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Building innovation: be different, better, bigger, smaller, and faster

06 June 2016

by Kee Lock Chua, Group President & CEO of Vertex Venture Holdings In startup speak, it’s too often you’ll run into the idea that startups are conquering the world (most recognizable with the adage: “Software is eating the world”) and maybe, if you’re a corporation, you’re desperate to figure out how to compete with startups. After […]

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Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange just soft launched

06 May 2016

One of our Southeast Asian portfolio is quietly launching this month, and we’re pretty excited about it. It’s not a traditional consumer tech play that you’ll see out in our startup world. It’s a public investment exchange for diamonds. With its start, it’ll be the first commodity exchange for physically settled diamonds and, we hope, […]

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Grab receives the Future Business Luminary Award

31 March 2016

At ChannelNewsAsia’s latest Luminary Awards, Grab was presented with the Future Business Luminary Award. The awards ceremony credited Grab with growing from a taxi booking app to becoming a comprehensive mobile transportation service. Congrats to Anthony and team! Anthony took the opportunity to remark on the lack of engineering and data scientists in the region […]

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How the energy industry is being disrupted from every direction

30 March 2016

Just ten years ago, the Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s film, took the world by storm. The former US vice president went around the world giving speeches about the precarious position energy was in and where everything might be headed if we, as humanity, don’t get our act together. Today, this reality still stands, but energy […]

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The case for Grab

08 March 2016

As the only series A investor in Grab (formerly GrabTaxi), we’d like to take a look at what makes this company so unique, and why we would bet on Grab again, if we had the chance. Of course, we’re biased, but we think there’s much to be said for the model that Anthony Tan and […]

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Why we started Tech Circle

22 February 2016

Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of questions from founders, media, and investors about the Technopreneur Circle. “Why did you start it? What’s the point? For dealflow? Aren’t there enough coworking spaces in town already? Doesn’t Singapore have enough community builders?” and on and on. In this article, I’ll get to all these questions, but […]

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Happy Lunar New Year from the God of Fortune!

17 February 2016

In Singapore, it’s still lunar new year. The holiday is celebrated for a full 15 days every year. And according to tradition, companies are visited by the God of Fortune or lion dances. This year we got visited by the God of Fortune. Who knows, maybe it’ll be a good luck charm for our investments […]

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Housejoy acquires ‘At-home’ fitness start up Orobind

16 February 2016

Hot off the presses once again, Indian on-demand services startup Housejoy is acquiring Orobind, an at-home fitness startup. The deal comes just weeks after Housejoy acquired MyWash, one of the leading on-demand laundry services. With this second acquisition, right after their recent funding lead by Amazon, Housejoy is clearly trying to be the number one […]

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