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Durians Daily #161: Grocery delivery startup sends Christmas cheer to 100 children with autism; Founder of Naluri says no to annual budgeting and planning; Property buying can now be done 100% online thanks to this startup

Delivering Christmas cheer

  • 500-backed online grocery delivery startup, HappyFresh, partnered with social enterprise Dreamr to bring Christmas gifts to 100 children with autism of all ages around Kuala Lumpur.
Credit: Dreamr
  • The National Autism Society of Malaysia (NASOM) helped reach out to parents to register those interested in participating in the program. NASOM indicated there has been a spike in the number of those seeking its services in recent years, but due to its dependence on public donations, it has struggled to keep up with the demand.

Planning with a purpose

  • Founder of 500-backed healthtech startup Naluri, Azran Osman-Rani, offered an alternative view on goal-setting for the new year in a video.
Credit: Tatler Asia
  • Stating he isn’t a “fan of the annual budgeting and planning process”, he shared 90% of new year’s resolutions are not achieved. The reason? They tend to focus on outcome goals, such as revenue or profit growth, increase in market share, or launching new products.

Pivoting in property sales

  • Property buyers are now less inclined to leave their homes to visit property showrooms, and find it more challenging to complete their paperwork during the pandemic, shared Joshua Ong, co-founder and chief strategy officer of 500-backed proptech platform MHub in an interview.
Credit: The Edge Markets
  • What did the startup do next? Review its plans for 2020, discuss meaningful ways that could help clients prepare for the unprecedented situation, and launch the “Showroom for Buyer” app, a self-service solution for homebuyers.

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