Catch experts debate the bumpy investment trail in SE Asia, and how to navigate it

Shotario Tani (upper left), Indonesia correspondent of Nikkei Asia, moderates the VC session with Roderick Purwana (upper right), managing partner at SMDV; Pandu Sjahrir (lower left), co-managing partner at Indies Capital; and Dave Ng, general partner at Altara Ventures.

This is an exciting time in Southeast Asia in terms of venture funding, given the dynamics going on in the region, but a lot still needs to be done to boost the region’s VC ecosystem, said panelists at a session titled “VC Fundraising Trends in Southeast Asia: How To Navigate the Bumpy Trail?” at the Asia PE-VC Summit organised by DealStreetAsia in November.

LPs who want to continue their activities even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to shut down borders will be looking for neutral and international exchange locations. “Southeast Asia throughout history played that role very strongly, connecting the East and West,” said Dave Ng, general partner at Altara Ventures at the panel.

There is still a lot that VCs in the region need to do to educate western investors on the growth potential of the Southeast Asian market and on how to convince them to allocate capital, added co-panelist Pandu Sjahrir, who is co-managing partner at alternative asset manager Indies Capital.

Watch the video of their discussion with Roderick Purwana, managing partner at SMDV, 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.