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.

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  • Dropmysite Upgrades As It Moves Into Enterprise Market

    Dropmysite Upgrades As It Moves Into Enterprise Market

    Dropmysite has beefed up its site backup product with new features, as it pushes harder into the enterprise market. Its product now includes features like incremental backups, public key authentication and PostgreSQL database support, it said. Backups start at 10Gb for $19.99. The Singaporean company was started in September 2011. But it was a side project, Dropmyemail that suddenly became a… Read More

  • Spotify Makes Its First Moves Into Asia Via Singapore, Hong Kong And Malaysia; Latin America Via Mexico; And Four More In Europe [Update]

    Spotify Makes Its First Moves Into Asia Via Singapore, Hong Kong And Malaysia; Latin America Via Mexico; And Four More In Europe [Update]

    Music streaming service Spotify has finally come to Asia. Today, it announced that it would be launching in the cities of Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Its premium service, priced at $9.99 per month in the US, will also be a little cheaper in the region, with Malaysians getting the lowest price. Update: after turning on Asia, Spotify posted on its blog that it now has also turned on… Read More

  • Filipino Social Good Startups Win At IdeaSpace Competition

    Filipino Social Good Startups Win At IdeaSpace Competition

    The results are in for Filipino accelerator IdeaSpace’s startup competition, and the top ten picks have a heavy focus on social projects. A glance at the list reveals a strong emphasis on environmental and health-related projects, especially those that will likely benefit the developing nation’s poorer regions. Armtech – affordable water purification machine for… Read More

  • Luxola Raises Series A, Pulls Former PopSugar Director Christine Ng To Singapore

    Luxola Raises Series A, Pulls Former PopSugar Director Christine Ng To Singapore

    Singapore beauty e-tailer, Luxola, just raised its Series A round from GREE Ventures. The amount was undisclosed, but has been rumored to be in the region of $2 million. The company carries about 60 brands of cosmetics and beauty products on its website, and ships to countries in Southeast Asia like Singapore and Malaysia. Its site was launched in September 2012, and it had previously raised… Read More

  • BillPin Acquires Obopay’s BillMonk Bill-Splitting Service

    BillPin Acquires Obopay’s BillMonk Bill-Splitting Service

    After some years of languishing, BillMonk’s service and user base will be taken over by a young Singapore startup, BillPin, which provides a similar bill-splitting service. Just over six months old, BillPin pitches itself as a “Mint for groups” and offers a way for people to track how much money they owe each other. It has plenty of competitors in the bill-splitting space… Read More

  • Singaporean Sushi Bar Acquires Tech Firm, Turns Founders Into Sushi Chefs

    Singaporean Sushi Bar Acquires Tech Firm, Turns Founders Into Sushi Chefs

    A Singaporean sushi chain has acquired a game psychology company in what looks like an acquisition of the latter’s four founders. Standing Sushi Bar, which runs three outlets in Singapore and another in Jakarta, said it bought Gametize for an eight-digit sum. Gametize has a platform called GameMaki that gives clients a way to work challenges into their customer-facing services. Read More

  • Reinventing Job Classifieds Shows How Much Room There Remains For Fresh Ideas

    Reinventing Job Classifieds Shows How Much Room There Remains For Fresh Ideas

    In the recent months, two new jobs sites in Asia have popped up with interesting new takes on the process of pairing jobseekers with potential employers. The stark difference between them and the likes of JobStreet and Monster highlight how much room there is for innovation in the traditional jobs classifieds scene. I’ve always found that cold calls tend to come from the most… Read More

  • Sequoia Capital In Singapore After A Year, Has Yet To Invest In A Local Startup

    Sequoia Capital In Singapore After A Year, Has Yet To Invest In A Local Startup

    When Sequoia Capital India landed in Singapore quietly in 2012, the buzz around town was that a big-name US fund being in the country was going to really jolt the market and provide serious cred to the startups here. The Indian team running operations here, however, appears to have spent the last year of its time in the island state helping startups in its India portfolio expand into… Read More

  • ZTE Posts Second Straight Net Loss Of $183M In Q4 On Emerging Market Woes

    ZTE Posts Second Straight Net Loss Of $183M In Q4 On Emerging Market Woes

    As it already warned, ZTE posted its second-straight quarterly loss, due to vastly trimmed margins in emerging markets, as well as contract delays and falling handset sales in China. It made a net loss of 1.14 billion yuan ($183 million) in the three months ended Dec. 31, compared with its net income of 991.16 million yuan a year prior. Sales in the fourth quarter also fell 16 percent to… Read More

  • Malaysian Investment Firm Catcha Sets Aside $150M For Asean Startups

    Malaysian Investment Firm Catcha Sets Aside $150M For Asean Startups

    Catcha Group, a Malaysia-based investment firm has announced it will invest up to $150 million in Asean-based online businesses over the next five years. The funds will come both from the top as well as through the Catcha Group’s subsidiaries. The Asean region refers to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The company’s online assets are worth over $300… Read More

