After sending rival Uber Technologies Inc packing from Singapore and other Southeast Asian markets, homegrown ride-hailing firm Grab Pte has set itself a stiffer target. It wants to be a regional super-app.
Think of it as a digital conglomerate that hooks customers for one thing, only to promise them value for several others, sort of like a Netflix Inc subscription that also tracks your blood pressure and orders a pizza as you watch “Scarface.” Thanks to the path set by China’s wildly successful Alipay and WeChat Pay, getting the consumer finance angle right has become a must for Asia’s wannabe super-apps.
The Large Hadron Collider has produced a great deal of incredible science, most famously the Higgs Boson — but physicists at CERN, the international organization behind the LHC, are already looking forward to the next model. And the proposed Future Circular Collider, at 100 kilometers or 62 miles around, would be quite an upgrade.