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The 1st FINSPIRE Hackathon Concludes Online with Great Success, As Up-and-coming Fintech Talents Hack from Home

The first “FINSPIRE FinTech Online Hackathon” co-organized by Convoy and Cyberport concluded on 29 March 2020 with great success.

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星物流初創融資 港Lalamove跟投

新加坡物流初創Inteluck 宣布獲得最新Pre-B輪融資500萬美元(約3900萬港元),由本地風投概念資本(MindWorks Capital)領投,港產「獨角獸」Lalamove及Infinity Venture Partners等跟投,新資金將用於拓展泰國、越南等東南亞市場。

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Carousell for Business empowers Hong Kong merchants to increase online sales

Hong Kong, 2 April 2020 – Carousell, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing classifieds marketplaces, today announced the launch of Carousell for Business (CarouBiz) in Hong Kong.

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How can startups survive 2020?

2020 has certainly posed a new set of challenges for startups as businesses across most industries have taken an economic hit. Tech in Asia data shows that dealmaking in February this year is down 26% compared to the same month last year.

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How startups can shift gears and overcome the downturn

In times of economic expansion and prosperity, raising capital for a startup is much easier. Investors feel encouraged to pump capital into nascent sectors because the prospect of higher returns is more attractive. However, the landscape changes when there’s a crisis.

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TNB Aura to invest $2m in each startup hit by Covid-19 crisis

TNB Aura, a Singapore-based venture capital firm focused on Southeast Asian investments, launched a new fund to invest US$2 million in each startup affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Furniture rental startup Furlenco banks $10m

Bengaluru-based Furlenco, a startup that offers a home furniture rental service, said it has raised US$10 million in debt and equity from new and existing investors.

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New guidance on SBA loans means most startups are still excluded from $349 billion stimulus

Under new guidance issued by the Small Business Administration it seems non-profits and faith-based groups can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program loans designed to keep small business afloat during the COVID-19 epidemic, but most venture-backed companies are still not covered.

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How Tech’s Lobbyists Are Using the Pandemic to Make Gains

Silicon Valley hasn’t suffered from the same financial devastation as other industries. Tech companies still have an agenda to push.

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Taiwan’s new ‘electronic fence’ for quarantines leads wave of virus monitoring

TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan, which has won global praise for its effective action against the coronavirus, is rolling out a mobile phone-based “electronic fence” that uses location-tracking to ensure people who are quarantined stay in their homes.

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COVID-19 Community Mobility Report

As global communities respond to COVID-19, we’ve heard from public health officials that the same type of aggregated, anonymized insights we use in products such as Google Maps could be helpful as they make critical decisions to combat COVID-19.

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Young people are twice as likely to pay for news in the U.S., U.K., and Germany (compared to those 55-plus)

The kids are all right, according to a new World Economic Forum report. Young people (ages 16 to 34) are twice as likely to pay for news than those over 55 in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Funding Friday: Americas Food Fund

As we continue to make our way through this pandemic, I keep coming back to the question of how do we help those in the most need right now. Last week it was our health care responders on the front lines, the week before it was workers in the hospitality industry who are now out of work.

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德機械人初創融資千萬 鄭志剛旗下領投

搭載「機器大腦」的通用型手術機器人,可應用於多個醫療領域。(思靈機器人圖片) 德國機械人初創思靈機器人(Agile Robots)昨日宣布,完成數千萬美元A輪融資,由新世界發展(00017)執行副主席鄭志剛創立的風投公司C資本

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「拖延症」無法跨越的不是時間,而是情緒。

不知道從什麼時候起,人人都用起「拖延症」這個描述,無論是偶爾懶散一下的人,或是死線鬥士們。「拖延」這個詞,有點像「抑鬱」般被濫用下來。真正的拖延症不是時間管理的問題,而是反映著心理和情緒的狀態。

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15 Life Lessons Everyone Should Learn for a Good Mindset

Life is filled with lessons. Some of them can be learned through experience. Some of them must be learned the hard way. But many of them can be learned from others. Here’s a great list of life lessons that can help you grow into a better version of yourself, day by day.

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The SoundCloud Stimulus Plan

As Billboard is reporting this morning, our portfolio company SoundCloud is putting up $15mm to support its creator community in this difficult time for musicians. Musicians can’t tour right now. That’s a huge part of their earnings.

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Investors tell Indian startups to ‘prepare for the worst’ as Covid-19 uncertainty continues

Just three months after capping what was the best year for Indian startups, having raised a record $14.

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Microsoft’s Skype struggles have created a Zoom moment

If the coronavirus pandemic had swept across the world in 2011, everyone would have been using Skype to connect over video and voice calls. Instead, rivals like Zoom and Houseparty are having a moment of huge growth in 2020 thanks to consumers looking for Skype alternatives.

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Campus is closed, so college students are rebuilding their schools in Minecraft

The day before University of Pennsylvania students were told that their college commencement would be held online, junior Andrew Guo thought of an alternative to holding the address over Zoom.

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Start-Ups Are Pummeled in the ‘Great Unwinding’

Dozens have laid off thousands, slashed costs and changed their businesses to try to survive the pandemic. All that may not work.

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Uber drivers, Airbnb hosts could soon receive unemployment checks. Some call it a ‘bailout’ for big tech.

Some Uber drivers, Airbnb hosts and other gig-economy workers sidelined as a result of the coronavirus outbreak could soon receive unemployment checks from the government, part of an effort by Congress to ease the wide-ranging hardships wrought by a deadly global pandemic.

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How to Be a Remarkable Speaker

Have you ever wondered how you could be a remarkable speaker?

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Lalamove backs logistics startup Inteluck in $5m round led by MindWorks

Inteluck, a logistics company focused on first- and second-mile delivery, announced that it has secured more than US$5 million in a pre-series B funding round led by Hong Kong-based venture capital firm MindWorks Capital.

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Uber CEO asks Trump to support gig workers impacted by the coronavirus

As travel within U.S. cities becomes increasingly limited in efforts to mitigate the spread of the new coronavirus, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi asked President Donald Trump on Monday to provide relief to gig workers whose income has been significantly cut due to the crisis.

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Uber Eats’ U.S. Sales Surged 10% Last Week Thanks to Quarantines

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SenseTime to seek up to $1bn private funding, deferring Hong Kong IPO

HONG KONG — Chinese artificial intelligence startup SenseTime Group has deferred its plan for an up to $750 million initial public offering in Hong Kong this year and instead aims to tap private markets, people briefed on the plan said, joining the list of companies scrapping share-sale plans as th

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3 ways to use your Amex Platinum Uber credit while stuck at home

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Uber offers 300,000 free rides and meals to NHS staff in UK

Uber is rewarding NHS doctors, nurses and staff with free trips and meals during the coronavirus crisis. It has committed to offering 200,000 rides up to £15 in value to any worker with an NHS email address, plus 100,000 meals through Uber Eats, up to the value of £10.

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斥美國錯過控制疫情最佳時機 比爾蓋茲:建議實施封鎖6至10週

武漢肺炎疫情重創全球經濟,美國許多地區如加州、紐約、華聖頓等,已下令暫時關閉非必要的業務,導致失業人口激增、股市大跌。微軟創辦人比爾蓋茲(Bill Gates)昨(24)日再對武漢肺炎疫情提出看法,痛批政客認為GDP成長才是最重要的。他認為美國因為防疫方面不夠迅速,已錯過「避免強制封鎖」的最佳時機,

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