#Asia Top 10 startups our readers loved in 2015


Giant startups like Uber, GrabTaxi, Go-Jek, Didi Kuaidi, and Xiaomi grabbed most of the headlines this year, but our readers are hungry to find fascinating new startup ideas. That’s why the most clicked startup stories on Tech in Asia in 2015 were about people pursuing ideas that deviated from the norm.

Here are the top 10 most-viewed in reverse order:

10th. Here’s why three of India’s unicorns are backing this one-year-old fintech startup

razorpay co-founders harshil mathur and shashank kumar

Razorpay co-founders Harshil Mathur and Shashank Kumar.

Fintech is hot and India’s ecommerce boom makes the need for online payments that actually work all the more urgent. With those two factors combined, a lot of people wanted to read about this new startup.

Read the full profile here.

9th. Online grocery store Honestbee raises $15M from Silicon Valley to deliver the goods

An Honestbee shopper in action.

An Honestbee shopper in action.

A Singaporean startup called Honestbee burst into the big league this year with sizeable series A funding to help it compete against two other strong contenders.

Read the story here.

8th. The porn industry loves this virtual reality startup, but its CEO has bigger plans

doubleme VR AR layers

A largely unknown startup has developed a way to turn subjects captured on two-dimensional video into virtual three-dimensional models.

Read the profile here.

7th. Google Translate doesn’t cut it, so a new service taps human translators over the phone


Linqapp team in Taiwan.

A crowdsourced translation startup took a turn by launching a new service that connects you in real-time to translators. We chatted with the team to find out more.

Read the profile here.

6th. Turn your selfies into bobblehead stickers that you can use in WhatsApp, WeChat, Line

Our readers like to read about apps they can use – and this is one that’s fun and easy.

Read the review here.

5th. Check out this hands-free virtual reality blowjob machine

vr male pleasure toy

A startup had a huge hit with its eJaculator on Indiegogo. Of course, we had to talk to the team to find out what on earth led them to build such a crazy thing.

Read the profile here.

4th. Chinese app for stealing free wifi is hugely popular

Photo credit: Frank Knaack

Photo credit: Frank Knaack

Easy to see the appeal of this one. Who doesn’t want an easy way to access free wifi?

Read the profile here.

3rd. She created Japan’s Xiaomi, launching 21 gadgets in 2 months


Yuko Nakazawa shows off some of the products she created.

Because of Apple, Samsung, and Xiaomi, you possibly don’t own a single gadget from a Japanese brand – something that was unthinkable in the early days of consumer electronics. Yuko Nakazawa and her UPQ brand want to fix that.

Read the profile here.

2nd. This startup is solving the worst thing about the end of your holiday – pesky foreign currency

Top 10 startups our readers loved in 2015

When people read this story they immediately said yes… yes, this is exactly what I need.

Read the startup’s profile here.

1st. YouTube sensation and entrepreneur Michelle Phan bringing 2 of her businesses to Asia

Top 10 startups our readers loved in 2015

Michelle Phan on a trip to Tokyo earlier this year.

Michelle Phan knows all about clicks and getting attention because she’s a big YouTube star. Earlier this year, the Vietnamese-American web celebrity explained to us she’d be temporarily relocating to Tokyo in order to bring her fledgling startups to fashion-conscious consumers in Asia.

Read her story here.


Here’s a combo-breaker – a very popular article about a promising startup that shut down this year: How one startup went bust after funding fumbles.

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2015 in review, 2015 tech news, 2015 tech highlights, EOY

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