Asia Digest: ONE Championship partners Facebook; India’s Instoried raises $1m

Two fighters in a mixed martial arts (MMA) competition

Singapore-based martial arts organisation ONE Championship has announced a global partnership with Facebook, while Instoried has raised $1 million in a pre-Series A round led by 9Unicorns and Mumbai Angels.

ONE Championship, Facebook start global partnership

Singapore-based martial arts organisation ONE Championship has announced a global partnership with Facebook, according to a press statement.

The partnership will include the distribution of custom content of ONE Championship’s martial arts that are made for Facebook Watch and IGTV. The two parties will also jointly launch ONE Championship and ONE Esports Facebook Gaming channel.

Furthermore, these parties will launch “Only on Oculus”, the next-generation VR content in the Venues app for Oculus Quest.

“ONE Championship is committed to finding new ways to connect authentically with our fans to let them experience the stories of hope, strength, dreams, and inspiration created by our athlete superheroes,” said Hari Vijayarajan, Group CCO of ONE Championship.

ONE Championship already has a Facebook page which now notes more than 25 million followers and five billion platform video views in 2019.

India’s Instoried raises $1 million pre-Series A

India-based B2B content marketing startup Instoried has raised $1 million in a pre-Series A round led by venture capital firms 9Unicorns and Mumbai Angels, according to media reports.

Other investors who participated in this round include UK-based JPIN, Jain Angel Network, SOSV, Artesian VC, Faad Angel Network, and Lead Angels.

The fresh funds will be used to support the company’s expansion and to increase its product offerings globally. The funding will also allow the company to move to video content from text-based content, which has been its focus so far.

In 2019, Instoried raised $500,000 as part of a seed round from SOSV, Venture Catalysts, Jain Angel Network, Artesian VC, and JPIN.

Instoried was founded in 2018 to understand consumers’ emotional engagement with content and help brands build informed marketing campaigns that can forge a personal connection with the target audience and optimise marketing spends.

The company uses artificial intelligence to manage its platform.

Singapore Reporter/s

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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.