Japan: Spectee to expand in Asia, MPM Capital and Astellas Pharma launch DigiTx

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The latest in the deals space in Japan has seen social news aggregator Spectee is expanding to more Asian nations, while Astellas Pharma and MPM Capital have partnered to launch a digital health investment firm, DigiTx Partners.

Japan’s social news aggregator for press Spectee announces Asian, US expansion

Spectee, a Tokyo-based artificial intelligence-powered news platform startup announced that it would expand Newsdesk, the company’s social news aggregation platform for the press, to global markets. The startup will collaborate with CBC, the brains behind TV system brand Ganz, which participated in a Series A round this July.

Local subsidiaries will be set up in Taiwan and Singapore after selling Newsdesk from CBC’S local offices. Taiwan has a large number of satellite TV news channels targeting overseas Chinese such as FTV News, CTS News, CTi News, EBC News, NTDAPTV and TVBS.

The US is another market in which Spectee is looking to enter – market research will begin in Q3 2016 before initiating sales operations in 2017. Competition comes in the form of Banjo, a US-based startup offering similar services to Spectee’s Newsdeck.

Astellas Pharma and MPM Capital jointly launch digital health investment firm DigiTx

Most recently, he was appointed the Chief Operating Officer of Lumiata, Inc. a venture-backed predictive analytics company. Kim was also Partner at Pinnacle Ventures, investing both in equity and venture debt funds, and worked as an equity research analyst at several financial institutions.

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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.