The surging popularity of the Japanese language and culture among young Indonesians, as reported in the FT, is good news for large Japanese companies such as Toyota, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group and Uniqlo, which are increasing their investments in southeast Asia’s largest economy.

It is also creating opportunities for small entrepreneurs like Vivian Wijaya, who runs Dr Vee Mangaka Club, a manga drawing school. Continue reading »

Imagine an app that talks you through your yoga routine. Or an app that allows you to unlock your car, start the engine and turn on the air-conditioning remotely.

These are just two ideas developed by young south Indian entrepreneurs for the new BlackBerry 10, which launches this week.  Continue reading »

Want to start a business? Chile could be the place for you.

The government is slashing through what little red tape remains in what is already one of the speediest places in the region – and, indeed, the world – to set up a company. As of May, the process will be free, online – and, incredibly, doable in a dayContinue reading »

Turkey is far from terra incognita for technology companies but it is seen by some of them as a brave new world. The country – or at least its big cities – often seems crazy for technology, whether because of the sheer number of iPhones on display, fast broadband speeds or the sheer popularity of social media sites. Continue reading »

Two years ago, Swiss backpack traveler Clemens Raemy found out what everyone in the region already knew: getting a cab in Latin America can be a high-stakes roulette. If all goes well, you get to your destination safe and sound. If not, you might get taken to the cleaners, robbed, or even kidnapped.

Today, his “SaferTaxi” mobile app is well on its way to revolutionize the continent’s taxi market. A click on the phone gets passengers in São Paulo and Buenos Aires to a taxi quickly and safely. His company, meanwhile, has expanded aggressively and is about to finish a second round of funding. Continue reading »