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Echelon Malaysia 2014

Echelon Malaysia will be a one and a half day regional event taking place in Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur. By exploring Malaysia’s role in the global technology industry, startups will be empowered through the sharing of knowledge by international speakers and investors as well as through structured networking sessions. As part of expanding the Echelon brand within Southeast Asia, event organisers, e27, is putting together its first-ever Echelon in Malaysia to strengthen the connections between technology startup ecosystems in Malaysia with the rest of Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific. To highlight this, e27 is also interested to showcase selected Malaysia startups to the international audience for fundraising and media exposure purposes. Having such an event in this part of the world also draws global interest to position Southeast Asia as a viable market for innovative technologies, early-stage investment and for market access.
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FeaturesWorkshops

Two workshop tracks, a technical track and a business track, are being organized on Day 1 of the event. The technical track is free-to-attend for the public and is ideal for technical teams and CTOs to attend, while the business track is part of the paid conference and deals with country-specific market access strategies within the SEA region. Startups will learn tips and tricks of the trade from representatives from reputable global companies such as Paypal and Softlayer, who are just two of the big names that will be conducting these workshops.

International keynote speakers and panel discussions

The second day of Echelon Malaysia 2014 will feature keynote sessions and panel discussions from both the local and international community. Startups will gain useful knowledge on how to grow and be at the top of their game from influential keynote speakers such as the Team Lead of Singapore & Malaysia from AirBnB, Thomas Wang and Chairman & Group CEO of Catcha Group, Patrick Grove. During the course of the day, panel discussions on Malaysia’s place in the Globalised technical world will also take place.

Startups Showcase

The second day of Echelon Malaysia will also feature selected Malaysia startups to showcase their products and services on stage. Interested startups have to first submit their business and innovation on the Echelon Malaysia website. From there, a select number of startups will be shortlisted. e27 will also be working with Malaysia based incubators and accelerators for this showcase. Both Malaysian and international startups are encouraged to submit their entries by 31 October 2014 at e27.co/echelon/malaysia where more details are provided.

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MaGIC Entrepreneurs Dialogue Session 1

MaGIC is launching their inaugural Entrepreneurs Dialog Session.  This is one the first key initiative from MaGIC which is to identify where are the pain points and challenges for a Malaysian Startup and the ecosystem as a whole.

If you have something to complain or voice out, head over to their  here.

The session will be held on the 20th of June. 10am-5pm in Cyberjaya

Below is a map to give you a good idea on where in the Startup Life Cycle you are at.

 

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Malaysia Startup Wiki and The Malaysia Startup Landscape 5 Minute Guide

Recently, Bowei Gai of World Startup Report with a bunch Malaysia startup community leaders created the Malaysia Startup Wiki. This effort was launch by Cheryl Yeoh, the CEO of MaGIC at Echelon 2014 today in her panel about the Malaysia Startup landscape. Malaysia Startup Wiki   In conjunction with the launch of the Malaysia Startup Wiki, MaGIC and WorldStartupReport have team up with one of Malaysia top startup, Piktochart. Together, they have produced an infographic on the 5 minute guide to Malaysia Startup Landscape 2014. From the wiki and infographic, you will get a good idea who are the key entrepreneurs, what are some of the challenges, the opportunities, who are the key investors and also an overall outlook in the maturity of each verticals.

 

Here are some notable insights for an entrepreneur or investor before starting up in Malaysia:

  • 30 Million Population
  • 116% Mobile internet penetration rate
  • 90% of startups are funded by Govt funds
  • Highest number of tech IPO in South East Asia

 

If the page does not load, visit here to view the infographic.

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Business Advice from the Founders of Dino Media as one of Asia’s Fastest Growing Startups

Dino Media Publishing consist of a network of news portals and social media channels, serving 3 million people monthly with news about entertainment, lifestyle, humor, viral news, and all things trendy. NextUpAsia.com chats with one of the founding members of one of the fastest growing startups in Asia about the Art of Building a company to serve millions of content hungry consumers online.

Dino Media focuses on creating innovative and engaging media platforms for online consumers
Dino Media focuses on creating innovative and engaging media platforms for online consumers

 Getting to know about The Wisdom behind The Start-Up

  • What would be your 3 main advices that you would offer to entrepreneurs who want to start up today?

    Get your priority straight. Identity the top 5 most important things for you business to work and put them as priorities. Great website design can wait, namecards can wait, good project management tools can wait … you get the idea. Instead, focus on things like market validation or sales.

  • c) Conquer the vertical space, then only grow horizontally.

    If you have a wish list, what would you want Governments or the Private Sectors to do, to assist businesses like yours? Just any wish and why?

    One of the fastest growing startups in digital media platforms in Asia makes its mark through Dino Media
    One of the fastest growing startups in digital media platforms in Asia makes its mark through Dino Media
  • Any last remarks to close your ‘The Start-Up Entrepreneur Speaks’ series for now?

    If you are thinking to start a business – be humble and start NOW!

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About Dino Media:

Dino Media Publishing consist of a network of news portals and social media channels, serving 3 million people monthly with news about entertainment, lifestyle, humor, viral news, and all things trendy.

