Based in Bangkok, GetLinks is a self-service marketplace connecting potential employees to companies across the region.
“The nature of work has drastically changed. Digitalisation has created a huge demand for tech talents, whilst simultaneously resulting in an even greater loss of jobs due to automation. We founded GetLinks with the aim of solving this rapidly-growing digital gap, and with the support of key partners and ecosystem builders, we can continue to innovate and create new ways to create an adaptive talent community,” said GetLinks co-founder and CEO Djoann Fal.
GetLinks has now over 500,000 profiles of developers, designers and digital marketers on its platform and caters to over 3,000 companies operating in six major tech hubs in Asia.
The partnership with Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund will enable GetLinks to benefit from the investors’ network resources, experience and technology know-how. It will also pave the way for the startup’s expansion to Hong Kong, GetLinks said.
“We are glad that the company founders are bringing their core team to Hong Kong and making Hong Kong one of the key growth markets in the region, which also underpins the attraction of Hong Kong for rising start-ups,” said Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund executive director Cindy Chow.
GetLinks will also be able to benefit from the network of online employment marketplaces giant SEEK Group, which boasts operations across 18 countries.
“With SEEK Group’s expertise in building and growing employment marketplaces and Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund’s resource support, GetLinks is well positioned to become a most impactful HR tech platform in Asia and beyond”, added GetLinks co-founder and chairman Keenan Kwok.
Last year, GetLinks raised $5 million in a Series A round from Axis Capital Partners and Wellesleys. The proceeds from the funding were earmarked for expansion to other parts of Asia including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan as well as growing its existing operations in Singapore, Korea and India.
In its 2016 seed funding round, the startup secured $500,000 from Japan’s CyberAgent and 500 Startups.