Looking back on how choice and trust have shaped the country’s Internet economy   Last August, the Chinese government announced that the number of Internet users in the country had reached a mind-boggling 802 million, which is more than the combined populations of the United States, Russia, Indonesia, and Brazil (CNNIC). Of

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After traveling to more than 50 countries   We all yearn for new experiences and learning through travel. I often find myself on the road, traveling whenever time permits, but my colleague and friend Maurice Lee takes it to the next level. As a social progress-minded futurist and thinker, he specializes in

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Your 2019 Blockchain Survival Guide

How blockchain startups can stay competitive in today’s landscape   Bitcoin was born in 2008; Ethereum in 2013; and cryptocurrency was first mentioned on the hit television show, Billions, in 2018. After more than ten years, the technology is finally part of our cultural discussion, but those in the industry are still

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by Divya Samtani Making his very first appearance to Asia this year, RISE 2017 welcomed the inimitable Gary Vaynerchuck to Hong Kong. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Gary is a true pioneer in social media and an inspiration to entrepreneurs all across the US and the globe. Best known in the late

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By Robert Hannigan | Of all the sectors of the economy set to benefit most from the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning, cyber security must be near the top of the list. The challenges in cyber are crying out for AI solutions: the sheer volume of data from

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By Abhijeet Vijayvergiya | Southeast Asia (SEA) is a unique marketplace, with a different retail landscape in every country of the region. Despite geographical proximity, the cultural and economic differences are vivid with diverse customer preferences and levels of infrastructure development, making SEA a challenging market for retail players to

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Bringing about a healthier startup ecosystem through the Venture Capital Method   By Douglas Abrams | There’s an epidemic of overvaluation raging in Southeast Asia’s entrepreneurial community. It appears to be highly contagious, as most entrepreneurs I meet seem to be infected. Overvaluation is dangerous for startups and can even be fatal in extreme

The world’s first user-designed eyewear The eyewear industry is not as it would appear. Nine out of ten frames you reach for will be from the same manufacturer: Luxottica Group. Their near-monopoly on the designer eyewear space means those Ray Bans or Dior sunnies you saved up to purchase cost almost

“All our knowledge has its origin in our perceptions - Leonardo da vinci”   Price is merely a perception. Our brain remembers prices as either being high or low, rather than recalling specific numbers. It is therefore beneficial to your brand for people to perceive your price as low.   How can you

Stewart Butterfield is the founder of two widely successful startups – Flickr, sold to Yahoo for reportedly $35 million, and Slack, one of the most popular communication tools among the startup community. However, Stewart did not start with these lucrative ideas. In fact, these successes came into being from the

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Is the Philippines Asia’s next technology tiger?   The Philippines has been a popular destination for foreign entities looking to enter emerging markets for the better part of the last two decades. Today, investors are increasingly inclined to allocate their resources to the country’s tech and innovation sector, and for a good

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Crowdfunding seems to be a hot topic these days - you hear about it all the time, but chances are you might not know exactly what it is. According to the Oxford Dictionary, crowdfunding is by definition “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts

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