Having a global mindset helps during pandemic times. Watch investors explain why

Clockwise from top-left: Donald Lacey; Wallace Guo; Rebekah Woo; Soo Boon Koh

The uncertainties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have prompted investors to “hedge their risks” by investing in businesses with a global footprint, according to panelists who spoke at the Asia PE-VC Summit 2020 organised by DealStreetAsia in November.

Many investors are trying to reach out to founders who have “a global mindset” and who have managed to expand their businesses across different markets, said Wallace Guo, managing partner of Taihecap at the panel discussion titled ‘Global investors’ take on SE Asia’ hosted by managing director of Fosun Rebekah Woo.

“The human needs that have given rise to an online used car portal or an online telemedicine portal [in China] are the same needs that a family in Indonesia or Malaysia might have,” said  Donald Lacey of Ping An Global Voyager Fund.

They were joined by Soo Boon Koh, the founding managing partner of iGlobe Partners that invests in smart city, fintech, and synthetic biology.

Watch the video of their discussion here:

Singapore Reporter/s

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.

Singapore Reporter/s

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.