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Crowdfunded spacecraft LightSail 2 snaps amazing photos ahead of solar sail deployment

LightSail 2 may still have at least a few days to go before it begins its primary purpose, by unfurling the solar sail it has on board and finding out more about propelling a spacecraft using only the force of photons, but it’s not wasting any time on its orbital voyage. New photos from the […]


Spotify partners with Disney on a new streaming hub aimed at families

In an effort likely aimed at boosting family memberships, Spotify this morning announced a new partnership with Disney on the creation of a Disney Hub on its streaming service. Here, Disney fans in select markets including the U.S. will find a selection of Disney playlists like soundtracks from Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies, Star Wars […]


Nexar’s Live Map is like Street View with pictures from 5 minutes ago

We all rely on maps to get where we're going or investigate a neighborhood for potential brunch places, but the data we're looking at is often old, vague, or both. Nexar, maker of dashcam apps and cameras, aims to put fresh and specific data on your map with images from the street taken only minutes before.


Today’s top tech news, July 17: Oyo acquires co-working space Innov8 for US$30M

Also, wealthtech from Thailand expands to Singapore, and honestbee’s VP of Marketing Christina Lim left the company Women’s health app Nyra launches Bahasa Malaysia version [Press Release] Vivant, the digital health technology startup, announces the launch of ‘Nyra’ in Bahasa Malaysia to help women of all ages track their feminine health, fertility, and fitness. Vivant […] The post Today’s top tech news, July 17: Oyo acquires co-working space Innov8 for US$30M appeared first on e27.


Singapore’s data protection framework gets a boost with new appointment, initiative

The Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) will help create more job opportunities for professionals who specialise in the field of data protection The Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) of Singapore has announced the launch of its new Data Protection Officer  Competency Framework and Training Roadmap, which is designed to help Data Protection Officers’ (DPO) perform […] The post Singapore’s data protection framework gets a boost with new appointment, initiative appeared first on e27.


Stonly lets you create interactive step-by-step guides to improve support

French startup Stonly wants to empower users so that they can solve their issues by themselves. Instead of relying on customer support agents, Stonly wants to surface relevant content so that you can understand and solve issues. “I’m trying to take the opposite stance of chatbots," founder and CEO Alexis Fogel told me. “The issue […]


Europe is now formally investigating Amazon’s use of merchant data

European regulators have announced a formal antitrust investigation of Amazon’s use of data from third parties selling on its ecommerce platform. Commenting in a statement, competition commissioner, Margrethe Vestager said: “European consumers are increasingly shopping online. Ecommerce has boosted retail competition and brought more choice and better prices. We need to ensure that large online […]


Horror Flicks Are Having a Moment, But Here’s When Other Movie Genres Peaked

Westerns had their heyday in the 1920s. Find out which eras animated movies, biographies, film noir, and more dominated.


Singapore’s AI-based data startup Near raises US$100M from Greater Pacific Capital

Near says its platform has a large data-set of people’s behaviour that is aimed at brands, enterprises, and publishers Singapore-based AI-powered platform Near has landed a US$100 million in its latest round of Series D funding from private equity firm Greater Pacific Capital (GPC). This brings the company’s total investment raised to date to US$134 million. […] The post Singapore’s AI-based data startup Near raises US$100M from Greater Pacific Capital appeared first on e27.


Bill Gates Loses His Spot as World’s Second-Richest Man

It's the first time in seven years he's ranked below the top two spots.


[Exclusive] Raising a new funding round, The Shonet aims to push for greater growth

Describing itself as “Xiaohongshu with a twist”, The Shonet closed a seed funding round by Maloekoe Ventures in March this year Earlier this year, Indonesian social media platform The Shonet closed an undisclosed seed funding round by Maloekoe Ventures. But in an interview with e27 at the company’s office in South Jakarta, The Shonet CEO […] The post [Exclusive] Raising a new funding round, The Shonet aims to push for greater growth appeared first on e27.


