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14 Startups in Asia That Caught Our Eye

Emily Goh
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This week, we have a bunch of inspiring founder stories from Singapore and South Korea, as well as investment news from a number of startups! 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. CodeToki | Philippines Codetoki is an achievement-based and game-like platform that aids fellow graduates in finding employment, by specifically matching applicants to the most suitable employers, and making them visible to future employers.

2. Dreadout | Indonesia Developed by Badung-based Digital Happiness, Dreadout is a horror PC game that is receiving quite a bit of publicity both in Indonesia and globally.

3. Crowdbaron | Hong Kong Crowdbaron wants to help make investing in real estate as simple as booking a hotel online. Folks who want to bolster their personal investment portfolio, the idea is that buying a small stake in one or numerous properties lets you take advantage of surging property prices in several countries.

4. Camera360 | China Sichuan-based popular photo filter app Camera360 has announced this week that it accumulated 100 million global users across its three versions for iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone. Camera360 is now in talks with a number of smartphone manufacturers to have its filters pre installed in some new phones.

5. Foodpanda | Asia Launched in April 2012, Rocket Internet’s Foodpanda is an Asia-based food delivery startup that takes orders online from over 5,000 partner restaurants in nine Asian countries and employs 150 staff. It announced this week that it has grabbed another major round of funding from Sweden’s AB Kinnevik, Russia’s Phenomen Ventures, and several other unnamed investors.

6. Ticket Solutions | Indonesia Launched in August 2012, Ticket Solutions’s Android app ‘Indonesia Flight’ enables its users to compare and book domestic flights in real time. The company revealed that it is now generating revenue of over IDR 4 billion ($400,000) every month using the ticket booking platform Tiket’s API, and has also released an iOS version of ‘Indonesia Flight’ this week.

7. StreetDirectory | Singapore Founded back in 2000, StreetDirectory is a portfolio company of Hong Kong’s JDB Holdings, whose portfolio also includes JobsDB, 88DB, Openrice, Cozycot, FlowerAdvisor and SgCarmart (which was recently acquired by SPH). We recently had a chance to meet the founder during Startup Asia Singapore 2013. Read his inspiring startup story here!

8. Themis Reader | Indonesia Meet Indonesian developer team Mahoni and its flagship iOS app Themis Reader The team claims that the app is the most expensive one made in Southeast Asia, and that it is actually selling. Guess how much does that app cost?

9. RocketLabs | Philippines Designed as an educational software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform and currently still in beta, RocketLabs aims to integrate virtual labs, course media, and one-on-one instruction for enterprise-grade tech training. The startup was a finalist at the recent 2013 Echelon Philippines Satellite.

10. Mention | China Beijing-based startup Mention recently walked away with the GMIC Seed Stage Award with its flagship product, Traintracks, a real-time behavioral analytics tool made by game designers for game designers to give them useful and powerful insights on user behavioral patterns.

11. Visualead | Israel Israel-based startup Visualead is a QR code generator that converts ugly QR codes into visually appealing ones, and aims to be one of the most effective and useful technologies in leading consumers from offline to online. The startup walked away as the winner of the GMIC G-Startup Growth Stage competition.

12. Umeng | China Founded in 2010, Umeng is like the Google Analytics for mobile applications in China and its currently serving over 100,000 mobile applications across all major mobile platforms — iOS, Android, and Windows Phone — with more than 50 percent of all Chinese developers using the service.

13. VNTIC | Vietnam VNTIC is an online platform for buying and selling tickets for entertainment events and is connected to the ticket networks of other countries such as Singapore’s Sistic, Malaysia’s Ticketcharge, and Indonesia’s Kiostix, thus they are able to offer Vietnamese audiences access to events on these platforms.