Asian startups connect at CommunicAsia

Asian startups connect at CommunicAsia

Summary: Sharing exhibition floor space with large companies at this year's ICT tradeshow, Asian tech startups say they hope to take opportunity to build brand and product awareness, forge business contacts, and gather user feedback.


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  • Gatekeeper, from Singapore-based startup Clault, allows users to store and share confidential documents online in a way that is "as easy to use as Dropbox but with enterprise-grade security" and at lower cost, said Marcus Tan, its co-founder and director.

    Tan and co-founder Li Qiming were previously from A*Star (Agency for Science, Technology and Research), where the former was a business investment manager and Li an IT security researcher. A portmanteau of "cloud" and "vault", Clault was formed in June 2011.

  • Focused on enterprise users, Clault will first target Gatekeeper at merger and acquisition (M&A) teams, since "there're always security concerns in M&A activities", Tan said, especially with the shift from physical meeting rooms to virtual ones when accessing confidential documents.

    The cloud-based software running on Windows 7 is set for release this July. Also in the pipeline are a browser version of the software, one for Mackintosh OS, as well as mobile versions that include iOS and Android, he added.

  • Professional DJ equipment is typically heavy, bulky and expensive, and previous portable versions in the market were not user-friendly. To address this, JD Sound from South Korea came up with Atra, said CMO Stephen Kim (pictured left).

    A standalone DJ system device, Atra will allow "regular people" to easily deejay on their own, or who want to host their own parties but can't afford a professional DJ's services. Pictured on the right is "DJ" Jay Kim, one of the startup's co-founders and senior engineer.

Topics: CommunicAsia, Apps, Browser, Mobility, Software, Software Development

Jamie Yap

About Jamie Yap

Jamie writes about technology, business and the most obvious intersection of the two that is software. Other variegated topics include--in one form or other--cloud, Web 2.0, apps, data, analytics, mobile, services, and the three Es: enterprises, executives and entrepreneurs. In a previous life, she was a writer covering a different but equally serious business called show business.

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