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

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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

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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

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


Guest post: iflix now treading deep waters

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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

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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

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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

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Amap.com, 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

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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

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


Guest post: Will Alibaba replace more people at Lazada?

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