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Asia has the largest and most dynamic economy in the world. And much of the energy on display flows from its booming tech sector. From Shenzhen and Bangalore to Taipei and Singapore, start-ups are fizzing with exuberance. And the region now boasts 125 unicorns, each valued at more than a billion US dollars. That's close to a third of the world's total.
Not bad for a region that was lagging behind the US and Europe just a few years ago. And investors have taken note. Asia's tech sector is sucking in more investment capital than anywhere else in the world with billions made and lost every month.
But Asia's importance in tech extends well beyond the region. When it comes to smartphones, artificial intelligence, 5G telecoms, electric cars, and lithium ion batteries, companies from China, Japan, and South Korea already lead the world.
And trends like this are only going to intensify as Asia's emerging middle class creates a ready market. For the inside track on this compelling story as it unfolds, sign up to Tech Scroll Asia, a new weekly newsletter from the FT and Nikkei. We'll guide you through the key trends and reveal the winners, the losers, and the disruptors in the world of Asia tech.