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Daily Markup #20: These are the high-growth companies in APAC, according to the Financial Times

These companies are likely to emerge stronger post-coronavirus.

FT ranks APAC companies

  • Although the coronavirus continues to put many industries in a chokehold, there are others with the potential to strive and emerge from this situation stronger.
  • Financial Times ranked a total of 500 high-growth companies in the APAC region. According to FT, these are firms that “will approach the crisis as a catalyst for innovation and in the medium term could strengthen their positions in their respective markets.”
Credit: TechInAsia

A VR baby fair

  • Fairs and mass congregation of any kind have been banned in Malaysia — so 500-backed e-commerce platform Applecrumby moved its booth online and in VR.
  • The virtual reality experience lets you enter an Applecrumby booth and view products on the shelves, all with mouse navigation.
Credit: Applecrumby
  • There are offers up for grabs as well. Visit Applecrumby’s “booth” here. Have fun shopping in VR, dads and mums!

Saving energy while staying home

  • Life in lockdown means spreading almost every waking hour in shelter. While overall electricity demand has decreased, the same can’t be said for residential use.
  • That means consumers should consider that their weekday home power usage is going to mimic an average weekend day.
  • 500-backed SOLS Energy, a renewable energy startup operating in Malaysia, has been providing timely tips on Facebook to save money on electricity bills during Covid-19.
Credit: SOLS Energy
  • SOLS Energy’s renewable energy initiatives and efforts have won the company industry-recognized accolades including EU-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce & Industry (EUMCCI) — Best Sustainability Leader Award — 2018

Netflix is not chilling

  • When entertainment and production companies are scrambling to delay movie premiere dates and postpone filming schedules, Netflix is busy bringing in more subscribers.
  • The streaming giant, perhaps the best-positioned media company for such a time as this, acquired more than 15.7 million subscribers in the first three months of the year, The New York Times reported.
Credit: CNET
  • In total, Netflix currently has 182.8 million subscribers.
  • But will the platform ever run out of new content while people are stuck at home? Don’t worry, Netflix confirms there’ll be enough shows and movies to go around.
  • What have you been watching on Netflix? We’d appreciate some recommendations. Let us know in the comments below!

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