Jon Russell

Jon Russell


Jon Russell is an Asia-based writer for TechCrunch. Formerly he was an Asia editor for The Next Web.Jon Russell is passionate about the development of the internet, technology, and startups in Asia. He is based in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Note: Jon owns a small amount of cryptocurrency. Enough to gain an understanding, not enough to change a life.

The Latest from Jon Russell

Kyklo is bringing the billion-dollar electromechanical industry into digital sales

The electromechanical industry may not be the kind of sexy tech that you’ll regularly read about in TechCrunch, but we like solutions to problems, and that is why I am about to write about a co

Alibaba doubles down on Lazada with fresh $2B investment and new CEO

Alibaba is increasing its control of Lazada, its e-commerce marketplace in Southeast Asia it acquired control of in 2016, after it injected another $2 billion into the business and replaced its CEO wi

AirAsia, Southeast Asia’s low-cost airline, is considering an ICO

AirAsia, the low-cost airline in Southeast Asia, is considering an initial coin offering (ICO) as part of a push into financial services. Tony Fernandes, CEO of the $3 billion company which is publicl

Ripple wants to invest in startups that can put its XRP cryptocurrency to work

Payments company Ripple says it plans to invest in startups and technology companies to develop more uses for XRP, its cryptocurrency that is currently the third largest digital token behind bitcoin

Grab, Uber’s Southeast Asia rival, now offers micro-loans and other financial services

Ride-hailing service Grab is being heavily linked with a deal to buy out Uber’s business in Southeast Asia, but those rumors aren’t stopping it from building its fintech platform after ann

India’s Ola takes its Uber rivalry to Australia with launch in Sydney

Ola, Uber’s key rival in India, has taken its first step overseas after its service officially went live in Australia via a launch in Sydney. The company announced its plans to go Down Under at

Mad Paws, Australia’s Wag, raises $5M led by airline giant Qantas

SoftBank’s Vision Fund invested $300 million into dog walking app Wag earlier this year, and a new deal on the other side of the world is evoking similarities. Mad Paws, an Australia-based start

Grab launches a bike-sharing service in Southeast Asia

After much speculation, Southeast Asian Uber rival Grab has jumped into the bike-sharing space after it launched a service in Singapore. GrabCycle Beta will offer services from a range of services, in

Barack Obama’s next move could be a series on Netflix

Former Presidents of the U.S. are typically inundated with offers from the private sector when they leave office.Recent White House tenant Barack Obama is about to take a unique step, however, with re

Announcing TC Sessions: Blockchain on July 6 in Zug, Switzerland

Blockchain is potentially the most disruptive new technology since the internet itself, and that’s why TechCrunch is proud to announce our first event dedicated entirely to blockchain, crypto an

India’s Prime Venture Partners closes new $60M fund for seed investments

India’s Prime Venture Partners has refueled its tanks for more angel investing after it announced a new fund of INR 400 crore, or around $60 million. Started by three managing partners —

Carsome raises $19M for its used-car sales platform in Southeast Asia

Funding for Southeast Asia’s car trading platforms is like buses. After a long wait without news, a third startup has raised funding in the space of a month. Carsome, a Malaysia-based company th

MIT aims to spark innovation in Southeast Asia with its Global Startup Workshop

MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of the world’s most hallowed educational institutions is turning its attention to Southeast Asia where it hopes to plant the seed of innovation a

Google is bringing messaging to its Tez payment app in India

Messaging and payments continue to converge in India after Google added chat features to its Tez payment app in India. The move follows the introduction of peer-to-peer payments inside WhatsApp in Ind

Now you can visit Disney Parks in the US through Google Street View

Special for kids — and importantly parents of kids — now you can get designs on visiting Disney — and dropping a small fortune in the process — thanks to Google Maps after it a

Korean internet giant Kakao is launching a blockchain company

Kakao, the Korean internet firm that operates the country’s largest messaging app, is moving deeper into crypto after it revealed plans to launch a blockchain-focused business unit. A Kakao repr

RedDoorz raises $11M to grow its budget hotel network in Southeast Asia

RedDoorz, a budget hotel startup focused on Southeast Asia, has closed $11 million in new funding to expand its presence. The three-year-old startup is a number offers a network of hotels that are gro

Xiaomi phones could finally go on sale in the US before the end of this year

Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi could make its debut in the U.S. as soon as this year, according to its CEO. Lei Jun, the serial entrepreneur who leads the phone maker, told the Wall Street Journal th

Zen Rooms, Rocket Internet’s budget hotel network in Asia, faces fire sale or closure

Zen Rooms, a budget hotel network funded by Rocket Internet among others, is facing shutdown if investors are unable to sell the loss-making business. The two-year-old company offers a network of aff

Alibaba rival posts first annual profit as a public company

When you hear ‘e-commerce in China’ you’ll probably ‘Alibaba,’ but another company is making progress to challenge the assumption that $450-billion company is China&#8217
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