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Jon Russell

London (usually Bangkok, TH)
Asia Writer — TechCrunch


This Inspiring Note Greets Apple's New Hires on Their First Day — Apple does things differently to other companies, and this note that greets its new employees on their first day is further proof of that. While the note and inspiring words are not a new introduction, the growth of Instagram - which now has more than 50 million users - and other sharing services are bringing details like this to large scale audiences like never before.

Singapore’s Nugit raises $5.2M to make sense of big data using artificial intelligence — In today's era of big data, there's a need for organization and efficiency. That's the premise of Nugit, a Singapore-based startup focused on marketing that raised $5.2 million in fresh funding from Sequoia Capital's India fund this week. Nugit landed undisclosed seed funding from 500 Startups and The Hub Singapore last year.

Southeast Asia’s Eatigo lands $10M+ from TripAdvisor for its discount restaurant service — Oh you thought location-based food deal services were done and dusted! Eatigo, a discount restaurant booking service that bills itself as the anti-Groupon, would have you believe otherwise. The startup has closed new funding to the tune of over $10 million from travel giant TripAdvisor to expand its service across Southeast Asia.

500 Startups announces new $50 million fund for Southeast Asia — 500 Startups ' organization in Southeast Asia - 500 Durians - is back with a new $50 million fund to press on with early-stage startup dealmaking in the emerging region, which counts over 600 million consumers. Although it typically sits in the shadow of India and China, Southeast Asia is poised to see major tech growth.

Xiaomi’s 4K Android TV box is now on sale in the U.S. for $79 — We told you last month that Xiaomi's Android TV box would go on sale in the U.S. in October, and true to our word it has. The Chinese company is best known for its affordable smartphones, but today it launched a set-top box priced at $79 that looks like great value.

Online fashion retailer Grana raises $10M led by Alibaba’s entrepreneurship fund — Grana, a two-year-old online fashion retailer based in Hong Kong, has announced that it has raised $10 million in fresh funding led by Alibaba's entrepreneurship fund. This is the startup's Series A round, and it follows $6 million in previous seed funding.

Chat app Line backs VC funds to unlock global growth opportunities — Chat app company Line is investing in international opportunities after it announced that it is backing two VC firms outside of its home-turf in Asia: DAG Ventures in the U.S. and France-based Korelya Capital.

Line invests $45 million into Snapchat clone Snow — Line, the messaging company that went public in the year's highest IPO to date, is diversifying its business and focusing on social after it invested $45 million (50 billion KRW) in Snow, a Snapchat clone focused on Asia. The deal sees Line take 25 percent equity in Snow, the company confirmed to TechCrunch.

Singapore’s Greyloft lands $1.1M to build a real estate agency for the digital era — Singapore-based Greyloft has raised $1.1 million to build out its vision of what a real estate agency should look and function like in today's digital era. Wait! Estate agents? Aren't they the bad actors that spoil things for everyone?

Spotify finally launches in Japan, the world’s second largest music market — Afters years of waiting, Spotify has finally launched its music streaming service in Japan. We reported earlier this month that the launch would happen before September is out, and the company just about delivered on that timeframe.
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Oct 12, 2016

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