At the edge of the Gobi Desert, in Inner Mongolia, ferocious sandstorms whipped up by deforestation and global warming turn April into a monumental challenge for herders and farmers every year.
Vu Van grew up in rural central Vietnam where her parents ran small businesses. Following their path of hard work and ambition, she built a career in international business before winning a place at Stanford Business School.
If Beijing is China’s centre of power and Shanghai the business and financial giant, where is the nation’s capital of cool? A growing consensus of opinion leaders, including fashion bible Vogue, points to Xiamen, a little-known city of 3.5 million people on China’s southern coast.
Singapore’s Anthony Tan and Indonesia’s Nadiem Makarim have much in common. Both in their mid-30s, they secured Harvard MBAs before going on to stunning success as founders of Southeast Asian ride-hailing apps. Tan’s Grab and Makarim’s Go-Jek are the region’s first, and so far only, decacorns – startups valued at more than $10 billion. The
Deep in Odisha, India’s second-poorest state, vans deliver washing machines to village homes located by directions such as “around the corner from the temple”.
China rang in the year with the announcement of a modern technological wonder: an ultra-high voltage power line stretching more than 2,000 miles from remote Xinjiang in the northwest to the doorstep of Shanghai in the east.
Tropical storms are a daily fact of life in Singapore, as any visitor to the city-state soon discovers. It’s why Singapore has created a rain machine to recreate the showers in a mini town for testing self-driving vehicles.
A host of second-tier urban centres house the creative energy of millions who will continue to set the global pace in innovation and technology for decades.
Vaishali Neotia is CEO of Merxius, an Indian virtual reality startup. Ashwini Asokan leads an AI and computer vision firm called Mad Street Den. Nivruti Rai – whose parents received messages of sympathy because she was not a boy and neither were her two older sisters – is today head of Intel India.
New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong is always a spectacular affair with fireworks lighting up Victoria Harbour. This year, there will be investment pyrotechnics to cheer too: an overhaul in market listing rules has sparked an extraordinary run of initial public offerings and put Hong Kong on course to finish 2018 as the world’s biggest IPO market.
Shadowfax is an Indian startup named after a horse in the Lord of the Rings that possesses fabulous speed. For India’s galloping economy – projected to surge 7.5 per cent this fiscal year – the Bengaluru-based company is a leading player in an explosive growth sector: logistics.
From the western tip of Sumatra to the eastern island of Sulawesi, the green motorbikes criss-cross cities over Indonesia’s sprawling archipelago. Go-Jek, the first tech unicorn in a nation of 260 million, has transformed Indonesian life with its motorbike ride-hailing and delivery services. It represents freedom for millions of Indonesians in a country with poor