India promises investors more red carpet, less red tape

NEW DELHI–Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged Thursday to slash red tape and harness the benefits of a huge young population as he launched a campaign to attract global business to manufacture in India. India’s business-friendly new leader wants to revive his country’s flagging economic fortunes by kick-starting a manufacturing sector long eclipsed by that of neighboring China. “We don’t need to invite the world to India, they are ready to come. We just need to give them our address,” Modi said at the launch of his “Make in India” campaign.

http://www.chinapost.com.tw/business/asia/india/2014/09/26/418024/India-promises.htm

Here’s how Indonesian telco Indosat is building the country’s startup ecosystem

By now, you may have heard about Jakarta’s Ideabox accelerator letting all eight of its second batch startup finalists into the program last week. You may have also heard about the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank taking an interest in local tech ventures. But what you may not realize is that the two initiatives have a common denominator in local telco Indosat , one of the archipelago’s largest telecommunication companies. Right now, Indosat is calling itself one of the most aggressive players in Southeast Asia’s tech startup scene, particularly when it comes to forming new partnerships.

http://www.techinasia.com/heres-how-indonesian-telco-indosat-is-building-the-countrys-startup-ecosystem/

Yahoo confirms purchase of Indian tech startup Bookpad

BANGALORE: Yahoo confirmed on Monday that it has purchased Bookpad, an Indian document viewing tech startup, in a bid to bolster its email service. The US internet giant didn’t disclose the purchase price, but two people with direct knowledge of the development said it paid around Rs 50 crore ($8.3 million) for Bookpad.  “We have acquired Bookpad, the company behind the Docspad product,” said a Yahoo spokeswoman in response to a query from ET.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/yahoo-confirms-purchase-of-indian-tech-startup-bookpad/articleshow/43184054.cms

Yahoo acquires one-year-old Bangalore startup Bookpad

Just days after business intelligence provider Nielsen (NYSE:NLSN) acquired Indicus Analytics, another Indian startup got netted by a global company. Yahoo has bought one-year-old Bookpad, which built an end-to-end document handling technology for the cloud, for about US$15 million (INR 90 crore) The Times of India  reported. It is the first Indian tech startup acquisition by the internet giant.

http://www.techinasia.com/yahoo-acquires-bangalore-startup-bookpad-15-million/

Yahoo buys Bangalore based tech startup bookpad for Rs 5 crore

BANGALORE: Bangalore-based Bookpad has become the first Indian tech startup to be bought by Yahoo, going from creation to acquisition in just one year. The deal comes some eight months after Facebook snapped up Bangalore’s Little Eye Labs.  The US internet giant, which is in line to reap about $9.5 billion (Rs57,000 crore) from Alibaba’s initial public offering, has bought the firm in a deal worth around Rs50 crore ($ 8.3 million), according two people with direct knowledge of the development.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/yahoo-buys-bangalore-based-tech-startup-bookpad-for-rs-5-crore/articleshow/43117504.cms

Startups in Asia can soon get free payment processing from PayPal and Braintree

Every cent counts for startups. Which makes the PayPal Startup Blueprint  welcome news for entrepreneurs. The payment giant announced this week that it will extend the program, which gives startups free payment processing, to eight markets in Asia-Pacific. The program waives processing fees for transactions up to the US$1.5 million mark for PayPal and US$100,000 for Braintree. The latter is only available in Australia for now, but will be available for the rest of Asia soon, according to the press release.

http://www.techinasia.com/startups-asia-free-payment-processing-paypal-braintree/

Silicon Valley-based fund Accel Partners showcases 6 startups to Infosys

BANGALORE: Accel Partners snatched an opportunity to impress cash-rich Infosys when the Silicon Valley-based venture capital fund pitched at least two portfolio companies to the Bangalore-based outsourcer, according to two people with direct knowledge of the development. Accel Partners, which counts Facebook and Flipkart among its portfolio firms, showcased six startups, including CrowdAnalytix and Paxata, before the senior management of Infosys,,,

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/silicon-valley-based-fund-accel-partners-showcases-6-startups-to-infosys/articleshow/41972064.cms

Highlights from day 1 morning sessions at Startup Asia Tokyo 2014

Startup Asia has landed in the Land of the Rising Sun! Our inaugural event in Tokyo kicked off with a welcome address by Andrew Wang, Tech in Asia’s head of Japan. He expressed the team’s dedication to covering the domestic ecosystem and assured the audience that our first local event is definitely not the last.  Namba-san opened her keynote speech by talking about DeNA’s roots – as an auction company. After Yahoo Japan entered the market, she was forced to change her game plan, which eventually landed on mobile gaming.

