Previously, we shared seven top investors to meet at Tech in Asia Jakarta 2017’s Startup-Investor Speed Dating segment.Preferred investment size (in US$): Up to 1 millionCountries of interest: Southeast AsiaVerticals of interest: Agriculture, Clean Tech, any startup that shows good potential(Disclosure: East Ventures is an investor in Tech in Asia.The team at Monk’s Hill Ventures is composed of seasoned entrepreneurs who rely on their years of experience to find and support up-and-coming startups in the technology sector.
An anonymous reader writes: Tech companies are competing to serve the wealthy, argues the winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, complaining there's no "global vision," with big innovations instead "designed and dedicated mostly for commercial successes... while trillions of dollars are invested in developing robotics and artificial intelligence for military and commercial purposes, there is little interest in applying technology to overcome the massive human problems of the world."A genius in the tech industry "can dedicate his work to creating a medical breakthrough that will save thousands of lives -- or he can develop an app that will let people amuse themselves."As an exception, he cites the low-cost Endless computer, which runs Linux and has 50,000 Wikipedia articles pre-installed to enable offline research -- plus more than 100 applications -- for a price of just $79."One part of Endless's business is operated like a conventional, profit-seeking company, while the other part is a social business that provides underserved populations with educational, health, and creative services they were once denied.Endless is already being shipped around the globe by four of the five largest computer manufacturers.It has become the leading PC platform in Indonesia and much of Southeast Asia.
In what could be a first for both the popular mining game and the theatre, a new play will take to the stage this weekend in both the real world and within Minecraft itself.With more than 120 million copies sold, Minecraft is the second-best-selling videogame of all time, behind Tetris.Fans love digging up the resources to create their own elaborate buildings and worlds, as well as following the game's story."Playcraft Live", a multimedia theatre experience, combines this intricate world-building with a new story of its own.It's an original play written by Alex Scarrow, author of the popular "Time Riders" teen novels.The timey-wimey story slips between real and virtual worlds as the Time Riders skip from modern-day New York to Neolithic times, with the story unfolding both in the theatre and online as a single livestream.
Vertex Ventures, the venture capital arm of Singapore’s Temasek Holdings, has closed its third tech fund at US$210 million, making it the largest fund in Southeast Asia, according to Bloomberg.The fund also invests in Indian startups.The fund was first announced in August with a target of at least US$150 million.It aims to invest mainly in series A rounds, with check sizes from US$3 million to US$5 million, Vertex told Tech in Asia at that time.It will focus on enterprise tech, fintech, and consumer internet.The firm’s perhaps most notable investment today is its participation in Grab’s early financing rounds.
In case you missed the announcement during Amazon’s very busy hardware event earlier this week, the Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show have all gained the ability to place voice calls to numbers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico for free.If you want to receive calls from regular numbers, you’ll need the new $35 Connect box that Amazon unveiled on Wednesday, which also allows you to use your home telephone number for Echo calls and dial emergency services like 911 or premium rate / international numbers.But this is still a nice upgrade from the original version of Alexa calling that Amazon rolled out, which only let you call other Echo owners or people with the Alexa app installed and set up on their smartphone.Now you can just tell your Echo to call anyone in your contacts or speak out a specific number to dial.Once you’ve set up Alexa calling and messaging, your own mobile number is linked to the device and will show up to recipients when you call.This is actually a bit odd since it lets you call yourself with your own phone number from an Echo.
I see it time and time again: The number-one challenge faced by brand-new internet business owners is a lack of traffic.In this article, I'm going to give you an eight-step action plan that will show you:How to get cheap, instant traffic to your website so you can test key components of your sales process--your sales copy, order form, navigation and opt-in offer--before rolling out a large-scale traffic campaign;How to ensure that every element of your sales process is optimized to convert maximum traffic into maximum sales;The most effective strategies for attracting thousands of highly qualified potential buyers to your site right away; andThe secret to putting your entire traffic campaign on autopilot.
