Zen Soo

Zen Soo joined the Post in 2015. She covers China technology, in particular e-commerce, online to offline and mobile payments. She also writes about Southeast Asian tech companies.
Zen Soo
Zen Soo joined the Post in 2015. She covers China technology, in particular e-commerce, online to offline and mobile payments. She also writes about Southeast Asian tech companies.

Latest from Zen Soo

Visa invests in Indonesia’s Go-jek, eyes digital payments across Southeast Asia

Companies like Grab and Go-jek are among a slew of tech start-ups and firms that are hoping to use technology to promote financial inclusion and digital payments across Southeast Asia

17 Jul 2019 - 10:52PM

Companies like Grab and Go-jek are among a slew of tech start-ups and firms that are hoping to use technology to promote financial inclusion and digital payments across Southeast Asia

Visa invests in Indonesia’s Go-jek, eyes digital payments across Southeast Asia
Singapore-based e-commerce start-up Zilingo is a winner from the US-China trade war

Zilingo runs an online business-to-business platform that connects suppliers directly with brands, which reduces the cost of production because the middlemen are removed.

17 Jul 2019 - 9:00AM

Zilingo runs an online business-to-business platform that connects suppliers directly with brands, which reduces the cost of production because the middlemen are removed.

Singapore-based e-commerce start-up Zilingo is a winner from the US-China trade war
Too early to tell who will emerge as 5G winner as tech innovation still to unfold, Cisco executive says

Smaller nations should not neglect investments in 5G because the ultrafast telecoms networks can bring benefits, with the true extent of innovation surrounding the technology still to unfold, according to a Cisco executive.

16 Jul 2019 - 9:54AM

Smaller nations should not neglect investments in 5G because the ultrafast telecoms networks can bring benefits, with the true extent of innovation surrounding the technology still to unfold, according to a Cisco executive.

Too early to tell who will emerge as 5G winner as tech innovation still to unfold, Cisco executive says
Inside China Tech: We thought VR was just hype till we tried Sandbox VR (Trailer)

Next episode on ICT, we try Sandbox VR games and learn about how Steve Zhao, CEO of Sandbox VR, staked his life savings to create a real-life Holodeck.

15 Jul 2019 - 3:55PM

Next episode on ICT, we try Sandbox VR games and learn about how Steve Zhao, CEO of Sandbox VR, staked his life savings to create a real-life Holodeck.

Inside China Tech: We thought VR was just hype till we tried Sandbox VR (Trailer)
Hellobike plans to lead China’s two-wheeler transport market as bike-sharing rivals struggle

Shanghai-based Hellobike will offer a range of two-wheeler transport options, including traditional bicycles as well as electric bikes and scooters.

15 Jul 2019 - 10:24AM

Shanghai-based Hellobike will offer a range of two-wheeler transport options, including traditional bicycles as well as electric bikes and scooters.

Hellobike plans to lead China’s two-wheeler transport market as bike-sharing rivals struggle
China Internet Report reveals how tech firms have gone from copycats to trailblazers

The China Internet Report 2019 offers insight into key China technology trends, with deep dives into 11 key sectors and expert commentary from industry leaders.

12 Jul 2019 - 6:48AM

The China Internet Report 2019 offers insight into key China technology trends, with deep dives into 11 key sectors and expert commentary from industry leaders.

China Internet Report reveals how tech firms have gone from copycats to trailblazers
US tech provider Stripe eyes growth in Asia’s fragmented digital payments market

Stripe is expanding in Asia to meet the growing payment requirements of more internet-based companies across the region.

10 Jul 2019 - 12:34AM

Stripe is expanding in Asia to meet the growing payment requirements of more internet-based companies across the region.

US tech provider Stripe eyes growth in Asia’s fragmented digital payments market
Inside China Tech: China still can’t compete with Silicon Valley. Can it ever catch up?

What makes Silicon Valley the global hub of innovation and will China ever catch up?

9 Jul 2019 - 9:59AM

What makes Silicon Valley the global hub of innovation and will China ever catch up?

Inside China Tech: China still can’t compete with Silicon Valley. Can it ever catch up?
Huawei’s overseas smartphone business ‘recovering rapidly’ despite US tech ban, says founder Ren Zhengfei

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei says overseas consumer business bouncing back after 40 per cent decline.

25 Jun 2019 - 10:41PM

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei says overseas consumer business bouncing back after 40 per cent decline.

Huawei’s overseas smartphone business ‘recovering rapidly’ despite US tech ban, says founder Ren Zhengfei
Chinese consumers buy more domestic brands in midyear 618 shopping festival as trade war rages on

The 618 shopping festival in June and the bigger annual Singles’ Day retail extravaganza in November serve as a barometer of consumer spending and retail health in the world’s second largest economy.

