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TNB Aura closes $22.7M fund to bring PE-style investing to Southeast Asia’s startups – TechCrunch

TNB Aura, a recent arrival to Southeast Asia’s VC scene, announced today that it has closed a maiden fund at SG$31.1million, or around US$22.65 million, to bring a more private equity-like approach to investing in startups…

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Japan’s Sansan raises $26.5M to help Southeast Asia get more from business cards – TechCrunch

The humble business card is a target for disruption in Southeast Asia after Japanese contacts management startup Sansan raised JPY 3 billion ($26.5 million) to expand its business into the region. Founded way back in 2007,…


Neuron Mobility raises $3.7M to bring e-scooters to Southeast Asia’s cities – TechCrunch

Despite the rise in electric scooters in the U.S., you’d be forgiven for thinking that Asia — the region where bike-sharing foreshadowed the rise of e-scooters — has been left off the party. But e-scooters have…


Easyship, a Stripe for global e-commerce shipping, raises $4M – TechCrunch

Easyship, a Hong Kong-based startup that aims to make international shipping for e-commerce as easy as payments, has closed a $4 million Series A round. The company was founded in 2015 by former Lazada duo Tommaso…


‘The problem is Facebook,’ lawmakers from nine countries tell Zuckerberg’s accountability stand-in – TechCrunch

A grand committee of international parliamentarians empty-chaired Mark Zuckerberg at a hearing earlier today, after the Facebook founder snubbed repeat invitations to face questions about malicious, abusive and improper uses of his social media platform —…


Topica raises $50M for its online learning services in Southeast Asia – TechCrunch

Vietnam’s startup ecosystem is making forward progress. Just a week after 500 Startups’ local entity closed a $14 million fund for early-stage investments, one of the country’s elder statesmen of startups — educational service Topica…


Cross-border fintech startup Instarem raises $20M for global expansion – TechCrunch

Instarem, a Singapore-based startup that helps banks transfer money overseas cheaply, has raised a Series C round of over $20 million for global expansion. The round is led by MDI Ventures — the VC arm…


Google’s News Initiative heads to APAC with grants of up to $300K for media orgs – TechCrunch

Google is expanding its efforts to support media to Asia-Pacific after the search giant brought its Google News Initiative to the region. Known as GNI, the program is designed to “help quality journalism thrive in…


Now eight parliaments are demanding Zuckerberg answers for Facebook scandals – TechCrunch

Facebook’s founder is facing pressure to accept an invite from eight international parliaments, with lawmakers wanting to question him about negative impacts his social network is having on democratic processes globally. Last week Facebook declined…