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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Startups / Smart Axiata announces the first three investees of its digital innovation fund

By: Euan Black - Posted on: November 15, 2017 | Business

The three startups will receive between $25,000 and $500,000 in investment, as well as access to Smart’s extensive network and advice from experts

The announcement comes just one month after Smart signed an agreement to purchase up to a 30% stake in local media champions Sabay Digital Corporation

Cambodian telecommunications provider Smart Axiata has unveiled the first three startups to receive investment through its $5m Smart Axiata Digital Innovation Fund (Sadif), investments that Smart CEO Thomas Hundt said demonstrated the company was “at the forefront of digitising Cambodia”.

“Cambodia’s tech space has the potential to become a very significant contributor to the country’s economic development,” Hundt said at a glitzy event held at Phnom Penh’s Raintree office development.

“That’s what we’re seeing now and that’s why we created Sadif and why we are pumping money into the system.”

The three investees selected were Joonak Delivery, a delivery and logistics company, Morakot Technology, a cloud-based financial software company, and Aniwaa, a 3D printer comparison website with plans to develop into a “global digital content platform”. Forte Insurance was also named as a new co-investor in the fund and Mervyn Cheo, CEO of Forte Investment Holdings, added to Sadif’s investment committee.

The announcement comes just one month after Smart signed an agreement to purchase up to a 30% stake in local media champions Sabay Digital Corporation, a deal that it hopes will help it become Cambodia’s first all-encompassing digital lifestyle brand.

Each of the startups will receive between $25,000 and $500,000 in investment, which the founders said would be used to hire more staff and expand operations.

For the long-term development of the investees, perhaps just as important as the injection of cash, will be the opportunity to leverage Smart’s extensive network. The telecommunications company currently serves 8 million subscribers and has a range of its own digital service brands, including mobile payment system SmartPay, and music learning software Smart Music. The company has also recently signed a slew of deals with recognised global brands Universal Music, Apple and Facebook.

Morakot’s CEO Sophorth Khuon told Southeast Asia Globe on the sidelines of the event that he was excited by the prospect of using Smart’s technology to enhance his company’s product offerings.

“We can build a bridge between how we work. For example, we could build an integrated system, which allows our clients to let their customers pay for their microfinance loans using SmartLuy [Smart’s digital wallet]. Or we could use a Smart API [application programming interface] or Smart SMS to send information to our customers through alerts on their phone.”

Sadif was launched in March 2017 and is managed by the local investment and advisory firm Mekong Strategic Partners. The fund hopes to invest in at least 12 more companies over the next five years.