One of Thailand’s Most Iconic Brands Shifts to Digital After 30 Years Offline

If you’ve been in Thailand and toured its popular landmarks, it’s most likely you have passed by a store packed with Thais and tourists alike buying bags and bags of…well, bags. Crowded stores filled with unmistakable colorful patterns distinguish NaRaYa from other locally produced labels and its popularity among Chinese, Japanese and South Korean tourists speaks volumes.… Continue reading One of Thailand’s Most Iconic Brands Shifts to Digital After 30 Years Offline

List of Companies in Asia Closing Gaps

GLINK - Vietnam's first ever licensed private clinic providing HIV treatment to the LGBTQ community in Ho Chi Minh City. Based in Vietnam. Hydroleap - B2B tech start up replacing expensive chemical treatment with a smart electrical treatment suitable for construction, food and beverage, oil & gas, tannery, mining and semiconductor industries. Based in Singapore. LOOP -… Continue reading List of Companies in Asia Closing Gaps

Are Vietnam’s Challenges Worth it for Digital Startups?

As Thailand, Singapore, and Indonesia flood with competition, many eyes are turning to a neighbour with equal potential. Constraints within Vietnam’s underdeveloped infrastructure are not well documented, but that hasn’t stopped the country from continued economic developments and growth in digital. Raphael Wilhelm and his co-founder Vanessa Santamaria launched SoNice, a new entry to Vietnam’s… Continue reading Are Vietnam’s Challenges Worth it for Digital Startups?

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