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

  • Flickr Suffers Outage Four Days After Major Revamp

    Flickr Suffers Outage Four Days After Major Revamp

    Just four days after Yahoo-owned Flickr unveiled a brand-new upgrade, the site is experiencing major downtime for some—but not all—users. Flickr tweeted its acknowledgement of the site going down, about two hours ago. Experiencing slowness or having trouble accessing the site? We’re on it, and are working to fix the issue as quickly as possible. #badpanda — Flickr… Read More

  • Airtasker Wants To Be oDesk Of Southeast Asia

    Airtasker Wants To Be oDesk Of Southeast Asia

    Australian startup, Airtasker, is keen to expand out of its home country into Southeast Asia, which it says hasn’t been touched by large competitors yet. The year-old startup provides job matching for freelancers and employers, similar to what oDesk and Elance do. For its first steps outside of Australia, its first port of call will be Singapore, where it wants to hire two country… Read More

  • MavenSay Enjoying Sudden Popularity In Social Media-Hungry Indonesia

    MavenSay Enjoying Sudden Popularity In Social Media-Hungry Indonesia

    MavenSay, a social recommendation app, just got a surge of unplanned downloads coming from Indonesia, and its founders are moving quickly to include Southeast Asia in its expansion plans as a result. The company’s Toronto-based co-founder, Jesse Dallal, said the two-month old app got 100,000 downloads over the past fortnight. It has a total of 130,000 downloads so far, and the sudden… Read More

  • Singapore’s SingTel Wants To Pump Another $1.6B Into Startup Investments

    Singapore’s SingTel Wants To Pump Another $1.6B Into Startup Investments

    Singapore’s largest telecoms provider, SingTel, plans to set aside $1.6 billion (S$2 billion) over the next three years for startup acquisitions, it said in an earnings call (via ZDNet). It wasn’t clear on what those acquisitions would be specifically, but going by those it has made in recent years, we can expect the telco to continue focusing on digital content and augmenting… Read More

  • China’s SeedAsia Opens For Business, An Online Equity Crowdfunding Platform For Startups Across Asia

    China’s SeedAsia Opens For Business, An Online Equity Crowdfunding Platform For Startups Across Asia

    SeedAsia, an equity crowd-funding site based in China, has just launched. The company is offering stakes in selected early-stage startups to people. “It’s kind of a hybrid between Kickstarter and private investment,” said co-founder Tom Russell. The startups to be listed would have ideally gone through some some sort of incubation program and would have shown promise. They… Read More

  • Pixel People Hits $700K In Three Months After Distributing With Chillingo

    Pixel People Hits $700K In Three Months After Distributing With Chillingo

    Pixel People, an iOS game, has raked in $700,000 over 2 million downloads in the span of three months, said the game’s maker, Lambdamu. The key to their success, according to a company spokesperson, was a distribution deal with Chillingo. Read More

  • Asian Price Comparison Site Save 22 Gets Angel Round Of “Mid Six Figures”

    Asian Price Comparison Site Save 22 Gets Angel Round Of “Mid Six Figures”

    Singaporean price comparison startup Save 22 just got an investment of “mid six figures” in Singapore dollars, according to co-founder, Guyi Shen. S$500,000 translates to about US$400,000, as a reference. The three-year-old startup indexes prices of goods and displays a price comparison. Its mobile app also allows you to scan a barcode of a product with your phone, and it will… Read More

  • Developing For Android Is Much Easier Now, Animoca Claims

    Developing For Android Is Much Easier Now, Animoca Claims

    Software quality assurance testing on Android devices is far easier than it was just a year ago, at least according to one of Asia’s largest mobile app developers, Animoca. The Hong Kong company has produced over 300 apps since it started two years ago, and just shot past 150 million downloads collectively. It produces mainly Android apps. Last year, Animoca’s testing process for… Read More

  • Wi-Fi Indoor Positioning Firm YFind Launches Analytics Tool

    Wi-Fi Indoor Positioning Firm YFind Launches Analytics Tool

    Prepping for its U.S. expansion, Singapore-based indoor positioning technology firm YFind has launched a broader analytics tool so that its customers can slice and dice foot traffic information in malls. The company’s service tracks unique visitors as they move through a mall. It relies on Wi-Fi to do this, so it can track users who have their Wi-Fi active on their phones. Because it… Read More

  • Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei Sellers Are Struggling As Phones Get Cheaper

    Shenzhen’s Huaqiangbei Sellers Are Struggling As Phones Get Cheaper

    This is the ground floor of one of the electronics malls in Shenzhen’s famed Huaqiangbei district. Huaqiangbei is a stretch of large malls and shops in the Southern Chinese province, and due to its proximity to some of the manufacturing superfactories in the city, it has a cluster of malls that specializes in carrying tech goods. These electronics malls generally start out with booths on… Read More

