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Amazon to Alibaba, 10 tech stories that rocked Southeast Asia this year

Here's the rundown of the top tech news that made a splash in Southeast Asia this year

Judith Balea | Tech in Asia 

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Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery in the Manhattan borough of New York City, US. (Photo: Reuters)

Dave McClure’s fall The year saw a wave of sexual harassment stories sweep industries across the world. Among them was entrepreneur Cheryl Yeoh, who accused prolific Silicon Valley investor Dave McClure of sexual assault. Back-to-back public debuts Southeast Asia’s startup community kept a close watch on the initial public offerings of PC gear maker Razer and Tencent-owned games company Sea late this year. Amazon’s grand entrance Speaking of e-commerce, the sector just got a lot more exciting with US behemoth now in the picture. Alibaba’s shopping spree Jack Ma’s company continued its big push into Southeast Asia, this time leading a $1.1 billion investment in Indonesia’s Tokopedia. US giant bets on Indonesia Online travel startup Traveloka’s $350 million funding round led by Expedia. The first Filipino unicorn Revolution Precrafted raised its series B round co-led by Singapore’s K2 VC last October, valuing the company at over $1 billion, according to two Tech in Asia sources familiar with the deal. Uber’s cunning tactics 2017 has been hell for the US ride-hailing juggernaut.

It started in February, when former engineer Susan Fowler wrote a blog post detailing the sexism and harassment she experienced in the workplace. gets in bed with Singapore’s largest taxi company signed a deal to sell 51 percent of its car rental unit to ComfortDelgro for $218 million. What SoftBank's $10b investment in Uber means for its battle with Ola opens digital free trade zone In November, Chinese billionaire opened the doors to a free trade zone in Grab’s massive war chest Grab’s $2 billion funding round from China’s Didi Chuxing and Masayoshi Son-led Softbank, the single largest financing in the history of


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First Published: Mon, December 25 2017. 15:45 IST
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