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Opportunity and innovation: mBlox and the excitement of Singapore

The story of mBlox in Singapore is one that starts with the industriousness of the people there. Five years ago we acquired the South East Asian network assets of a company called Zed and hired the local employees. We initially had about 12 staff situated there…

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Untapped Opportunities in Singapore

When people think of Singapore, they probably think of a bustling financial center. What many people do not realize, however, is that Singapore is also developing a thriving software ecosystem that makes it a perfect place…


Taking VideoDNA across the Pacific Ocean

From the heights of Singapore’s colossal downtown structures, it feels as though one can see the entire continent of Asia—the perfect vantage point for companies like ours that keep a firm grip on the tech trends of this rapidly evolving region. Singapore’s technical prowess, strategic geographic location and cosmopolitan environment…

At home in Singapore with Smaato and mobile advertising

Times are truly exciting. Since I co-founded Smaato back in 2005, our journey providing “Ads for Apps and Mobile Websites” has seen us grow from our original home in Hamburg, Germany, to San Francisco, California and finally to Singapore. Our business now spans three continents and we are now truly at home in Asia…


VB Video Webinar: Is Singapore your launch pad to Asia?

I just got back from Singapore, where I spent last week helping launch the inaugural DEMO Asia event. Through a series of energetic demonstrations, 76 companies, many of which were non-Asian, unveiled their innovative products to the Asian market…

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Why Southeast Asia matters to US startups

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is a geo-political and economic organization of ten countries located in Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. The Asean market has a total population exceeding 600 million people and a combined GDP of US $1.8 trillion. Its per capita income of $3000 is small but represents…

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In Singapore, the future is now

I had the good fortune to attend a conference earlier this year in Singapore. It’s a futuristic city-state off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, whose wild skyscrapers and love and adoption of new technology makes me think of the 1960s animated sitcom The Jetsons every time I’m there.


Get a ride on the reverse Geeks on a Plane

There’s no denying the fact that the next wave of Internet users will be from Asia, given the rise of broadband penetration in populous nations such as China, India and Indonesia.

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Finding Asia’s finest apps

Knowing about the most innovative technologies, people and companies coming out of Asia, is what e27 is all about.  A few months ago, e27 set out to discover the best apps coming out of Earth’s most populous continent, so they ran a contest called Asia’s Top 50 Apps.


Singapore — a hub for technology startups?

“Singapore — a hub for technology startups” might seem like a message lifted straight from marketing brochures and not in tune with reality on the ground. But we got to experience this phenomenon firsthand by organizing one of the leading technology conferences in Asia,  Echelon 2010.  While there is a lot of talk about the burgeoning Asian tech-startup scene, this event showcased the continent’s diversity of startup ventures by featuring 50 startups, 40 speakers, and 650 attendees from over 20 countries.


Singapore is home to tech entrepreneurs with a pioneering spirit and innovation-driven startups that deliver cutting edge products to Asia, and to the world. The vibrant ecosystem we have promotes a culture of creating and building world-class innovations.

IDA Singapore has teamed up with VentureBeat to bring you this showcase of exciting innovations from Singapore and share our perspective on how technology can change the world. Join us in Singapore, where innovation takes flight.

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IDA SingaporeThe mission of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is to develop information technology and telecommunications within Singapore with a view to serve citizens of all ages and companies of all sizes. IDA does this by actively supporting the growth of innovative technology companies and start-ups in Singapore, working with leading global IT companies as well as developing excellent information technology and telecommunications infrastructure, policies and capabilities for Singapore. For more news and information, visit

IDA has a wholly-owned subsidiary, Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL), which builds and invests in Singapore and global infocomm technology start-ups. Managing more than S$200 million, IIPL accelerates the development of start-ups in their formative phase, and invests further as they move forward with growth and expansion. Through these investments, partnerships with stakeholders across private and public sectors, and global reach, IIPL plays a central role in building a vibrant and sustainable ecosystem in Singapore for start-ups to flourish. For more news and information, visit

An overseas office was set up in Silicon Valley in April 2001 to serve as a go-to-resource for US companies wishing to explore business and partnership opportunities in Singapore and Asia. Innovation-driven US startups are also welcomed to connect with us to find out more on how you could use Singapore as your gateway to Asia, and participate in Singapore-based accelerator programes. We are also happy to speak to US investors on the cool innovations they could discover in Singapore. For more information, email

Webinar Participants

Dylan TweneyDylan Tweney
Editor-in-Chief, VentureBeat

Ragnar KruseRagnar Kruse
CEO & Co-Founder, Smaato

Tom BurkeTom Burke
Managing Director, Burke Venture Group

Yangbin WangYangbin Wang
CEO, Vobile