1. ACMA reveals 10 new board members following Singapore relaunch

    November 30, 2017 by admin

    A month after it relaunched as an official organisation, the Asia Content Marketing Association has revealed the 10 new board members who will propel the body through its first year.

    The following 10 new members, who were appointed following an application process, will remain in place for one year. They are:

    • Nik Vyas, Executive Board Director and Content Lead at Publicis Media, Singapore
    • Akshay Bajpaee, Head of Channel Partnerships, APAC at LinkedIn
    • Isabella Barbato, Head of Marketing APAC, Outbrain
    • Oliver Budgen, Head of APAC, Bold Media, APAC
    • Miguel Bernas, Vice President, Digital Marketing, Mediacorp
    • Mike Jackson, Managing Director at MEC Wavemaker
    • Damien Bray, Founder and CEO Asia, Brand New Media
    • Babar Khan Javed, Technology Editor, Campaign APAC, Haymarket Media Group
    • Fotini Paraskakis, Managing Director, Endemol Shine Asia
    • Jacqueline Tok, Vice President, Media & Sponsorship, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia

    Also continuing their leadership positions will be vice chair and former Outbrain head of brands Timi Siytangco and treasurer Simon Kearney, from the agency Click2View.

    The two of them, who served in these roles while ACMA was a volunteer group, will lead the body alongside chairwoman Andrea Edwards, founder of The Digital Conversationalist.

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  2. This Singapore blockchain startup wants to replace banks; has raised over US$15M in ICO to do so

    October 13, 2017 by admin

    Change Wallet

    Cryptocurrency, once an esoteric tech alien to everyone but the cypherpunks (aka crypto enthusiasts), is far entering into mainstream consciousness.

    Leading financial institutions are investing in it, and mom-and-pop consumers can now buy bitcoin from kiosks at shopping malls.

    It stands to reason that cryptocurrency, and the blockchain tech that powers the whole ecosystem, have the ability to disrupt the modus operandi of many sectors and institutions.

    One Singapore startup, Change, believes that the acceleration of blockchain will make banks obsolete — and it wants to lead the charge. Change wants to be the “Paypal of cryptocurrency”, meaning that in the future, consumers should be able to buy plane tickets or purchase coffee using cryptocurrency.

    To accomplish this goal, it has launched an ICO campaign, which will end on October 16. To date, it has raised over US$15 million.

    The Change team — consisting of primarily European entrepreneurs — is helmed by Kristjan Kangro, who is the former CFO of Southeast Asia-based VC Expara. Other members of the team include CTO Edgars Simanovski, and Artur , who is a partner at the company. Luhaäär is also the CEO and Co-founder of Singapore-based robo advisory platform Smartly,

    “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response and interest in a truly transparent and crypto banking platform here in Asia. This is a clear message that there is an enormous appetite for a fintech player like Change Bank to help consumers bridge the gap between cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and Ether, and conventional currencies like US dollars and Euros,” said Kangro.

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  3. Bold Media opens office in Singapore after slew of business wins

    August 1, 2017 by admin

    Australian public relations agency Bold Media has expanded into Asia with the opening of a base in Singapore.

    The media and marketing specialist has expanded its current relationship with digital agency MullenLowe Profero by taking on PR duties for the creative arm MullenLowe APAC.

    Bold has also won additional new clients in Asia, including the adtech firms Blis and InSkin, both of whom the agency worked with in Australia.

    To lead the Singapore operation, the agency has appointed Oliver Budgen as head of Asia, who previously worked at the independent agency Mutant Communications.

    Bold managing director and founder Toby Hemming said: “Since founding Bold in 2012, it’s great to see the business growing through the dedication and hard work of our close-knit team. We pride ourselves on helping the region’s most ambitious companies drive revenue through reputation, and this expansion is a product of that successful vision.”

    MullenLowe Profero global CEO Wayne Arnold added: “Bold have been an important partner to MullenLowe Profero in APAC for over five years. They have consistently achieved great results, delivering insight and expertise that has proved invaluable for our business growth and ongoing success.”

    “It’s therefore exciting to see their expansion into Southeast Asia to build out their capabilities further. MullenLowe Group are currently executing ambitious growth plans across Asia as recently seen in China and Japan, and Bold play a crucial role in this strategy.”

    This article originally appeared on Mumbrella Asia.