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As we head into a new decade, we are able to take the time to appreciate all the new developments and innovations of the past ten years. Technology is advancing at a break-neck speed. In 2010, we were all fawning over smartphones, 4K television, and increased workplace connectivity. Now,...

Sensing the World

Many people think electronic sensors are newfangled pieces of high-tech equipment, but such sensors have been around since the dawn of electricity when voltage needed to be regulated. In the broadest definition, a sensor is a device, module, machine, or subsystem whose purpose is to detect events or changes...
It's hard to overstate how much SoftBank's Vision Fund has transformed venture capital. When it was introduced in late 2016, it was heralded as a new paradigm for VC investing. The Vision Fund started with US$100 billion in the bank - with is roughly equal to the sum all...

Much Ado About 11.11

If you have visited platforms like Lazada, Shopee, or Taobao lately, you would have noticed the number 11 emblazoned on their home pages. It signifies Singles Day, which happens to fall on 11 November every year; in other words, 11.11. Singles Day started in China as a quirky alternative to...

Halal in the Technological Age

The tenets of halal are followed all across the globe by Muslims, who make up a quarter of the world’s population. Halal is more than just dietary laws: it is a way of life which provides guidance and certainty in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world. Today, the system...
Imagine investing in a company that made a US$1.6bn loss in 2018, has already lost US$690m in 2019, has no idea when – or if – it will deliver a profit, has no intention of paying cash dividends and admits that its growth strategy may be unsustainable. That is precisely...
Last weekend, the Formula One circus rolled into town with the Singapore Grand Prix. Loud, flashy, and ostentatious, F1 is a spectacle littered with tons of celebrity tinsel. One thing you will not fail to notice are the corporate logos decorating each and every surface. On the cars, drivers' outfits,...

The Other Trade War

Just outside Seoul is a nursing home, a common sight in rapidly aging South Korea. This particular nursing home however, features statues, plaques, a museum - and up until recently, a large amount of Japanese visitors wanting to learn more about their country's history. The House of Sharing, as this...
In today's age of cheap credit, getting loans from banks is easy - if you're a big corporation. But for a long time, banks have been reluctant to lend to SMEs due to their comparatively high risk and small size. However, banking consumer products have become highly competitive and margins...
The revocation of Indonesia Finance Ministry on e-Commerce tax (No.210/PMK.010/2018) has created tremors among local and international business owners. While the country has deemed tax revenue as a top priority of action, the Indonesian e-Commerce industry is still in its infancy stage and additional interventions may not be a...
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam will play host to the inaugural Infrastructure Vietnam 2019 (IVN2019) from 25-26 July 2019 at Rex Hotel Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to attract potential investors to fulfil its ambitious goal in developing its infrastructure needs. Hosting for the first time, IVN 2019 is...
As fossil fuels run out, and polluting energy sources fall out of favour, renewable energy sources are all the rage. In taking advantage of the sun's power, the solar and photovoltaic (PV) industry is on the rise. In 2017, Chinese enterprises fill out most of the spots in the world’s...

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