platform economy

Singapore competition watchdog fines Grab, Uber a total of S$13 million, a drop in the ocean
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Singapore competition watchdog fines Grab, Uber a total of S$13 million, a drop in the ocean

September 24th, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
A S$13 million fine is no trivial sum, but put into perspective, theĀ amount just reinforces the idea that Grab and Uber have grown too big to...
Singapore authorities threaten to unwind Grab-Uber merger but the cab has long left
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Singapore authorities threaten to unwind Grab-Uber merger but the cab has long left

July 8th, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
In the Grab-Uber merger, the authorities here have been shown up in the fast-moving digital economy. They have been exposed and...
Techgoondu Conversations: Getting refunds from oBike and sizing up Singapore’s mobile market
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Techgoondu Conversations: Getting refunds from oBike and sizing up Singapore’s mobile market

July 4th, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
In the first Techgoondu Conversations episode, our new enterprise technology podcast, my colleague Grace Chng and I discuss the impact of oBike's...
Another raw deal for consumers as oBike becomes latest failure in the platform economy
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Another raw deal for consumers as oBike becomes latest failure in the platform economy

June 27th, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
When startups like oBike fail, do consumers have to pay the...
As Uber ends rides in Singapore, what lessons for regulating platform companies?
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As Uber ends rides in Singapore, what lessons for regulating platform companies?

May 7th, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
With Grab and Uber, regulators could hardly say no to the merger, unless they stopped drivers from picking up passengers...
Troubles with Grab-Uber merger a reminder of the complexity of urban issues
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Troubles with Grab-Uber merger a reminder of the complexity of urban issues

April 1st, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
People had high expectations - perhaps unrealistic ones - of technology solving many of today's problems. Grab merging with Uber shattered many...
As Uber gives up Southeast Asia to Grab, what’s the deal for consumers?
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As Uber gives up Southeast Asia to Grab, what’s the deal for consumers?

March 26th, 2018 | by Alfred Siew
For Grab, there will also be no urgency to cut prices and run endless promotions to capture a market. It is now the undisputed king of the...
Self-driving cars show up the flip side of platform economy
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Self-driving cars show up the flip side of platform economy

September 15th, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
While drivers alike have benefited from such platforms, they will face competition from self-driving computers that never tire or need a toilet...
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Q&A: Accenture points to digital commerce for consumer packaged goods companies

May 3rd, 2016 | by Alfred Siew
Digital commerce will be a key factor in deciding who takes a bigger slice of a booming consumer packaged goods market in Asia-Pacific, says...