Chinese investors see Southeast Asians as ‘comfortable’ with mobile technologies. Photo: Bloomberg

How Chinese money is driving Southeast Asia’s tech start-up scene

  • Chinese investment in the region’s start-ups ballooned to US$1.78 billion in the first seven months of this year, an eightfold increase
  • A saturated tech scene in China and Southeast Asia’s maturing mobile economy are driving the influx of cash
Topic |   Asia Tech

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Chinese investors see Southeast Asians as ‘comfortable’ with mobile technologies. Photo: Bloomberg
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Malaysia is looking to tap into the surging value of Southeast Asia’s internet economy. Illustration: Dennis Yip

Malaysia’s cunning plan for start-up dominance: if you can’t beat them, own them

  • The country has struggled to nurture home-grown tech success; now it hopes to steal a march on its rivals by becoming a venture capital financier instead
  • Officials hope that splashing the cash will eventually make Malaysia an attractive base, but in the meantime are aiming to pull the purse strings
Topic |   Malaysia

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Malaysia is looking to tap into the surging value of Southeast Asia’s internet economy. Illustration: Dennis Yip
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