Southeast Asia’s startups suffer from Series B funding crunch, says Kredivo’s Garg

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The company was forced to look beyond the region to raise the majority of its fund, as it found that there were simply very few investors in the region that specialized in doing Series B investments.

Kredivo co-founder and CEO Akshay Garg

It took just one meeting, two phone calls to seal landmark Paytm-Buffett deal

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With Berkshire, we have a new vantage point on our capital table and business model, Sharma said.


Meet the latest unicorn from SG that has not had a single client in the city-state

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It all began with a chance meeting between its two co-founders, Joel Bar-El and Dror Feldheim, at a kindergarten in Singapore attended by their daughters.


Growth is priority over profitability, says Swiggy CEO Sriharsha Majety 

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Recently, Swiggy hired Vivek Sunder as its chief operating officer, among other top recruitment.


SG punches above its weight in innovation but still some corporate reluctance to take risks: Join the Dots

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As a market dominated by mobile internet, Southeast Asia is an exciting market to be in, says Karen Schofield, Managing Director, Join the Dots (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. 


Kickstarter’s focus is on engaging with creative people: Perry Chen

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Kickstarter remains one of the world’s biggest contributors to arts and technology projects and has spawned similar platforms in India such as Ketto and ImpactGuru.


We’re actively scouting for companies in Asia, says Simin Zhou of UL Ventures

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UL Ventures targets investments in digital manufacturing, autonomous systems, smart cities, digital health and cyber security.


Malaysian pension fund EPF to hit $250b AUM in 2-5 years, says incoming CEO

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Alizakri Alias is set to assume the top position on August 20.


Lack of competing small buyout funds helps pick underpriced deals, says Altair’s Gary Ng

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Polaris Capital Group-backed Altair Capital, which recently hit the first close for its $150 million maiden ASEAN fund, remains confident that the lower-end mid-market presents significant opportunities, with very few firms being active in this space. 


LPs can bring more to the table in Asia as managers are new: Tsai, Hermes GPE

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“The whole thesis for PE has changed. It used to be that private equity is cheaper than public markets, therefore, there is an arbitrage opportunity. This is no longer really the primary thesis anymore – it is no longer about access to capital, and it is more about having to be patient, and having the ability to hold out for a long period of time,” Tsai said.