The Big Picture

Insightful, in-depth analysis of the trends, developments and outlook affecting key industries and ecosystems

China bets on road-vehicle coordination for the mass adoption of autonomous driving cars by 2025

Money pours in as China pushes sector to be the next growth engine, and both self-driving startups and their investors are optimistic about their commercialization attempts

Automotive | Artificial Intelligence | 5G

Cautiously opportunistic: How Indonesian VCs are riding out the Covid-19 crisis

Indonesian VCs on how they are doing deals during Covid-19, and their advice to startups, from how to cut costs to M&A 

General | Covid-19 | coronavirus

Spain’s startup ecosystem bemoans lack of state support, new barriers to investment in Covid-19 recession

Spanish startups protest the lack of relevant aid, compared with other EU countries; investors warn of “disastrous” new foreign investment restriction

Covid-19 | Investment | General

Online and offline: how two kinds of Indonesian basic food businesses experience Covid-19 differently

Indonesian online basic food startups like Sayurbox and Wahyoo have had as much as a fivefold jump in orders and are working to sustain strong sales post-social distancing

Agriculture & Fishery | E-commerce | Food & Beverage

Covid-19 has renewed investors' interest in China's online education sector

Will skyrocketing demand for online education during Covid-19 give China's edtechs that long-awaited push to profitability?

Investment | Edtech | Covid-19

In a united move, Portuguese startups fight to mitigate Covid-19 impact in unprecedented crisis

As strong growth of previous years falters, Portugal's startups were quick to mobilize themselves to detail the help they would need from the state to deal with their biggest challenge yet 

Covid-19 | General

Alipay opens its platform to speed up digitalization of Chinese service providers amid Covid-19

As Alipay continues to battle WeChat for super-app supremacy, it's created a stronghold in China’s services industry, where 80% of businesses still operate under brick-and-mortar models

Enterprise Tech | Alipay | Covid-19

Spanish startups and investors rethink strategies as Covid-19 hits funding, valuations

Investors and startups in Spain say most funding has stalled, and share their strategies and advice for coping with the downturn 

Covid-19 | Investment | General

In Indonesia, equity crowdfunding is gaining in popularity among SMEs, challenging P2P lending

Equity crowdfunding platforms are offering new approaches to SME financing in Indonesia, with more players entering the market

Fintech | Investment | Crowdfunding

China B2B startups still have much room to grow in a trillion-RMB market

Investors favor enterprise tech startups amid slowing deal flow, still foresee strong growth despite competition from tech giants 

B2B | Enterprise Tech

Covid-19: A closer look at how China's businesses and consumer behavior have changed

The lockdown in China has reshaped how people work and live. Some of the changes may be short-term, but others probably have become a part of life


Chinese startups feel the chill of capital winter as VC activities slow

The goods news is investors still have plenty of money. They just become more cautious when making investment decisions

Investment | Covid-19

In China, e-commerce platforms and brands bet big on live commerce

Retailers embrace shopping via livestreaming, where social media influencers hawk products and get rapid sales

E-commerce | Video | Live commerce

Unicorn Xiaohongshu refines social commerce model after stumble, as bigger players jostle in

Once the epitome of China's O2O social commerce success, Xiaohongshu (RED) tries to reinvent itself amid challenges from internet giants, influencers and short videos


In China, coding education for children is in demand – but investors are wary

Coding lessons are most wanted by Chinese parents for their kids after English tuition, so hundreds of coding edtech startups have joined the fray

Edtech | Artificial Intelligence | K12

QRIS: Will the new QR code standard rewrite Indonesia’s e-payments scene?

Enabling interoperability, the QRIS seeks to level the playing field until now dominated by GoPay and OVO – disruption that could go beyond the e-wallets scene 

Fintech | Payments | Banking

Indonesia 2020: Investors say opportunities still abound despite downturn risk, past year's flops

VCs weigh in on deal flows, valuations, the sectors they favor, and chances of more tech IPOs 

Healthcare | Edtech | Fintech

China's recycling startups seek cost-effective ways to make waste management profitable

The high costs of smart garbage bins and automation to sort out recycling have created new headaches for homes and offices 

Sustainability | Circular Economy

E-wallet unicorn OVO’s future in question amid Lippo's divestment, talk of DANA merger

As even the conglomerate giant feels the pain of OVO's aggressive cash-burning, should digital payments players rethink their strategy to gain market share, beyond the usual discounts and subsidies?

Fintech | Payments

Subsidy cut has dented sales, but China's EV manufacturers need better products to win over buyers

Eliminating subsidies is a painful must for the sustainability of China’s electric vehicle industry

Automotive | NIO

As more Chinese opt for cosmetic surgery, startups have emerged to help them make informed decisions

China’s medical aesthetic services platforms face both opportunities and challenges with the rise of Generation Z

Beauty | E-commerce | Marketplaces & Platforms

Girls in Tech Indonesia: Inspiring the geek in every girl

Girls in Tech Indonesia aims to put the country's women at the forefront of its tech and startup world

Women | Social Networking & Community | Women in Tech

After emulating Chinese business models, Indonesian startups seek success abroad

Indonesia adapted and furthered the successful business models that created unicorns in China. Now, it's exporting its own to the rest of Southeast Asia, even beyond

Agriculture & Fishery | E-commerce | Fintech

Despite early promise, China's on-demand bus services hit potholes on the road to profit

High costs – not a lack of customers – have forced promising on-demand bus service startups like DuduBus to shift their focus to corporate shuttle services 

Sharing Economy | Transportation

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