BloomThis delivers unique artisan flowers in a bespoke box on-demand and on a subscription basis. The flowers come straight from the farms. The startup claims to have seen a 1,200 percent surge in sales for the past year.
To improve access to small loans, Amartha allows individuals, not only banks, to become investors on the site. Lending groups managed by Amartha consist of around 15 to 20 people. They can apply for loans from US$225 to US$750 in size. Until now, the startup has disbursed US$5.1 million in loans to 30,000 microentrepreneurs in Indonesia.
Hopes to put the brakes on the stigma associated with buying used cars in Vietnam, Caramo connects used car buyers and sellers directly with each other, cutting out the middlemen. It also uses an end-to-end marketplace to help in all stages of the transaction.
Bookbhook, which is Hindi for ‘hunger for books’, condenses a non-fiction tome to a 10-minute read. Users get to read summaries in English and Hindi and they can also listen to audio summaries. All content on the app is under the business-to-consumer (B2C) model right now and free.
Started initially servicing people who gave lessons, Korea’s answer to Thumbtack, Soomgo now also covers home services, event planning services, wedding design services, business services.
Singapore-based Pebby built a robotic pet system that allows pet parents to interact with and entertain their animals from anywhere in the world. At the heart of this system is the “Pebby Ball,” which connects to your wifi and can be controlled via its companion app.
Toss is a simple and sleek money transfer app that’s essentially Korea’s answer to Paypal’s Venmo. Toss users – now number six million, and they’ve wired each other a grand total of US$3 billion since launching two years ago. The app supports cards issued by nearly all of Korea’s major banks.
Drone and data analytics startup Poladrone offers plantation owners a birds-eye view of their farms, while supplying them with useful maps of data that show how many trees are on their land, how healthy they are, and more.
Revolution sells prefabricated homes conceived by dozens of world-renowned architects and designers. The prefab homes, priced an average of US$120,000, can be ordered through the company’s site and shipped anywhere in the world in 90 days. The startup takes orders from both property developers who sell to buyers or the buyers themselves.
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