Steven (right) and Nicole (left) from Spawt.
Singaporean Steven Goh was on Interpol’s wanted list for being a black hat hacker.
But the law grabbed him by the tail. Nine years ago, He was arrested by Singapore’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for coordinating a large-scale global botnet — which involves infiltrating a massive number of computers through malicious software. He was 17.
Steven thought he was going to jail, but fate yielded him a second chance. The CID decided to let him off with a stern warning after two years of investigation. He secured a place in the National University of Singapore too. Steven then decided to channel his independent streak towards something entirely different.
“The day I spent in lock-up was the day I turned into an entrepreneur,” said the NOC alumnus.
Today, he is the founder of Spawt, a free mobile app for iOS and Android that helps users discover experiences around them. Steven bills it as an “intelligent and social city guide” that aims to be the “Google of real life”. It is targeted at the United States and Singapore market. Read more
Indonesia is starting to steal the limelight away from traditional Asian tech superstars like India and China.
According to the Jakarta Globe, the country’s US$813 billion economy expanded by 6.5 percent last year and has been getting more attention with talks of its large market size, growing middle class and early adoption of technology.
Like every market, Indonesia has its own distinct quirks and issues that entrepreneurs need to pay attention to when starting a business there.
Here are five key trends that every startup founder should look out for based on the talks and interactions at the recent Startup Asia Jakarta. Read more
Steven Goh, founder of mig33; Mario Jobbe, co-founder of Circos; and Jerry Kuo, co-founder and CEO of Atlas Post, will share with the audience about their progress since launching their products on DEMO. Moderated by Chris Shipley, formerly the executive producer of the DEMO Conferences. Read more
On day zero, startups were busy preparing for their pitches.
DEMO Asia is the premier tech startup launchpad in Asia, part of the DEMO brand of conferences. Over its illustrious history, it has debuted many well-known products such as Salesforce.com, Adobe Acrobat, and Skype for mobile. In DEMO Asia 2012, held in Singapore, we’ve seen 76 startups from 14 countries launch their products and pitch their ideas in front of a live audience.
SGE was the official online media partner for DEMO Asia 2012, and we’ve provide complete coverage of the conference (full program). Below is a compilation of all the live blogs, interviews, and articles we’ve written about the landmark event. Read more