Singapore GIC, Sequoia China invest $40m in Korean fintech startup Viva Republica

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With this, the fintech app Toss parent has secured a total funding till date of $116 million.

Thai-focused micro-fund 500 TukTuks to raise $20m for second vehicle

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Fund II is said to have backing of large Thai firms including TCP Group, Central Group, Saha Pathana and others,


China Digest: Ono gets $16m in Series A; Xiaohuanggou secures $163m

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Ono harnesses the power of blockchain technology in challenging the traditional social networking model.


Cisco aims to invest $200m on startups globally, including India, in 2018

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Cisco Systems Inc., which has acquired over 200 companies over the past three decades.


India Dealbook: Pixr8 News, Everyday Gourmet fundraise; Helix puts $4.87m in Network Intelligence

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Pixr8 aims to use the latest funding for expansion in India and internationally. 


Samsung NEXT launches Q Fund to invest in AI startups

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Q Fund, which does not have an allocated size, will be investing from Samsung’s $150 million NEXT fund, launched last year.


Sequoia, Shunwei Capital lead $38m Series D funding round in PatSnap

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Qualgro, which invests in tech startups in SE Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand, also participated in the round.


Sequoia-backed interior design startup HomeLane bags $3.5m from Brand Capital

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HomeLane counts Accel Partners, Sequoia Capital, Baring PE, Aarin Capital, GrowthStory & RB Investments among its investors.


China Digest: Used car platform Cheduoduo, co-work space startup Distrii raise funds

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Cheduoduo, a used-car platform, and co-working space operator Distrii have closed $17.7 million Series A investment and $23 million Series A+ funding round, respectively.


Li Ka-Shing’s Horizon Ventures co-leads $40m round in infant probiotic firm Evolve

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Horizon joined the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the round, which also saw participation from Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Arla Foods, and Continental Grain Company.