About the Founders:

We are a group of young and capable team who are hustling to entertain the world with stories and news we find engaging. We strive to never stop innovating the way you read news and we hope we could ultimately build a news portal that would channel you with personalized news that really matter.

 

Top Tips of Building Followers and Customers Online by Dino Media’s 3 Million Community Following

Dino Media Publishing consist of a network of news portals and social media channels, serving 3 million people monthly with news about entertainment, lifestyle, humor, viral news, and all things trendy. NextUpAsia.com chats with one of the founding members of one of the fastest growing startups in Asia about the Art of Building a company to serve millions of content hungry consumers online.

myHero.Asia app for public safety made waves in Asia as one of the most downloaded apps in its product category
myHero.Asia app for public safety made waves in Asia as one of the most downloaded apps in its product category

Getting to know about The Strategies behind the Success of the Startup

  • Marketing is King! How did you publicize your business? How did you get people to notice you and not your competitors?

We focus on building genuine relationships with our audience. We started out actively engaging our audience on Facebook. We make sure we build a great community of people who enjoy consuming entertainment, lifestyle, and viral content. That is probably why till date, we have quite a loyal following despite being very new in the digital publishing space.

  • They say, Talents is what make or break the business. For yourself, how did you get your talents and what did you do to make them remain working for you?

 

Dino Media Engages Young Changemakers to Build a Formidable Startup in Asia
Dino Media Engages Young Changemakers to Build a Formidable Startup in Asia

Specifically for Coffeeticks & Tantannews, we practise a very lean approach. Most of our writers are freelance writers which we recruited them through referrals and social media. Our team is not big so everyone is like family. The management team always keep the content team accoountable with the daily performance of the sites and motivate them to reach the ultimate vision. We want to make a difference and that is exciting for our team.

  • If you could name 3 Main Criteria that have made You and Your Business successful, what are those 3 Main Criteria?

a) Lean

b) Rapid Problem Solving

c) Innovative

  • Businesses need to Innovate in order to stay Competitive in the marketplace – How have you innovated your company to be competitive until today?

We are constantly innovating our publishing sites. We rely heavily on measurable data. We track how visitors landed on our site, which speicific time has the most traffic, and so on. For example, we also measure how certain web elements on the site drive more clicks. We have also great emphasis on good user experience and pleasant user interface design.

  • Global economic uncertainties Kill Businesses – In your mind, how did you weather this challenge for your business?

That’s part of the every entrepreneurial pursuit we would say. For us mindset is important, we prefer to see the glass half-full rather than half-empty when it comes to uncertainties because in the process of finding more clarity, we could potentially discover strategies and tactics that no one has ever thought of. We would call that innovation.

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About Dino Media:

Dino Media Publishing consist of a network of news portals and social media channels, serving 3 million people monthly with news about entertainment, lifestyle, humor, viral news, and all things trendy.

About the Founders:

We are a group of young and capable team who are hustling to entertain the world with stories and news we find engaging. We strive to never stop innovating the way you read news and we hope we could ultimately build a news portal that would channel you with personalized news that really matter.

 

Dino Media Captures 3 Million Online Users in Less than 1 Year of its Founding

Dino Media Publishing consist of a network of news portals and social media channels, serving 3 million people monthly with news about entertainment, lifestyle, humor, viral news, and all things trendy. NextUpAsia.com chats with one of the founding members of one of the fastest growing startups in Asia about the Art of Building a company to serve millions of content hungry consumers online.

Getting to know about The Start-Up

  • Tell us more about Your Company – What have you built? What is your product or service to your customers? What is your track-record so far?

We are iteratively building multiple digital assets in the digital space but the ones that we are really pushing hard are our English news portal – Coffeeticks and Chinese news portal -Tantannews. Tantannews has been around for only 6 months but we are averaging about 900k visits per month. Coffeeticks, which we launched just a month ago, has hit 630k for its first month. Both of these sites publish content about lifestyle, entertainment, and humor.

Dino Media Publishing's Founding Team with NextUpAsia.com
Dino Media Publishing’s Founding Team with NextUpAsia.com

We also curate and publish viral news and all things trendy in the social web. Additionally, we also own multiple facebook pages which we have a team to engage great content with our communities.

 

  • Why did you decide to go into this business? Is it because it is a lucrative market? Is it a Blue Ocean which your talents and expertise through your business can provide?

We decided to go into the digital publishing business because we realized it will get even more expensive to rely on third-party distribution channels. We thought,  for the long run, it makes more sense for us to build our own distribution channels which can give us so many leverage to get brands on board to advetise as well as to launch our own projects

 

  • Where do you see your business growing into, for the next 5 to 10 years?

As a team, we asipire to become the leading global player in digital publishing within the next 5-10 years. That would mean a lot for our company as well as for Malaysia, as this would be the epitome of our nation’s catchphrase “Malaysia Boleh” which means Malaysia can!

Fortunately for us, despite of our young entry in this industry, we are already in the global market. Our news portals have each been visited by audience from at least 180 countries, mainly – Singapore, Indonesia, United States, Canada, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Phillipines.