While we eagerly awaits the arrival of the mate 10 and its variants, Huawei sub-brand Honor has took to its weibo page to tease the launch of a new Honor phone – the Huawei Honor 7X days before the arrival of mate 10.The official teaser simply shows the letters “7x” with the accompanying October 11th launch date, but what is more interesting is the message accompanying the teaser poster, the message reads in part:While the teaser poster itself didn’t say much, the accompanying message seems to have shed more light on what to expect of the honor 7X.If our guess is anything to take serious, the device is likely to come with a wide display (probably all-screen) with 18:9 display aspect ratio.There are talks in certain parts of the internet that the device would be arriving with 5.5-inch fullHD+ (2160 x 1080) display and powered by Kirin 670 64-bit octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM, 32GB & 64GB storage options.Other speculated specs & features of the honor 7X include full metal body with rear fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C port, speaker grill and 3.5mm headphone jack.It is expected to run Android 7.1 out of the box, powered by a 4,000mAh battery with 12+12MP dual camera setup.
The class-action lawsuit claims Uber and its former CEO knowingly misled investors to raise funds.Uber and its former CEO Travis Kalanick have been sued by a small shareholder in the company for allegedly failing to disclose "a variety of illicit business tactics" to its investors.The class-action lawsuit – brought by Irving Firemen's Relief & Retirement, a Texas-based retirement fund that invested $2m in Uber – accuses the ride-hailing giant of knowingly misleading its investors in order to raise billions of dollars.Its unlawful practices, according to the complaint, have affected its reputation and business prospects, causing significant harm to the shareholders."Kalanick and Uber failed to disclose that, in order to show strong short-term growth, the Company was employing and plotting to employ a variety of illicit business tactics that threatened Uber's business, reputation and long-term prospects," the suit reads.It mentions multiple instances of Uber's false and misleading statements relating to growth and revenues, competition, corporate culture, compliance with regulatory laws, and focus on innovation and new technologies.
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Richard Smith, CEO and chairman of Equifax, abruptly retired Tuesday following a data breach at the credit-reporting service that affected the personal information of 143 million people.Smith, who was 57 as of the company's proxy statement in March, became CEO and chairman in 2005 after 22 years at General Electric in senior roles in various divisions.He is to appear at a hearing of the Senate Banking Committee on Oct. 4 and is the only person scheduled to testify.He is also scheduled to testify next week at a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.Smith's salary for 2016 was $1.45 million and his bonus was $3.045 million.In a regulatory filing on Tuesday, the company said Smith will not get a bonus for this year and any other decisions regarding how his departure has been characterized or how much the company owes him will be deferred until the board completes an independent review of the breach and the response to it.
People have predicted the end of the world since ancient days, and this past September 23 was no exception.The Internet was alight with a doomsday prediction that billed this past Saturday as a fateful day, one that would result in the fabled planet Nibiru colliding with Earth and killing everyone.Forums were filled with people reporting feeling ‘vibes’ about the event; psychics said it would happen.But, as expected, the day passed without event.The lack of destruction wasn’t a surprise for most people, and that includes NASA researchers.The space agency was prepared for such a non-event, just as it was when the December 2012 prediction came and went uneventful.
Fitbit announced today that it will be launching the Ionic — the company’s first true smartwatch — on October 1st for $299.95.Also set to launch that day is the company’s first foray into the headphone market, the Fitbit Flyer, for $129.95.The Ionic was announced back in August with no firm release date.It distinguishes itself from Fitbit’s earlier offerings by adding support for third-party applications and a new software platform called Fitbit OS, which is designed to work similarly to how Pebble smartwatches did with a simple, web standards-based SDK.(That makes sense, since Fitbit bought Pebble last December.)Fitbit also claims the Ionic is better than any previous Fitbits at fitness tracking.
Moving lots of data to the cloud can take a long time and cost quite a bit, even over fast connections.Like its competitors — and especially AWS — Microsoft has long allowed its Azure users to import data to its cloud by shipping hard drives to its data centers.It’s now going a step further with the preview launch of the 100 TB Azure Data Box, its answer to AWS’s 50 and 80 TB Snowball boxes.The 45 pound Azure Data Box is meant to allow enterprises to quickly and securely move their data into the cloud.Microsoft describes it as a “ruggedized, tamper-resistant and human-manageable applications that will help organizations overcome the data transfer barriers that canblock productivity and slow innovation.”
"For the past 30 years I've spent the first hour of every day reading.I invest in the fitness of my brain before going to the gym.I don't read news or fiction; I choose a focus and read about it until I've mastered it.For 12 years, I've dedicated reading time to the topic of happiness; the result was the 'happiness algorithm' that is shared in [Gawdat's book] Solve for Happy"."The first thing I do in the morning is check my calendar to see what's coming up that day; identifying the most important emails is the second thing I do.I mentally prepare for the first couple of meetings while getting ready at home and grab something to eat on my way to work.
