January 15, 2019

Ease of Business Surges High in the East

Asian economies continue their stride towards a congenial business environment with Malaysia and India witnessing the biggest surge among all, jumping by nine places to 15th and surging by 23 places to 77th globally in the 2019 Annual Rankings Ease of Business Report released by the World Bank.
January 14, 2019

Fitness in your Lunch Hour Improves Work Performance

With the rise in lifestyle diseases due to sedentary work and play, global organisations are giving serious attention to the increasing indirect costs of health care services and increased absenteeism.
January 11, 2019

Cold Coffee Consumption is Hot Competition

Cold coffee is turning out to be the beverage du jour, with a number of acquisitions and mergers taking place globally last year. Thanks to increasing demand by millennials, this popular beverage is expected to see M&A deals valued over USD 1 billion in 2019.
December 21, 2018

Robert Benz – The Abolitionist

With the recent passing of H.R.2200 Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2018 in the US Senate on December 17, we were fortunate to chat with the Co-Founder and Executive VP of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives Robert Benz about how this will help impact kids’ lives in the US education system should it pass into law in 2019.
December 14, 2018

Ericsson’s 10 Hot Consumer Trends Report 2019 Highlights Potential Drop in Critical Thinking

Ericsson releases its 10 Hot Consumer Trends report 2019 this week, highlighting hardcore early adopters’ perceptions of new technologies. What has emerged are some interesting philosophical and practical considerations, most interestingly, the notion of mental obesity; with 34% of respondents expecting critical thinking to disappear due to the overuse of virtual assistants.
December 12, 2018

World’s First High-School Accelerator Young Founders Summit Held in Singapore

Singapore-based Smarter Me and Los Angeles-based Founders Bootcamp held the Finals of the Young Founders Summit @ South East Asia, the world’s first high school accelerator, at Stamford American International School, with the winning startup Cure Band wowing the crowd with a wearable heart health sensor device.

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January 15, 2019

Ease of Business Surges High in the East

Asian economies continue their stride towards a congenial business environment with Malaysia and India witnessing the biggest surge among all, jumping by nine places to 15th and surging by 23 places to 77th globally in the 2019 Annual Rankings Ease of Business Report released by the World Bank.

January 11, 2019

Cold Coffee Consumption is Hot Competition

Cold coffee is turning out to be the beverage du jour, with a number of acquisitions and mergers taking place globally last year. Thanks to increasing demand by millennials, this popular beverage is expected to see M&A deals valued over USD 1 billion in 2019.

December 14, 2018

Ericsson’s 10 Hot Consumer Trends Report 2019 Highlights Potential Drop in Critical Thinking

Ericsson releases its 10 Hot Consumer Trends report 2019 this week, highlighting hardcore early adopters’ perceptions of new technologies. What has emerged are some interesting philosophical and practical considerations, most interestingly, the notion of mental obesity; with 34% of respondents expecting critical thinking to disappear due to the overuse of virtual assistants.

December 12, 2018

World’s First High-School Accelerator Young Founders Summit Held in Singapore

Singapore-based Smarter Me and Los Angeles-based Founders Bootcamp held the Finals of the Young Founders Summit @ South East Asia, the world’s first high school accelerator, at Stamford American International School, with the winning startup Cure Band wowing the crowd with a wearable heart health sensor device.

December 11, 2018

Mumpreneurs Make it Work on Their Own Terms

With the digital revolution making entry into traditional and non-traditional markets more accessible than ever for SMBs to compete against more established, larger brands, we reached out to Singapore-based Author of Mother Industrialist Kenneth Choo and CEO of Enfoundery Siddika Jaffer on helping mumpreneurs turn their passion and purpose into profit.

December 10, 2018

Asian Economies Dive Amid Weakening Local Currencies

Despite China’s Central Bank’s efforts to stabilize its currency, China has witnessed a significant dent in the Yuan in the wake of the rising demand of the US dollar, which has appreciated by almost 11% against the Chinese Yuan; and China is not the only among Asian economies that is feeling the fall…

December 5, 2018

Best Coaching Apps Give Affordable Access to Mentors

SMBs and SMEs can now provide affordable regular upskilling tools to employees now that Coaching Apps are available on any device, any time – and the results are significant.

November 29, 2018

Deskera Heats Up SME Offerings in Enterprise Resource Planning

Deskera, a Singapore-based venture-backed cloud-based start-up just announced a successful fund-raising round of USD 60 million with heavy-hitters such as Cisco Investments and Susquehanna International Group throwing their names into the ring.

November 28, 2018

Chat Advertising Creates Highest Customer Conversions

Clickbait is old news as Chat Advertising surpasses even the most popular video ads – which currently make up more than half of digital ad campaign spends. Bot-based ads are closing sales faster than you can say Suri, making it the number one preference of digital marketing agencies.

November 27, 2018

Organisation of Domestic Cleaning Services Market a Lucrative Last Frontier

According to Allied Market Research, the global Domestic Cleaning Services Market size is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.2% to reach USD74,299 million by 2022 with tech-savvy companies driving the charge to capitalise on a traditionally informal market sector.

November 23, 2018

Global Gaming Giant Gets Ready to Launch Razer Pay in ASEAN 2019

With over 50 million users world-wide, it’s been a busy quarter for Razer as it gears up for a smooth roll-out of Razer Pay across Southeast Asia in 2019 with recent announcements to develop a blockchain-based remittance application proof-of-concept with the United Overseas Bank; a new strategic alliance with digital security firm V-Key and Razer Pay’s acceptance on NETS unified POS terminals set to launch in Singapore in Q1 2019.

