Daily Markup #755: Top stories in May on serving deskless workers and resellers, sustainable two-wheelers and space rockets, and more

Deskless workers are up-and-about all the time, so how do we engage with them effectively? Mercu knows that e-mails don’t work, and raised US$1.6M in Seed funding to help companies communicate better through chat apps instead. Meanwhile, Malaysia-based Ejen2u is eyeing a move to Indonesia to empower even more brand owners.

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  • Wherever deskless workers may be, Mercu finds a way to communicate and engage with them
  • Ejen2u is raising a pre-Series A to serve Indonesia’s resellers and empower 400 more brand owners
  • Grab embarks on major sustainability plan to achieve zero packaging waste in nature by 2040
  • Neuron Mobility launches toughest, rider-focused, sustainable e-scooter for the best riding experience
  • ION Mobility is more than just a tech company — they’re building a sustainable lifestyle brand for the next generation
  • Gilmour Space unveils Australia’s first home-grown rocket in country’s success story, propelled by a hybrid rocket engine
  • Aerodyne unveils game-changing solutions for the drone industry to achieve higher efficiency, reduced costs, and enhanced safety
  • Escavox CEO Luke Wood on how the food industry can meet ESG requirements for a better planet and profits
  • Krosslinker awarded top prize at the 2023 SelectUSA Investment Summit
  • iMotorbike and VTF among 11 Malaysian tech startups invited to international summit in the U.S.
  • Bukalapak’s investment app teams up with securities firm to provide equal opportunities for Indonesians to invest easily and safely
  • Grab’s neobank offers flexible and accessible financial services to gig workers and digital natives in Singapore
  • Transcelestial’s sky-high ambition to bring superfast internet to every corner of the world, and even outer space
  • Homage’s Gillian Tee talks ‘aging in place’ and a surprising fact about home-based care
  • Neuron Mobility increases urban accessibility for riders with disabilities or mobility impairments
  • Kata.ai boss on subverting expectations as an Indonesian startup and how automation is not artificial intelligence
  • Speedhome CEO on moonlighting, overcoming racism in real estate, and building a profitable startup
  • Monnai offers unprecedented depth of analytics to help fintech companies scale up and bring down fraud
  • Easyship & eBay open up more international shipping destinations for e-commerce sellers at affordable and profitable rates
  • #GetShipDone with Cargobase! Team celebrates 10 years of success in smart logistics

Other stories you may have missed:

  • Following the success of creating impacts on warungs, Mitra Bukalapak seeks to extend the solutions to other verticals that share similar pains as warungs
  • In conjunction with Star Wars Day, VirtualTech Frontier’s Mitoworld joined forces with NFT Malaysia to create a metaverse with special in-game features for an immersive experience
  • OhmniLabs announced a strategic partnership with JTM Enterprises, a trusted distributor dedicated to serving the American Indian and Alaska Native communities, to enhance health and safety measures


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