S Arabian venture investor STV considers second $500m fund

Late evening sunlight is seen reflected off the Kingdom Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

STV, the venture capital investor that backed a Dubai ride-hailing firm before its sale to Uber Technologies Inc., is considering raising a second fund of at least $500 million.

“I definitely see a path to a second fund that is equal or larger to the $500 million fund we have today,” said Chief Executive Officer Abdulrahman Tarabzouni.

Interest in Middle East technology startups has been rising. Uber bought Careem Networks in March for $3.1 billion, while Amazon.com Inc. purchased Dubai-based online retailer Souq.com in 2017. STV expects venture capital investments in Saudi Arabia alone to grow tenfold by 2025, according to a report Wednesday.

STV started operations in 2017 with funding from Saudi Telecom Co., and ex-Google executive Tarabzouni left Silicon Valley to run it. It has already backed companies including e-commerce firm Mrsool and education app Noon Academy.

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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).

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  • 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.