(June 1): Isaac Ho and several investors were watching a pitch from a cancer-detection startup in Singapore when one of the Chinese billionaires present got up and  – without a word – scrawled “Speed x Market Share” in Chinese characters on a whiteboard. It was a simple formula that meant: be first and be largest, no matter the cost. But that’s when Ho understood how the Southeast Asian tech scene was about to change.

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