East Ventures invests in Indonesian media startup IDNtimes.com

Visual from the company website. September 2015

Indonesian media company IDNtimes.com has received an undisclosed investment from East Ventures, a seasoned early-stage investor in the internet and mobile-based startup space.

IDNtimes.com, which targets audience in the 18-34 age group, will use the capital to acquire talent, improve user experience, amplify content creation and distribution and to revamp its platform.

With its proprietary content creation and distribution technology, IDNtimes.com aims to be the leading online media for news and entertainment for young generation in Indonesia, East Ventures said, in a statement. “IDNtimes.com shows a very strong execution capability. Within short period of time, they managed to capture large audience, mainly the Millennial,” said, Willson Cuaca, managing partner, East Ventures.

Content from IDNtimes.com, which publishes in the Bahasa language, can be found on their website, YouTube channel, and upcoming Android and iOS Mobile applications. To this date, IDNtimes.com has registered over 7 million visitors monthly from all over the nation, with the top three cities being Jakarta, Surabaya, and Medan.

“We invest heavily in our editorial and IDNtv team to make sure that we produce the highest quality articles and videos for our audience”, William Utomo, Chief Operating Officer of IDNtimes.com, said.

With the growth of loyal users, major brands such as Samsung, OPPO, Kapal Api, Heineken, Bir Bintang, Huawei and Mattel ran their advertising campaign with IDNtimes.com. Brands chose to advertise with them because IDNtimes.com’s approach to advertising is native content marketing, meaning that the editorial team or video team will work closely with the brand to make sure that the sponsored content is both relevant to the brand and the audience. “We focus on native content marketing because digital banner has become inefficient and irrelevant both to the brand itself and their audience” William Utomo said.

Singapore Reporter/s

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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. 
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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.