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Eko differentiates itself from rivals with a variety of task management and HR functions, including e-signatures to sign off on forms and a clock in/out feature. (Photo by Rie Ishii) 
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Eko aspires to be Asia's first killer app with a truly global user base

KEN KOYANAGI, Editor-at-large, Nikkei Asian Review | Thailand

BANGKOK -- Asian IT visionaries have built billion-dollar empires with staggering numbers of users. But one thing they have not done is create a killer app that is truly used worldwide. Even giants like China's Alibaba Group Holding and Tencent Holdings mainly cater to local or overseas Chinese consumers and companies.

Korawad Chearavanont -- a grandson of Thailand's richest tycoon, Charoen Pokphand Group Senior Chairman Dhanin Chearavanont -- wants to be the one to change that.

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