UK-based Experian betting on fintech startups targeting financial inclusion in APAC

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Globally, Experian has invested $305 million in 2018 through acquisitions, minority transactions and venture deals.

There’s room for more players in Indonesia’s payment space: Emtek’s Daniswara

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Emtek has made a major move to seize this opportunity by setting up a JV with Alibaba’s payment affiliate, Alipay, to launch payment startup Dana.


Fashion marketplace Zilingo bullish about fintech play, offline retail

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Singapore-based Zilingo might look to establish its own financial services arm to cater to merchants on its platform.


SG’s Cocoon Capital launches $20m second fund, eyes Vietnam, PH, Myanmar

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The new fund will target seed rounds across 25 to 30 investments, and will adopt a wider market focus to include emerging markets such as Vietnam, the Philippines, and Myanmar.


Qiming Ventures to decide in a year if Southeast Asia deserves its own fund

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Qiming Ventures founding managing partner Gary Rieschel doesn’t think the venture capital firm is late to the party in Southeast Asia.


Grab-backer GGV Capital to march into Southeast Asia with Singapore office

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The SG office will be the fifth for the VC firm, after Menlo Park, California, Shanghai and Beijing.


StanChart CEO says looking at all options for Indonesia’s Bank Permata

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In an interview with CNBC International, Standard Charted Bank Group CEO Bill Winters talks on the lender’s turnaround strategy, digital banking investments, China’s Belt-Road initiative and its options for Bank Permata, among others.


Indian VC Iron Pillar says 2019 deal pipeline looks good, aims to close 2 deals soon

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Iron Pillar, which recently closed its $90-million maiden fund, is gearing up to close two deals by year-end. Subsequently, it plans to invest in at least one company every quarter.


More Indonesian VCs to launch seed funds to fill new gap, says Venturra’s Pramana

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Venturra partner Raditya Pramana said, the funding crunch at the seed level was a result of existing VCs launching larger funds in an attempt to move up the value chain.


Generating predictive data is big but challenging business for Ratan Tata-backed Crayon Data

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Founded in 2012, the Singapore-based Crayon Data has an AI algorithm which analyses consumer data to acquire customers for clients like Emirates Airlines, regional banks and hotels.