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Texting people out of poverty – The Juntos way

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Written by Laura Sim Carmen Hernandez, 34, lives in Dallas with her husband and five children. Her husband works in construction, earning about $50,000 a year. Hernandez makes party decorations and tailors clothing, making $800 to $1,000 a month. In February 2014, the family only had $300 in savings. That month, Hernandez began using a program called Juntos that sends …

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Where is online lending headed in the Philippines? First Circle has the answers…

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By Patrick Lynch, CEO, First Circle No industry is left behind when it comes to the surge in technological innovation. From the retail landscape with online shopping and the F&B industry with online deliveries and vouchers and the use of social media as a marketing tool, the world is moving from the traditional to the digital sphere. The finance and …

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Engaging in hyperlocal with The Artisan Gatherer

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By Michelle Sario, CEO, The Artisan Gatherer The battlecry for loving local and supporting local makers is an advocacy that has been gaining strength and following. More and more local products and services have been pouring into the market. There is a vibrant start-up scene with dynamic supporters. Being a tech company in a developing country, we have a calling …

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An interview with Duc Pham Anh, Head of Consumer Electronics at Sendo

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We recently caught up with Duc Pham Anh, Head of Consumer Electronics at Sendo. In our conversation, Duc reveals what he will be speaking about at Seamless Vietnam and why this  topic is close to his heart. Could you share something about yourself with our readers? My USP’s are digital and marketing hence my team and I always try to think of …

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Vietnam: An interview with Yen Vu, Former Head of Marketing at Zalora

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We recently caught up with Yen Vu, Former Head of Marketing at Zalora Vietnam. In our conversation, Yen Vu reveals what she will be talking about at Seamless Vietnam and why this topic is close to her heart. Could you share something about yourself with our readers? I am an advocate of lifestyle innovation using technology and a constant learning process. My professional …

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This Philippine Start-up Wants to Solve Your Cash Flow Problems: Acudeen plans to capitalize on the $5 billion-credit gap among SMEs

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Philippine start-up Acudeen was born out of a family business. The start-up’s founder and CEO Mario Jordan “Magellan” Fetalino III was in charge of operations of a company that dealt with multinationals in the pharmaceutical sector, where he saw how 30- to 120-day receivables from clients affected their cash flow and ultimately slowed down their growth. “Imagine spending for a …

GOING DIGITAL UnionBank of the Philippines President Edwin Bautista (right) gestures during a roundtable discussion with The Manila Times editorial team. With him are the bank’s Executive Vice President Genaro Lapez (left) and Senior Executive Vice President Henry Aguda (center). PHOTO BY ROGER RAÑADA

UnionBank gears up for digitization to take on ‘fintechs’

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In a roundtable discussion with The Manila Times on Tuesday, UnionBank President and Chief Operating Officer (CEO) Edwin Bautista said the main threat to local banks amid the more liberalized banking industry in the country is the entry of fintechs and purely digital foreign banks in the Philippines. Fintech, or financial technology, is an emerging industry composed of companies that …

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10 exciting entrepreneurs set to speak at Seamless Philippines 2017

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With more than 80 speakers already confirmed to participate at Seamless Philippines 2017, the show is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before. Over the coming months we’re going to be bringing you highlights from the line-up to whet your appetite ahead of the doors opening on 27th September at the SMX Convention Centre in Manila. With that …

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Mabuhay Manila! Seamless has arrived on your shores

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Hey Manila! Following April’s successful launch of Seamless Asia in Singapore, we are delighted to bring you the first wave of regional Seamless events beginning with the Philippines in September! Mark your calendars for the 27th to 28th September at the SMX Convention Center. From the rise of fintech, the commoditisation of logistics and the omnichannel commerce revolution sweeping across …

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5 ways Artificial Intelligence can shape the future of retail in Asia

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Guest Post // Today, Artificial Intelligence is being touted as the next biggest innovation since the advent of internet and mobile technology. AI promises to enrich various aspects of our lives, through self-driving cars, smart homes, and even medical diagnosis. Countries such as China, South Korea, Japan, and Singapore are leading the way in AI research. In fact, China boasts …