Thailand’s Sansiri invests $80m in six global startups including Standard International, Monocle, JustCo

Thai listed property developer Sansiri Pcl today announced an investment of $80 million across six global technology and lifestyle companies as part of a bid to expand beyond real estate development and into the global market.

Of this, Sansiri will invest about $58 million in US-based boutique hotel chain Standard International and its mobile booking application, One Night. The Thai firm will hold a 35 per cent stake in the hospitality firm.  

The remaining include a $3.1-million stake in Tyler Brûlé’s lifestyle magazine Monocle; $6.6 million in London’s Airbnb management firm Hostmaker; $12 million in Southeast Asia’s co-working space JustCo; and $300,000 in a smart indoor farm technology firm Farmshelf, according to a Financial Times report.

Srettha Thavisin, president of Sansiri Pcl, said that the company’s investments will focus on three key activities, which include strategic investment in global lifestyle brands; developing property technologies in partnership with industry disruptors; and enhancing influence and audience through premium lifestyle media.

“Our next chapter centres on anticipating and meeting evolving consumer needs by creating a world-class modern living platform. This involves taking Sansiri to the next level as a global brand, ensuring we are at the forefront of tech and innovation, transforming ourselves for the future, and creating a synergistic environment for our business to grow,” he said in the statement.

Kang Wan Sing, Founder and CEO of JustCo, said that the partnership with Sansiri will support JustCo to launch four co-working spaces in Bangkok. “We expect to have 20 co-working spaces across Asia-Pacific by 2018, giving Sansiri access to our 12,000 members,” he added.

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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.

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.