Dino Media has captured over 3 million readers online just within less than a year of its founding
Dino Media has captured over 3 million readers online just within less than a year of its founding
  • What is your vision for the industry that you are in? Do you see a trend coming up that your business can capitalize?

As more content are screaming for attention on the Internet, we forsee there’s a need for quality storytelling production. Because content needs to stand out to capture people’s attention among the sea of content. This will be one of key areas we will be working on to prepare for this trend.

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About Dino Media:

Dino Media Publishing consist of a network of news portals and social media channels, serving 3 million people monthly with news about entertainment, lifestyle, humor, viral news, and all things trendy.

About the Founders:

We are a group of young and capable team who are hustling to entertain the world with stories and news we find engaging. We strive to never stop innovating the way you read news and we hope we could ultimately build a news portal that would channel you with personalized news that really matter.

 

Fastest Growing Asia Digital Media Company Dino Media Takes Netizens by Storm

Dino Media Publishing consist of a network of news portals and social media channels, serving 3 million people monthly with news about entertainment, lifestyle, humor, viral news, and all things trendy. NextUpAsia.com chats with one of the founding members of one of the fastest growing startups in Asia about the Art of Building a company to serve millions of content hungry consumers online.

Dino Media has captured over 3 million readers online just within less than a year of its founding
Dino Media has captured over 3 million readers online just within less than a year of its founding

(a)   Getting to know The Start-Up Entrepreneur

 

Aaron Teng is one of the founding members of Dino Media's Digital Publishing Arm
Aaron Teng is one of the founding members of Dino Media’s Digital Publishing Arm
  • Tell us more about yourself – Who are you, what do you do, what are your qualifications (If any) and what have made you into the successful entrepreneur that you are today?

I’m Aaron Teng, my team and myself are part of the founding members of Dino Media’s Digital Publishing Arm. We build and grow news portals as well as various social media channels. Our team are from diverse backgrounds from graphic design to editing and all of them are equipped with great passion for technology and information. We wouldn’t accomplished what we got today without them.

  •  Why did you get started on this path towards building your own business?

We want to build our own business in digital publishing because on top of having control of the flow of information, we genuinely want to entertain our audience with great engaging content. That would be our primary motivation that is still driving us forward.

  • Was there any inspiration or anyone who inspired you to pursue your dream to become an entrepreneur today?

Naturally, in the modern digital publishing industry, we would put Khailee Ng from SAYS as one of the people who greatly influence what we do. Our team’s dream is not short of ambition and we want to make Malaysia proud.

  • In your experience, what are the 3 Winning Traits that Entrepreneurs should possess when they start their business?

a) Adapatable  b) Determination c) Visionary

 

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About Dino Media:

Dino Media Publishing consist of a network of news portals and social media channels, serving 3 million people monthly with news about entertainment, lifestyle, humor, viral news, and all things trendy.

About the Founders:

We are a group of young and capable team who are hustling to entertain the world with stories and news we find engaging. We strive to never stop innovating the way you read news and we hope we could ultimately build a news portal that would channel you with personalized news that really matter.

 

Foodpanda Expands to Ipoh and Melaka

 The largest food delivery service provider in Malaysia just expanded their “paw print” to Ipoh and Malacca. Previously the web portal only offered restaurants with their own delivery service to those cities – they have since started their own delivery service bringing with them their major restaurant chains.
With a soft launch last Friday, foodpanda has already received some very encouraging feedback from residents of Ipoh and Malacca. “We never thought they would be bringing food delivery to our quiet city of Ipoh” says Shawn Lim, a local Ipoh resident and new foodpanda customer. “I am pleasantly surprised and find this service very convenient – plus delivery is free!”
“We simply love food deliveries and are happy to see that we have a wider range of food items to order besides pizzas and fast food“says Mrs. Harper, an expatriate living in Melaka. She adds “Now, I can just order food for my kids while I am at work without worrying that they will be ordering fast food or having left over food from the fridge! This is a lifesaver. Foodpanda definitely makes modern parenthood much easier while juggling the demands of a full time job.“
“We are very happy to add Ipoh and Malacca to our list of cities that we provide delivery for – this is in line with our mission of making food delivery accessible to all Malaysians” says Claudio Abitante, MD foodpanda.my. “We see a huge untapped potential in these cities and we think customers would appreciate the choice of food they can now get delivered to them for free.” he adds.
Starting with big names such as Chatime, Kenny Rogers Roasters, Starbucks, Taang Shifu, A&W and Sakae Sushi, residents of Ipoh and Melaka can expect to see many other great restaurants including local favourites within the next few weeks. Delivery to Ipoh and Malacca is currently free. Delivery orders are taken via their website and mobile application on iOS and Google Play.
foodpanda.my currently operates in the Klang Valley, Penang, Ipoh, Melaka and Johor. They recently expanded their Johor Bahru area to include Johor Tebrau. foodpanda plans to make food delivery more accessible and convenient to as many busy Malaysians. They are looking to accomplish this within the next few months by further expanding in the Klang Valley and other major cities in Malaysia.