Meeting the Masters: Charity or Social Enterprise? The Definition Matters

Dialogue has been condensed and edited for clarity.  Are social enterprises thriving in Singapore? The short answer is no, and boils down to a disagreement over its definition.  I discovered this in a packed room a couple of Saturdays ago at a Meet the Masters panel held at SCAPE Singapore.   Four social entrepreneurs tackling various… Continue reading Meeting the Masters: Charity or Social Enterprise? The Definition Matters

Indonesia Welcomes an IKEA Competitor to the Market

The showroom is quiet. Fanie Fikri, Head of Marketing at Fabelio, one of Indonesia’s up and coming startups, isn’t worried, the usual mall traffic is out to lunch. “Our experience centers contribute a healthy 15% of our total revenue.” He’s referring to the number of customers who have “signed in” to any of the company’s… Continue reading Indonesia Welcomes an IKEA Competitor to the Market

Don’t Confuse a Company’s Charitable Intentions with Real Intent

The rise of technology and digital access has allowed businesses to sell us meal kits online, connect strangers and lovers and send individuals down rabbit holes of viral short clips and cooking shows. But each innovation brings us closer to what exactly? Summed up, we’re getting convenience - quicker and more effective ways to consume… Continue reading Don’t Confuse a Company’s Charitable Intentions with Real Intent

How SKYBIT is Using Bitcoin to Open Myanmar to the International Market

Financial Technology, or “fintech”, has been at the forefront of Southeast Asia’s growing digital adoption. In 2015 and the first half of 2016, a total of $345 million was invested in fintech startups in the region alone because market maturation and ecommerce adoption have been stagnated by payments. In recent years, there has been an array of… Continue reading How SKYBIT is Using Bitcoin to Open Myanmar to the International Market

#carewithcaose: A man & his coffee plantation

In 2018, L and I were in Canggu enjoying an espresso at Hungry Bird Coffee and chit-chatting with the owner who was kind enough to show us his roasting process. L, being Italian, has a fascination with all things coffee. So fast forward one year and we find ourselves in a van winding up rocky… Continue reading #carewithcaose: A man & his coffee plantation