Tuesday, 15 July 2014 00:00

10 startups in Asia that caught our attention

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1. Tolexo | India

Launched last month, Tolexo is an online marketplace from India which aims to be the go-to place for buyers of industrial and construction goods. Tolexo already has over 50,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) in seven categories like industrial safety and engineering tools. More than 100 sellers of such things have registered with it and the list is growing fast.


2. Goodpatch | Japan

Goodpatch is a rising star in the competitive landscape of digital design firms. Specializing in websites, mobile sites, and smartphone applications, the startup receives clients looking to spruce up their user experience or user interface.


3. Jianshu | China

Jianshuis a Chinese minimalist writing and blogging environment reminiscent of Medium. The startup recently secured seed investment from undisclosed angel investors.


4. WaryBee | Malaysia

WaryBee is a safety wearable hardware startup that features a product which comes in the form of a necklace or bracelet, but the triggering device is hidden in a tiny pendant on the jewelry. Like a ‘panic button’, all that the victim needs to do is press it, and a signal will be sent to the phone of a person – or several people – of their choosing.


5. Pokkt | India

India’s Pokkt (Pocket) has come up with a unique way to enable mobile payments in emerging markets, where credit card penetrations are low. The startup has created a marketplace for consumers to get apps, games, and other digital content without paying a single cent. Instead, they pay with their time by consuming content from some 100 advertisers, who pay to plug into the platform. The company has just raised a series A round led by JAFCO Asia, a Singapore-headquartered venture capital firm, along with SingTel Innov8, Jungle Ventures, and serial entrepreneur Ganesh Krishnan.


6. TableApp | Malaysia

TableApp is a Malaysia-based online restaurant booking site launched in June 2013. The startup is also working with Groupon Malaysia as a possible reservation platform partner to the latter’s food deals.


7. LMBang | China

LMBang is a Chinese social network for mothers which has recently secured series B funding to help it grow. This fresh funding comes 11 months after the startup got US$10 million in series A investment. This social network is a space for women who just happen to be moms to discuss and share anything, including fashion, healthcare, images and links, and lifestyle tips. It’s like a mix of Facebook, Pinterest, a portal dedicated to moms, and a women’s health website.


8. Viibar | Japan

Viibar, a Tokyo-based startup, is on a mission to liberate technical professionals from the stifling world of industrial video production. Founded in April 2013, the startup offers a crowdsourcing solution for animated or live action video production. The startup was in Japanese incubator OnLab’s seventh batch and the winner of the Best Team Award in October 2013. The win earned the company some extra attention and a cool US$3 million by the following February.


9. Olacabs | India

Launched in 2011, Olacabs currently covers taxis and private car fleets in nine Indian citIes. The startup has 9,000 vehicles in its network, and all the taxis and limos belong to third-party cab firms and livery operators. The company has raised series C funding from Steadview Capital and Sequoia Capital besides existing investors Tiger Global and Matrix Partners India.


10. Nulab | Japan

Fukuoka-based Nulab is a startup that makes cross-team collaboration platforms. It offers three main services: Cacoo, a collaborative diagram creator; Backlog, a project management platform; and Typetalk, a team chat interface.

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Mary Chan

Mary is the Senior Editor at fundedflow