Match Group restructures exec team with focus on Asia – TechCrunch

Match Group restructures exec team with focus on Asia – TechCrunch

Tinder parent company Match Group, also the owner of a suite of dating apps including OkCupid, Meetic, Match, PlentyofFish and others, announced this morning plans to restructure its leadership team in order to better focus on the market opportunities for dating apps in Asia. Specifically, the company has appointed three new general managers in Asia to focus on areas like Japan, Taiwan, India, South Korea and other parts of Southeast Asia. The company explains its decision has to do with

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It’s time to disrupt nuclear weapons – TechCrunch

It’s time to disrupt nuclear weapons – TechCrunch

Beatrice Fihn Contributor “Atomic bombs are primarily a means for the ruthless annihilation of cities.” Those are the words of Leo Szilard, one of the scientists who pushed for the development of nuclear weapons. He wrote them as part of a petition signed by dozens of other scientists who had worked on the Manhattan Project pleading with President Harry Truman not to use the nuclear bomb on Japan. Mere months after its introduction in 1945, the architects of today’s nuclear

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The Khashoggi murder isn’t stopping SoftBank’s Vision Fund – TechCrunch

The Khashoggi murder isn’t stopping SoftBank’s Vision Fund – TechCrunch

Money talks in the startup community, especially when SoftBank comes knocking with the megabucks of its Vision Fund. Despite the public outcry around the firm’s dependence on money from Saudi Arabia in the wake of that country’s assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, deal flow for Softbank’s Vision Fund appears to be back to normal. The $100 billion megafund has done 21 deals over the last two quarters, that’s as more than in the other quarters of the previous

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Taali takes its popped water lily snacks from Y Combinator to the world – TechCrunch

Taali takes its popped water lily snacks from Y Combinator to the world – TechCrunch

Aditya and Aarti Kochhar Kaji didn’t set out to start the snack food business Taali Foods when they were studying for their business degrees at Harvard. The couple both hail from Mumbai and met at the University of Pennsylvania . They were married before starting at Harvard’s Business School and initially were interested in other areas — Aarti was exploring a career in venture capital and Aditya Kaji was looking at the food and beverage industry broadly in his classes at

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China’s Didi Chuxing launches taxi-hailing service in Japan – TechCrunch

China’s Didi Chuxing launches taxi-hailing service in Japan – TechCrunch

China’s Didi Chuxing is fighting fires at home around passenger safety, but overseas the ride-hailing giant has moved into another new market after its taxi-booking service began operations in Japan. The service has gone live in Osaka, the city of nearly nine million people, and parts of the surrounding area including Kansai International Airport. The Didi Japan app links passengers up with drivers from 10 local taxi companies, and Didi said it will use an AI-based dispatch and fleet management system

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Golden Gate Ventures closes new $100M fund for Southeast Asia

Golden Gate Ventures closes new $100M fund for Southeast Asia

Singapore’s Golden Gate Ventures has announced the close of its newest (and third) fund for Southeast Asia at a total of $100 million. The fund hit a first close in the summer, as TechCrunch reported at the time, and now it has reached full capacity. Seven-year-old Golden Gate said its LPs include existing backers Singapore sovereign fund Temasek, Korea’s Hanwha, Naver — the owner of messaging app Line — and EE Capital. Investors backing the firm for the first time through

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Apple reportedly pauses its plans to launch payments in India

Apple reportedly pauses its plans to launch payments in India

Apple’s hit the brakes on its efforts to bring its mobile payments service to India – leaving fans in the country waiting indefinitely for the feature to become available there. The company’s senior vice president for internet software and services, Eddy Cue, expressed interest in bringing Apple Pay to India almost a year ago. But regulatory hurdles and challenges in designing and engineering the service to work with India’s UPI platform for instant transactions between bank accounts has caused the

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The first IKEA store opened in India and it was intense

The first IKEA store opened in India and it was intense

IKEA is ready to let those rupees roll in. The Swedish furniture giant just opened its first store in Hyderabad, ready to cater to the furniture and meatball needs of the world’s fastest growing middle class.  SEE ALSO: Apple has sold less than 1 million iPhones in India in 2018, claims report The store opened its doors on Thursday, drawing a huge crowd that reportedly caused a massive traffic jam in the HITEC City area of Hyderabad, where the store

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WhatsApp limits message forwarding in bid to reduce spam and misinformation

WhatsApp limits message forwarding in bid to reduce spam and misinformation

In a bid to cut down on the spread of false information and spam, WhatsApp recently added labels that indicate when a message has been forwarded. Now the company is sharpening that strategy by imposing limits on how many groups a message can be sent on to. Originally, users could forward messages on to multiple groups, but a new trial will see that forwarding limited to 20 groups worldwide. In India, however, which is WhatsApp’s largest market with 200 million

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This Indian startup has a shot at becoming the Tesla of electric two-wheelers

This Indian startup has a shot at becoming the Tesla of electric two-wheelers

Launching a new automotive brand in India is no mean feat, and the challenge becomes even more difficult when you plan to exclusively offer electric vehicles. Bangalore-based Ather believes it’s up to the task, and it’s ready to test its faith with the launch of its first creations today. At an event in the city, the company unveiled two electric two-wheelers, the Ather 340 and Ather 450. They promise a range of 60 km and 75 km on a single

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