Lack of credit risk data is key challenge to SME lending: Kuznicki, Capital Match

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With the growing interest in financial technology (fintech) and recent developments in the equity crowdfunding (ECF) space, peer-to-peer payment platforms are attracting the attention as an avenue for investment. Co-founder of Capital Match, Pawel Kuznicki, a former McKinsey managing consultant and Rocket Internet alumnus, who served in senior roles at online… Read more »

For investors, SEA is tricky as divestment is not easy: IDG Ventures’ Truong Nguyen

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IDG Ventures, an early bird venture capitalist in Vietnam and backer of several successful startups, has been a core part of the country’s funding landscape since 2004 although it has been rather dormant in the past few years. Managing a $100-million fund, IDG Ventures Vietnam has been part of the… Read more »


‘Grabhouse is building ‘virtual neighbourhood specialist’ platform’

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India based online home rental startup, Grabhouse, has positioned itself as a game changer by removing the entity which landlords and tenants both would like to avoid: the broker. Mumbai-based Cryptopy Technologies Pvt. Ltd., which runs Grabhouse, was founded by Prateek Shukla and Pankhuri Shrivastava in 2013, one of the new… Read more »


E-commerce at an early stage, but has really kicked off: Lazada Vietnam COO

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E-commerce market in Vietnam has grown by a whopping 300 per cent during the recent three years, from a market size of just some $100 million, according to data provided by Rocket Internet-backed e-commerce platform Lazada. Estimated to reach nearly $3 billion in 2014, e-commerce turnover is expected to hit… Read more »


NEX raises $150k more from Blibros; to become a full-stack digital agency

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Armed with its second round seed funding, Yangon-based digital agency NEX, that offers web and mobile development services, has added the creative design dimension to enable the two-year-old startup to become a full-stack digital agency in the frontier market. Nex recently raised an additional $150,000 from existing investor Blibros Ltd, an… Read more »


PH-based startup Tactiles launches crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo

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Philippine electronics startup Tactiles officially kicked off Monday its crowdfunding campaign via the Indiegogo platform to bring to the world its technology toy for electronics education the iQube.


Exclusive: We’ve launched a $200m fund for Southeast Asia and India this year: Vertex

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“We have launched a new $200 million fund this year for Southeast Asia and India, and are currently making investments from it. Valuations in Southeast Asia are reasonable, and we don’t have that frenzy of India yet, where investors are rushing in, and chasing startups,” says Chua Kee Lock, group… Read more »


We are making it extremely affordable for small businesses to go online: Shopmatic

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In India, millions of businesses in smaller towns are still wary of online selling — although many have joined the bandwagon through marketplaces like Flipkart and Snapdeal — and are apprehensive about the costs involved.Singapore-based Shopmatic helps these businesses and entrepreneurs to sell online. Shopmatic helps them develop their own… Read more »


We are working with govt on legal framework for ‘transport network service’: Dzung Dang, GM Uber, Vietnam

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Uber, which has been valued at as much as $70 billion through another upcoming funding round of $1 billion, entered Vietnam in 2014 and has since witnessed robust growth in the Southeast Asian country. However, like in other markets that Uber is present in, Vietnam too presented a bumpy ride for… Read more »


Myanmar’s StarTicket relies on offline sales to get tech-challenged users

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Booking a bus ticket online is not very commonplace in Myanmar, a pre-emerging market that is on the threshold of recording many a first. While bus ticketing apps in Asia and elsewhere may be a mature industry which has seen funding, consolidation and regional expansion, here in Myanmar, it is still… Read more »