November 20, 2018

AbillionVeg and Counting

The early success of Singapore start-up abillionVeg proves the demand for plant-based food options in consumer goods and restaurant menus is more than a flash-in-the-pan.

November 12, 2018

India’s Bad-Debt Conundrum in the Banking Sector

The Indian Banking System is in a deep crisis with non-performing assets (NPA) shooting through the roof. If the recent financial stability report published by Indian banking regulator the Reserve Bank of India is indicative of the current situation, the path to recovery may prove to be a Herculean task.

November 5, 2018

Beer Markets Shows No Sign of Ailing

A rising middle class and globalization is boosting beer consumption globally, with the beer market expected to touch over USD 730 billion by 2022, according to a recent Deloitte report; promising brewers a robust growth rate of 6 per cent annually.

October 29, 2018

RE-INVEST 2018 Expo Spreads a Message of Positivity and Power to the People

Global RE-INVEST India-ISA Partnership Renewable Energy Investors Expo held its second meet in Greater Noida, India in early October, with the CEO of Softbank Masayoshi Son pledging free solar power after 25 years of PPA to children, mothers, and communities across all ISA member countries.



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December 21, 2018

Robert Benz – The Abolitionist

With the recent passing of H.R.2200 Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2018 in the US Senate on December 17, we were fortunate to chat with the Co-Founder and Executive VP of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives Robert Benz about how this will help impact kids’ lives in the US education system should it pass into law in 2019.

November 21, 2018

Dr Claudine Pang – Eyes for Asia

Singapore has one of the highest rates of myopia in the world. To help address this, internationally recognised Ophthalmologist Dr Claudine Pang launched Singapore’s first and only eye health Asia Retina mobile App, and the great news is its free for all.

October 15, 2018

Bob Salomon – Beyond The Laces Puts Kids First

In the midst of increasing corporatization and politicization of sports in the US, declining participation in youth sports and increased bullying and violence in US schools, New-Jersey-based founder and co-author Bob Salomon is side-stepping all the noise by taking his hit children’s book Beyond the Laces’ simple but powerful message of kindness and perseverance on and off the sports field to the future’s best source of hope – the hearts of kids.

September 18, 2018

Dato’ Joel Low – Asia’s Agri-tech Hothouse

Singapore is not known for its agriculture, but Agrivo International CEO Dato’ Joel Low is about to change that, with the launch of the largest agri-tech farm in Asia and a world-first Global Agricultural Exchange in 2019.

August 23, 2018

Taimoor Iqbal – Know Your Customer

Like his namesake from the 14th Century Conqueror in Asia, Co-CEO of Route Trading Taimoor Iqbal shares a story of perseverance in the face of giants. Iqbal discusses his 12-year long journey to make the ‘Know Your Customers’ Customer’ in the Home Remittances Sector a force for high street bankers to reckon with…

July 26, 2018

Valentin Preobrazhenskiy – The Tech Existentialist

During his recent visit to Singapore, we seized the opportunity to chat with US-based founder and CEO of LATOKEN Valentin Preobrazhenskiy about his plans for growing a footprint in Asia, his philosophy club The World Model, and why he agrees with robot Sophia that the purpose of life is to increase its viability…

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January 14, 2019

Fitness in your Lunch Hour Improves Work Performance

With the rise in lifestyle diseases due to sedentary work and play, global organisations are giving serious attention to the increasing indirect costs of health care services and increased absenteeism.

December 3, 2018

Circular Economy 100 Inspires Corporates to Confront Plastic Conundrum

A major sustainability initiative dubbed the Circular Economy 100 launched in 2018 by UK-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation, is mobilising corporates world-wide to re-think, re-design and re-build a future without single-use plastics.

November 26, 2018

The Role of Finance is to Drive Organisational Growth

Cloud Software Provider BlackLine’s Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific & Japan Terry Smagh shares his thoughts on why true automation is the only way to drive future growth in any organisation.

November 19, 2018

Best Adaptive Learning Platforms for Professional Development

For those keen on maximising their return on professional development training, check out our best Adaptive Learning software platforms for 2018 which uses AI and machine learning to enhance user outcomes.

October 8, 2018

Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Brand, Baby

With the barrage of Social Media Influencers and Life Coaches all competing for eyeballs to float in their brand soup offerings, we discuss why the phrase ‘authentic brand’ will always be an oxymoron.

October 2, 2018

The Economic Cost and Opportunity of Conflict in Israel

The Right to Work, while enshrined in international human rights law, is a privilege that many in the West take for granted. We were fortunate to sit down with Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) Program Fellow Ilhan Cagri based in Washington D.C. on the working and living conditions of all peoples living under the current Netanyahu Administration in Israel.

September 4, 2018

Modern Day Slavery – A Private Sector Challenge

With prosecutions on the rise, multi-national businesses can no longer cry ignorant when it comes to weak, supply chain governance. According to Hong Kong-based Mekong Club CEO Matthew Friedman, Modern Slavery is a global issue that requires a collective goal – and if the abolishers of slavery from the 1800s could mobilise to effect change, so too can big business.

August 14, 2018

Content Marketing is Killing Journalism

Co-Founder and Managing Editor of INDVSTRVS Joanne Leila Smith discusses why Content Marketing is highly lucrative for digital news brands yet damaging for ethical standards in Journalism – and why we all have a stake in the fall-out.

August 13, 2018

Demand for Multi-Lingual Talent and Tightening Job Markets Make Competition Tough in SE Asia

The job market in Asia is looking stagnant in the near term with most major economies including China, Japan, India and Singapore struggling to maintain job growth in a highly competitive environment…