Victoria Ho

Victoria Ho
Victoria Ho is a TechCrunch writer based in Singapore. She was previously the technology correspondent for The Business Times in Singapore, and senior writer for ZDNet. She was also senior journalist at ComputerWorld and CIO Asia magazines, under the IDG and Fairfax Business Media publishing houses. She has an English Literature degree from the National University of Singapore. CrunchBase profile →

Latest from Victoria Ho

  • Selling Hopes And Dreams In Southeast Asia

    Selling Hopes And Dreams In Southeast Asia

    Being a startup means believing in your dreams, and Southeast Asia needs dreamers, say incubators. 500 Startups, for one, is keen to sell hope to the growing communities of startups in Southeast Asia, and is willing to back that up with real money. When I spoke with its founder, Dave McClure, in Jakarta a couple of months ago, he said the accelerator’s plan for the region starts with… Read More

  • Lenovo Sells More Mobiles Than PCs Now As It Rides High On Chinese Demand

    Lenovo Sells More Mobiles Than PCs Now As It Rides High On Chinese Demand

    Lenovo just posted its first quarter earnings, and for the first time, its smartphone and tablet sales have eclipsed those of its PCs—its core product since its inception. The period ended June 30 showed strong revenue performance of $8.8 billion, a 10 percent increase year-over-year. Earnings grew an impressive 23 percent year-over-year to $174 million. Its PC business being… Read More

  • Apple Scoops Up Matcha.tv To Pack More Smarts Into Apple TV

    Apple Scoops Up Matcha.tv To Pack More Smarts Into Apple TV

    Apple may still keep us guessing over whether it will ever make a physical Apple TV set, but it’s clearly strengthening its play for the living room, by becoming the conduit between us and the screen on which we choose to watch video content. On Tuesday, it emerged that Apple has made a key move into second-screen TV: the company acquired video recommendation site, Matcha.tv, a… Read More

  • As Messaging App WeChat Pushes Past 300M Users, Owner Tencent Sets Up Shop In Singapore To Spin It Off

    As Messaging App WeChat Pushes Past 300M Users, Owner Tencent Sets Up Shop In Singapore To Spin It Off

    Tencent has had listed business entity in Singapore since May, although it’s denied rumors that it intends to list WeChat on the Singapore stock exchange (SGX). A China Daily report on Tuesday quoted an unnamed source saying that the Hong Kong-listed Chinese social networking giant plans to list its WeChat product in Singapore, and that it had opened an office here to support… Read More

  • Xiaomi Beats Samsung To Top China’s Smartphone Charts

    Xiaomi Beats Samsung To Top China’s Smartphone Charts

    Xiaomi‘s flagship smartphone, the Mi 2S, is the most popular phone in China, according to Chinese benchmarking company, Antutu. According to Antutu’s data on “active device volumes”, the Mi 2S was the most popular phone bought by Chinese users in the first half of this year, followed by Samsung’s latest S4 device. The Mi 2S is the successor to Xiaomi’s… Read More

  • Mozilla’s Firefox Phones Get Operator Billing Through Bango

    Mozilla’s Firefox Phones Get Operator Billing Through Bango

    Mozilla has signed mobile payments company Bango to allow operator billing on the Firefox OS marketplace. That means that users on the soon-to-be-released Firefox phones will be able to pay for their apps via their phone bills. This confirms a scoop that we had in February, where we first announced the Mozilla and Bango marriage. Carrier billing is still not a common feature in smartphone… Read More

  • Voice Messaging Comes To Whatsapp

    Voice Messaging Comes To Whatsapp

    Mobile messaging pioneer, Whatsapp, has added a walkie-talkie-like voice messaging feature to its app. Users will now be able to press and hold a button to speak, and have that voice clip sent once the button is released. Whatsapp has reportedly worked on this feature for the past half year, and is intent on making the experience as smooth as possible. The app will detect whether the phone is… Read More

  • Design Competition Model Is Working For 99designs, Especially In Asia

    Design Competition Model Is Working For 99designs, Especially In Asia

    Love them or hate them, 99designs’ design contest model is working pretty well, going by its latest figures. The Melbourne, Australian company now pays out about $2 million per month to designers on its site, according to its CEO, Patrick Llewellyn. Comparing that to the $20 million it paid out in the three years between 2009 and 2011, that’s an almost four-fold growth. But for… Read More

  • Olacabs Makes Live Traffic Heatmaps In India To Solve Its Cab Problem

    Olacabs Makes Live Traffic Heatmaps In India To Solve Its Cab Problem

    Getting a cab in Mumbai isn’t the same as it is in other countries, according to one of the taxi app startups in India. Olacabs‘ co-founder, Bhavish Aggarwal, said it’s harder to flag down a cab in India’s financial capital because there are fewer of them plying the streets. For Mumbai’s 15 million people, there are just 60,000 taxis running around. Car… Read More

  • Nara Gets First Telco Customer As SingTel Tries To Fend Off Content Competition

    Nara Gets First Telco Customer As SingTel Tries To Fend Off Content Competition

    SingTel has licensed Nara Logics‘ restaurant recommendation engine in a bid to give its Digital Life assets a shot in the arm. The deal will see SingTel license Nara’s “Pandora for restaurants” algorithm, which is aimed at creating personalized lists of eating places for users. The value of the deal was undisclosed, but Nara Logics CEO Thomas Copeman said it will… Read More

