Bangkok-based tech-hiring platform GetLinks set to close Series A funding

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Asia’s tech-hiring platform GetLinks is targeting to raise up to $5 million for its series A round, that is scheduled to close by the end of June, a company executive told DEALSTREETASIA.

GetLinks, a US holding company headquartered in Bangkok, claims to be the largest tech talent hiring marketplace in Southeast Asia with over 300,000 tech talent and 2,000 technology companies on its platform.

“There is definitely a higher volume of tech talents and jobs, but at lower salaries. We’ve seen a shortage of high-level tech skills like data science and product management, and this is something we’d like to resolve through global talent hiring and affiliate education,” Keenan Kwok, CFO and Co-Founder of GetLinks, said.

GetLinks had secured $500,000 in a seed funding round from Japan’s CyberAgent and 500 Startups, headquartered in Silicon Valley, in March last year.

Kwok said, the company has grown about 20 per cent month-on-month in terms of both user base and revenue. The startup is targeting to reach a revenue mark of $10 million this year.

Currently, GetLinks has operations in Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam together with its soft launches in Korea and India.

With the proceeds from series A round, it plans to expand its operations in other parts of Asia including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan as well as further expanding its operations in Singapore, Korea and India.

GetLinks will join forces with its partner to expand the technology team and operations to dominate the Hong Kong and regional market, while it is also in discussions with another strategic recruitment giant for further expansion in other Asian countries.

“Every country has strengths and weaknesses when it comes to tech talents. India, for example, has the best data scientists, whereas Vietnam has the top-notch back-end developers,” said Kwok. “Our regional focus evens out the uneven distribution of talent infrastructure in Asia, empowering innovative companies with the region’s top 5 per cent tech talents.”

Apart from its expansion plans, it will also kick off the new initiatives to provide Uber-like jobs for recruiters in the third quarter of this year.

“Our goal is to build the future of work in Asia, supporting tech companies to work and grow with passionate millennial teams: as fast and affordable as booking a Grab/Uber,” he said.

“We want to change the world through hiring and help more people become financially independently through freelance opportunities. We’ll train and work with various people around the globe, from professional recruiters to stay-at-home moms, to connect with the top tech talents in exchange of commissions,” he explained.

GetLinks has recently launched a beta version of its new tech talent sourcing & screening product that enables innovative companies to hire quality tech talents through automation.

Remark: There is no factual error in the previous version. However, DEALSTREETASIA has removed some information on the request of GetLinks.

Also read:

Thai tech recruitment platform GetLinks gets $500K from CyberAgent, 500 Startups

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Recruitment startup Belong raises $10m from Sequoia Capital, others

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.