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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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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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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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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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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 …

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Insights: The Shopee Business Model & Revenue Model

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How Shopee Works – Shopee Business Model Analysis & Breakdown First, let me begin by saying that I initially got curious about the Shopee business model when someone told me their shipping is free (well, not all of it). How great is that for consumers! I got quite intrigued as to how they could recover this cost! So, I did …

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Is Your Startup Raising the Right Amount of Money?

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Most early-stage startups in Malaysia not aware of funding amount needed Around 90% of early-stage(!) startups I meet request more startup funding than they need. Sometimes, founders are looking to raise a multiple of what the startup requires at that point. This can lead to entrepreneurs giving away more equity than they would have to, or entrepreneurs having difficulties raising …

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How to be an Angel Investor

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There is so much to know how to be an angel investor! Knowing so, it is also about who you know – because we simply don’t know what we don’t know. We gather as an angel investment group here in South East Asia because there are so many of us that can contribute to startups in many different ways. These …

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Complete List of Top Startup Accelerators in Malaysia

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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 Malaysia. List of Top Startup Accelerators in Malaysia Here is …

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Equity CrowdFunding (ECF) in Malaysia – Alternative Investment

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What Is Equity Crowdfunding (ECF)? Equity Crowdfunding is a method for Startups and Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) or Businesses to raise funds via the general public, a.k.a. Retail Investors. Retail Investors look for deals on ECF platforms to Invest in businesses in exchange for Equity. These businesses are generally a high risk, high return investment alternative to other Investment …