PH office space renting portal FlySpaces to make overseas foray with Singapore launch

Philippine startup FlySpaces, a portal for office and rental space, is set to make its debut in Singapore marking its overseas foray.

FlySpaces founder and CEO Mario Berta disclosed the plan to DEALSTREETASIA following the startup’s formal launch in Manila over the weekend.

FlySpaces, that serves as an online market place similar to Airbnb, however, does not charge any fee from the user. It makes money by charging a booking fee to the space provider.

“We will launch Singapore on December 1st probably once we have about 70 spaces online,” Berta said.

The move is part of the startup’s plan to expand throughout Southeast Asia.

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A former regional managing director and co-founder of Rocket Internet’s cab-hailing app EasyTaxi, Berta noted FlySpaces’ strategy for launching its business in a city or state is to at least have 70 or 80 spaces available to book.

In the Philippines, FlySpaces has now reached over 100 spaces available to book in Manila and Cebu City.

The type of spaces it offers are co-working and hotdesk, conference and meeting rooms, training and workshops, function rooms, interview rooms, short-term and shared office space, galleries, events places, including retail pop ups.

FlySpaces’ formal launch in Makati City on Thursday was attended by local and foreign investors, fellow e-commerce startups, including telecom giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT).

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“The PLDT group has been close to us since the beginning as they have a big focus on SMEs like us,” Berta said, who launched the startup’s prototype a few months ago.

“We will have more partners coming,” Berta added.

The FlySpaces team believes the time is just right to aim for a new business disruption, like in real estate, where most wealth of Asian tycoons are derived from.

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Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

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  • 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.