iCare Benefits currently has operations in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and hopefully soon in Myanmar. Through iCare, we have had the chance to meet local Ministers, Secretaries of State and other Government officials who have confidentially discussed their countries potential over-reliance on China. These officials were quick to highlight that the Belt-and-Road initiative is a double-edged... Continue Reading →


With all the on-going discussions in the US with the Medicare-for-All and single payer options proposed by Democrats Sanders, Warren and AOC, the healthcare data in OECD in clear in showing how the US is clearly an outlier in terms of spending. Just off the bat, the US spends almost double on healthcare on a... Continue Reading →


I have not always understood, or even agreed, with Sam Rainsy's actions and inactions in the past when dealing with the CNRP and Cambodia's political class in general. However his recent take on Project Syndicate detailing how Chinese companies are using China's leverage over the Cambodian Government to bypass Trump's tariff is spot-on. It not... Continue Reading →


We know that AI can now distinguish between a dog and a cat with high accuracy but can it differentiate between a real Da Vinci and a fake one? Well it does seems like little by little these Deep Learning tools are being used to solve such problematic topics. Here is the great article in... Continue Reading →

A non-level Playing Field

Earlier this month, the Southeast Asia Globe came out with a great investigation on the grey auto market in Cambodia and its effect on traditional, water-level auto importers. The article, to me, showed a glimpse of the larger picture of doing business in Cambodia and the difficulty by foreign companies, like ours, to play by... Continue Reading →


Ikea and other house-furnishing businesses came out some time ago with AR apps to better fitout your home. And it was only a matter of time for other clothing and hardware brands to do the same. Enter Mountain Hardwear:ย Mountain Hardwear Introduces Augmented Reality Outfitting

Fake it until you make it?

With UBER's IPO fast approaching, the lack of profitability of its business model is again grabbing the limelight: since 2014, the cumulative operating losses now add up to over $12bn. How long can the company keep going without actually turning a profit?

Kurzweil’s Fireside Chat

At the Executive Program organised by Singularity University in San Francisco last year, we got the chance to sit down and talk at length with Ray Kurzweil, legendary inventor and futurist and author of great books like How to Create a Mind and The Singularity is Near. Here is a mural-summary of that chat:

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