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12 Startups in Asia That Caught Our Eye

Emily Goh
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It’s Sunday and we are back to bring you a compilation of startups in the region. Remember, for startup tips and story suggestions, feel free to email us. Alternatively, you can send tips here and/or tell us about your startup here. Enjoy this week’s list! 1. Imotiv | Singapore Launched this week, Imotiv (previously known as NuffnangX) is a mobile blog reader application that enables users to discover new blogs and share interesting stories. Imotiv is currently run by an independent team under Netccentric, which also runs Nuffnang, Jipaban, and ChurpChurp.

2. Reebonz | Singapore Reebonz is a Singapore-based luxury VIP e-store that offers short-duration, online private sales that are exclusively open to members only. The company announced that it has completed a massive financing round led by Singapore’s TV and publishing giant MediaCorp.

3. Viss | Hong Kong Founded last September, Hong Kong-based social fashion and commerce platform Viss has received a round of strategic seed investment this week from Clive Ng and Christian Remrod via their company 8 Plus Holding. The startup has also shown impressive growth at more than over 400 percent in terms of unique visitors.

4. Aloxeom | Vietnam Aloxeom is a web-based service that connects passengers with motorbike taxi drivers for a ride in Hanoi, Vietnam. The team of five has only been working on this project since early March and is looking to expand it into Ho Chi Minh city and Danang by the end of the year.

5. EatAds | Singapore EatAds, the Singapore-based startup that’s an online platform for buying and selling offline adverts, has revealed this week that it has entered the Indian market. Just as the online ads industry has been revolutionized by such services, EatAds aims to do the same for outdoor and out-of-home (OOH) media.

6. Tinker Games | Indonesia Indonesian game studio Tinker Games has released its flagship game Inheritage: Boundary of Existence for iOS. It’s a horizontal shoot’em up adventure game that combines Indonesian culture, anime-style artwork, and a visual novel. It’s aimed at a global audience.

7. Twitcasting | Japan Japan’s TwitCasting is a video broadcasting platform that’s tied very closely to Twitter. This week, the startup got seed funding to help it grow. TwitCasting now has more than 2.4 million users, of whom 80 percent are in Japan.

8. TheSmartLocal | Singapore Launched last August, Singapore-based travel and lifestyle reviews portal TheSmartLocal.com is the new kid on the block, boasting close to 16,000 reviews to date. The site doesn’t just focus on Singapore and has already expanded to Malaysia as well.

9. Close | Japan This week, Japan’s Facebook-esque Mixi invested in two startups as part of a strategy to make the struggling site more relevant. One of the two is Reventive, makers of a ‘Path for best buddies’ app called Close.

10. StudyPlus | Japan Mixi also put some cash into StudyPlus, a social learning management platform. It has over 100,000 registered users so far.

11. SundayToz | South Korea Founded in 2008 by three friends, Korean game studio SundayToz is the creator of Anipang and Anipang Mahjong, which command a combined 12 million monthly active users (MAU). SundayToz is backed by Softbank Ventures Korea and Walden International. Read their founding story here!

12. SITTI | Indonesia SITTI is an intuitive ad network that serves relevant ads to sites and searches according to keywords used. In short, it is a Google Adsense that’s proficient in the Indonesian language. It currently has a team of 47 staff, and is invested by thirteen angel investors in Indonesia. Once again, we have the startup founder’s story in full.

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