By Me Monday: How Singapore’s Grab is Battling Uber Here in Southeast Asia

The story begins: SINGAPORE—Uber Technologies Inc. is locked in major tussles with local rivals in China and India, but a homegrown upstart is also grabbing an advantage in the race for another Asia prize. A startup called Grab is winning ride-hailing turf in Southeast Asia—home to 600 million people, almost double the population of the […]

By Me and a Colleague Yesterday: Blackstone Buying HP Enterprise’s Stake in Indian Outsourcing Firm Mphasis for $825 million

The story begins: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. said on Monday it planned to sell its majority stake in Indian outsourcing firm Mphasis Ltd. for about $825 million to Blackstone Group LP, as the U.S. technology company seeks to shore up capital following a recent decline in revenue. Blackstone will purchase at least 84% of HP […]

By Me Last Week: Tech Talent is Returning to India

I had a story Wednesday on the front page of our Business & Tech section. You can see it in this image, under the headline “India Welcomes Home Tech Talent.” It’s about Indian-born entreprenuers who are increasingly returning to their home country to build startups. The piece, available online here, begins: BANGALORE, India—Last year, Abhinandan […]

My Recent A-hed on James McGowan, the Globe-Trotting McDonald’s Obsessive

Those of you who follow me on Twitter and/or subscribe to my email newsletter know that the week before last, my first A-hed* ran on the front page of The WSJ. (In the image above, showing the paper, below the fold, it’s on the bottom right.) The story — accessible to all online here — […]

Me on Bernard Leong’s Analyse Asia Podcast

Bernard Leong interviewed me for this week’s episode of his Analyse Asia podcast, which is about tech, business and media in the region. We discussed three India-related issues I’ve written about for The WSJ (and have mentioned on this blog): Facebook’s Internet.org project, Google’s Android One, and the talent cruch for top startup coders in the country. You […]

By Me and a Colleague: Facebook’s Internet.org Iniative Faces Pushback

The story, which ran last week online and on the front page of The WSJ‘s global edition, begins: When Muhammad Maiyagy Gery heard about a new mobile app from Facebook Inc. that provides free Internet access in his native Indonesia, he was excited. But after testing it, the 24-year-old student from a mining town on […]

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, […]

Exclusive by Me and a Colleague Yesterday: GrabTaxi Raises New Funds

The story begins: More cash is pouring into the increasingly competitive ride-hailing business in Asia, fueling local competitors to global market leader Uber Technologies Inc. Southeast Asia-focused ride-hailing app GrabTaxi is getting an infusion of over $200 million in fresh capital in its latest fundraising round led by U.S. hedge fund Coatue Management LLC, according […]