20 Jun 2019 - 1:13PM

The 618 shopping festival in June and the bigger annual Singles’ Day retail extravaganza in November serve as a barometer of consumer spending and retail health in the world’s second largest economy.

Chinese consumers buy more domestic brands in midyear 618 shopping festival as trade war rages on
Inside China Tech: Does top-down, state-led innovation work? (Trailer)

Silicon Valley was seeded with funding for military research at Stanford University.

19 Jun 2019 - 12:45PM

Silicon Valley was seeded with funding for military research at Stanford University.

Inside China Tech: Does top-down, state-led innovation work? (Trailer)
Does top-down, state-led innovation work? Just ask Silicon Valley

For China, the need to foster innovation comes at a critical time. The country is caught in an escalating trade and tech war with the US.

15 Jun 2019 - 9:09AM

For China, the need to foster innovation comes at a critical time. The country is caught in an escalating trade and tech war with the US.

Does top-down, state-led innovation work? Just ask Silicon Valley
Explainer | What is Telegram and why did the messaging app prove so popular during the Hong Kong protests?

The messaging app became one of Hong Kong’s most downloaded apps this week, according to App Annie, amid large-scale protests in the city.

14 Jun 2019 - 7:47AM

The messaging app became one of Hong Kong’s most downloaded apps this week, according to App Annie, amid large-scale protests in the city.

What is Telegram and why did the messaging app prove so popular during the Hong Kong protests?
‘Cyberattack from China’ hit messaging app used by Hong Kong protesters at time of Wednesday’s demonstration, says app’s founder

Pavel Durov, creator of Telegram app, heavily used by Hong Kong protesters said on Twitter that attack was mostly executed from IP addresses in China.

13 Jun 2019 - 11:34PM

Pavel Durov, creator of Telegram app, heavily used by Hong Kong protesters said on Twitter that attack was mostly executed from IP addresses in China.

‘Cyberattack from China’ hit messaging app used by Hong Kong protesters at time of Wednesday’s demonstration, says app’s founder
Internet connectivity is now more important than electricity was last century, says Alibaba’s Jack Ma

The Alibaba executive chairman’s comment follows the release of a UN report, ‘The Age of Digital Interdependence’, that calls for increased cooperation among governments so that digital technologies can be used to help improve life for everyone.

12 Jun 2019 - 7:00AM

The Alibaba executive chairman’s comment follows the release of a UN report, ‘The Age of Digital Interdependence’, that calls for increased cooperation among governments so that digital technologies can be used to help improve life for everyone.

Internet connectivity is now more important than electricity was last century, says Alibaba’s Jack Ma
Alipay and six European digital wallets join hands to increase adoption of mobile payments with QR code

Alipay and rival WeChat Pay have in recent years been competing for a bigger share of the lucrative growth in Chinese outbound tourism.

10 Jun 2019 - 10:59PM

Alipay and rival WeChat Pay have in recent years been competing for a bigger share of the lucrative growth in Chinese outbound tourism.

Alipay and six European digital wallets join hands to increase adoption of mobile payments with QR code
Grab co-founder Tan Hooi Ling has had to work hard to embrace the spotlight

For Grab co-founder Tan Hooi Ling, rock-climbing is an activity that requires a good balance between strategy and action.

7 Jun 2019 - 5:12PM

For Grab co-founder Tan Hooi Ling, rock-climbing is an activity that requires a good balance between strategy and action.

Grab co-founder Tan Hooi Ling has had to work hard to embrace the spotlight
Huawei trade ban to test China’s 5G roll-out as Beijing set to issue commercial licences

The grant of licences will come after South Korea, the US, Australia and the UK launched initial commercial 5G mobile services in the second quarter of this year.

4 Jun 2019 - 7:34AM

The grant of licences will come after South Korea, the US, Australia and the UK launched initial commercial 5G mobile services in the second quarter of this year.

Huawei trade ban to test China’s 5G roll-out as Beijing set to issue commercial licences
While Huawei will be bruised by tech war, some Chinese suppliers could suffer a knock-out blow

Suppliers often depend on orders from big firms such as Huawei to sustain their business, and losing a big customer can immediately threaten their survival.

3 Jun 2019 - 3:57PM

Suppliers often depend on orders from big firms such as Huawei to sustain their business, and losing a big customer can immediately threaten their survival.

While Huawei will be bruised by tech war, some Chinese suppliers could suffer a knock-out blow
Inside China Tech: Talking to people in China’s Silicon Valley in the midst of the tech war

China’s Silicon Valley caught in crossfire of tech war as country’s most advanced technologies, from AI to drones and robotics, being developed in the area.

1 Jun 2019 - 12:52AM

China’s Silicon Valley caught in crossfire of tech war as country’s most advanced technologies, from AI to drones and robotics, being developed in the area.

