Category Archives: Singapore

Seed funding in Singapore isn’t dead. Here’s all the proof you need.

Normally behind a paywall but this article is free for the day.

Here is one of my incendiary quotes:

Smith adds: “The meme that there is a stage-specific crunch is usually started by founders who have struggled to raise a round. The truth is that everyone struggles and fundraising for startups or venture funds are never easy.”

Seed funding in Singapore isn’t dead. Here’s all the proof you need.

WeWork opens co-working ‘lab’ space in Singapore for early-stage start-ups, Business News & Top Stories – The Straits Times

Blockpunk!

WeWork opens co-working ‘lab’ space in Singapore for early-stage start-ups, Business News & Top Stories – The Straits Times:

WeWork Labs piloted its concept for the first cohort of start-ups here in September. These included graduates of accelerator programmes and non-profit organisations. Eight start-ups participated in the pilot, including BlockPunk, which is building a next-generation anime studio.

Chief executive and co-founder Julian Lai-Hung said: “Having graduated from the Entrepreneur First Singapore incubator, we wanted to find a similar start-up-friendly culture and global community. WeWork Labs provided this and also helped in attracting new hires and kept the team happy, collaborative and productive.”

Russian cybersecurity firm Group IB to open global HQ in Singapore: CEO | Reuters

I have written before about the notion of cities and anchor tenants when it comes to the startup ecosystem.

I fully believe that Singapore has won this battle versus any other SEA city.

Now add Group IB to the list. You may not know the name but what I find interesting is why they chose Singapore.

What many people don’t know is the one Interpol is in Singapore and two, they HQ their cyber crimes unit in Singapore.

I suspect more companies who work around this industry will start to see Singapore as the best spot for an HQ.

Russian cybersecurity firm Group IB to open global HQ in Singapore: CEO | Reuters

Singapore PM Bloomberg interview

I rather enjoyed this one. I will preface that no country is perfect but I like a lot of what he says when it comes to geo political stuff, healthcare, aging and education. As a Singaporean PR, I can vouch for how good these systems are – compared to both other SEA cities I have lived in and America. I loves his comments around teachers and how they help them grow and push them out as well.