Thailand: GetLinks secures funding from SEEK, Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund

GetLinks. Photo: Company's social media page

Bangkok-based startup GetLinks, which helps tech companies find and hire talent, has announced the closing of its latest funding round from SEEK Group and Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund.

In an official release, the startup said the round was joined by Thai conglomerate SCG‘s venture arm AddVentures, and strategic investors K-Ventures, Peterson Group and Axis Capital Partners.

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.

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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.