Finding money is not an issue, finding great ideas is, says Qualgro’s Heang Chhor

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Chhor outlines why he’s optimistic about SEA startups & his plans for B2B tech companies.

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Clear company vision key to successful growth stage fundraising, says Sociolla’s Indiana

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The startup is the first publicly announced portfolio company of EV Growth, a new fund established by East Ventures, Sinar Mas Digital Ventures and Yahoo Japan’s YJ Capital.


Asia’s higher growth demands a premium: Ritu Arora, Allianz IM

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Arora said the Asian market is suited to foster the adoption of certain technologies and services due to its ability to provide a critical mass of users very quickly and this thesis led to Allianz recently acquiring a stake in Indonesian ride-hailing major Go-Jek.


Improving regulation offers best opportunities in SE Asia: Real Capital Analytics’ APAC MD

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Governments and regulators have a pivotal role to play in shaping the real estate investment market in Southeast Asia, according to David Green-Morgan, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Real Capital Analytics.


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.