Vietnam Digest: Kalpha expands operations; GoViet announces booking milestone

Students huddled around a project. Photo: Van Tay Media

Singapore-based peer-to-peer knowledge sharing platform Kalpha is expanding its operation to Vietnam this April while GoViet has announced that the company has reached the milestone of 200 million bookings in just 18 months of operation.

Singapore’s edtech startup Kalpha expands to Vietnam

Singapore-based peer-to-peer knowledge sharing platform Kalpha is expanding its operation to Vietnam this April, marking its first international foray, according to an announcement.

The edtech startup is officially rolling out its mobile application in Ho Chi Minh City. Its website has also updated the Vietnamese version.

Founded in 2018 by Jack Soh and Jaden Teo, Kalpha aims to make learning affordable and universally accessible to everyone.

Kalpha offers a diverse spectrum of learning topics from entrepreneurship and financial advice, to experiential ones such as arts, music and cooking.

The company claims that it has more than 900 sharing sessions listed by users and 25,000 users in Kalpha’s learning and sharing ecosystem since its launch in Singapore in Jan 2019.

Kalpha is backed by Nest Tech, a venture capital fund that focuses on early-stage startup in Singapore, Vietnam and Myanmar.

GoViet announces bookings milestone

GoViet, the Vietnam-based affiliate of Indonesian ride-hailing major Gojek, has announced that the company has reached the milestone of 200 million bookings in just 18 months of operation.

This represents a two-fold increase in the number of bookings just six months after GoViet announced 100 million bookings at the end of its first year of operations in August 2019.

The company said in the announcement that since its launch in Ho Chi Minh in August 2018 and Hanoi a month later, GoViet has connected more than 150,000 drivers and 80,000 food merchants to millions of Vietnamese consumers.

GoViet currently operates in three verticals: ride-hailing (GoBike), courier (GoSend), and food delivery (GoFood). In August 2019, GoViet reached 100 million bookings one year after launch.

Gojek now operates across 207 cities in five Southeast Asian countries. As of the end 2019, Gojek’s application and its ecosystem have been downloaded 170 million times by users across Southeast Asia.

 

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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.