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Founded in 2007, e27 is a media organization focused on the Asian technology startup industry. We believe in building the community of technology innovators across Asia by reporting on the latest, breaking news relevant to technology startups, technology companies as well as investors on the e27 blog while keeping keeping our ears to the ground by connecting with our readers on Facebook and Twitter. To further champion the Asian technology ecosystem, e27 combines its online reporting with numerous offline events that aim to inspire and connect the many people that work hard to put Asia on the global map of technology innovation.
  • The Asian giant arm-wrestle: Is India about to beat China at the VC game?

    China, by all means, is far ahead of India. Be it the quality of infrastructure, its business-friendly environment and backing from the government -- India has a lot to learn from this Asian giant. It’s no secret that India has always looked at China with a bit of envy, for its astonishing growth over the past couple of decades to become the fastest-growing economy in the world, despite the fact that a large chunk of its people still don’t speak English. According to a recent news report by The Economic Times, prominent Indian startup entrepreneurs have started paying regular visits...

  • 4 tips to help you move from corporate to startup

    You’ve heard the advice time and time again: Just do it. In a perfect world, you’d be able to save up at least a year’s worth of income, quit your job and pursue your entrepreneurial venture with no career or job-based distractions. It’s the savings part that holds most people back. You can’t let fear or not having a nest egg stop you from your dreams. Investors often ask if you have any other jobs, and what they’re looking for is a hard, honest no. If you can’t give them that, it says you’re not fully invested in your dream. The good...

  • 5 golden nuggets startups can take from Elon Musk’s Powerwall keynote

    When we tech journalists hear the word keynote, we pretty much know what to expect. Flashing lights, big production values, Tolstoy-esque lengths, questionable song and dance routines, oodles of promises and a speaker that probably gets a little too much pleasure in hearing himself speak. Which is why Elon Musk‘s keynote on Tesla‘s new Powerwall battery technology was such a breath of fresh air. In a short 20 minute presentation, Musk talked about the world’s increasing reliance on fossil fuels, discussed its negative impact on the environment, introduced his solution (the Powerwall) and even went as far as to tell us its price and colours it came...

  • 20 startup accelerators in India we should all know about

    While India is lagging behind other Asian markets in terms of venture capital, there is no dearth for startup incubators and accelerators in the country. Apart from the traditional accelerators run by governments and IT majors, a host of multi-national majors like Target Corp and PayPal also ventured into startup incubation recently. Most of the angel/seed/VC investors in the country and elsewhere are working closely with these incubators — majority are located in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi — for funding opportunities. Here we bring you a list of the 20 most active tech startup incubators in the country. 1. Microsoft Ventures Location:...

  • 9 things entrepreneurs should really stop fussing over

    Fellow entrepreneurs tell you what not to sweat over -- from obsessing over social media followers to being a perfectionist! Paying attention to the hype “Although it might sound funny in this context, chasing press is often a place where new entrepreneurs spend too much of their time. If you spend the majority of your time reading the news and bemoaning your lack of press in the buzzy blogs for your industry, you’re almost certainly not really focussed on making the news by building a great company with delighted customers.” – Robi Ganguly, Apptentive Getting hung up on social media numbers “I see other entrepreneurs...

  • Here are 3 top tips to help you secure that investment

    TSG Consumer Partners’ Senior Managing Director Hadley Mullin shared his magic steps to effectively raise funding for your startup and foster its expansion onward. He averred that the best time to start fundraising is when you have yet found the necessity of doing so. When money is the last thing founders look to think about, they tend to make much wiser and more rational calls. In contrast, those who are desperately in need of money tend to make rushy decisions, which result on a less engaging proposal for investors. Here are Mullin’s strategies: 1. Don’t underestimate the power of networking It’s just normal...

  • Built an app? Here are 5 clever ways you can distribute succesfully

    Your app is not alone. Right now, there are more than one million apps in the App Store, vying for users’ attention in nearly every category. Building a great product isn’t enough to make your app the next Angry Birds, and Apple knows it. Just last month, it introduced a Best New Updates section to improve the discoverability of apps long after their initial release. But to create a sustainable app, you need to build in solid marketing and distribution strategies to get your app into the hands of the people who need it most. Take Everpix, for example. When the...

  • Softbank investment sees Snapdeal push past $1bn in funding

    Japan’s SoftBank Group announced today that it would invest US$627 million in Indian online retailer Snapdeal. With this latest funding, Softbank will become the leading investor in Snapdeal. Existing investors have also participated in this round with a significant undisclosed investment. Nikesh Arora, Vice Chairman of SoftBank Corp and CEO of SoftBank Internet and Media, Inc (SIMI) will be joining the board of Snapdeal as part of this strategic investment. This is the largest investment made by a single investor in an e-commerce company in India. Masayoshi Son, Chairman and CEO of SoftBank Corp said, “Since SoftBank’s foundation, our mission has been to...

  • 4 things the Lean Startup Methodology is definitely not

    Eric Ries debunks the myths of Lean Startup Methodology where he highlights the underlying four points: Lean Startup is NOT synonymous to cheap Lean Startup is NOT only for Web 2.0/internet/consumer software companies Lean Startup is NOT only for small bootstrapped startups Lean Startup does NOT replace vision with data or customer feedback In the past year or so, after having conducted multiple workshops, I came across a few more misconceptions that entrepreneurs have about the Lean Startup methodology. Here is my attempt to articulate them: Lean Startup is NOT an advocate of half baked products I am often asked at the workshops, “So, we need...

  • Dream about running a startup? Here are 7 lessons to get you going

    Amazing ideas can spring from the most mundane events. A few months ago, my lawn mower broke. I decided it was time to hire a landscaper to help me whip my yard into shape. As many people do, I grabbed my laptop and began searching the usual review sites for recommendations. The problem was, I kept running into the same issue -- many of the entries seemed phony, as if the business owners themselves had written them. I kept wondering, “Who can I trust?” That’s how I came up with the idea for Preferling. I wanted to create a social...