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. 

33 Talent's Rina Lee

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.


Asian LPs to account for 50% of commitments for third fund: Adamas Asset Management

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Adamas is targeting a $500-million final close for its third fund, Adamas Ping An Opportunities Fund.


Exclusive: Prestellar Ventures plans micro funds for South and Southeast Asia

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Last year, Prestellar had launched a $100-million fund backed by CG Corp Global, Satin Creditcare, Frontline Strategy and N.E. Group.


Regulatory sandbox will spur innovation in Indonesia’s crypto space: Blossom Finance CEO

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While payments through cryptocurrency is still illegal in Indonesia, Martin says Muslims can use cryptocurrency to invest in projects that are driving real, productive economic activity rather than just investing in pure speculation.