Startups

Mitsubishi Motors enlists Israel startup as Japan plays catch up on connected cars

[TOKYO] Mitsubishi Motors Corp has signed on to Israeli startup Otonomo's car-data marketplace as Japanese carmakers race to make up ground on US and European rivals to provide in-vehicle...

'Jewel' of SoftBank's Vision Fund Oyo plagued by 'toxic' culture, troubling incidents

[NEW DELHI] Oyo, a startup that offers budget hotel rooms, has grown into one of India's most valuable private companies and aims to be the world's largest hotel chain by 2023.

Surprise partnerships can create new niche banking services

SINGAPORE'S latest contenders for a digital banking licence may have included several names that are left-of-field to banking, but diverse partnerships are needed to offer niche, untapped services...

Uber Eats goes local to find niche in South Africa

[SOWETO, South Africa] A stone's throw from Nelson Mandela's former home in South Africa's Soweto township, Dumile Badela's restaurant is now more hectic and lucrative than ever, thanks to Uber...

China tech industry straps in for more turbulence after a wild 2019

[BEIJING] China's tech industry enters a new year after weathering unprecedented turbulence in 2019, when giants emerged in social media and artificial intelligence (AI) only to bear the brunt of...

Insectta sees a big future from small insects

IN THE years to come, semiconductors used in devices such as phones and computers, and protein and probiotics used in animal feed additives, could be made from the larvae of black soldier flies...

The 2019 good tech awards

[NEW YORK] Two years ago, I started what has become one of my favourite annual traditions. Instead of a year-end column rounding up all the dubious and objectionable things technology companies...

Grab, Singtel make it to digibank altar after hectic speed-dating

IT WAS a hectic speed-dating process, but in the end, two old friends decided to commit.

Grab, Singtel partner to gun for digibank licence in Singapore

GRAB Holdings and Singtel are joining forces to apply for a digital full bank licence in Singapore, with an aim of tapping “unmet and underserved” needs from digital-first consumers and the small...

Vietnam is entering its 'golden period'

VIETNAM'S economic growth momentum will continue in 2020 on the back of strong macroeconomic forecast, a growing middle class, rapid adoption of cutting edge technologies, and a surging...