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

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

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