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Last Week in Tech: Rocky Apple-China relationship and India’s electric car dreams

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Is a US ban on iPhones possible? What did “China’s greatest angel investor” just bet on in Southeast Asia? Why are tech companies investing in a pig farm?

Welcome to Last Week in Tech, where we look back at what happened in the tech and startup ecosystem in the last seven days. We’ve also collated a list of regional events to look forward to in the week ahead for your convenience.

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Quick Bites

A snapshot of last weeks’ news in sentences.

Apple’s in trouble

Big dreams, big promises

Tesla Model 3 launch date

Will India’s electrifying plans mean more Teslas on the streets? Photo credit: Tesla.

  • Anticipating H-1B reforms, Indian tech giant Infosys pledges to hire 10,000 American workers. (Catherine Shu / Techcrunch)
  • Indian government thinktank drafts blueprint aimed at electrifying all vehicles in the country by 2032. (Aditi Shah / Reuters)
  • Singapore’s National Research Foundation will invest up to US$107 million over five years in AI.SG, a government-backed initiative to advance AI research, development, and practical use locally. (Michael Tegos / Tech in Asia)

“I’m not interested in feasible business plans but amazing ideas and out-of-the-box thinking that’ll impact the world. If you show me your business plan, I’d say: throw it away!” – Taizo Son on being the lookout for SEAsian investments.


The prize for weird funding news goes to…

black pig

Photo credit: crystaltmc / 123RF.

  • Weiyang, a techie pig farm in China that just raised US$23 million from a prominent VC and big brands to produce premium pork. Oink oink, bitches. (Steven Millward / Tech in Asia)

Keep your eyes on this

Funding news

  • Sydney-based robo-advisor and fund management firm Stockpot raised a US$2.2 million series B round. (Michael Tegos / Tech in Asia)
  • Leading Indian car marketplace CarTrade acquires startup Adroit Inspection, whose resources and credentials will help fix used car paranoia. (Malavika Velayanikal / Tech in Asia)
  • Indian ride-hailing app Ola extends their runway with a US$365 million round, continues to battle Uber for homeground. (Sumit Chakraberty / Tech in Asia)
  • Singapore’s largest renewable energy provider Sunseap raises US$4.8 million as part of its US$75 million series C round. This would place them in top 10 valuations in Southeast Asia. (Judith Balea / Tech in Asia)
  • Chinese live streaming company raised a US$60 million series A to brings virtual gifting from a crowded chinese market to western audiences (Eva Xiao / Tech in Asia)

Must Reads

  • An NUS Enterprise study says startups should be ‘gazelles’: having an increasing revenue at a rate of 20 percent annually for more than four years, starting from US$1 million. (Michael Tegos / Tech in Asia)
  • India’s Silicon Valley may be flourishing as a tech hub, but it is dying of thirst. (Samanth Subramanth / WIRED)

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