Gogoro, the ‘Tesla Of Scooters,’ targets Southeast Asia, including New Taipei City, in its quest to expand overseas
Taiwanese electric scooter startup, Gogoro, is a young startup targeting the smog-choked streets of Southeast Asia in its quest to expand its business overseas. Backed by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, Gogoro develops and sells electric scooters and battery swapping infrastructure. In September 2017, Gogoro secured a $300 million Series C round of investment from Singapore’s Temasek, Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation, and French utility Engie and Generation Investment Management, a company co-founded by Al Gore. To date, the company has raised $480 million to date. The total investment raised puts Gogoro’s valuation at around $800 million.Read more
The New Taipei City Government and Amazon Web Services (AWS) today held a signing ceremony for a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a Joint Innovation Center. The initiative is designed to integrate industry and academic resources in nurturing entrepreneurship, and to enhance the startup ecosystem in New Taipei City (NTPC) via five major aspects: driving adoption of global cloud services; fostering venture capital investment; consolidating industry counseling resources; nurturing cloud skills and talent; and integrating local industry advantages.Read more
TAIPEI, Taiwan — They’re as likely to be spotted in the Tour de France as they are on the street.
Founded 45 years ago in Taiwan, Giant Manufacturing has built bikes that have cycled terrain the world over. But before gaining its own name recognition, Giant got its start making orders for others, including Schwinn, one of the U.S.’s most well-known brands.
“At that time in Taiwan, nobody will ever think of making their own brand, if you are doing [exporting],” Bonnie Tu, who became Giant’s chairperson in January, told NBC News during a sit-down interview at Giant headquarters in Taichung, Taiwan. “I think most Taiwanese think you just make products for American or European companies.”Read more
The Gogoro electric scooter looks like a toy come to life, but it’s just raised a very serious amount of money, ensuring that more people take seriously its borderline adorable 6.4 kilowatt motor.
The two-year-old, Taiwan-based startup announced this month it had received a massive $300 million Series C round of funding. Gogoro offers its scooter subscribers an app-based sharing platform to quickly and easily swap out dead batteries for fully charged ones at stations that dot a metro area. Imagine: no waiting to charge a battery. In addition to this distinguishing feature — one Tesla appears to be investigating — the company may soon be looking into more than just scooters, and looking to do so with artificial intelligence.Read more
Taiwan’s major urban areas are best suited for advancement as smart cities, Virginia-based public-private partnership MeriTalk reported.
World-famous for its PC and motherboard manufacturing industry, Taiwan is primed for piloting smart city programmes, according to Taiwanese officials who attended MeriTalk’s Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) expo in Washington DC.Read more
Taipei, April 23 (CNA) Singaporean bike-sharing startup oBike launched its services in Taitung City, the seat of Taiwan's southeastern county of Taitung, on Saturday.
oBike, the first public bike rental system in the county, provided 500 bicycles for rent and will provide another 500 in the near future, Taitung County official Yu Ming-hsun (余明勳) said.Read more
NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan, Jan. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- After nearly two months of applications, selection and panel interviews, Taiwan’s first seed accelerator – Taiwan Accelerator, has finally selected 8 out of 153 startups to provide with seed money and follow-up mentorship. In a country that does not place importance in seed investments, this is an unprecedented number of startups being invested in a single batch. A diverse selection of startups were chosen, including those from e-commerce, big data, agricultural technology, and even a team from India. They will now go through an 8-week bootcamp that includes a Due Day, Demo Day and roadshow in the U.S., which will help these startups find the most suitable investors to realize their creativity and dreams.Read more
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Catching the bus just got a bit easier.
Google Transit, a real-time bus and railway tracking feature in the Google Maps app, officially launched in Taiwan on Tuesday.
Now instead of just seeing bus and metro choices in the Maps app, you can see the bus's estimated arrival as reported by the transit operator in real time.Read more
Intelligent Community Forum Releases Ladders of Opportunity: Growing and Retaining Tomorrow’s Talent
New report focuses on building the workforce for the 21st Century economy
(15 December 2016 – New York City) – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) today released a new research report, Ladders of Opportunity: Growing and Retaining Tomorrow’s Talent. It details how Intelligent Communities create a system and structure that prepares their children and youth for the high demands and entrepreneurial opportunities of tomorrow’s workforce. The principles of workforce development are illustrated in depth by the strategies and experiences of four Intelligent Communities in North America, Europe and Asia.Read more
Taiwan’s electronic toll collection system was honored for advancing cutting-edge smart transportation technologies by the Washington, D.C.-headquartered International Road Federation at the 2016 Global Road Achievement Awards Oct. 18 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Developed by Taipei City-based Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co. Ltd., ETC won the Traffic Management and Intelligent Transportation Systems prize, with IRF President and CEO Patrick Sankey describing it as a “pioneering system” that has set a new bar in free-flow toll collection.Read more