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

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So, what are the cool kids up to these days? Well, Deloitte reports 76% of them are starting to call out BS on businesses. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as history tends to repeat itself and society moves in a cycle of four generations:1. First generation: makes a radical break with the past to establish new rules creating chaos2. Second generation: craves… Continue reading Subscribe to my newsletter: CAOSE

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

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