Malaysian startup Supahands wants to provide virtual assistants to Southeast Asian clients

By VCPOST Staff Reporter

Apr 21, 2014 06:50 AM EDT

Malaysian outsourcing startup Supahands wants to help Southeast Asian locals by providing them with virtual assistants who can do various tasks for them. The company is also planning to branch out to Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Bangkok, according to TechCrunch.

Co-founder Andrew Tan explained: "In Southeast Asia, most locals have the mentality that they want to do everything by themselves, so our challenge is to help them see that they can outsource these tasks and save time for something more valuable."

Launched in December 2013, the Kuala Lumpur-based startup claims it already has 500 active users. The bootstrapped company took advantage of the rising smartphone use in the region among its clients. These people use their phones to monitor their projects, enter new tasks, and look for virtual assistants. The firm provides its local customers with workers who are able to speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Malay, Tamil, and other Southeast Asian languages and dialects, the report detailed.

At present, Supahands has six full-time agents in Kuala Lumpur. As it prepares to scale up in Malaysia and Singapore, the startup is looking to start training part-time workers who can be home-based, TechCrunch reported.

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