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Omise's payment gateway makes online purchasing simple and fast. The startup now hopes to create a blockchain-powered value-exchange platform for digital assets that does not rely on conventional financial networks. (Nikkei illustration)
Startups in Asia

The little-known Thai startup that makes e-commerce go

Omise powers purchases of Big Macs and more while honing blockchain tech

MASAYUKI YUDA, Nikkei staff writer | Thailand

BANGKOK -- Some Southeast Asian startups have become household names. Omise is not one of them. Few consumers are aware of its existence.

But if they have shopped online in Thailand or Singapore -- as more people are doing because of the coronavirus pandemic -- chances are they have crossed paths with the company. And if its Japanese founder has his way, the world will soon hear a lot more about Omise's financial technology -- especially its use of blockchains.

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