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Taiwanese crowdfunding startup Dodoker: Doing good through blockchain
In a first for Taiwan, blockchain technology has been integrated into operations by an e- commerce company. The technology allows nonprofit crowdfunding platform Dodoker to render the use of its donations transparent.
AppWorks launches $100m fund targeted at Southeast Asian startups
Having successfully completed funding projects I and II, AppWorks announced its most recent investment endeavor. With an initial amount of $100m, AppWorks’ funding project III will be inaugurated in mid-2017.
Taiwanese online media startup The News Lens raises over $2m in Series B round
On March 23, bilingual news platform The News Lens announced that it has successfully raised more than $2m in their Series B round. The investment will power its planned expansion and diversification of content.
Facebook to Launch Startup Accelerator in Taiwan
Facebook’s accelerator program is set to launch in Taiwan, bringing the island-nation a step closer to becoming “Asia’s Silicon Valley.”
Graduating from 500 Startups, Rookie Fund is ready to take on East Asia
Asia's first campus-based venture capital fund, 500 Rookies, announced a name change on March 1, officially becoming Rookie Fund after gaining independence from parent company 500 Startups. Despite the name change, the fund will continue to be operated pr
Meet Holly Harrington, Taiwan Startup Stadium’s new general manager
Meet had the opportunity to sit down with Taiwan Startup Stadium’s new general manager Holly Harrington for an interview. Besides discussing the reshuffle of their team, Holly also shared insights on how startups can increase their chances of success, be
Friend or foe? Traditional companies and the startup predicament
Recent years have seen an ongoing hype over startup culture. Rightly celebrated for their inventiveness and risk-taking drive, international startups are bathing in the limelight. Traditional corporations, on the other hand, are often viewed as inflexible
Sigfox’s Christophe Fourtet talks IoT and cooperation with Taiwanese companies
Sigfox CSO and cofounder Christophe Fourtet recently came to Taiwan to talk about his vision for the internet of things (IoT). Attending the National Development Council’s “Visiting Entrepreneur” event series, Fourtet also discussed future cooperation wit
Venture Funding powerhouse GGV’s Yearly Review: Apps, AI, and new Asian
Venture capital firm GGV Capital recently published their yearly review for 2016. Looking back at their growing success in funding East Asian and Southeast Asian startups, GGV also offers an insightful outlook on emerging markets and new technologies. Her
International demand high for Taiwanese engineers, says mit.Jobs
January saw a high international turnout at mit.Jobs’ networking event for engineers. With participants hailing from tech hubs like Silicon Valley, Singapore, Hong Kong, or Taiwan, the occasion had renowned companies and startups mingle with local talent,
Setting an example: Japan’s new startup hub Fukuoka
Recently, Fukuoka City’s mayor Takashima Sōichirō sat down with BNext to discuss his city’s transformation into a startup-friendly regional center. Visiting Taiwan for a meeting with Taipei City’s mayor Ko Wen- Je, Takashima outlined his vision of Fukuok
Startup Lessons with Taiwan’s ‘Adobe-Killer’ Part 4
Vectr is a Taiwan-based startup going places in the world of graphics and design software. It has already netted close to US$1 million in angel investment from Silicon Valley and has more funding on the way. Chief executive and co-founder Nick Budden talk