The ASEAN Economic Community is set to come into effect in less than a year, and the anticipation of creating a single market that is over 600 million people large has made businesses and investors in the region both eager and concerned.
We speak with BitSpark CEO George Harrap on the future of Bitcoin, entrepreneurship in cryptocurrency, and why he chose Hong Kong as a place to establish his business.
Companies in the rapidly growing peer to peer lending niche are already going public in the US, with valuations in the billions of dollars. These early successes are now encouraging entrepreneurs to export the business model to emerging markets. Whether they'll succeed is anyone guess, but the market is ripe for disruption and valued in the trillions - with a T - of dollars.
Waseem Alim had a successful career in Silicon Valley before he decided to move back to his native Dhaka, Bangladesh to begin an e-commerce business.
Investor money is flowing into India's burgeoning e-commerce market, which is seeing rapid growth. Emerging Frontiers recently spoke with Gurpreet Singh of BrownTape, a platform that helps brick and mortar businesses engage in e-commerce.
David James is a former investment banker turned entrepreneur working to transform the wood-based construction materials commonly used into greener, more sustainable products through his company, ChloroEarth. David's product has the potential to transform entire rural communities through added agricultural-based income and new jobs.
Emerging and frontier market consumers are increasingly gaining access to the internet via smartphones, which are now at a price point that makes them affordable to many consumers. For investors, hundreds of millions of new consumers on the web has created a host of opportunities.
As cell phone penetration rates continue to rapidly grow in emerging and frontier markets, applications like mobile money are transforming the way people purchase products and transfer money.
E-commerce is a rapidly growing market in many emerging and frontier markets, and in many ways Vietnam is at the forefront of this growth. Emerging Frontiers's Daniel Workman recently spoke with a Louisiana-born entrepreneur that moved to Vietnam and is the founder of Taembe.com, an e-commerce site focused towards infants and toddlers.
In spite of an unstable political environment, a brutal insurgency, and falling oil prices, Nigeria's tech startup scene is thriving.