One of the last flagship phone lineups scheduled for release this fall has just leaked.I’m talking about Huawei, which we now know is readying to unveil three new Mate smartphones on October 16th, according to VentureBeat’s Evan Blass: the Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, and Mate 10 Lite.And while we’ve known about the first two for a few weeks, new information about the $455 Mate 10 Lite shows Huawei is angling for a new kind of advantage in mobile photography by using four cameras on the phone.Yes, both the back and front of the phone will employ a dual-camera setup, according to Blass.Both the front and back will have a main camera (a 16-megapixel shooter on the back, and a 13-megapixel version on the front), and each of those will be paired with a 2-megapixel buddy.That means Huawei will almost certainly not be going down the path it paved with the P9, which used a second, equal resolution (but monochromatic) sensor to add detail and clarity to the images captured by the main one.
It’s no surprise then that they were mentioned in several sessions in this year’s Social Media Week.So how are companies at the cutting edge using AR, VR and smart hubs to connect with consumers in new ways?Focus on simplicity – help brands understand new technologyAccording to David Blanar, Brand Partnership Specialist at Google UK, there is a challenge in helping brands understand new technology.Every brand comes from a different path of the journey, so it’s important to help them gain the right understanding before they start implementing VR and AR in marketing.This way it’s easier to explain a concept, before moving towards more advanced ideas.
File-scrambling malware put a bomb under shipping giant's sales growthMost of the victims of June’s NotPetya epidemic were based in Ukraine, but several global corporations were also infected by the software nasty – including shipping giant Maersk, ad behemoth WPP, pharmaceutical beast Merck, and FedEx’s TNT Express division.An update on TNT’s progress in restoring systems to normal as well as estimates of the financial toll taken by the outbreak came as the biz reported reduced earnings during the three months to August 31.FedEx execs reckon systems will only be fully restored at the end of September, three months after the file-scrambling nasty romped through networks.“Most TNT Express services resumed during the quarter and substantially all TNT Express critical operational systems have been restored,” FedEx said in a statement yesterday.“However, TNT Express volume, revenue and profit still remain below previous levels.”
In its search results, Google shows roughly 50 characters in title tags.Thus Amazon’s 50-character limit is enough to ensure a good title, using keywords strategically.White,” consider using “Reebok CrossFit.The more detail you add in the title area, using critical keywords, the higher the chances of your product being viewed by potential customers.Additional photos, including lifestyle shots, should show the product at different angles.They don’t care that your eye cream has polypeptides (a helpful amino acid).
A startup called Proterra has set the world record for the furthest distance any electric vehicle has managed before recharging.The Catalyst E2 Max electric bus drove 1,101.2 miles on a single charge, beating the previous record-holder, a one-seat experimental car nicknamed "Boozer."Engadget reports: Not surprisingly, a bus can hold a much larger battery than just about any regular car.The Catalyst E2 Max carries 660kWh, or nearly nine times the capacity of a 75kWh Tesla Model S. Also, Proterra was driving in optimal conditions, with no passengers, no stops and a gentle test track.It'd be another story with a fully-laden bus wending its way through a city.Even so, that kind of range is very promising.
Clearly, the strategy field is thriving, and plenty of people who used to promote themselves as marketers, writers, editors, etc.At Contently, our strategy team helps prospects and clients build the blueprint for connecting content to their business goals.Since our strategic expertise is a crucial part of how we close deals, we asked Kristen Poli, Contently’s manager of strategy services, to break down her day of meetings, pitch decks, and data analysis.Content strategists can collaborate with every part of the business, but our strategy team falls under the umbrella of the marketing department.During the standup, I hear what everyone is working on for the week, which makes it easy to identify areas we can help each other out.This week, I’m focused on two key tasks: completing a set of strategy proposals and preparing to launch a new content strategy workshop.
Despite our best efforts, we’re teaching AI the wrong lessons.Bias has crept into our machines and, unless we urge developers to change business as usual, it’s there to stay.Don’t get me wrong, not all robots are bigots; but the existence of the ones that are is an area for concern.Tay, the Microsoft bot who learned to hate Jewish people and spew racial epithets, was the victim of its own desire to please.Its creators told it to learn from everyone it interacted with, and it learned to be a bigot.I’m not so worried that robots are going to all become people-hating racists, I’m worried that people will use AI to “prove” ideas born of bigotry.