How popular is video conferencing in the country? According to Computer Business Review Online, about 56 percent of users resort to video calls at least once a week.
In Singapore, more than two thirds of respondents were vocal about their use of video conferencing for at least once a week.
Startups Thriving in Local Environment
Last year, the FinTech program in Singapore announced the 10 startups that qualified for the bootcamp, with a selection process that lasted for 6 weeks and had about 300 applications, reported by Tech in Asia.
However, given the country’s ripe environment for startups and entrepreneurship, it’s safe to say that some of the players who didn’t get a chance to nab a place on the top ten would likely come back this year with a vengeance.
As Singapore continues to provide a supportive environment to startups in the country, more and more startups are coming out of the woodwork.
Video Conferencing Ideal for Startups
Of course, while environment is a major factor of startup success, there are other factors at work. One these is technology.
While the market is saturated with new and rapidly changing technologies, few are as cost-effective as one popular start-up staple: video conferencing systems.
So if you’re thinking about joining all the fun, here are some reasons why investing in tools like enterprise video conferencing system from Blue Jeans is the kind of move guaranteed to put your startup on the map:
A lot of companies and governments are willing to put money into the technology. That’s great news. As more people use the system, more enhancements are rolled out until you end up with an improved system at a much lower cost.
And of course, the lower the cost, the less funds you have to spend to get it. In a startup, where worrying about where your next round of funding would come from, getting low-cost, efficient systems will go a long way to keeping the business afloat
Better attention span
Unlike chat or email, video lets you talk to the person face to face. So you know if the person is actually listening to you or not, if the people on the screen are as engaged as you want them to be.
Because of the face to face nature of video conferencing, your remote teams can actually see each other or wave a friendly hello at each other every day.
So when they talk about work, it’s easy to see what the other one is saying, given the facial expression and body language, lessening the risk of employees getting instructions misconstrued or upsetting other people with an innocent email that might come off as rude or standoffish. Less time wasted on such matters mean less delays.
With video, you don’t have to wait for the back-and-forth exchanges typical in emails so finalizing decisions are easy. This makes for faster production times, allowing you to even ship off orders or finish projects way ahead of schedule. That’s efficiency in top form.
Face to face interaction matters. Knowing who you work with—even if it’s just meeting them visually—makes you feel closer to them. So when there are project deadlines to be hit or campaigns to be revised, your remote teams can easily handle the task because they’ve already built rapport and a sense of team work from all those times they talked to each other on video.
With features that allow you to capture the screen or share content or go over every page with everyone else on the video meeting, video conferencing solutions allow your remote teams to work together in a more efficient style.
In the past, it used to be difficult to schedule trainings. After all, they ate quite a lot of time and there were always deadlines to be met and projects to be done. With video conferencing though, you can easily arrange training session over video. Since you no longer have to travel to the site, you can easily use those hours to conduct your training sessions via video. That way, you can look after the needs of your members without compromising too much of your time. Win-win on all sides.
Since you can literally run your team from anywhere, hiring from anywhere isn’t a problem. It’s easy to stay in touch with your remote employees with video conferencing.
These days, a lot of millennials look for flexibility in their work. By offering work-from-home solutions possible through video conferencing, you can lure away some of the best and the brightest from major companies who have bigger pockets than you do and can offer so much more in terms of pay.
From reduced travel, zero costly delays in production, and a whole lot more, video conferencing offers you more than cost savings. It gives you a chance to take your startup business straight to success.
Digital Revolution and Repression in Myanmar and Thailand
Activists have also proactively published social media content in multiple languages using the hashtags #WhatsHappeningInMyanmar and #WhatsHappeningInThailand to boost coverage of events on the ground.
How will oil prices shape the Covid-19 recovery in emerging markets?
– After falling significantly in 2020, oil prices have returned to pre-pandemic levels
– The rise has been driven by OPEC+ production cuts and an improving economic climate
– Higher prices are likely to support a rebound in oil-producing emerging markets
– Further virus outbreaks or increased production would pose challenges to price stability
A combination of continued production cuts and an increase in economic activity has prompted oil prices to return to pre-pandemic levels – a factor that will be crucial to the recovery of major oil-producing countries in the Middle East and Africa.
Brent crude prices rose above $60 a barrel in early February, the first time they had exceeded pre-Covid-19 values. They have since continued to rise, going above $66 a barrel on February 24.
The ongoing increase in oil prices, which have soared by 75% since November and around 26% since the beginning of the year, marks a dramatic change from last year.
Following the closure of many national borders and the implementation of travel-related restrictions to stop the spread of the virus, demand for oil slumped globally.
In the wake of the Saudi-Russia price war in early 2020, Brent crude prices fell from around $60 a barrel in February that year to two-decade lows of $20 a barrel in late April, as supply increased and demand plummeted. The value of WTI crude – the main benchmark for oil in the US – fell to record lows of around $40 a barrel last year on the back of a lack of storage space.
While global demand for oil remains low, one factor credited with reversing the trend is the decision to make significant cuts to oil production, which subsequently tightened global supplies.
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