Dropmyemail Business, an online service that backs ups corporate emails, has introduced Email Insights, a new tool that monitors email usage of employees. Available for free to existing and new Dropmyemail Business users, Email Insights enables administrators to do the following:
Identify all employees’ contacts, which is helpful in regaining lost sales leads during a server crash or personnel resignation.
Spot misuse of corporate email for personal purposes or data leakage.
Assess email effectiveness by tracking amount of email sent or received versus performance.
Filter through communications to find specific conversations.
The tool is currently reactive, meaning it alerts employers to abuse that has already happened. In the pipeline however are algorithms that will sort through emails in an attempt to predict fraud, data leakage, employees that are about to quit, employee dissatisfaction, and more.
Dropmyemail Business is available as a 30-day trial.
While there are many email monitoring software in the wild, Dropmyemail is different since it bundles an email backup service with the monitoring tool, making it possibly more affordable to customers that want both.
Employees might potentially be concerned by its Orwellian or PRISM-like flavor, but Dropmyemail says it only monitors corporate emails.
Employees, of course, could learn to mask their true intentions by shifting activity to their personal email accounts. That’s assuming that they’re aware of being monitored — which would surely become the case if such tools become ubiquitous.
“If an employee utilizes his or her personal email accounts for illicit business, it will be their personal consequences,” says Dropmyemail’s publicist Peter Yu.
Indiescapes offers experiences not often found in guide books.
With 52 primary languages, over 1,000 dialects, and 27 currencies, Asia is a potpourri of different cultures, races, and economic environments. While many entrepreneurs find the diversity daunting, online travel startups thrive on it.
Such cultural vibrance positions Asia as an attractive destination for travelers of all stripes, seeking anything from conventional resort stays to meticulously planned city tours to off-the-beaten-track wildlife escapades. This explains the Asia tourism industry’s massive size — which is slated to reach USD 357B by this year, a 64 percent increase from 2009.
While industry competition is brutal, a number of trends are converging to unearth a variation on the conventional travel experience.
Dolphin Browser, a popular mobile browser with over 50M downloads and more than 10M installs on Android, is looking to Southeast Asia as its next big market. The company is hiring a point person to head the startup’s expansion into the region.
Yongzhi Yang, the founder of Dolphin’s parent company Mobotap and head of marketing Edith Yeung (LinkedIn) have been in Singapore to understand Southeast Asia.
While the browser’s top three countries by installs are the United States, China, and Japan, Dolphin views Southeast Asia as a region of growth due to its combined population of over 500M people who are awakening to the possibilities of the mobile internet.
Founded in 2010, Dolphin is a relatively new player in the internet browser field. Despite its youth, it has distinguished itself with a mobile-oriented interface that partially eliminates the need for typing, as well as an ecosystem of add-ons.
It also succeeded because it bet on Android early, back when developers were skeptical about building for Android. There were only 30,000 offerings on the operating system’s app store then. Read more
Startups are like chameleons. For survival’s sake, these shifty animals can rapidly change their appearances in response to threats. So it is with startups. Unlike large corporations, startups don’t go through committees. They are sensorial in nature, constantly aware of the environment, gathering data, and shape-shifting.
Sometimes, a new iteration can be as drastic as a rebranding effort or a pivot, which is the case with Singapore-based company UserScout, formerly known as Referoll. Read more
The notion that Asia is an attractive place to do a startup is nothing new. What’s changing is how much easier it has become to raise money or receive an investment.
Take SeedAsia.co as an example. Started in Shanghai by Tom Russell and Yelena Sedykh, the online platform connects angel investors with startups and greases the wheels for an investment deal.
The premise is that having a web entity to aggregate startups and investors would lead to greater efficiency in information sharing, administration, standardized documentation, and deal discovery. Read more
The Buccaneer and the Power Mac G4 Cube. The resemblance isn’t coincidental.
