S'pore start-up voted one of Asia's top 10

S'pore start-up voted one of Asia's top 10

SINGAPORE - A local tech firm that has been operating for barely a year has been named one of Asia's top start-ups.

Burpple, which has made a smartphone app that lets users share photos of food, has also received US$500,000 (S$610,000) in seed funding, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

It beat nearly 100 nominees to make the top 10 list, which was announced at the Open Web Asia 2012 conference that day in Haikou, China.

The Burpple app is used by people in at least 115 countries.

Co-founder Dixon Chan, 26, declined to reveal the size of its user base but told The Straits Times that the company aimed to reach a million users by "early next year".

Mr Chan said the firm is using the seed money, which has come from venture funds Neoteny Labs and QuestVC, to expand its eight-man team.

The staff include the other co-founders, Mr Elisha Ong, 26, and Mr Daniel Hum, 24, three engineers, a designer and a communications manager.

Mr Chan told the TechCrunch website that the idea for the app came after he and Mr Ong went to a highly rated restaurant in the US but had difficulty finding reliable recommendations for dishes.

Building the team was the main challenge as there is a limited pool of engineers interested in working for start-ups, though the number is growing, Mr Chan said.

The app is available only for smartphones running Apple's iOS operating system, but Mr Chan said he plans to make it available for Android smartphones and Web browsers as well.

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