(LINK) Inside the collapse of Dyson’s electric car dream | WIRED UK


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(LINK) Asia Tech Review: September 9 2019 | Revue

Always a fan of Jon and his writing.

We got to hang again for breakfast – always a good chat. I think we need to do a breakfast meetup. 😉

Asia Tech Review: September 9 2019 | Revue

I like this part in this week’s newsletter:

And finally… on the future

Visiting Singapore always gets me thinking. This week it was triggered by Bloomberg’s ‘Sooner Than You Think Event’ – as the name implies it is focused on current companies, tech and trends that will impact the future.

It didn’t take long to notice how so many of the faces on stage for interviews were people who I had met/got to know years ago when their companies were much smaller. Now they are the big guns, and I can think of countless others who weren’t at the show but fit that bracket.

Southeast Asia and tech are on such a growth spurt that it propels founders and startups. That’s not a bad thing at all, but it is quite something to see familiar faces consistently on stage at events, on TV interviews, or managed by large entourages such has been their rise.

The last five years have seen so much growth that it is impossible to imagine what the next five or ten will bring. Putting aside the tech and business models, I can say with certainty that many of the biggest companies/founders of the future are already active in the region today. That may sound obvious, but it is easy to lose perspective. (I’m not alone in thinking this.)

A recent report from Golden Gate Ventures – an investor in tech startup, of course – predicts “at least 700 anticipated startup exits between 2023–2025.” While, in the here and now, a new report from Preqin shows an increased interest (and activity) in Southeast Asia from global investment firms.

I’m not in the business of predicting numbers, but it is clear it’ll be a heck of a ride. That applies to tech anywhere in the world, but I do think it’ll be even wilder in Southeast Asia where the region is moving upwards despite challenging global conditions.

(This is also why I joined The Ken, I believe we need more analysis and thoughtful commentary. Shameless plug over.)

I think that the growth in the SEAsian tech scene over the next 10 years, even with a possible slowdown, will be much bigger than the last 10 years.

Singapore will continue to be a factor and the center of the SEAsian growth story.

Pretty amazing to see the folks that are becoming big players in the scene.

Also fun to he hear and be a part of it all.

Singapore and Tech

Yesterday I had the pleasure of listening to the Deputy PM at the Mint Asia Summit.

No country is perfect but I appreciate listening to him and his honest views on education, taxes, taking care of the elderly plus his views on tech.

Then world is probably going through a global downturn soon and maybe even a total recession but I am happy to be anchored to Singapore for the coming global era of change.


My own eCommerce experiences in Singapore

We see a lot written about eCommerce and what all the startups or vendors say. However let’s talk about my experience.

I basically swear by Amazon Prime when it comes to customer experience. I won’t argue for selection since that is personal preference anyway but all the basics I want are there and they get shipped to me 2 hours after ordering. The app shows the entirety of the process from start to finish. Bravo.

I also like how I can order stuff from the USA with no shipping costs. Plus I get Amazon Prime Video.

Every once in a while I use Lazada and it works but I think the UX sucks and I only order from official stores.

Shopee is the same for me but the website is better IMHO but stupid they don’t have an app in all the app stores so I can’t use the iOS app. I ordered from an official store recently and the item was in my hand 2 days later but the site and/or email gave me no updates at all. This is why I like Prime – I see all the steps.

Recently I was looking for a particular small appliance and it turns out the best price was at Courts and Best Denki but on my Sunday excursion I did not find the appliance it any of the stores. When I came home I ordered it online from Courts.

The website is okay but you just know that eCommerce is not their focus. My payment information was not there from the last purchase and there are too many steps to checkout. What’s silly is I get an email saying order is being processed. No information on date or delivery time. Today I get an email letting me know it is being processed – I guess they think I didn’t know. I replied asking for the date and time but was told that they have to process it first.

This is why Amazon usually wins. They use tech and they service the customer. Upon completing my order I know when the item will arrive. With Courts I don’t know until – they call me! Yes. I order online specifically so that I don’t need any human intevention to receive an item at my house apart from maybe saying hi the delivery driver.

This post was interrupted by the customer care call from Courts for me to pick my time slot. Wouldn’t have been easier to message me and allow me to click and pick my delivery slot. You did message by SMS and email to confirm my slot – why so hard to use the same tech to allow me to pick the slot? Better yet – why can’t I pick the slot during the order process?

Just to give you a sense at how bad the Courts online tech is:

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The first item is over 2 years old and yes it was delivered – one would think it would show that in the UX.

The 2nd item is the latest one which when I click on that doesn’t even show me my confirmed time slot or even options to let me adjust it.

Not sure what the purpose of the online ordering is since after you order they mostly conduct the TX over the phone which kind of defeats the purpose.

Courts – call me if you need some help. 🙂

Tech is coming folks – even for Courts.