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Southeast Asia is the next proxy battlefield for Chinese Tech

It has been an interesting few months in the Fintech/E-commerce space. Just recently, Alibaba announced another US$1 billion investment into Lazada, slightly over a year after it invested its first US$1 billion into the company. The investment into Lazada presents a beachhead for the Chinese internet juggernaut to extend its influence over the Southeast Asian tech scene.

The Jakarta Post: Mobile payment war

Payment systems have come a long way since 700 BC when the first metal coins were used as a method of barter. What is holding back mobile payments — or paying by phone — in Indonesia? It uses a device we are already carrying and it works well in Europe, China and even Africa.

Four Strategies: Netflix versus iflix in Southeast Asia

While many analysts expect Netflix to dominate the Asian landscape, as it has done in most of the western world, they should be mindful of a number of problems the video streaming conglomerate will face; namely from companies like iflix. Iflix is the largest subscription video streaming service in Southeast Asia. It is likely to retain this position for the …

How Snapchat Transformed Social Media

Since it launched in 2011, Snapchat has established itself as one of the top social media platforms—especially among young people. The popular video messaging service went public Thursday under the name Snap Inc. It’s the largest tech IPO since Alibaba in 2014.