Category Archives: Malaysia

Alpha

Everything starts somewhere. I think the old adage is the 2 people in a garage at the beginning working on a tech company.

In Asia there is a lack of garages for the most part but the rest of the issues and desires remain the same.

Some people are in a coffee shop, co-working space or their apartment or maybe their parent’s apartment.

Have computer will build startup seems to be the mantra.

Once that is settled you need some compute power, some tech/strategy help and if everything goes okay – you will need some capital.

Enter Project Alpha :: http://alpha.seedplus.com

Compute, help and capital all in on spot.

First off you can join the city events we will have – there will be four cities covered. Sorry if we are not coming to your city.

KL event page is up and taking registrations :: https://projectalphamalaysia.splashthat.com

KL pitch submission page is up as well :: https://projectalphamalaysiastartups.splashthat.com

Jakarta, Bangkok and Singapore will follow.

If you have any questions – email us :: projectalpha@seedplus.com

Onward and Upward!

Uber’s month from hell!

And now the investors are piling on :: https://shift.newco.co/an-open-letter-to-the-uber-board-and-investors-2dc0c48c3a7#.wro1quz15

#deleteUber

Then the latest on all the sexual harassment

Adding the recode link :: http://www.recode.net/2017/2/23/14717432/waymo-otto-uber-anthony-levandowski-lawsuit

And now :: https://medium.com/waymo/a-note-on-our-lawsuit-against-otto-and-uber-86f4f98902a1#.j81e8os6u

We found that six weeks before his resignation this former employee, Anthony Levandowski, downloaded over 14,000 highly confidential and proprietary design files for Waymo’s various hardware systems, including designs of Waymo’s LiDAR and circuit board. To gain access to Waymo’s design server, Mr. Levandowski searched for and installed specialized software onto his company-issued laptop. Once inside, he downloaded 9.7 GB of Waymo’s highly confidential files and trade secrets, including blueprints, design files and testing documentation. Then he connected an external drive to the laptop. Mr. Levandowski then wiped and reformatted the laptop in an attempt to erase forensic fingerprints.

Wow. Not even a professional hijacking. Just straight up stealing and trying to cover it up.

Guessing Alphabet has plenty of cash and an axe to grind. Seems to me it’s time for the CEO to step down and let an adult run the company before it is too late.

Singapore the aircraft carrier

https://www.techinasia.com/singapores-startup-scene-is-overrated/

Great article and largely models how I think about Singapore – it is an incredible base for being a global startup and it should be how it is marketed. I still think there is too much focus on local businesses and having your staff all be in Singapore though but it is improving.

We at Spuul don’t get talked about much in the local scene – I think mostly cause we are not great at PR, have never been externally funded and are not very big in Singapore. My guess is there are others out there in Singapore like Spuul who else don’t get much attention since they don’t focus on Singapore but just use it as a hub. At Spuul we are now even exploring our first remote engineering center – guess where we are putting it? 🙂

I also think Singapore is a good hub for foreigners as well given the ability to become a permanent resident, the schools, the family friendly atmosphere and the rule of law. Nowhere is perfect but from other places I have been I think Singapore is pretty damn good.

All the recent activity is just a nod to how important the region is becoming but Singapore in my opinion will do very well as the center of the region for a lot of startups.

Hopefully you will see more global ones in the making.