Startup Culture: It’s Foolish Not to Know What You’re Getting Into

CEO and co-founder of popular luggage startup Away stepped down amid controversy over her questionable management style. The exposé by Verge detailing Steph Korey's angry Slack messages to managers ruffled feathers across the organization - how dare a founder demand excellence from her CX team to support upset customers during peak season and how dare leadership fire six individuals who published discriminatory and racist comments on Slack. How… Continue reading Startup Culture: It’s Foolish Not to Know What You’re Getting Into

Kapor Capital Makes VC 1.0 Eat Their Words

Investment firm Kapor Capital released its impact report in May of this year with hopes to shake awake traditional VCs operating by the dogma, "fast growth at all costs".The Task at Hand: 'At all costs' has led to gross negligence (see Facebook, Doordash, Uber, etc.), and the birth of ventures like Juicero (RIP) and The Melt($10M for grilled cheese sandwiches???). The Solution Proposed: Kapor… Continue reading Kapor Capital Makes VC 1.0 Eat Their Words

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 Out now! CAOSE Newsletter, Sign up

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?