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Malaysia Will Launch A RM2 Billion VC/PE Matching Grant To Support Startups

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Nov 2, 2018 is a great day for Startups in Malaysia, and turbulent day for venture capital in Malaysia on the announcement of the matching grant. Let me explain what’s good and bad about it. But before that, here is the official statement from the government of Malaysia: 135. TWO: Government-Linked Investment Funds will similarly allocate RM2 billion in matching …

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Complete List of Top Startup Accelerators in Malaysia

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Update Nov 2018: More information added about accelerators in Malaysia. Update June 2018: More Accelerators have been added below! Update Nov 2017: We are proud to announce that NEXEA Accelerator is now working in collaboration with Sunway iLabs to combine our strengths and provide Startups with the best Accelerator experience in the region. Do check out our Startup Accelerator in …

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iFlix Business Model Breakdown Analysis vs Netflix, Viu, Astro

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iFlix is a subscription video-on-demand (VoD) service focused on emerging markets. Its global headquarters are in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and they are present in 25 countries today with 150 content partnerships and dozens of telco partnerships. They self-funded via their own fund, Catcha Group for $30 million. They recorded 200,000 subscribers by Nov 2015. Today, they have raised more than …

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Co-Founders in Malaysia: How to Find The Best Startup Co-Founders

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Looking for a Startup Co-Founder in Malaysia?  At NEXEA, we are at the centre of the Startup world in Malaysia & Southeast Asia, and this gives us a special access to Startups, Developers, Investors, and Entrepreneurs. We have Invested in many upcoming Startups – many of which are looking for Co-Founders. According to some research, the magic number of Founders …

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Unlimited Runway – A Vital Startup Concept

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Too often I see Startups trying to burn cash quickly to bring in revenues, meaning they have a limited runway vs an unlimited runway. More often than not, I see that these revenues come in short. Upon inspection, they often have not validated what I call Startup Fundamentals. However, to even achieve that in the first place, they first need …

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Build an Online Sales Engine for your Startup

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Startups depend heavily on early sales traction to get the interest of Investors. Still, most Startups may not know where to start with online sales. This covers content strategy, SEO strategy,  Social Media strategy, Advertising strategy, and lastly to measure your performance for all of the above, we will also cover your Metrics. Tools & Skills Required to drive Online …

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11 Pricing Strategies for Startups Today

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Most Startups we meet have very similar pricing strategies. Here, I will attempt to detail the basic to advanced strategies used by some of the best Startups in Southeast Asia. Different strategies have different effects, so do use this as a guide to handling your sales & marketing challenges! I will split these strategies into two main categories – one …

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Early-Stage Startup Fundamentals

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This is a post about Startup Fundamentals. Quite often we see Startups running way too fast and falling hard. We began to think really hard as to why this keeps happening, and how we can help Startups to start flying instead. One of the things that we have developed includes what we call Startup Fundamentals. Startup Fundamentals include a few …

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Startups: Competitor Raised Huge Funding from Investors

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Imagine a competitor to your Startup (which you’ve never heard of before) suddenly raised a huge amount of money after bootstrapping for quite awhile. You have been out-funded and your war chest is tiny in comparison. Most founders would panic and start looking for funds. I know of few who would keep calm and would not do much about it. …

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How to Kill A Startup: We Burned 1M USD in 1 Year

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How a Startup Blew 1M USD in 1 year How to kill a Startup, and what we learned from it. Being in this industry for a number of years now, we get to hear all kinds of Startup stories. I will not reveal the founding team behind this to protect their identity, and also to respect their privacy. They have …

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SaaS Startups: Why ARR is a Vanity Metric vs Bookings

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SaaS Businesses & ARR Some Software as a Service (SaaS) Startup Founders may find themselves guilty of bragging about their ARR (Annual Recurring Revenue) figures. ARR is their latest monthly sales multiplied by 12 to get an annualised revenue figure. That is fair because SaaS businesses often keep the customers they sign on as subscribers, and their churn rate (rate …