Companies that join the Singapore delegation for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from 8-11 January 2013 in Las Vegas can get their participation costs subsidized.
The delegation will be led by tech startup incubator Get2Volume and the Singapore Semiconductor Industry Association (SSIA). Subsidies will be administered by the SSIA from LEAD, a government program to increase the competitiveness of Singapore companies.
CES is a well-established technology trade show which sees involvement from major tech brands. The delegation will get opportunities to demo their products, participate in press and investor roundtables, meet with industry leaders, and engage potential customers.
While the final subsidy amount will depend on the number of participants accepted, Get2Volume CEO Mike Holt tells us that the plan is to cover 50% of airfare, hotel and venue space. The shared space to be used by the Singapore delegation will be near to Logitech, Intel, and Seagate.
10-year-old muvee is one of Singapore’s pride and joys in the technology space. Having invented automatic video editing back in 2000 back in a research and development lab, the company was spun off two years later by a bunch of musicians and photographers and today counts nearly 60 staff across Singapore, San Francisco, Tokyo and Seoul with its products having been bundled by camera, storage and PC partners that include HP, Seagate, Sony, Olympus, Nikon and Nokia.
Since 2007, muvee has also hosted other entrepreneurs at its office in Singapore under the BASE @ muvee program. BASE is at once an incubator and co-working space that gives BASE entrepreneurs access to muvee’s collective knowledge and experience across many different spheres. When muvee’s founder and CEO, Terence Swee is back in Singapore (where he lives half the time, with the other in San Francisco), you can also tap his brain.
“From cloud architecture and memory management on mobile chipsets to international taxation and labor laws in Korea, you will find someone who can give you advice or point you in the right direction.” – BASE @ muvee
Entrepreneurs who have been housed at BASE include Sonoport and chumby.
muvee is moving to the startup and VC-office hub at Blk 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent and will be upgrading its BASE program to include additional activities:
- Knowledge Sharing Sessions: talks that range from technical subjects like configuration management, and memory management in embedded systems, to business issues like negotiation, setting up an office in the Bay Area, etc.
- Ad-Hoc Meet and Pitch: networking sessions with senior members of some of muvee’s global customer base that includes HTC and LG.
- Silicon Valley Safari: meet companies and people in the Bay Area, be introduced by muvee’s CEO himself! (“Only serious startups with highly-curated agendas and real products need apply.”)
If you’re interested in being a part of BASE, contact muvee.
Melanie Amaro, champion of X-Factor USA season one, a reality TV singing contest started by media mogul Simon Cowell, has released her debut single “Don’t Fail Me Now” on TwitMusic, a service which lets users discover and share music uploaded by artists.
Her single, which was let loose last week, has garnered over 6,500 plays on the platform, making her one of the more popular singers there. To listen to the new song, users are required to sign in to Twitter and tweet about it using a preset hashtag.
TwitMusic was officially launched in January 2012 by CEO Stefano Fazzini and CTO Christian Fazzini who recently moved from the Philippines to Silicon Valley to join 500 Startups, a well-known accelerator and venture fund. Since its founding, the service has been used by over 9,000 artists.
According to the company, the platform has reached out to about 44 million people, and experienced 348% growth in registered artists and a 638% increase in engagements since January this year. ‘Engagements’ involve people retweeting a song, commenting on it, clicking ‘love’, and using the #nowplaying hashtag.
Another fairly well-known artist on TwitMusic is Carly Rae Jepsen, whose hit single “Call Me Maybe” has been getting heavy airplay recently. It has gotten over 8,000 listens on the platform.
Dropmyemail, a Singapore-based startup that backups emails in the cloud, has opened a sales and business development office in Dallas, Texas — an unusual location since Silicon Valley is frequently the first choice for tech startups.
Their reason for doing so? Dallas is the beating heart of the telecommunications industry in the United States. It’s Telecom Corridor houses the global headquarters of AT&T and the regional and global offices of Samsung Telecoms, Texas Instruments, and more.
These are companies that Dropmyemail hopes to collaborate with. John Fearon, CEO and founder of Dropmyemail, is aiming to secure US mobile partners to push their cloud email backup service to consumers. He stated in a press release that Samsung and AT&T are looking seriously at the startup’s services. Read more
The iPad and iPhone’s default photo app works just fine, but it’s plain and boring, like going on date with a pleasant but forgettable partner: Good qualifications, secure desk-bound job, but rigid and humorless.
A new mobile app might shake things up a little. It’s called Cooliris, and it promises to make photo viewing and sharing not just pleasant — but pleasurable. You might have heard of the name before — Cooliris currently exists as a popular browser plugin that converts plain vanilla image pages on sites like Google Image Search, Flickr, and Facebook into flowy 3d slideshows. There’s also an old Cooliris mobile app that’s quite similar to the web plugin.
While the old mobile app is centered about viewing search images, the new version focuses on viewing and sharing personal photos. And yes, the new and free app, available on iPhone and iPad, still retains the same slideshow effect, though it really blossoms on the tablet.
Sports, I find, offers a treasure trove of lessons that can be applied to daily life, professional situations, and entrepreneurship. Building a championship team in sports is actually identical to developing a winning team in your company.
With the recent conclusion of the 2011-2012 NBA season and the coronation of the LeBron James and the Miami Heat as NBA champions, I thought it’ll be useful to look at how the organization embarked on its journey towards the finish line, and how effective team-building was instrumental in its victory. Read more
Silicon Valley-based Cooliris, a company that turns digital content into interactive visual experiences, has announced today in a press release that it has received an investment from DOCOMO Capital, the venture arm of NTT DOCOMO, Japan’s largest mobile communications operator.
While jargon like CPM and impressions have been a staple of mobile advertising, the space is ripe for more groundbreaking innovation.
After all, banner ads are just miniature-sized billboards — a remnant from the pre-digital era — taking up precious screen real estate.
Startups like Gimmie hope to shake things up. Instead of annoying gamers with flashy ads that they’ll skip through anyway, the company enables developers to offer real rewards to players in exchange for in-game achievements, using either an API or SDK. Developers can pick the white label option as well. Read more