Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on T Jon Russell was Asia Editor for The Next Web from 2011 to 2014. Originally from the UK, he lives in Bangkok, Thailand. You can find him on Twitter, Angel List, LinkedIn.
Introducestartups.com is one of those things that seems so obvious but has only just become a reality. The service is an intermediary that helps people connect with startups, investors and other influencers within startup ecosystems in Asia’s key cities.
Right now, it covers 10 different cities — Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Saigon, Hanoi, Bangkok, Manila, Jakarta, Taipei, Colombo and Penang — but it is an ongoing project that will continually add new locations.
Aside from helping connect people, the service — which is founded by prominent Singapore-based investor Jeffrey Paine — also runs tours, not unlike 500 Startups and its Geeks On A Plane program. An Introducestartups.com tour to Tokyo takes place this month (though it is now fully booked), with Bangkok next on the menu for Q1 2014.
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