Community platform theAsianparent closes $2m in Series C from SCB 10X

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Singapore-based theAsianparent, a Southeast Asian community platform for parents, has secured a seven-figure dollar sum in Series C funding from SCB 10X, the digital technology investment arm of Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), according to an announcement on Tuesday.

The Series C round size is said to be $2 million, per data from VentureCap Insights.

SCB 10X was joined by Fosun International, JD.com, Vertex Ventures, ATM Capital, Redbadge Pacific, Mirae Asset Financial Group, and NAVER Corporation in the final close of theAsianparent’s Series C round.

SCB 10X and SCB will work together with theAsianparent to improve financial literacy among young families in Thailand.

Founded in 2009, theAsianparent is one of the leading parenting community platforms in Southeast Asia that aims
to help parents have healthy pregnancies and raise healthy children and families. The company claims that it has over 30 million users per month on its website as well as app and is available in 11 languages in 13 countries.

theAsianparent’s investors include Fosun International, JD.com, Mirae Asset-Naver New Growth Fund, and Vertex Ventures.

“With young families as one of our growing target audiences, we anticipate creating value with theAsianparent as it continues to expand its parenting business in Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia,” said Pitiporn Phanaphat, Chief Business Development and Financial Officer of SCB 10X.

In November last year, the parenting community platform secured capital from the Mirae Asset-Naver New Growth Fund to round out its Series C financing. The Singapore-based company said it raised a seven-digit dollar sum in a Series C2 funding, which will help it expand into the commerce segment.

The capital injection by the Mirae Asset-Naver fund adds to an eight-digit dollar Series C capital raise in July led by Fosun International and joined by JD.com, ATM Capital, and Redbadge Pacific.

theAsianparent plans to invest the Series C proceeds in machine learning and artificial intelligence support, beefing up its tech team and expanding its reach into new markets such as Africa as it seeks to generate $100 million in revenue within the next few years.

theAsianParent is the flagship brand under Tickled Media, which is the parent company of three other brands: Asian Money Guide, Her Style Asia, and No Nilo.

In an interview with DealStreetAsia, SCB 10X’s chief venture and investment officer said that it is looking to ramp up investments in sectors that are poised to benefit from the new normal. This includes five themes: digital payments, remote work, digital lifestyle, healthtech, and AI and robotics.

In September, the CVC firm had led a $9 million investment in Thailand’s insurance tech company Sunday.

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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.