New Zealand’s Komodo, Pakistan’s Walee bag seed funding

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New Zealand-based student well-being platform Komodo has snagged $1.27 million in a seed round led by Folklore Ventures, while Pakistani influencer marketing platform Walee has raised $2.7 million in a seed round from communications firm Z2C.

Komodo raises $1.27m in seed funding

New Zealand-based student well-being platform Komodo has raised NZ $1.8 million ($1.27 million) in a seed investment round led by Australian venture capital firm Folklore Ventures.

The round was joined by New Zealand VC Icehouse Ventures and Australia’s Flying Fox Ventures. Individual investors who joined the round include employee engagement platform Culture Amp co-founder Rod Hamilton; Chloe Hamman, Culture Amp’s director of people science; leaders from learning platform Education Perfect; and Kristi Grant, the director of people experience at Auror.

Komodo plans to use the proceeds to hire more in-house psychologists, develop its platform and expand to more schools in Australia and New Zealand before venturing into other markets such as the United States.

Founded in 2018, the startup aims to give students a place to communicate with staff, while providing schools with data to help them spot and address issues such as depression and bullying.

Walee secures $2.7m in seed funding

Influencer marketing platform Walee has raised $2.7 million in seed funding from Pakistani communications company Z2C.

Following the round, Z2C has acquired a minority stake in the company.

Founded in 2019, Walee connects brands and media agencies with content creators to promote products and services to their followers on various social media channels. The startup also has an offering that allows the influencers to sell products of its partner brands and agencies and earn a cut on every successful sale.

Walee claims to have a network of over 50,000 influencers with a combined reach of 100 million followers, as well as more than 5,000 brands registered on its platform.

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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).

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.