For the tech hubs of the future, look to Asia’s smaller cities

This is an update on a piece I’d written for Reuters six years ago on remote freelancing in emerging markets. It was written in part for a new Cisco report on Technology and the future of ASEAN jobs (PDF), launched this week at WEF.   Much of the disruptive change in Southeast Asia in the …

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Solving the Tragedy of the Commons

  (edited for clarity) Bike sharing has become something of a plague for those who don’t appreciate its advantages. Even for those who do, the sight of bikes lying all over the place, broken, is jarring in a place like Singapore. But the solution is not obvious. First off, you need to have a mechanism …

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Bike Fencing

Some interesting stuff going on in Singapore’s world of bike sharing. They’re approaching the problem of errant bike-parking by regulating the companies via a licensing regime, which will begin later this year, according to Today. From what I can make of it, operators must – be licensed, or face a S$10,000 fine and/or six months …

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Grab’s Promotion Problems

(updated to include Grab’s response, edits) Grab, Uber’s rival in Southeast Asia, is putting up an impressive fight against the ridesharing company. Both have deep pockets, and offer incentives to both drivers and riders. But Grab is either struggling to phrase its promos correctly or something more sinister afoot. Today riders were in uproar when …

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