MoMo-backer Goodwater Capital raises $1b in new consumer tech funds

Eric Kim, co-founder and managing partner at Goodwater Capital.

US-based VC firm Goodwater Capital – an active investor in Asia – has raised $1 billion in new funds to invest in global early and growth stage consumer tech startups.

The firm said in an announcement that it also had access to an additional $500 million to support late-stage hypergrowth companies.

The firm was seeking to raise $455 million each for Goodwater Capital IV, L.P. and Goodwater Infinity II, L.P, per its filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission in March.

Goodwater Capital declined to disclose more details about the new funds.

Founded seven years ago, the US investor has made investments in over 25 countries, with over 140 companies powering $150 billion in annualised financial and e-commerce services.

“We believe consumer technology is the most powerful force on earth, shaping global culture and transforming the global economy in unprecedented ways,” Goodwater Capital said in its announcement posted on LinkedIn.

Goodwater Capital’s investments, which had primarily been focused in South Korea, have ramped up in South and Southeast Asia since the start of 2021.

Goodwater Capital has made investments in over a dozen Asian tech companies this year, eight of which come from India and Southeast Asia.

The firm’s transactions in Asia before 2021 were in S Korean and Japanese tech businesses such as fintech companies Toss and Kyash, proptech Dongnae, and media startup Spoon Radio.

Goodwater Capital’s Asia investments in 2021

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CompanyCountryVertical StageInvestment size
HappyCreditIndiaFintech Pre-seed$678,426
Class101South KoreaEdtechSeries B$25.8m
FanPlayIndiaeSports Pre-Series A$1.2m
Karrot Market South KoreaE-commerceSeries D$162m
QuotabookSouth KoreaFintech Seed$5m
NextPayThe PhilippinesFintech Seed$1.6m
NextChapter South KoreaE-commerceSeedNA
BimaplanIndiaInsurtechPre-Series A$2.5m
MathpressoSouth KoreaEdtech Series C$50m
BukuwarungIndonesiaFintechSeries A$60m
Ziina DubaiFintechSeed$7.5m
Nano Technologies VietnamFintechSeed$3m
KiloVietnamE-commerce SeedNA
MoMoVietnamFintech Series DAround $100m

Source: DealStreetAsia and Crunchbase

Eric Kim, co-founder and managing partner of Goodwater Capital, told DealStreetAsia in an earlier interaction that the firm’s focus on consumer tech enabled its flexibility in terms of how large the cheque size could be.

“We’re here to help and serve entrepreneurs from seed to growth stage,” Kim had said then.

“We are impressed with the way global entrepreneurship is growing in Southeast Asia. Our involvement in Southeast Asia, Vietnam specifically, happens very organically,” he added.

Kim opined that when he first invested in South Korea, there were a lot of questions around tech exit possibilities in this market. But such success stories as Kakao and Coupang, also Goodwater Capital’s portfolio companies, have proven that “the global startup ecosystem outside the Silicon Valley can be vibrant, dynamic and rapidly growing”.

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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.