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April 16, 2021
April 16, 2021

The Next Wave of E-commerce Empowerment in Southeast Asia

Growing e-commerce spending in Southeast Asia comes with growing complexities for platforms and merchants alike. Source: Unsplash 1. Rising fraud Source: Fraud Rising: How Bots and Malware Are Compromising APAC’s Apps According...
March 12, 2021
March 12, 2021

International Women’s Week 2021

Here at 500, we recognize that diversity and inclusion help to support creativity and innovation: they are an essential ingredient in a successful company. We are committed to encouraging diversity and inclusion in our company, community, and ecos...
December 07, 2020
December 07, 2020

Durians Daily #146: This Hong Kong startup may be the key to traveling safely in the pandemic; Carousell’s second-hand marketplace gives the needy a second chance; Thousands of small businesses in Bayuwangi to benefit from Grab’s technology

Getting ready for takeoff Founder and CEO of 500-backed digital health startup Prenetics, Danny Yeung, spoke to Tatler Hong Kong about his journey starting with consumer genetic testing to being at the “forefront, not just in Hong Kong, but in...
December 04, 2020
December 04, 2020

Durians Daily #145: This country has raised more than 60% of the IPO values in Southeast Asia in 2020; Australians to gain better access to education on e-scooter safety; Australian rocket company to go farther in space with new agreement

Defying economic gravityA Deloitte report showed 100 IPOs (Initial Public Offerings) across Southeast Asia have raised ~US$6.44 billion so far.Thailand is leading the charge with 23 IPOs totaling ~US$3.94 billion raised, up from last year’s ~US$3 ...
December 03, 2020
December 03, 2020

Durians Daily #144: Indonesians to enjoy better income and cleaner air with Grab’s green mission; This Christmas, Carousellers can socially distance on a discount; Meat-lovers are leading the Asian plant-based movement

Going electric for the environment500-backed super app Grab is on a mission: to help Indonesia go green.In November, the archipelago’s power producer PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) signed a four-way Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) — with Hyu...
December 02, 2020
December 02, 2020

Durians Daily #143: How does Supahands COO ensure we have diversity in AI?; Free weekly resource for #PositiveParenting while in lockdown; 2+ million small businesses are managed online thanks to this bookkeeping app

Crowdsourcing an unbiased AIThe field of artificial intelligence (AI) traces its origins to the 1950s. While a McKinsey report stated development in this area “lags behind” in the ASEAN region, Singapore was cited to be active in the field, with “...
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