Best of both worlds: YouApp, the app that helps users find their match using AI and astrology
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by Anisa Menur
8h ago
YouApp aims to revolutionise the dating landscape by streamlining the compatibility assessment process. Instead of laboriously consulting experts and sifting through personality tests, the app’s AI swiftly calculates compatibility based on inputs from Chinese, Indian, and Western astrological charts and insights from the Myers-Briggs model. This amalgamation of ancient wisdom and contemporary psychology enables YouApp to deliver compatibility predictions in seconds, sparing users the time-consuming task of manual evaluation. Drawing from a vast database and leveraging the expertise of special ..read more
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Meet the 10 Southeast Asian finalists demonstrating at EPiC 2024 in Hong Kong
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by Sainul
12h ago
A photo from EPiC 2023 Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) has announced the 71 finalists that will demonstrate at its annual global Elevator Pitch Competition (EPiC) on April 26. Of these, 80 per cent are semi-international finalists and 20 per cent from Hong Kong. The top startups were selected by judges from the regional semi-finals in Silicon Valley, Stuttgart, Singapore, and Hong Kong. They will battle for a chance to target the US$45 million investment to be arranged, up to US$5 million in HKSTP venture funding, US$240,000 in cash prizes, plus partnership opportu ..read more
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What if cybersecurity included everyone it protects?
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by Lydea Quek
15h ago
With the cybercrime industry eclipsing US$9 trillion this year and projected to explode over the coming decade, cybersecurity teams are on the back foot. Defying broader economic trends, however, finance departments are ramping up company investments in global security and risk management. Long story short, cybersec teams are here to stay and ready to adapt to a wildly uncertain future. With that settled, let’s set aside the numbers for a moment and take a closer look at the people on the frontlines of this endless security war. It’s simple, really. Cybersecurity protects everyone. We believe ..read more
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The D&I advantage: How inclusion fuels growth in Vietnamese real estate
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by Michael Lam
15h ago
Diversity and inclusion (D&I) practices are pivotal in developing a real estate team or agency in Vietnam due to the high turnover rate in the sector. Talentnet survey shows that the turnover rate was the second highest after the retail sector, at 18.8 per cent in 2017 and 12.7 per cent in 2022, respectively, even when the property market was growing. It was abnormally high at 70 per cent in 2023 when the market fell off, another survey reports. Retaining salespeople in a real estate company itself is a vital mission, and it would be more challenging when the market is downtrending. Real ..read more
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The art of managing a predominantly on-demand company
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by Alex Lin
2d ago
Business success now hinges on more than just profit margins and market share; it thrives on vibrant ecosystems and cultures of empowerment. Mastering the workforce of independent driver-partners fueling on-demand services demands keen understanding and thoughtful management. The flexibility of working for platform businesses Managing an on-demand workforce needs ongoing commitment to empathy and constant open communication. The diverse schedules, motivations, and commitments of driver-partners require a nuanced approach to flexibility. The platform business industry has evolved over time, le ..read more
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Walmart-backed Ninjacart invests in Philippine agritech startup Mayani
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by Sainul
2d ago
NinjaVentures, the venture arm of Walmart-backed Indian agritech major Ninjacart, has made an undisclosed strategic investment in Philippine B2B agritech startup Mayani. The partnership will identify and address global food supply gaps, leveraging cross-border opportunities to amplify Mayani’s market presence. The Filipino firm will integrate Ninjacart’s advanced technology, source traceability, and inventory management solutions to achieve inter-operability, hyper-efficiency, and predictive modelling and to enhance its supply chain efficiency. Also Read: Philippine agri-fisheries startup May ..read more
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6 reasons why startups should invest in sustainability
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by Zachary Amos
2d ago
Asia’s governments are beginning to tackle greenwashing, hitting fraudulent eco-conscious projects with hefty fines. These stories are making headlines from South Korea to Singapore, so budding companies will want to do everything possible to prevent them from becoming the next media target. Startups have an opportunity veteran businesses did not leverage — they can be pilots in a world focused on climate change by implementing environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives from the beginning. How does this help them establish a competitive advantage? Meeting ESG requirements Legislat ..read more
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How to hack product growth and user acquisition in Thailand
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by Golf Sissada
2d ago
aCommerce, Omise, Eatigo, Flow Account, and Finnomena have all become incredibly popular in Thailand. But how did these digital products from various industries succeed at Thai user acquisition? This article explores the trends you need to know to effectively target Thai people and how to turn your traditional business strategy into a product growth hacker.  Search engines continue their reign  As kings of brand discovery in Thailand, search engines and therefore SEO cannot be overlooked. Rank higher than your competitors by producing local content that resonates with Thai audience ..read more
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Introducing BAE: The world’s first AI travel companion by BuzzAR
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by Alfie
2d ago
Emerging technologies such as GenAI are profoundly influencing our interactions with the world, seamlessly melding the physical and digital spheres. GenAI presents immense potential across diverse sectors like retail, marketing, healthcare, and education. It enriches user experiences, boosts productivity, and fosters boundless avenues for creativity and innovation. One great practical application of Gen AI in the tourism and geospatial industries is BAE, a digital human powered by BuzzAR. Due to BAE’s hit in Singapore, the team launched baechat.ai, which is a mobile-friendly “digital friend ..read more
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These 8 AI companies reveal the different ways the technology makes a difference in our lives
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by Anisa Menur
2d ago
According to data from AltIndex.com, companies within the Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector have raised almost US$50 billion globally so far this year, marking the second-highest figure in the market’s history. The global AI industry has witnessed remarkable growth, doubling in size over the past three years to reach a value of US$240 billion and attracting a quarter of a billion users worldwide. This surge has captured significant attention from venture capital investors, who have injected billions into AI companies and startups. Despite a slowdown in VC funding, robust fundraising activit ..read more
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