Southeast Asia’s digital economy expected to hit $200B GMV in 2022, report

Southeast Asia’s digital economy is on track to hit $200 billion gross merchandise value (GMV) in 2022, three years earlier than was anticipated in the inaugural report shared in 2016, said Google, Temasek and Bain & Company in its released seventh edition of the e-Conomy SEA report.

MAS launches ESG Impact Hub to spur growth of ESG ecosystem

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on Wednesday launched the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) Impact Hub (the Hub) to spur co-location and collaboration between ESG FinTech start-ups and solution providers, financial institutions and real economy stakeholders.

Google announces multiple initiatives across skilling, AI and sustainability in Singapore

Google on Tuesday announced multiple initiatives across skilling, artificial intelligence (AI) and sustainability as it deepens its commitment to Singapore after 15 years.

airasia Super App collaborates with Google Cloud for digital growth

Google will also tap AirAsia Super App’s in-region network to expand its developer community in Southeast Asia.

Korea EdTech startup Mathpresso secures strategic investment from Google

Mathpresso has received an undisclosed amount of funding from Google. The funding will help the startup to accelerate its global market expansion as well as its technological advancement.

Google’s Scott Beaumont on Asia’s advantages in technology adoption, carbon neutrality [BEYOND Virtual]

I think the future for the Asia region with technology is incredibly bright. Part of those demographics, part of that is the computer science capability, part of that is the natural positivity and entrepreneurship that I see around the region.

‘Robinhood of Vietnam’ Infina raises $2M in oversubscribed Seed round

The startup seeks to tap into a growing opportunity in the retail investing space in Vietnam. The country of 97 million population has more than 75 percent internet users transacting money digitally, but only roughly 3.14 million--or 3.2 percent of the population-- investing in securities.

The trouble with Google and Facebook: Is absolute power corrupting absolutely?

The Goo-book duopoly dominates our lives now that the internet has become a public utility run by private sector companies, but politicians have yet to find a way to regulate ‘big tech’ effectively.

Google launches free ‘Startup School’ For EMEA, Americas, and APAC region

The interactive courses will tackle several topics including digital marketing, product knowledge, and business strategy.

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Facebook invests in Gojek

Facebook and WhatsApp want to "serve small businesses" with this Gojek deal.