By Me: Commercial Drone Startups Are Taking Off Here in Asia

The story begins: Half a dozen men gathered around a workbench in a government building one morning as Tack Wai Wong, an engineering expert clad in a crisp white shirt and gray trousers, took his place at the front of the table. “Once upon a time all of this was military technology,” said Mr. Wong, […]

John Cassidy on the Business of Journalism: VC Funding and Online Subscriptions Show Promise

The New Yorker’s John Cassidy, who writes about economics and politics, on the current state of the business of journalism: While many journalists have lost faith in the future of their trade, venture capitalists are taking the opposite view. Far from giving up on journalism, they are providing big chunks of funding to online news […]

Zalora Opens ‘Offline’ Shop in Singapore, and Bhutan Gets Google’s Street View Treatment

Those are the subjects of a couple of stories I wrote last week. The first: Amazon may be planning to open a brick and mortar shop in New York City, but Southeast Asia fashion e-commerce startup Zalora has beaten them to the punch in Singapore. Zalora, which launched in 2012 and says it has served […]

Belatedly, my story on Singapore startups

Silicon Valley East? My @WSJD story on venture capital flowing to Singapore’s startups: http://t.co/LrUzFMfD46 pic.twitter.com/5Qaqo5bcUp — Newley Purnell (@newley) February 26, 2014 I’ve been remiss in sharing some of my recent stories here. In case you you missed it last month, I wrote an in-depth piece on Singapore’s increasingly lively startup scene. Click through for […]

Bangkok Post — in 3D

Given my previous dispatches pointing out interesting tidbits from the Bangkok Post, I would be remiss if I failed to note that yesterday’s edition featured 3D images. E&P explains here. ((Related (kind of): On the Media‘s excellent episode, from July 16, about the future of newspapers.)) Yesterday was the Post‘s 64th anniversary, and the paper […]

Self-promotion: a roundup of some recent stories

I have devoted numerous posts to Thailand’s ongoing political instability of late, often linking to various media reports. But I realized that I have neglected, in recent months, to point to some of my own stories. So here’s a re-cap: In addition to filing pieces about breaking news in Thailand for ABC News Radio in […]