Exclusive: 500 Startups broadens focus, eyes cos targeting the next billion customer base in India

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An area of growing interest at 500 Startups in India has been blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

More funds eyeing consumer space after seeing early investors’ success: Deepak Shahdadpuri, DSG

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Early investors in consumer startups have secured good exits and returns, prompting several funds to enter the space they had traditionally ignored, says Shahdadpuri.


ICO fundraising more difficult amid heightened investor scrutiny: Kenneth Oh, Dentons Rodyk

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Kenneth Oh of Dentons Rodyk discusses ICOS, regulations, and the liquidity prospects for LPs and fund managers.


Market liquidity has increased, will continue improving every year, says Lightbox’s Talwar

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Mumbai-based VC firm Lightbox is looking to raise a new $100m fund in 2018.


Australian VCs to tap ASEAN for deals in coming years: Yasser El-Ansary, AVCAL

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AVCAL counts about 75 fund managers ranging from small VC funds all the way to larger VC and PE funds based in Australia. It also includes institutional investors such as Australia’s superannuation funds, family offices and sovereign wealth funds.


Australia bourse counts single-board structure as key to attracting overseas listings

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“We’re finding more people wanting to come from markets like Europe and N America to ASX because of the single board,” says Max Cunningham, Head of Listings at the ASX.


Singapore’s on-demand staffing startup UShift to raise up to $5m by Q1

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UShift plans to use the funds for expansion to four markets outside Singapore – Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia.


Compelling rationale to drive ICO credibility: Claudia Teo, Eversheds Harry Elias

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Claudia Teo of Eversheds Harry Elias, notes that the dynamics of initial coin offerings (ICOs) will continue to evolve, with investors deriving comfort from regulated entities, and more likely to back token generation event. The emergence of ICOs as a tool of entrepreneurial finance has seen it being used by both startup… Read more »


India IPO activity likely to remain high next year: JPMorgan’s Kulkarni

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There’s a good opportunity now for the PEs who invested for 4-5 years and want to exit with scaled up companies.


You can’t create more jobs without startups: Cisco’s John Chambers

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Chambers recently picked up a 10% stake in speech recognition solutions company Uniphore Software Systems in his personal capacity.