  • Spotify May Need To Be More ‘Asian’ To Dominate Region

    Spotify May Need To Be More ‘Asian’ To Dominate Region

    Asia’s fragmented music fanbase and subscription habits may stand between Spotify and its total domination of the region, or at least so its competitors hope. The music streaming service recently launched in the Asian countries of Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. When we spoke to Spotify’s head of new markets in Asia-Pacific, Sriram Krishnan, he was evasive on how extensive… Read More

  • Rocket Internet-Backed Fashion Portal Zalora Launches iOS App, No Word Of Android Yet

    Rocket Internet-Backed Fashion Portal Zalora Launches iOS App, No Word Of Android Yet

    Zalora, Rocket Internet‘s pan-Asian fashion retail site, has launched an iOS app, as it seeks to capture the growing base of consumers in Asia who are using smartphones as their primary, and sometimes only, way of getting online. Read More

  • Indonesian Newsstand App Scoop Closes $2.4M Series B

    Indonesian Newsstand App Scoop Closes $2.4M Series B

    Apps Foundry just announced that it has raised $2.42 million (S$3 million) in a Series B round of funding. The Indonesian company is registered and headquartered in Singapore, and this round of funding has come from Indonesia’s largest media group, Kompas Gramedia. The company’s main product is a digital newsstand app called Scoop. This round of funding will go towards Apps… Read More

  • Game Show Warriors Combines Manga Comic And Casual Gaming

    Game Show Warriors Combines Manga Comic And Casual Gaming

    Inzen Studio, a small game startup in Singapore has just released an ambitious project called Game Show Warriors. The launch kicks off with the release of an iOS game called Amazing Studly Strikes, but the studio has quietly released the first two episodes of a Web comic, and episode three just dropped to accompany the release of the mobile game. The game app will also include the Web… Read More

  • Gcorelab Gets $482,000 For New Battery Cooling Technology

    Gcorelab Gets $482,000 For New Battery Cooling Technology

    A Singapore clean-tech company called Gcorelab has just received $482,000 (S$589,000) in funding for a new technology that promises to control the thermal issues that have plagued lithium-ion batteries. Battery packs that use lithium-ion cells such as those found in laptops and, in larger deployments like electric cars, can suffer from cells failing. When the cells do and overheat, they can… Read More

  • Recruit.net Revamp Lets You Ping Friends About Their Jobs

    Recruit.net Revamp Lets You Ping Friends About Their Jobs

    Recruit.net just rebuilt its site and underlying engine, in the hopes of attracting new users. The job search site is an aggregator pulling listings from job databases and individual job listings on corporate sites. This is how it hopes to differentiate from larger competitors like Monster and JobStreet, which display listings that companies have specifically taken out on the job sites… Read More

  • WeChat Eyes Singapore Audience, Launches TV Commercial

    WeChat Eyes Singapore Audience, Launches TV Commercial

    Tencent’s WeChat messenger has made a larger play for the Singapore market, with the release of a TV commercial in the country. The Chinese commercial features two popular Taiwanese stars, and will air on the free-to-air Chinese channels in the country. Louis Song, country manager of Tencent’s international business group for Malaysia and Singapore, said the company hopes to… Read More

  • Mall App Tracks Shoppers With Ultrasonic Device

    Mall App Tracks Shoppers With Ultrasonic Device

    The white device here (pictured next to a phone for scale) is in the process of getting mounted on store walls in Singapore malls. When active, the device will emit an ultrasonic signal that an app can pick up, and will allow participating stores to broadcast deals and rewards to shoppers. The device is called the iSenze, and is made by a startup in Singapore called Rainmaker Labs. Read More

  • How Tencent’s Walled User List Ended Up Boosting Its Userbase

    How Tencent’s Walled User List Ended Up Boosting Its Userbase

    Tencent’s social blogging site, Qzone, has Asia’s largest active social network user base, with 600 million (and counting) users who log in more than twice a month. Besides Qzone, the Chinese Internet giant is perhaps better known for its flagship QQ instant messenger and the exploding WeChat smartphone messaging app. I spoke to Dowson Tong, president of Tencent’s social… Read More

  • Foxconn Becomes Largest Microsoft Patent Licensee, Pays Royalty Per Android And Chrome Device

    Foxconn Becomes Largest Microsoft Patent Licensee, Pays Royalty Per Android And Chrome Device

    Microsoft just scored a coup on the patent royalty front, with a new deal with Taiwanese phone maker, Hon Hai, which owns Foxconn. Under the terms of the deal, Microsoft will get paid a flat fee per Android and Chrome-based device that Foxconn makes. And there are a lot of those. A whopping 40 percent of the world’s phones come from the firm’s China-based factories. Foxconn is an… Read More

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