There hasn’t been a pre-launch product from a Singapore startup that has garnered thismuchpressattention for a long while. Simply put, people are agog about the USD 347 price point for an Apple-esque 3D printer that will be pre-assembled and calibrated right out of the box. In fact, some have been downright skeptical, believing the photos to be renders rather than real images.
But there’s no two ways about it: The Buccaneer – which is what the first product from Pirate3D is called — is going to arrive in homes in the United States and around the world. In fact, the company is prepping a Kickstarter campaign that will hopefully launch in the next few days — and they’re working with the crowdfunding platform to provide as much details as possible. I’ve even seen a prototype in action myself at the coworking space the Singapore-based team is working out of.
Of the myriad of 3D printers in the market, there has been quite a number in the sub-$1000 category: RepRap, Printrbot, Solidoodle, and Makibox, just to name a few. Read more
Few men can score a date with the sexiest woman in the Philippines, which made me a very lucky bloke indeed. A few months ago, I was on my way to Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore to interview Maria Ressa, an accomplished journalist, counter-terrorism expert, and co-founder of Rappler, an exciting, young online news organization from the Philippines.
Of course, I didn’t know about her hottest woman alive label then. But that did not make me any less nervous: Maria’s accomplishments far outsize her petite stature. A Princeton University graduate and Fulbright Fellow, she worked at CNN for almost two decades, serving as the bureau chief in Manila and then Jakarta. She then became the news and current affairs chief at ABS-CBN, Philippines’ largest television network.
She possesses a deep understanding of terrorist networks, having authored two books on the subject. Her latest work, From Bin Laden to Facebook: 10 Days of Abduction, 10 Years of Terrorism, narrates the gripping story of how she led the crisis team that resolved the kidnapping of her news crew who were en route to interview the leader of Abu Sayyaf, a militant Islamist group from Southern Philippines.
Now, she’s on to her next adventure: Starting a new media company that is reimagining journalism. Read more
Of all of United States’ startup exports, Warby Parker is one that hasn’t really been replicated in Asia. The startup, which sells quality eyewear at a ridiculously low price point, has been a toast of the New York scene by disrupting the eyewear industry and in the process raising USD 50.3M in capital.
Warby’s innovation doesn’t lie in new-fangled technology. Instead, it break the dominance of an industry cartel that has been driving prices artificially high. By fashioning its own supply chain and designing its own glasses, it cuts out the middle men and offers eye wear at a low USD 95 a pop.
Four Eyes in the Philippines is attempting do the same. The company takes many of its cues from Warby Parker, right down to the sparse, white, and minimalist design on the website. Read more
Travel startups have been unimaginative when it comes to how they want to disrupt the industry. Most of them are consumer-facing apps that help consumers discover, book, or search for deals — essentially variations on the ideal neighborhood travel agent.
In this vein, Tripconomics is doing something entirely different. Rather than targeting the crowded consumer market, this Singapore startup is hoping to uncover what it sees as a hidden gem: the world of corporate travel management.
As I understand from co-founder Keson Lim, a corporate travel veteran, the industry is dominated by large corporate travel agencies that handle global accounts on large retainers.
These companies, which have call centers around the world, typically service corporations with revenue above USD 250 million (think brands like Energizer, HSBC, and Prada), handling flights, hotels, insurance, and visas.
For ‘smaller’ firms with ‘only’ tens of millions in revenue, they usually manage their travel arrangements and expenses in-house. That’s the crowd that the startup is targeting.
In a nutshell, Tripconomics is a web tool for corporates to manage the travel expenses and plans of their employees. The user can manage travel profiles for staff of different seniorities, setting useful details like budget limitations. Read more
Singapore startup Gametize has launched a new app that focuses entirely on consumers. Called Lifeplay, it adopts all the consumer-focused features that were in the previous version of GameMaki, leaving the new iteration of the latter as a part of the company’s gamification platform for enterprises. Read more