Startups

Grab expansion should focus on only ride-hailing related services

Grab's every movement could have a significant impact on the economy due to the oligopolistic market it operates in.

Circles.Life woos new sign-ups ahead of overseas launches

CIRCLES.LIFE is gunning for more customers on home turf, ahead of planned launches overseas this year.

GrabFood may be secret sauce for tasty margins

GRAB'S rapidly-growing food delivery vertical could present juicier margins than its ride-hailing business, although competitive risks remain, industry watchers told The Business Times.

Grab to integrate GrabFood into super app with islandwide beta-testing in May

Close to one year since its inception, GrabFood has become the fastest-growing business unit in Grab, with orders growing 25 per cent month on month, the company said.

AIDA raises Series A capital from Mastercard, Kuok, SGInnovate; eyes Philippines, Japan

SINGAPORE - Machine learning data analytics startup AIDA Technologies has completed an undisclosed Series A funding round from investors Mastercard, Kuok Ventures and SGInnovate.

WhiteCoat clinches AIA group healthcare deal

DIGITAL healthcare start-up WhiteCoat has inked a partnership with AIA to become the insurer's exclusive telehealth provider for its corporate client base of 1.2 million employees and their...

How Grab can outwit the incumbents

VERTEX Ventures' Chua Kee Lock may try to tell startups at a pitch that it is no big deal.

Mobike's backpedal, and a lesson on ambition

WHEN Qiming Ventures invested in Mobike, it saw a disruptive force tackling the issue of getting around dense cities in the world's most populous country, observed Helen Wong, the partner who was...

Bike-sharing firms seek ways to stay afloat

Each morning, Ms He Xiaoyuan rides a shared electric scooter to the train station, hops on the train for three stops, before riding a shared bicycle to her workplace.

The Eco-Preneurs

Arthur Huang is a magician, but not the type to pull a rabbit out of a hat. What he does is take discarded footwear and apparel and turns them into a recycled material composite to fit out store...

Beauty and lifestyle portal Clozette secures US$10m from Cool Japan Fund

SINGAPORE - Singapore-based beauty and lifestyle media firm Clozette has raised US$10 million (S$13.5 million) in Series C funding from Cool Japan Fund, a public-private fund under Japan's...