People Digest: Qiming Venture beefs up team; theAsianparent hires finance exec

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Qiming Venture Partners has promoted Alex Zhou to partner while theAsianparent has appointed former Rocket Internet Asia CFO Jatin Detwani to lead its corporate finance, commercial and strategy function.

Qiming Venture Partners Appoints Partner, Principal

China-based venture capital firm Qiming Venture Partners has promoted Alex Zhou to partner. it said in a Linkedin post.

In his new role, Zhou will focus on investments in frontier technology, including artificial intelligence, robotics, enterprise software, semiconductor, advanced manufacturing, and autonomous driving.

Prior to joining Qiming in 2014, Zhou worked for Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) in Beijing and Silicon Valley. Before developing his career in the investment industry, he worked at Hewlett Packard (HP) and also oversaw the company’s data storage business in China.

He earned his MBA degree from Columbia University.

Qiming also announced that it has appointed Kan Chen as principal. Chen will be responsible for overseeing the firm’s healthcare investments.

Prior to joining Qiniming in 2016, he was a senior scientist at Johnson & Johnson. He earned his Ph.D. degree in cell biology from Case Western Reserve University and completed his postdoctoral training in immunology at Harvard Medical School.

Vertex-backed theAsianparent announces key hire 

theAsianparent, Southeast Asia’s largest social network for parents, has appointed former Rocket Internet Asia CFO Jatin Detwani to lead its corporate finance, commercial and strategy function.

The appointment follows theAsianparent’s other recent senior hire of former Dentsu Aegis Network (DAN) China CEO Susana Tsui as its Media CEO last month.

In this new role, Detwani will lead theAsianparent’s commercial strategy, including financials, as it looks to surpass S$100 million in annual revenue within the next few years.

At Rocket Internet Asia, he managed over 15 businesses in the Asia Pacific region. Before that, he was a CFO at GEM Eduventures, the investment arm of GEMS Education group, that backs funds and technology startups globally.

theAsianparent claims to reach nearly 30 million users per month via its website and app. It is available in 11 languages in 12 countries. It is backed by leading global investors including Vertex Ventures, and Chinese giants JD.com and Fosun.

In July, the company closed an oversubscribed series C funding round, backed by Fosun and JD.com.

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.

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.