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Crowdfunding researched data now projecting to hit more than USD1 trillion in a decade. Asia youth combined with our effort is working hard on all ways to honor the startup journey and inspire youth, woman, silver-hair, hydropreneurs, hawkerpreneurs, fashionpreneurs, impactpreneurs, technopreneurs, etc to reach out beyond Singapore, stretch out to Asia then hit global.

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One other phenomenon that excites me is the decentralization of startups rising in Indonesia,” adds Koto. “With my national travels, I have met wondrous regional non-Jakarta startups trying to disrupt the national landscape. Jakarta will soon be blindsided by various startups emerging from Makassar, Medan, Semarang, Bandung, and Surabaya.

Al Jazeera’s documentary series Viewfinder is a unique, long-term project showcasing independent filmmaking talent from around the globe. These films focus on the power of storytelling to provide a deeper insight into the impact of global events on local communities. These are stories brought to you through the experiences of those on the front lines of a rapidly changing world. Viewfinder endeavours to do what no other broadcaster has done before: develop regionally based filmmaking talent and bring those new perspectives to a worldwide audience. It speaks to the vitality and energy of local voices reaching a global audience.

The ability to buy small amounts of prepaid calling time had enabled the very poor in many countries to gain access to mobile phones. In Latin America, however, high taxes on communication services impedes some of that access, with a typical broadband plan costing 66% more than in the average developed country. In Asia, meanwhile, a low-cost business model has driven high mobile use.

Across the developing world, potential emergencies consistently rank high on surveys as the main reason for buying a phone. Many developing countries lack the standard emergency services found in developed countries. In the absence of such a service, people call a family member or a friend for help in a crisis.

For businesses, saving time and money on transportation has emerged as the greatest economic benefit of mobile phone ownership. Meanwhile, “mobile money” has gained in popularity, suiting the needs of the poor better than conventional banking.

Laurent Elder: The Information Lives of the Poor | Ottawa Citizen, introducing the new book he has co-authored with Alison Gillwald, Rohan Samarajiva and Hernan Galperin.