Exclusive: BuzzCommerce raising $1m to make private label products

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Singapore-based BuzzCommerce, a cross-border beauty e-commerce startup, is raising at least $1 million in its latest funding round to create its own cosmetics and supplement products to serve demand in China and Japan.

The company’s chief executive Shinsuke Wakai told DEALSTREETASIA that he expects to close the round before this year’s end. However, he did not disclose further details, including the potential investor’s name.

Wakai has previously tasted success with Cosmenet, one of the leading cosmetics review websites in Thailand with 250,000 followers, which he founded. He set up BuzzCommerce in April 2014 in a bid to tap into the beauty e-commerce segment. East Ventures provided an undisclosed amount of seed funding in the following month.

“When we started BuzzCommerce, we sold Japan’s cosmetics in Thailand. However, we could see that the Thai market remains small, compared to Japan and China,” he told this portal.

Last year, BuzzCommerce was selected to present its business in the first Embassy Pitch held by Japan Embassy and Thailand’s Science and Technology Ministry. “After my pitch, the Thai government asked why we don’t develop our own products in Thailand and take them into the global market. Since then, we’ve received support from the Thai government and started to work with local companies to make products to export to Japan and China,” he said.

The first product is set to be launched next month. Wakai said BuzzCommerce will focus on three categories — whitening creams, slimming dietary supplements, and supplements for men.

Currently, BuzzCommerce is present in five countries — including Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Taiwan. Wakai believes that this provides the firm with not only effective marketing tools but also the data to analyse consumer trends and purchasing behaviour to develop its own products to meet consumer requirements.

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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).

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  • 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.