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Asia Tech Review: September 27 2016

Welcome back, A day later than usual this week, but plenty happening, particularly in Southeast Asia
September 27 · Issue #18 · View online
Asia Tech Review
Welcome back,
A day later than usual this week, but plenty happening, particularly in Southeast Asia where Grab finally closed that seemingly elusive new funding round ($750 million at a post-money valuation of $3 billion) and also found time to announce a partnership with self-driving car startup Nutonomy. Outside of the news cycle, plenty of good reads on Asia’s tech industry, too.
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Women reportedly represent 55% of new startups in China
Didi is now investing in the bike-sharing startup Ofo
Xiaomi Mi Box Android TV spotted in Walmart for $69
Twitter makes layoffs in Bangalore
Online furniture marketplace Pepperfry raises $31 million
Medical journal app for doctors lands funding from Accel
Southeast Asia
Grab raises $750 million at a $3 billion valuation
Little-known Singapore startup buys 49% of Rolling Stone
Redmart is reportedly trying to sell
Stripe enters Asia with its official launch in Singapore
Mercedes launches a startup accelerator in Singapore
Thailand considers tougher tax collection rules for internet and tech firms
Interesting Reads
Alipay is taking off around Chinese tourists going overseas link
Inside China’s virtual reality cafes link
Interview with Alibaba VP Joe Tsai link [paywall]
Singapore’s ecosystem “as vibrant as ever” link
Consumer caution and poor broadband mar Indonesia’s outlook link
The Ken: a very interesting new media company covering tech in India link
Soon you’ll be able to order pizza by chatbot link
Young rural women in India chase big-city dreams link
And finally: Dentsu Aegis’s accelerator program for female entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia is calling for entries link
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