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Actor, startup investor Ashraf Sinclair passes away, aged 40


Malaysian actor and former Venture Partner at 500 Startups Ashraf Sinclair had passed away in Jakarta at 4AM local time, various media reported. The actor and investor was 40 years old. According to a Kompas report, the cause of death was heart attack. Following a successful acting career in Malaysia and Indonesia that began in […]

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gojek purchases US$30M stake in Indonesian taxi operator giant Blue Bird


Indonesian ride-hailing giant gojek has purchased a 4.3 per cent stake at local taxi operator Blue Bird for US$30 million, Bloomberg confirmed. Citing people with knowledge of the matter, the report confirmed an earlier report which was published in December 2019 that gojek is buying a minority stake in the company. In a stock exchange […]

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Voodoo Games thrives by upending conventional product design


Design-driven "luxury UI/UX" will continue to power the success of many startups, but it's not the only way to build a great business.

GGV Capital says mom-and-pop shops can boost e-commerce in emerging markets


Despite the rapid growth of e-commerce in India, Southeast Asia and other emerging markets, the vast majority of retail transactions there still happen offline in small stores that also serve as neighborhood hubs. The central role these stores play in their communities led GGV Capital to develop what the firm refers to as its mom-and-pop […]

So much for pessimism


After WeWork exploded there was — at least supposedly — a change in sentiment among investors and founders alike. Gone were the days of easy nine-figure rounds, expensive growth, negative unit economics and the rest of the excess that Startupland has enjoyed over the past half-decade. Inside this purported sentiment shift, I presumed, was a […]

Rippling starts billboard battle with Gusto


Remember when Zenefits imploded, and kicked out CEO Parker Conrad. Well, Conrad launched a new employee onboarding startup called Rippling, and now he’s going after another HR company called Gusto with a new billboard, “Outgrowing Gusto? Presto change-o.” The problem is, Gusto got it taken down by issuing a cease & desist order to Rippling […]