  • Codlo Kickstarts A Sous Vide Machine For Us Gastronerds

    Codlo Kickstarts A Sous Vide Machine For Us Gastronerds

    Another home sous vide machine is about to enter the market. UK-made Codlo just passed its Kickstarter goal, with only five days to spare. Sous vide is a French method of cooking food sealed in airtight bags in a water bath. The idea is to immerse them in a regulated temperature that isn’t as hot as boiling water, with the intention of cooking them evenly throughout. The original Sous… Read More

  • Alibaba Pursues New Smart TV OS To Grow Its E-Commerce Play

    Alibaba Pursues New Smart TV OS To Grow Its E-Commerce Play

    Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has joined the smart TV race, unveiling a smart TV OS and set-top box today. It hopes to create its own ecosystem of TV-related assets that will give it a foot in the digital content door, letting it provide a platform for users to share content with mobile phones and other devices. The new OS will also allow users to shop and pay bills via their TVs. This is a… Read More

  • Freemium Is Irresistable, Even For Successful Game Companies

    Freemium Is Irresistable, Even For Successful Game Companies

    The freemium debate continues to rage on. Some say it’s the future of how business will be run, while others say it’s synonymous with casual games (read: not for hardcore gamers). Now the tide appears to be changing for the latter group, spurred by the success of companies like Supercell (Clash of Clans’ maker) and King (which makes Candy Crush), that have inverted the… Read More

  • Online Grocery Store Redmart Raises Series A Round To Stay Put In Singapore

    Online Grocery Store Redmart Raises Series A Round To Stay Put In Singapore

    Singaporean online grocery store, Redmart, just raised an undisclosed Series A round that is “in the millions”, according to co-founder and CEO Roger Egan. Together with this funding amount, its previous three seed rounds add up to $4.6 million. Redmart will also raise its next round before the year is up, said Egan. When asked why it plans to do so so soon, rather than wait to… Read More

  • HomeAway Buys Singapore Startup Travelmob To Enter Asia-Pacific

    HomeAway Buys Singapore Startup Travelmob To Enter Asia-Pacific

    Nasdaq-listed vacation rental site HomeAway has acquired a Singapore-based startup Travelmob, allowing it to compete directly with Airbnb in the Asia-Pacific region. HomeAway announced today that it acquired a majority stake of 63 percent in Travelmob in an undisclosed, all-cash deal. For now, Travelmob’s team of 16 will continue to operate as an independent brand out of… Read More

  • Japanese Ticketing Startup Peatix Raises $3M Series A To Fund Expansion To U.S., Singapore

    Japanese Ticketing Startup Peatix Raises $3M Series A To Fund Expansion To U.S., Singapore

    Japanese e-ticketing startup Peatix just closed a Series A round of $3 million, led by Fidelity Japan. The company is seeking to be the Eventbrite of Asia, and provides a platform for event organizers to manage ticket sales. It says it’s already had 10,000 events listed on its platform since it launched in May 2011. This new funding injection builds on its seed round of $1 million that… Read More

  • Cooliris Continues Push Into China and Russia, Shaking Hands With Tencent and Yandex

    Cooliris Continues Push Into China and Russia, Shaking Hands With Tencent and Yandex

    Photo-sharing startup Cooliris is continuing its push into two of the world’s biggest Internet markets, China and Russia. The Kleiner Perkins-backed company has just partnered with Tencent in China to pull images from Tencent’s microblogging platform, Weibo, into Cooliris’ mobile apps. On top of that, it is also expanding its relationship with Yandex, the Google of Russia… Read More

  • Data Is Becoming The Beauty Box End Goal

    Data Is Becoming The Beauty Box End Goal

    The beauty box concept is a few years old now, but some of the newer beauty box startups in Asia have modified their business models to be more data-centric, as competition floods the market. The way beauty boxes have worked is, subscribers pay a monthly fee to receive a shipment of surprise cosmetic items. A lot of these items are sample-sized or have been acquired at great discounts… Read More

  • Malaysian Taxi App TaxiMonger Expands Coverage Outside Kuala Lumpur To Deal With Ongoing Rivalry

    Malaysian Taxi App TaxiMonger Expands Coverage Outside Kuala Lumpur To Deal With Ongoing Rivalry

    Malaysian taxi-booking app TaxiMonger has just expanded its service outside the capital city of Kuala Lumpur to cover Johor Bahru (the state sharing the border with Singapore). Additionally, it will run a Singapore-to-Johor service in a deal with cab operator JB-Tek, which currently runs that route. The decision to expand its service coverage is set against a backdrop of an ongoing skirmish… Read More

  • Bubble Motion Rebrands As Bubbly, Retires Old Voice Messaging For Good

    Bubble Motion Rebrands As Bubbly, Retires Old Voice Messaging For Good

    “Voice Twitter” app, Bubble Motion, has just rebranded itself as Bubbly, and revamped its interface as it enters version 3.0 of its mobile app. The Bubbly app has been around for two years now, but this rebranding marks a pivotal shift in the company’s direction away from its original model of providing voice text messages. When it started in 2005, its service allowed people… Read More

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