Rewards: Strategies for improving existing brand communities

How rewards can help enhance your brand awareness According to a research study, customers tend to spend 19 per cent more after joining a company’s online community. A brand community forms based on a customer’s attachment to a product or a service because when a customer finds a unique value towards a brand, they are […] The post Rewards: Strategies for improving existing brand communities appeared first on e27.


Visa invests in Gojek’s series F round; Oyo enters co-working space acquires Innov8 for $30m

Alibaba says it has developed AI to help detect heart disease; France to approve first crypto-issuers as new rules loom


Founder depression and how to tackle it

What every entrepreneur faces, but no one talks about Pouring your heart, soul, and everything in between into a company that (statistically) will probably fail can wreck you emotionally. And yet, as you look around at fellow entrepreneurs, or listen to them on podcasts, or read books by them, they don’t seem to suffer this. […] The post Founder depression and how to tackle it appeared first on e27.


Vietnam’s VinaCapital acquires operations of Singapore’s robo-advisor Smartly

Smartly aims to offer average people with basic financial literacy the opportunity to invest with transparency and low fees Vietnam-based investment company VinaCapital today announced that it has acquired the business operations of Smartly, a Singapore-based robo-advisory investment platform. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “By partnering with VinaCapital, we took a different approach […] The post Vietnam’s VinaCapital acquires operations of Singapore’s robo-advisor Smartly appeared first on e27.


Now, Visa joins Go-Jek’s ongoing Series F financing round

This comes close on the heels of investments made by three Mitsubishi units and Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank Visa, a global digital payments technology company, has invested an undisclosed amount in Go-Jek, Southeast Asia’s leading mobile on-demand service and payments platform. This is part of Go-Jek’s ongoing Series F round, which has also seen companies […] The post Now, Visa joins Go-Jek’s ongoing Series F financing round appeared first on e27.


Elon Musk’s Neuralink looks to begin outfitting human brains with faster input and output starting next year

Neuralink, the Elon Musk-led startup that the multi-entrepreneur founded in 2017, is working on technology that’s based around ‘threads’ which it says can be implanted in human brains with much less potential impact to the surrounding brain tissue vs. what’s currently used for today’s brain-computer interfaces. “Most people don’t realize, we can solve that with […]


One roof, all possibilities at the heart of Bangkok

Being a part of Southeast Asia’s growing pool of startups and tech entrepreneurs has never been this exciting! In the Thai capital of Bangkok sitting at the heart of Southeast Asia, a hotbed for digital innovation is poised to conquer the region’s startup scene. Last 12 June 2019, True Digital Park — Thailand’s first and […] The post One roof, all possibilities at the heart of Bangkok appeared first on e27.


Syfe raises US$3.8M funding to launch digital wealth management services in Singapore

Syfe combines proven investment strategies with an algorithm to give investors customised, globally diversified portfolios that are in sync with their personal risk profiles Singapore-based startup Syfe has announced the launch of its digital wealth management services in Singapore following a S$5.2 million (US$3.8 million) seed funding led by UK-based VC fund Unbound. David Rogers, MD, […] The post Syfe raises US$3.8M funding to launch digital wealth management services in Singapore appeared first on e27.


Digitised cross-border trade platform dltledgers raises Pre-Series A funding

The blockchain-based SaaS was founded by serial entrepreneur Samir Neji in 2017 Singapore-based blockchain startup dltledgers announced the completion of its Pre-Series A funding round by VC firm Walden International, Yahoo! Finance reported. “I believe we are resolving unique business challenges in inter-operability; global business and cross border trade will thrive in an open and […] The post Digitised cross-border trade platform dltledgers raises Pre-Series A funding appeared first on e27.


AI photo editor FaceApp goes viral again on iOS, raises questions about photo library access

FaceApp. So. The app has gone viral again after first doing so two years ago or so. The effect has gotten better but these apps, like many other one off viral apps, tend to come and go in waves driven by influencer networks or paid promotion. We first covered this particular AI photo editor  from […]


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