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18 startups in Asia that caught our eye


January.15.2015 0 Comments

Here’s our newest round-up of the featured startups on our site this week. If you have startup tips or story suggestions, feel free to email us or tell us about your startup on this form. Any juicy tech news tips go here. Enjoy this week’s list!

1. Emberify | India
Emberify, the startup behind mobile app Instant, wants to promote a healthy balance between our real lives and those that we live on our smartphones. The app monitors and visualizes how often the user unlocks their phone and how much accumulated time the screen is active. A minimalist readout shows the metrics and charts them on a bar graph.

2. MakanLuar | Indonesia
MakanLuar prides itself on curating content guides for consumers who are looking to dine at popular restaurants where bookings are often necessary, and is focused on quality of service and content. There is also a loyalty program in which diners can rack up “cash points” that they can then use to subtract from the cost of the final bill. Besides cash points, MakanLuar offers perks and GrabTaxi rides with its meals.

3. Setipe | Indonesia
Launched in late 2013, Setipe is an anonymous dating website from Jakarta with a rigorous matching process that drip feeds users just one match per day. The startup claimed that it has 1.7 million potential couples matched, half a million conversations facilitated, and five bona fide marriages as a result of its service.

4. Housing | India
Housing is a real estate portal which began as a rental search platform in Mumbai. It now offers everything from youth hostels and paying guest accommodation to new housing projects, plots of land, legal agreements online, and even home loans across 50 Indian cities. Most of all, it pioneered the use of mobile map-based technology to locate and verify the listings on its site. The company recently raised US$122 million in all from SoftBank, Falcon Edge, and other investors.

5. PocketMarket | Philippines
Philippine startup PocketMarket wants to simplify social commerce through its platform. Merchants are able to do five key things on PocketMarket: manage their social media posts, reply to inquiries, receive orders, send invoices, and accept payments.

6. Bornevia | Indonesia
Bornevia, an SaaS startup which offers customer relationship management (CRM) software, announced this week that it has raised an undisclosed amount of pre-series A funding from East VentuFres and Beenos Partners.

7. Banff Cyber Technologies | Singapore
Banff Cyber Technologies is a Singapore-based startup which focuses on mitigating the damage caused by cyberattacks. In its short lifespan, the startup has gained over 30 paying large enterprise customers, consisting of government bodies, listed companies, and Forbes Global 2000 firms. In Singapore, it’s monitoring over 20 government websites, along with banks and telcos customers.

8. Cekpremi | Indonesia
Cekpremi is one of Indonesia’s newest online insurance portals that lets users compare insurance products and make purchases through the site. The startup has only been running for three months, but already it has partnered with several big local insurance firms. Apart from selling and advising, Cekpremi also aims to further debunk existing negative perceptions of insurance in Indonesia.

9. Frankly | India
Delhi-based startup Frankly.me is a video Q&A platform that serves the purpose of connecting people with public figures and raising the level of engagement between them. The company says several VIPs ranging from singers to political leaders have already registered themselves for the service.

10. Go-Jek | Indonesia
Started since 2011, Go-Jek aims to be the Uber for motorcycles in Indonesia and it operates mainly in Jakarta, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi areas (Jabodetabek). The company works with about 800 motorcycle riders, and executes hundreds orders daily. For each ride, Go-Jek gives away a free head cover and face mask to keep passengers’ heads clean and cool. For its courier service, the company lets users track its packages in real-time via smartphone apps.

11. Popmap | Hong Kong
Hong Kong-based Popmap is a new mobile app which allows shoppers to browse the items online – and also buy them online direct from the store. The startup also wants to get onboard shops that have no website, as well as merchants who don’t even have a physical store. While Popmap is free for stores and merchants to use, there’s a transaction fee levied on every purchase which ranges from eight to 15 percent.

12. Lenskart | India
Lenskart is an Indian etailer of prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses from leading brands like Rayban, Oakley, Tag Heuer, and Fastrack. The site has personalized features to help a customer pick a suitable eyewear online, one-year product warranty, and 14-days no-questions-asked return policy. The startup recently announced a series C round of funding.

13. WeLab | Hong Kong
Hong Kong-based fintech startup WeLab flagship product is WeLend, the first peer-to-peer lending service in the country, founded in 2013. In addition to WeLend, WeLab also operates Wolaidai, a mobile P2P lending platform for top-tier university students in China. This week the company announced it closed a US$20 million series A funding round.

14. AmazingLife | Japan
Japan’s AmazingLife is to make it as easy as possible to arrange a funeral, regardless of whether the passing has been long expected or happened in a tragic, unexpected twist of fate. There is a curation site, designed to educate current and future customers about the funeral process and preparations to take in order to reduce confusion and frustration in the stressful days after a loved one has died. The main service, however, is a one-stop-shop for funeral arrangements.

15. Line0 | China
Nanjing-based food delivery app Line0 runs delivery services mostly for cheap franchise restaurants, guaranteeing your meal to your door in less than one hour. It currently operates in five cities: Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Suzhou, and Wuhan. The startup announced it has closed a series B investment led by Tencent and followed by Sequoia Capital and Gobi Partners.

16. Purplle | India
Launched in 2011, Purplle is an ecommerce site focuses on the beauty and grooming vertical. Besides buying products on Purplle, users can also compare products based on several parameters, including ratings, colors, and prices. Also, users can compare salons and spas in their neighborhood based on reviews, pictures, and distance from their location. The company recently raised an undisclosed amount in series A funding from IvyCap Ventures.

17. Kids Note | South Korea
Kids Note is an app for kindergartens and daycares to communicate with parents. The app digitizes several day-to-day functions that used to be done on ink and paper or face to face. Parents can receive alerts and announcements about upcoming events, required shots and other medication, and cafeteria meal plans. Parents can request real-time check ups on their kids, while teachers can post daily reports and pictures. Daum Kakao, the parent company of South Korea’s most popular messaging app KakaoTalk, announced this week that it has wholly acquired the startup.