DSA webinar transcript: Is venture debt a lifeline in a pandemic-afflicted world?

In DealStreetAsia’s first webinar — Is venture debt a lifeline in a pandemic-afflicted world? — last week, InnoVen Capital Singapore and Southeast Asia CEO Chin Chao, Alteria Capital managing partner Vinod Murali and Simmonds Stewart partner Chris Wilson discussed if venture debt can be a panacea for cash-starved startups in India and Southeast Asia. (Quick answer: no).

For the long version, read the full transcript of the webinar, including the questions and answers session, below. The transcript has been edited for brevity and clarity.

Our panellists also answered questions answered by attendees separately here.

Encouraged by the response to our first webinar that was attended by participants from 22 countries, we are excited to announce our second webinar on May 14 at 2 pm SGT featuring Kee Lock Chua, CEO, Vertex Holdings and Abheek Anand, Managing Director, Sequoia Capital. Stay tuned for details. As always, subscribers will be given priority access.

Edited transcript of DealStreetAsia’s first webinar below:

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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.