Singapore financial comparison site GoBear’s two co-founders resign

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Singapore-based financial comparison startup GoBear appears to have run into rough waters.

Two of its co-founders – chief technology officer Ivonne Bojoh and chief commercial officer Marnix Zwart – have resigned from the startup. GoBear is also understood to be shutting down its Indonesian arm after just a year of operations.

The development was first reported by the Business Times.

GoBear CEO Adrian Chng confirmed the top-level exits, stressing that the company is in expansion, not contraction mode.

Chng said in an email statement to DealStreetAsia: “We can confirm that GoBear has recently made personnel changes within the organisation. Such decisions are never taken lightly, but are not uncommon for a growth stage company in a rapidly changing marketplace.”

He added: “GoBear is continuing to focus on long-term growth in Asia Pacific, following successful funding rounds. We are actively expanding our operations across the region and are committed to achieving our mission of improving financial health.”

Founded in 2015, GoBear lists a variety of products across loans, credit cards and insurance on its platform. It boasts over 40 million users in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

GoBear was started by four co-founders of whom only one remains in the company now – chief financial officer Frank Stevenaar. Its former chief executive and co-founder Andre Hesselink left GoBear in July 2018. Adrian Chng became GoBear’s CEO following Hesselink’s departure.

GoBear raised over $30 million in early 2019, bringing its total external capital to $80 million. The two investors on GoBear’s cap table are Dutch venture capital fund Walvis Participaties and financial services provider Aegon N.V.

The Singapore-based company has previously said that it intended to use the funds to develop its product and technology, expand its partner network, and fill key roles. This involved improving the platform’s search and match function, and forging partnerships with and making investments into relevant technology companies.

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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.

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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. 
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