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Casetify teams up with BTS for a new accessories line

Casetify is known for teaming up with popular brands and artists like Pokémon and Lisa Frank to create cases for personal devices, and that now extends to popular K-pop supergroup, BTS.

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36Kr CEO undaunted by tumbling Nasdaq debut

Shares of Chinese technology media platform 36Kr dropped 10% in its debut on the Nasdaq on Friday, following a string of poor performances by US initial public offerings.

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Saltagen Ventures與科技園合推Checkerboard Landing Program 促進加拿大與香港初創相互交流

加拿大作為全球面積第二大的國家,人口卻少於4000萬,但這個小市場卻孕育了不少成功的科技初創,據StartupBlink 2019初創生態圈最新排名,加拿大僅次於美國及英國,並力壓科創強國以色列排名全球第三,地位超然。為了突破當

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Alibaba fund to boost investments in Hong Kong biotech firms

Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, the US$131 million venture capital fund started by Jack Ma, plans to boost investments in Hong Kong’s biotech startups that could become the next unicorn, expanding its focus from fintech and AI.

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How Hong Kong’s education push is quietly helping China’s tech rise

This article is co-written by Tracy Qu.

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HK incubator The Mills Fabrica invests $2m in apparel hub MOTIF

The Mills Fabrica, the tech incubator of Hong Kong property developer Nan Fung Group, has invested $2 million in MOTIF, an apparel knowledge platform of American apparel business development consulting firm Alvanon.

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How bad leadership culture can ruin a business

This article is an excerpt from an episode of Startup Snapshot, a Tech in Asia podcast that features the leaders and innovators in the Asian startup scene, and discusses the highs and lows of their founder journeys. It is heavily revised from the original transcript.

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The Uncertain Future of Media Unicorns

Only three media companies — Buzzfeed, Vice Media, and Vox Media — meet the definition of a “unicorn,” or a startup valued at more than $1 billion.

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China’s tight oversight on cross-border payment is good for all: Airwallex co-founder Lucy Liu

As China steps up oversight on cross-border capital flows, Australia-based payment unicorn Airwallex considers it a beneficial approach to clamp down non-compliant operations and promote overall industry development.

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Reports: Unlocking Corporate Venture Capitals

500 Startups Bedy Yang: Since 2010, we’ve invested in over 2,200 startups through our funds. Through our ecosystem building initiatives, my team and I have educated more than 500 venture investors, including corporate venture capital (CVC) units. We’ve also advised leaders of some of the largest companies exploring this challenging environment on the creation and development of their corporate venture investing programs and funds.

We anticipate that corporates have an increasingly outsized role to play in the startup ecosystem, and our conversations with C-Suite executives have revealed the extent of the challenges they face while also highlighting new opportunities for growth.

This report is the result of an extensive survey we conducted on corporate venture capital units. We surveyed over a hundred practitioners on the changing role of the corporate venture investor. Today, we’re excited to share the story behind that transformation. 

We thank those that were able to participate in this report and look forward to continuing this conversation and driving our industry forward. We hope our 2019 CVC Report guides your innovation journey. 

TikTok Users Are Finally Posting About Hong Kong, But Only To See If They’ll Get Censored

We found no evidence that TikTok blocks pro-Hong Kong democracy videos — or that many American teens were interested in the protests. Short-form video app TikTok can’t shake an air of suspicion that surrounds it in the United States.

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Propaganda Works Better Than Censorship

How, in the age of the internet, does a government quell unrest? One popular option is to simply shut the internet down. In 2018 there were 195 shutdowns across 25 countries, and this year is already on track to break that record.

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Airwallex co-founder: Looking to expand in Middle East

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Asia’s fastest-growing co-living operator Hmlet launches 50th location in Hong Kong

Hmlet, Asia’s fastest-growing co-living operator, is set to launch Hmlet Zion Apartments in Mong Kok this November, the brands largest dedicated facility in Hong Kong to date.

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Booqed, a Hong Kong-based platform for on-demand work spaces, raises $1.675 million in seed funding

Booqed, a Hong Kong-based platform for booking short-term work spaces, announced today that it has raised $1.675 million in seed funding. Participants included Colliers International, the commercial real-estate management company, Techstars and Lazard Korea.

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TNG Fintech faces lawsuit from minority shareholder in fintech startup Tranglo, failing to materialise the latter’s Series A funding

Alex Kong of TNG Fintech confirmed that the Hong Kong-based fintech startup had never realised its US$115M in Series A funding to Tranglo

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Tranglo minority shareholders sue TNG Fintech for oppression

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Stratechery by Ben Thompson

On the business, strategy, and impact of technology. “It” refers to the current imbroglio surrounding Daryl Morey, the General Manager for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the latter’s dealings with China.

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Uber Acquires Cornershop, a Grocery Delivery Start-Up

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber has acquired a majority stake in the grocery delivery start-up Cornershop for an undisclosed sum, the company announced on Friday, as it seeks to build its food delivery business.

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Uber Pet lets furry friends join the ride — for a fee

Uber is experimenting with a new feature that aims to reduce cancellations as a result of customers bringing a pet along for the ride. Dubbed Uber Pet, the new feature will be available in select cities starting on October 16th.

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Alipay sets sights on digital payments outside Asia as it teams up with Russia’s

Alipay, one of China’s dominant digital payments providers, has teamed up with Russian internet firm in an e-wallet joint venture to develop digital payments in the country.

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Nikkei acquires stake in Singapore AI startup DC Frontiers

Japanese media company Nikkei Inc. has acquired a 14.79% equity in Singapore-based AI startup DC Frontiers to support the product development of scoutAsia, a data and news service launched by Nikkei and the Financial Times last year.

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Sequoia Capital reveals 20 startups in second Surge cohort

Sequoia Capital’s startup accelerator program, Surge, has named the 20 companies that form the Surge 02 2019 cohort, with at least six currently at a pre-launch stage.

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Kevin Shee on 揾錢

Level 1: 靠自己勞力/時間/技術揾$$

Level 2: 靠人幫自己搵$$

Level 3: 靠 $$ 搵$$

Level 4: 靠個 名來搵 $$
(sell franchise system, anchor tenant, keystone investor (substantial discount for use of name), 代言人)

How this Hong Kong startup is shaking up the sleepy logistics sector Expedia style

When a factory in China wants to ship a container of goods to a client overseas (in Europe, for example), step one typically involves ringing around a few logistics firms to get a quotation.

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Apple, Google Pull Hong Kong Protest Apps Amid China Uproar

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Apple Told Some Apple TV+ Show Developers Not To Anger China

We thought trade would bring Western values to China. Instead, it brought Chinese values to Apple. That was how the Global Times, a Chinese Communist Party outlet, covered Apple’s removal of, an app that helped Hong Kong protesters track police, from the iOS App Store.

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Protestors are trying to get Overwatch banned in China, using memes of popular hero Mei

People are furious after Blizzard Entertainment suspended Hearthstone player Chung “blitzchung” Ng Wai for expressing support for Hong Kong during an official tournament broadcast.

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