Big exits could entice global Indonesian talent to return home, says UangTeman’s Makmuri

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UangTeman’s new CTOO and former Silicon Valley professional Sukan Makmuri has previously held executive positions in O2O startup Kudo and online portal Kaskus.

LPs now more sophisticated, seek more info and value for money: Simmons & Simmons JWS

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Simmons & Simmons JWS partners Long Jek-Aun and Damian Adams shed light on trends related to M&A activity, LP-GP dynamics, private equity’s tilt towards technology investments and the exit scenario for investors in Southeast Asia.


Go-Jek or Grab won’t be as big if not for each other: Nadiem Makarim

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The Go-Jek founder and CEO talks SE Asia expansion plans, rivalry with Grab, Uber’s exit and IPO plans. 


Excited about permeation of artificial intelligence in SE Asia: Rina Lee, 33 Talent

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Ask any startup or investor in Southeast Asia about their top gripe in the region and it is more likely than not to be talent, or the paucity thereof. Complex regulations regarding hiring in the different markets of the region further complicate matters. 


Central Capital’s Suteja bats for co-investment, collaboration among Indonesian bank VCs

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Central Capital Ventura, the VC unit of Indonesia’s largest private lender Bank Central Asia, has so far invested in seven fintech startups. Its sweet spots are pre-Series A and Series A investments in fintech, insurtech, big data, deep tech and IoT.


India govt does not have fiscal space to spend too much: Sonal Varma, Nomura

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With oil inching up and interest rates moving up, India may see a slowdown in growth in the second half of FY19, said Sonal Varma, managing director and India chief economist, global markets division (Asia ex-Japan), Nomura Holdings Inc.


Media and content will be the next big thing in Indonesia, says Stellar Kapital’s Santoso

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In an exclusive interview, Stellar Kapital Managing Partner Aditya Keo Santoso talks in depth about real sector investments, the Indonesian startup scene and Stellar’s $25-million second fund.


Grab Ventures will invest in the next generation of tech leaders: Grab CEO Anthony Tan

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Grab Ventures, the accelerator and investment unit, will seek minority as well as controlling stakes in tech startups and will be funded entirely by Grab’s balance sheet. 


Too many similar businesses in Asia make exits challenging, says Eversheds partner

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At a time when Asia remains a hotbed for deal flow, an availability of similar kind of businesses crowding the market may lead to higher valuations and even make exits challenging for many players.


Flipkart to focus on scale, growth in near term: CEO Binny Bansal

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Even after its acquisition by Walmart, Flipkart will continue to be run by its board of directors, top executives at both companies said.