ImpulseFlyer is a luxury and boutique hotel-specific private sale platform with Asia Pacific inventory that is co-founded by Steven Gong (CEO) and Andy Croll (CTO).

I am happy to announce that we led an investment in ImpulseFlyer, and would like to welcome them to the Neoteny Labs family.

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Congratulations to the teams at two of our portfolio companies, ViKi and Animoca, for raising their next round of funding.

On 20 Oct, ViKi announced that it had raised US$20 million from strategic partners SK Planet, BBC Worldwide and existing investors, Neoteny included. To date, the company has raised a total of US$24.3 million. Joi blogged about our investment in ViKi almost a year ago and have been actively involved on its board since. All of us chipped in, but in the end, the ultimate kudos goes to Razmig and his team for growing the international video site to more than 10 million viewers and translators, with shows translated into more than 150 languages; can’t wait to see how much further ViKi can go with the new content they have licensed from BBC Worldwide, NBC Universal, A+E Networks International, HISTORY and BIO.

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Path is a mobile photo and video sharing iPhone app and website co-founded by Dave Morin and Shawn Fanning.

Both Dave and Shawn are close friends of mine and I had the opportunity to visit them very early in their development of Path. It was fascinating listening in on some of the early product discussions where they were talking about the relationship between the art of game design, the importance of utility, the UI and other elements that would make up the perfect application.

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4th Annual Crunchie Awards

Photo by : Richard MorgensteinLicensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license

Congrats team!


For years, I’d been fascinated with the fan-subbing community – the community of fans who subtitle shows from other countries into their local languages. After meeting many fan-subbers and talking to my sister who is a leading academic studying this community, I was convinced that while they were targeted by many media companies as “pirates” they were in fact “fans” and the bedrock for distribution and marketing for cultures across borders. I tried several times to try to bridge the gap between the media companies and the fan-subbers, but without a neutral intermediary, the traction never occurred and these communities continued to be at odds.

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Game Ventures

One of the first companies we heard about when we started investigating the startup landscape in Singapore was Game Ventures. The CEO, Zaki, was rumored to be an extremely efficient and resourceful entrepreneur running a lean and agile team of engineers in Karachi with their headquarters in Singapore and an office in Turkey.

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New site and update

Hi everyone. Sorry about the long silence from Neoteny Labs. We’ve been busy closing the fund and getting organized. Thanks to Andy for helping with the new site design. We’re now officially “live”.

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Earlier this month, Eyal Gura, founder and CEO of PicApp gave a talk titled “What do they put into the water, and how can Singapore become the world’s 3rd Silicon Valley” on 12 Dec 2009 at Neoteny Singapore Camp 1.

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Innovation in Open Networks

Joi gave a talk at TEDxDubai 2009 on Innovation in Open Networks. In his 30-minute presentation, he talks about venture capital, open networks, Creative Commons, Agile, virality and the startup ecosystem. An important point he made was that the success of any startup ecosystem would not be dependent on one brand name or one person, but a bunch of things that has to happen at about the same time.

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Panel discussion on 12 Dec 2009 at the Neoteny Singapore Camp 1. The panel was moderated by Joichi Ito, and with Ian McFarland (CTO, Pivotal Labs), Elisabeth Hendrikson (Founder, QualityTree), Diego Rodriguez (Partner, IDEO) and Jay Dvivedi (CIO, Shinsei Bank).

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Neoteny Labs selected for NRF TIS

SINGAPORE, 31 DEC 2009 – Neoteny Labs is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of seven technology incubators to participate in the S$50 million National Research Foundation (NRF) Technology Incubation Scheme (TIS).

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Starting up Startups

A panel discussion at the Neoteny Singapore Camp 1, moderated by Joi Ito (CEO, Creative Commons).

With Rob Mee (CEO, Pivotal Labs), Andrew ‘bunnie’ Huang (Head Engineering, Chumby Industries), Sean Bonner (Founder, Bode Media) and Samir Patel (Cofounder, SearchForce).

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Hello world!

In case you’re wondering, not everything on our site is completely in place. Do pardon us for our lack of hospitality and slow progress as we may be caught neck-deep in setting up Neoteny Labs and the fund, as we zip past X’mas and hurtle head-first towards the New Year.

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