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China actively nurturing unicorns in Southeast Asia

Statistics from US-based research body CB Insights show that non-US unicorn startups commanded a 50% share of total global unicorns as of the end of August 2017, sharply up from only 37% as of the end of 2014, indicating the US is no longer a dominant country in nurturing startups.

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 …