http://www.techinasia.com/startup-asia-tokyo-2014-day-1-morning-session-highlights/

Baidu invests $10M in Finnish indoor mapping startup IndoorAtlas

Chinese search giant Baidu has invested US$10M in IndoorAtlas , a Finnish startup that develops smartphone technology to track real-time movement indoors. The company will use the funds to improve its research and development, and it will also enter an exclusive agreement with Baidu that will bring its mapping technology to the Chinese market.

http://www.techinasia.com/baidu-invests-10m-in-finnish-indoor-mapping-startup-indooratlas/

Infosys, Wipro scout to pick up stake in startups, raise investment bankers’ hopes for more deals

BANGALORE| MUMBAI:Vishal Sikka at the helm of Infosy and Rishad Premji as head of strategy at Wipro scouting to pick up stake in startups focused on disruptive technologies have made investment bankers optimistic that country’s moribund outsourcing sector could see more deals in the coming months. However, both foreign and domestic bankers believe that the small acquisitions and partnerships would not be enough and a big buy-out has to be done before the rainmak .

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/ites/infosys-wipro-scout-to-pick-up-stake-in-startups-raise-investment-bankers-hopes-for-more-deals/articleshow/41386291.cms

Google to launch Campus Seoul, its first hub for startups in East Asia

Startups in South Korea will soon have another ultra-hip hangout spot. Google announced today that it will open Campus Seoul, a space for entrepreneurs, developers, and other members of the startup community to mingle and hold events. According to a post  on Google’s Asia Pacific blog, the space will hold programs including Campus for Moms , a startup school for women with babies, and Campus EDU , which offers workshops and office hours with Google employees.

http://www.techinasia.com/google-to-launch-campus-seoul-its-first-hub-for-startups-in-east-asia/

Microsoft to incubate 10 Indian startups

BANGALORE, INDIA: Global software major Microsoft will incubate 10 early-stage technology startups in cloud computing, Internet and mobile using its Accelerator for Windows Azure programme to help them build businesses, a top official said on Wednesday. “The startups will have access to our resources such as BizSpark programme and $60,000 in Azure credit through BizSpark Plus programme to take advantage of the cloud,” Microsoft India (R&D) Managing Director Amit Chatterjee told reporters here unveiling the programme in the Indian sub-continent.

http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/45358/microsoft-incubate-indian-startups

Chinese Classified Listings Website Closes USD200 Million Round

Chinese lifestyle information website Ganji.com has gained new investments of USD200 million with investors such as Tiger Fund and Carlyle Group. Yang Haoyong, chief executive officer of Ganji.com, revealed that the company plans to launch its initial public offering in June 2015. Yang said Ganji.com will “not be listed with the second position” and the company aims at three firsts. It eyes the first position for operating revenue in the classified information industry in China; the first position for mobility in the classified information industry; and the first in the recruitment industry.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/08/19/20818-chinese-classified-listings-website-closes-usd200-million-round

Baidu Establishes Internet Developer Start-Up Center In Tianjin

Chinese search engine company Baidu announced in Tianjin that the company’s developer start-up center in the city has been formally established. This is Baidu’s newest regional start-up center following those already operational in Chengdu and Xiamen. This new Tianjin Baidu developer start-up center is located in Hongqiao district. With an office area of over 3,000 square meters, it can accommodate more than 20 start-up teams.

http://www.chinatechnews.com/2014/07/28/20756-baidu-establishes-internet-developer-start-up-center-in-tianjin

This cloud-equipped factory wants to be the go-to manufacturer for small hardware startups

When Jen McCabe moved to Shenzhen, China, to help startup Romotive manufacture its Romo robot, she discovered that production is not as simple as showing up to a factory with a product design. “When we went to China we thought that everything would be easier, … that manufacturing was kind of this solved issue,” McCabe said. “We didn’t realize that there are still so many issues with manufacturing overseas. There’s the time difference. There’s the cultural barrier. … There are huge costs that you just don’t account for.”

http://gigaom.com/2014/05/21/this-cloud-equipped-factory-wants-to-be-the-go-to-manufacturer-for-small-hardware-startups/