You thought Southeast Asia has a Series B/C funding gap? Wrong


If you are an early stage founder in Southeast Asia, then gone are the glory days of 2014-2015 where everyone’s cat was raising a seed round.

SoftBank Vision Fund’s planned Flipkart exit shows a lack of vision


The ink is barely dry on SoftBank Vision Fund’s purchase of a stake in Flipkart Online Services Pvt and already it’s preparing to exit. Masayoshi Son seemed so keen on the Indian e-commerce startup that he threw $2.5 billion at it in August.

Vietnam’s IPO frenzy could be getting ahead of itself


Vinhomes JSC’s proposed $2 billion initial sale would be the country’s biggest ever.

Guest post: iflix now treading deep waters


iflix, which recently closed its digital division in Singapore, has been keeping mum since it raised $133 million about eight months ago.

Of Ant Financial’s lofty valuations and Temasek’s loftier hopes


Temasek is in talks to lead a funding round that could value the Alibaba Group-backed company at $150 billion.

Amazon looks set to take the lead in India, with or without Flipkart


Amazon’s talks with Flipkart suggest it wants to avoid a long-drawn battle with Walmart.

Guest post: Alibaba is joining the (reignited) ride-hailing war in China

By, an Alibaba portfolio company, has announced that it would introduce “hitchhiking“ service, allowing commuters to find a ride pretty much the same way as they have been using ride-hailing apps such as Didi.

PE firms face heated competition from Asian tech investors like SoftBank, Tencent


Tencent just wants to expand its WeChat messaging platform while Alibaba is on a mission to grow its own ecosystem.

As Uber retreats from Southeast Asia, its grip on India, too, looks slippery


In India, once again, SoftBank is the largest investor in Uber’s main rival, Ola.

Guest post: Will Alibaba replace more people at Lazada?


Putting Lucy Peng in charge shows the emphasis, determination, and probably urgency, in making Lazada work for the Chinese firm.