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Southeast Asia’s Top 10 tech news in 2021

In 2021, many parts of the world (perhaps excluding China and North Korea) including Southeast Asia are still very much affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, no thanks to the more…

Beyond The Billion partner funds invested over $600M in close to 800 female-founded startups in 2 years

Beyond The Billion, whose first pledge campaign (The Billion Dollar Fund for Women launched in 2018) mobilized a global consortium of venture capital funds (VC) and limited…

🪓☠️ Covid-19: Southeast Asia tech layoffs and shutdowns

Here’s a list, regularly updated, of tech startup layoffs and shutdowns amid the Covid–19 pandemic. It’s not an exhaustive list, and it doesn’t reflect other troubling trends such…

Celebrity shoutout apps are ready for the limelight

If you want Snoop Dogg to bless your buddy’s birthday or Manny Pacquiao to congratulate your brother on his promotion, there’s an app for that: Cameo. The US-based startup is now…

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Jack Ma’s fintech giant Ant: a brief history of its Southeast Asia empire building

Now we know that Ant Financial—or Ant Group, as we apparently must call it from now on—is ready for dual IPOs pretty soon, it’s a good time to remember that the Alibaba spinoff…

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Alternative meat startups are making slow progress across Southeast Asia

For all the hype about meat substitute startups over the years, there’s been remarkably little evidence of any disruption to the meat industry in supermarkets and kitchens across…

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4 factors that make Vietnam Southeast Asia’s next big growth story

Several batches ago, we started to see a steady influx of Vietnamese founders applying to our AppWorks Accelerator. It was a rather curious phenomenon because at the time we had…