Indonesia Digest: Pahamify gets $150k from Y Combinator; East Ventures backs Nusantics

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Indonesia’s edtech platform Pahamify has raised $150,000 from Silicon Valley investor and venture builder Y Combinator, while East Ventures led an undisclosed seed funding in genomics technology startup Nusantics.

Pahamify raises $150,000 from Y Combinator

Indonesia’s edtech platform Pahamify has raised $150,000 from Silicon Valley venture builder Y Combinator.

The firm will use the proceeds to add new learning materials for teachers and junior high school students. It currently offers lessons to high school students.

It had previously secured grant money from Y Combinator and YouTube. Pahamify is part of Y Combinator’s winter 2020 batch.

Founded in 2017 by Rousyan Fikri, Pahamify provides education materials for Indonesian students to help them clear their college admissions tests. It claims to have 65,000 monthly active users.

Nusantics raises seed funding led by East Ventures

Jakarta-based Nusantics, a genomics technology startup, has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding led by East Ventures, the company said in a statement.

Founded in 2019, the firm focuses on research in the areas of genomics and microbiome – microorganisms such as bacteria that live inside living creatures – to cater to consumers’ needs for chemical-free and organic cosmetic products.

The firm believes knowing the microbiome profile is essential in helping consumers pick suitable and more sustainable products.

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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.