Jumpstart sits down with cybersecurity expert Jason Lau as he discusses the challenges that come with virtual banking.   By Alvin Mak   The digitization of shopping, communication and entertainment is now as clear as day. The most dominant and relevant startups today have earned...

Three lessons from the forefront of digital payment    By ZOE TAN   Singapore is universally acknowledged as one of the world’s smartest cities. It ranked first in the world for technology and innovation on the IESE Cities in Motion Index in 2019, for example,...

As North America’s fourth-largest city, Toronto is one of the world’s top startup ecosystems. After spawning companies like Eventbrite and Crowdmark, Ontario’s capital has attracted international talent that complements its homegrown population of entrepreneurs and technical talent. Six...

In 2019 alone, there were 12 cryptocurrency hacks with $292 million and 500,000 pieces of customer data stolen   By Monika Ghosh   Bitcoin was first introduced to the world in 2009 when Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin’s pseudonymous creator, mined the first block. Fast forward to...

Founder & CEO of ACE, Dene Schonknecht ACE raises US$400K in funding from Manila Angel Investors Network The story: Singapore-based personalised celebrity video platform ACE has raised US$400K in pre-seed funding to propel global growth of the largest celebrity shout-out platform in Southeast...

Within Southeast Asia, the financial services industry holds a tremendous potential that could be unleashed if fundamental underlying challenges are addressed. Out of a population of 570 million in Southeast Asia, more than 70 per cent of the adults are “underbanked” or “unbanked” and have...

Southeast Asia is home to one of the fastest rates of digital payments adoption —which is forecast to grow to more than US$1 trillion by 2025. Reinforced by an internet economy of 400 million users and almost two-thirds of consumers in Southeast Asia choosing card over cash, it is no surprise...

Venture capitalists and other investors have poured capital into fintech startups around the world in recent years, including a record number of rounds worth $100 million or more in the second quarter of 2020. In Q2 2020 venture-backed fintech startups raised 28 nine-figure rounds, underscoring...

Amid escalations in the tech war, Bytedance has applied for five financial licenses in Hong Kong through its local subsidiary.Why it matters: If approved, the licenses would allow Bytedance to sell securities and futures, trade foreign currency, as well as offer advisory and asset management...

A stock split is not a new thing. Hundreds if not thousands of companies have appealed to it to keep the price in the desired trading range and, theoretically, to make the stock more affordable. One of the most recent examples was Apple, announcing the division of its share price by four. It will...

Many visitors to Japan are always surprised by one thing. Despite its East Asian neighbours moving rapidly towards a cashless future, Japan is a cash society. Tokyo’s neon lights and sleek and high-tech public transport system often give the impression that Japan is a place where the future...

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Nearly three months ago, as America’s first huge coronavirus relief packages reached full swing, Bitcoin advocates struck on one of the most resonant memes in the cryptocurrency’s already meme-heavy history: Money printer go brrr. The meme is a concise summation of the ‘sound money’ thesis,...