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I’m not feeling quite bold enough to make predictions about 2018. After all, a year ago I didn’t get why bitcoin was worth $1,000 (yeah, I know), or why Pokemon Go was so exciting. Instead, here are a few of my observations about the Asian technology industry over the past 12 months. Last December, I predicted that 2017 might be the year of the Southeast Asian start-up. This wasn’t some incredible feat of Nostradamus. It was kind of obvious, with a few unicorns in gestation or already born, and Asean home to more than 600-million people and nine growing economies. Yet the concern I had then still persists, namely that a few countries are attracting most of the money and this will need to change. While Indonesia almost caught up with Singapore in terms of deals and funding this year, the rest of the region remains way behind. Data from CB Insights up to September 6 show Malaysia, in third place, attracted less than a quarter of the money that leader Singapore received. Some of those ...

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