I attended the Fucking Cool Brunch yesterday and was gently reminded of how far the scene has come in Singapore – events, quality of people, the interesting performance art, food, drinks and of course the tech. Being a techy I have to monitor this but as I have said before I think Singapore as an HQ for Global Companies keeps looking better and better. Yes – there are issues. Series A, employments visas, spaces to work and so on but I hope they will all be overcome as Singapore keeps evolving the model and marching on.
At the Brunch I met someone from MediaCorp and we had a nice healthy discussion around Singapore, the tech scene and the possible future landscape. Of course I can quickly digress and focus on the negatives but there is a reason I am in Singapore. I chose it. I value the residency capability, the rule of law, the infrastructure and the burgeoning scene. I feel that although there might be better better places to live or what some perceive as better markets – my gut says Singapore will come out on top of the SEA heap and become a place where one could setup, build and exit a global startup. I can’t prove this, yet, but it’s how I feel.
Apart from all of this the activity right now is high and the quality is good.
We have a conference/event scene that is always improving :: http://reddotrubyconf.com , http://e27.co/echelon/ , http://blinkbl-nk.com – I am sure there are examples of others but these are the ones I am into.
Then there is just all the periphery activity that is slowly evolving that is cementing the Startup Scene in Singapore:
Isaac penned a great Startup FAQ here :: http://sgentrepreneurs.com/2013/05/16/singapore-startup-faq/
Although I am not a huge Rocket fan you can’t ignore the activity they are bringing :: http://sgentrepreneurs.com/2013/05/22/zalora-reveals-massive-usd-100m-round-in-vote-of-confidence-for-fash-e-commerce-in-asia/
The new 500 Durians Fund :: http://www.zdnet.com/500-startups-launches-10m-500-durians-fund-for-southeast-asia-7000016104/
The success of JFDI :: http://insidethenoodlebowl.com/singapores-jfdi-asia-puts-southeast-asias-accelerators-on-the-map – looking forward to demo night tomorrow night. I will try to live tweet my reactions. 😉
In general the mainstream tech press, written by a local, is waking up to the size and opportunity in SEA :: http://thenextweb.com/asia/2013/01/03/2013-in-southeast-asia/
Yes – still waiting for new Series A entrants who will set up shop in Singapore but I think it will come.
Been in Singapore for over 3 years and in Asia for about 13 years. The current activity is unprecedented – and I don’t think it is a bubble. It is just the natural progression of the tech world waking up to how big SEA is. It isn’t easy to operate here but I think it is worth it. My personal goal is to show that one can build a big global business right here in Singapore. So lately I am focused on doing just that while doing my best to stay plugged in.
Going to be a busy week!