E-commerce marketing tech firm Rokt becomes Australia’s newest unicorn

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Rokt, an e-commerce marketing technology provider, has become Australia’s newest unicorn, the company has confirmed in a post on LinkedIn.

The company, which was founded by former Jetstar boss Bruce Buchanan in 2012, reached a $1-billion valuation following a small secondary share sale by one of its investors, the Australian Financial Review reported.

“It’s official! Since 2012, Rokt has grown from a small startup to a mighty team of 300+ across 16 countries, helping countless e-commerce businesses tap into the Transaction Moment,” the company said in a post on LinkedIn, with a hashtag #unicorn.

The small share sale followed Rokt’s $80-million Series D funding round in October 2020, backed by Australian venture capital investor Square Peg Capital and global investment firm TDM Growth Partners. Its Series C funding in 2019 raised $48 million from TDM and existing investors.

In June 2017, Rokt announced the conclusion of a $26 million Series B funding round, led by ASX-listed Moelis Australia Ltd., John Ho, Lachlan Murdoch, Greg Roebuck, Square Peg Capital, and NYSE-listed Time Inc. also participated in the investment then.

The AFR report also said that Rokt has pushed back its long-rumoured IPO plans to mid-2023, from 2021. It is considering listing on the ASX or a US exchange. Later this year, the company is expected to raise a pre-IPO funding that targets US investors, the report added.

Founded in Sydney, Rokt now operates in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Japan.

The company enables its e-commerce clients to increase brand engagement and unlock new revenues in the Transaction Moment™, besides personalising offers for complimentary products for customers after they have completed a transaction.

In 2019, Rokt acquired OfferLogic, a marketing technology company that helps B2B brands reach their target audience. OfferLogic’s clients include GoDaddy, Yelp, Google, and Vistaprint.

Rokt also acquired CalReply, a provider of calendar marketing solutions with more than 4 million subscribers, in 2017.

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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.