Social Commerce Takes Over

What’s Happening Here? People traditionally use social media platforms to to browse images, watch videos and catch up with their social networks. Now, multiple platforms are incorporating their own marketplaces, within their digital infrastructure, to enable direct and easy purchases for the convenience of their users. What Does This Mean? Social media platforms like Instagram,…

What’s brewing in Proptech

What’s Happening Here? The real estate industry has long defied innovation, spending less than 1% on information technology. However, the past few years have seen many start-ups disrupt this market by implementing technology to make the process of buying and selling properties much easier and quicker. What Does This Mean? There is a clear need…

Lazada is aiming to dominate

What’s Happening Here? Lazada has launched new products such as in-app live streaming and games, and is investing heavily in logistics, technology and payments to accelerate the growth of the third-party merchants that it works with. What Does This Mean? Lazada, which started in 2012 before being acquired by Alibaba in 2016, is doubling down on its efforts…

The Venture Capital Gateways in Asia

The general economic climate today is one that consists of rising trade tensions between the U.S. and China, European political uncertainties and ongoing Brexit discussions, as well as rising interest rates and slowing global growth. In fact, a poll of top managers (chairmen, chief executives and managing directors) by Citibank and Singapore’s Business Times indicated…