  • Filipino Accelerator IdeaSpace Picks Country’s Top 20 Tech Startups

    Filipino Accelerator IdeaSpace Picks Country’s Top 20 Tech Startups

    Many of the brighter ideas coming out of tech startups in the Philippines are health-related, with a heavy slant on mobile technologies. Filipino incubator, IdeaSpace just whittled a list of 700 entries from startups down to just 20. These 20 will eventually be halved further. IdeaSpace is offering 10 slots to startups to get six months incubation support and funding of up to $120,000 (PHP… Read More

  • Japanese Group Buying Site Luxa Closes Series B Of $5.3M

    Japanese Group Buying Site Luxa Closes Series B Of $5.3M

    Japanese group coupon buying site Luxa just closed its Series B funding of $5.3 million (500 million Yen) from JAFCO. The Japanese VC also backed Luxa’s Series A round in November 2010, when it put in the same amount. This brings Luxa’s total funding to $10.6 million since operations started in August 2010. Luxa is a daily-deals site like Groupon, but it positions itself towards… Read More

  • Singaporean Ad-Matching Platform AdzCentral Gets $3.2M Series A

    Singaporean Ad-Matching Platform AdzCentral Gets $3.2M Series A

    AdzCentral, an ad-matching platform from Singapore, has received $3.2 million (S$4 million) in funding from Electric Sheep Capital and Digital Media Partners . The company provides an engine to advertisers that serves up ads based on targeted audience demographics. Companies spell out the parameters of their intended audience and AdzCentral’s ads are displayed to people based on what… Read More

  • PayPal Stops Foreign Charity Donations From Singapore Accounts

    PayPal Stops Foreign Charity Donations From Singapore Accounts

    PayPal phases out donations to foreign non-profits and charities from Singapore accounts starting tomorrow, the 21st of March, and will complete this by the end of the month. This decision is a result of PayPal failing to get a remittance license in the country from the Monetary Authority of Singapore. PayPal was able to offer remittance services over the years, till the governing body issued… Read More

  • Kaifu Lee Tracks How Many Of His Weibo Posts Have Been Deleted

    Kaifu Lee Tracks How Many Of His Weibo Posts Have Been Deleted

    Former Google China head, Kaifu Lee, has been tracking how many times his Weibo posts on Tencent and Sina have been censored and deleted, and has helpfully made a graph of the past 8 months. The outspoken investor has had his tweets deleted most often in the recent weeks because he was discussing the story on the 13,000 dead pigs found in a Shanghai river, as well as a session in the… Read More

  • Singapore Restaurant Booking Site Chope Raises $2.5M Series B

    Singapore Restaurant Booking Site Chope Raises $2.5M Series B

    Chope has raised $2.5 million (S$3.2 million) in Series B funding. The round was led by local publishing house, Singapore Press Holdings, which now owns 27.8% of the startup, valued at $1.4 million (S$1.81 million). Chope operates a similar service to OpenTable, and allows restaurant bookings through its website and mobile apps. It provides a restaurant booking backend system licensed from a… Read More

  • Ex-Asia Head of Facebook Mobile Joins Jungle Ventures As Entrepreneur-In-Residence

    Ex-Asia Head of Facebook Mobile Joins Jungle Ventures As Entrepreneur-In-Residence

    Jungle Ventures, a VC in Singapore, has added Alon Sobol as an entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR). Sobol was up till last year head of mobile partnerships for Facebook in Asia, and has been an advisor for Asian startups, Mobikon and Viki, in the past year. In Jungle Ventures, he will mentor the VC’s existing portfolio companies in its space, and work together with the company’s… Read More

  • SAP Opens Singapore-Based Co-Innovation Lab

    SAP Opens Singapore-Based Co-Innovation Lab

    SAP just opened another co-innovation lab, this time in Singapore. The lab is its 21st globally, and the fourth in the Asia-Pacific region. The German software giant hopes it will allow member organizations to have a space to experiment with different hardware and software combinations, and provides its cloud infrastructure to them to back this. The aim, it says, is to encourage the creation… Read More

  • Xiaomi Expects To Double Sales To 15 Million Handsets This Year

    Xiaomi Expects To Double Sales To 15 Million Handsets This Year

    Chinese Android-based phone maker Xiaomi said it will produce 15 million handsets for this year, and expects no overstock. This is double the 7.19 million units that were sold in 2012, which netted the firm 12.6 billion RMB ($2 billion) in revenue after tax. Its CEO and founder, Lei Jun, said that the firm is going to produce as many handsets as it expects to sell, because it doesn’t… Read More

  • WTF
    Someone Calculated How Many Calories A Mouse Click Burns

    Someone Calculated How Many Calories A Mouse Click Burns

    Video gaming for hours is exhausting, so surely it counts as some sort of workout too, right? One publication from Japan just estimated how many calories it takes to click a mouse button once. ‘Convert Anything To Calories’, published by PHP Science World Shinsho, has narrowed down a mouse click to 1.4 calories. This is based on an index finger at a volume of 10.8 cubic… Read More

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