In Singapore, the Startup Scene Quietly Grows

By | Apr 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Right now, Singapore startup accelerator JFDI is capping off day 57 of its 100-day program. Of the startups who applied from as far away as the United States, Pakistan, and Kazakhstan, nine were chosen – and that bodes well for them, as over 60…


Elephanti: Combating Retail Showrooming with Mobile Tech

By | Dec 23, 2012 at 10:00 am

Showrooming – the act of walking into a physical storefront, reviewing the products on display, then leaving to buy the item online at a cost-savings. This holiday season, 80% of retailers expect to be impacted by showrooming, with the average loss of sales to…


Vibease, the Vibrator App, Struggles to Be Taken Seriously

By | Nov 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

When Vibease pitched at a startup competition earlier this year, the audience failed to stifle their giggles – and one of the judges thought it was a joke. Vibease is an Android app, made in Singapore, that lets your partner control your vibrator from…


Why US Immigration Policy Drove One Startup to Singapore

By | Jul 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

When Finnish startup NonStop Games had to pick a headquarters, their first choice was not the United States but Singapore, a modern Asian city with much more attractive immigration policies. At the time, NonStop Games was scattered around the world, with team members in…


4 Years after Motorola Acquired His Startup, Asian Founder Shares Top Tips

By | May 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

As cofounder of Soundbuzz, Simon Lower was the king of iteration: the company went from online to mobile, ringtones to 3G downloads, and B2C to B2B. But this “trial by fire” turned out well, with Soundbuzz getting acquired by Motorola in 2008. Much the…


Singapore Startup ‘Remember’ Pivoted 20 Days Before Demo Day

By | May 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

You’re 80 days into an incubator program, and you realize that your startup idea just isn’t working. It’s only 20 days until demo day – and your big pitch in front of a roomful of investors. What do you do? The team at Gradeful…


Singapore Students Learn in Silicon Valley, Then Start Up at Home

By | May 8, 2012 at 9:36 am

Instead of dreaming of a rosy Silicon Valley where all roads lead to startup success, young Singaporean students are being thrown into the Valley’s entrepreneurial trenches. The National University of Singapore (NUS) Overseas Colleges program sends students to Silicon Valley, as well as Philadelphia,…


Demo Day: JFDI-Innov8 Showcases 11 Startups – and the Singapore Government

By | May 5, 2012 at 10:00 am

Singapore’s Joyful Frog Digital Incubator held its inaugural demo day on Friday, with frog memorabilia in abundance. Part of the TechStars’ Global Accelerator Network, the 100-day program offered mentorship, office space, and around $12,000 in funding. It’s a success story for the Singapore government,…


Singapore’s Ravenmark Game is the Anti-Angry Birds

By | Apr 25, 2012 at 9:30 am

If you think games are silly, you obviously haven’t met Singapore’s Witching Hour Studios, a game shop led by 3 of the most passionate, thoughtful, and hilarious entrepreneurs I met in Asia. They are the creators of Ravenmark, an iOS game where exiled nobles…

Social Good

iPad-Size Solar Device to Bring Electricity to Rural Asia

By | Apr 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm

According to the Worldwatch Institute, 1.3 billion people don’t have access to electricity, and another 1 billion don’t have reliable access. Some of those people are in Cambodia, where entrepreneur VS Hariharan took a trip earlier this year. “People don’t have power with their…


Online Trading Goes Social with Nundino

By | Mar 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

Online trading just got more social, as Singapore-based startup Nundino opens its platform to beta users. Nundino is a free social community and micro blogging platform for online traders, enabling them to share trades, gain insight on what others are trading, and interact with like-minded…

Startups & Apps

6 Impressive Startups at DEMO Asia

By | Mar 2, 2012 at 9:50 am

I’m wrapping up my 6-month Asia tour with DEMO Asia in Singapore, and it’s not a shabby finish: I’ve seen over 70 startups launch or pitch, as well as talks with VC Jeff Clavier and Adeo Ressi of the Founder Institute. Most of the…