Top stories from our contributors last week

In case you missed it, here are what our contributors have published in the week of October 5-9, 2020

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At e27, in addition to the latest news from the Southeast Asian tech startup ecosystem, we also curate opinions from the community via the Contributor Programme. With an aim to enable thought leadership and foster networking amongst the startup and investor community in the region, the contributed articles are a great way to learn new perspectives.

Highlighting some of the top contributions from last week:


In How bright is the future of cryptocurrency?, serial entrepreneur and Finxflo CEO James Gillingham stated: “The significance and role of cryptocurrency have expanded substantially. From mere speculation to an investment instrument -–the cryptocurrency industry is thriving. Moreover, its use cases are not restricted to financial transactions only. Instead, digital currencies with different applications in various industries have already transpired.”

Meanwhile, in the article Border-crossing and financial inclusion: The story of fintech in ASEAN, Idea Communications MD Helena Ma who had advised MNCs and startups, wrote: “Given (Singapore’s) stated intentions to support a diversified range of fintech companies, it is wise to assume that there will be an increased amount of spending on the industry and a growing set of funds available for new and maturing startups.”

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Deep work: Methods for staying productive in a distracted world by Slash CEO Andries De Vos asked the most intriguing question in the modern world: “How do some people handle stress and stay more productive than others? The answer is deep work – a process of focusing on one thing without distraction.”

User experience

How to improve your app’s user experience with a new UI modality by Ottomatias Peura stressed that: “Most of today’s user interfaces are operated solely by using two modalities– touch (tactile) and vision. We click, type, and touch and see from our displays what’s happening.”

“The third common modality is the voice and many people already have a good example of a device using this modality in their living rooms: smart speakers.”


Asia’s food delivery potential is set to unlock post-COVID-19. Here’s why by Jakob Sebastian Angele, CEO of FoodPanda APAC, revealed: “Asia’s online food delivery penetration rate in 2020 is approximately 11.5 per cent and is expected to exceed 15 per cent by 2024 – a mouth-watering potential of more than 200 million new users.”

“But not all players in the region have succeeded in tapping into this growing market. Only a handful have been successful thus far; some are still fighting for a greater share of the pie while a few others some have exited the race altogether.”

Last but not least, How these 6 Asian startups use the digital revolution for social good by founder of a marketing firm, Alex Thomas, reminded us: “Solve a problem and fix it. In the simplest sense, that’s what it comes down to. When brilliant minds sit around a table, talk on the phone, or ideate a business idea from across the globe, the inevitable beginning includes one straightforward question: What’s the problem in my neighbourhood, city, or country, and how can I fix it?”

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