Inside China Tech: Talking to people in China’s Silicon Valley in the midst of the tech war
Huawei asks US courts for summary judgment on its move to get federal ban on its gear overturned

Huawei’s latest legal move comes almost three months after the Chinese company filed a lawsuit against the US in a bid to overturn federal ban.

30 May 2019 - 1:13AM

Huawei’s latest legal move comes almost three months after the Chinese company filed a lawsuit against the US in a bid to overturn federal ban.

Huawei asks US courts for summary judgment on its move to get federal ban on its gear overturned
Profile: CEO Borje Ekholm wants to put the record straight on Ericsson’s 5G efforts amid Huawei woes

Ekholm, who took over the helm of the Swedish telecommunications firm two years ago, says Ericsson is ready to roll out 5G technology to customers who want it.

28 May 2019 - 9:08PM

Ekholm, who took over the helm of the Swedish telecommunications firm two years ago, says Ericsson is ready to roll out 5G technology to customers who want it.

Profile: CEO Borje Ekholm wants to put the record straight on Ericsson’s 5G efforts amid Huawei woes
Profile: Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri could be one of the beneficiaries of Huawei’s regulatory woes

Suri is known for his bold moves – helping to cement Nokia’s position in the top 3 for telecommunications gear and bringing the brand back to mobile devices.

28 May 2019 - 11:23AM

Suri is known for his bold moves – helping to cement Nokia’s position in the top 3 for telecommunications gear and bringing the brand back to mobile devices.

Profile: Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri could be one of the beneficiaries of Huawei’s regulatory woes
Tech cold war: how Trump’s assault on Huawei is forcing the world to contemplate a digital iron curtain

Many now think the real issue between the US and China is not just a trade imbalance, it is whether China has the right to develop its own, home-grown hi-tech industry.

27 May 2019 - 4:40PM

Many now think the real issue between the US and China is not just a trade imbalance, it is whether China has the right to develop its own, home-grown hi-tech industry.

Tech cold war: how Trump’s assault on Huawei is forcing the world to contemplate a digital iron curtain
US-China tech war: Tumultuous times for Huawei - can it survive?

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to ban US tech companies from doing business with 'foreign adversaries' - will this cripple the largest telecommunications-equipment manufacturer in the world?

24 May 2019 - 7:16PM

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to ban US tech companies from doing business with 'foreign adversaries' - will this cripple the largest telecommunications-equipment manufacturer in the world?

US-China tech war: Tumultuous times for Huawei - can it survive?
Inside China Tech: Here's how the US-China tech war is affecting small electronics companies

How much does the trade war affect small suppliers and distributors, and does China depend more on the US for its technology industry, or vice versa?

24 May 2019 - 7:06PM

How much does the trade war affect small suppliers and distributors, and does China depend more on the US for its technology industry, or vice versa?

Inside China Tech: Here's how the US-China tech war is affecting small electronics companies
Apple’s China woes may worsen as Huawei ban nudges die-hard iPhone fans to switch sides

Huawei winning more fans from Apple camp amid growing tensions between the US and China over technology and trade.

23 May 2019 - 9:18AM

Huawei winning more fans from Apple camp amid growing tensions between the US and China over technology and trade.

Apple’s China woes may worsen as Huawei ban nudges die-hard iPhone fans to switch sides
Rival phone brands Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo to benefit from Google’s suspension of services to Huawei

Chinese smartphone players who have been making a bigger overseas push, such as Xiaomi and Oppo, are also likely to benefit from any dip in demand for Huawei phones.

22 May 2019 - 5:30PM

Chinese smartphone players who have been making a bigger overseas push, such as Xiaomi and Oppo, are also likely to benefit from any dip in demand for Huawei phones.

Rival phone brands Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo to benefit from Google’s suspension of services to Huawei
Singapore’s Carousell aims to cash in on growing desire for sustainability with online classified ads app

The idea behind a “snap, list, sell” app came to Quek and his co-founders after they grew frustrated with trying to sell their own second-hand electronics online.

21 May 2019 - 5:23PM

The idea behind a “snap, list, sell” app came to Quek and his co-founders after they grew frustrated with trying to sell their own second-hand electronics online.

Singapore’s Carousell aims to cash in on growing desire for sustainability with online classified ads app
Explainer | Here’s what you need to know about US restrictions on Huawei and the ‘Entity List’

US companies who wish to export products and software to entities on the list must apply for a licence from the US Bureau of Industry and Security.

21 May 2019 - 12:27PM

US companies who wish to export products and software to entities on the list must apply for a licence from the US Bureau of Industry and Security.

Here’s what you need to know about US restrictions on Huawei and the ‘Entity List’