Southeast Asia

Summer International uses social media data to launch new beauty brands • ZebethMedia

If you follow #beautytok, #beautytube or any beauty content on social media platforms, you know that popular product trends are hard to keep up with. Summer International stays ahead of the game by identifying the most influential content creators, and working with them to incubate new brands. Founded in Singapore and based in Los Angeles […]

Humble keeps excess inventory out of the Philippines’ landfills • ZebethMedia

Excess inventory, including returned items, from e-commerce, logistics and retail companies often ends up being disposed. Manila-based Humble Sustainability is a circular economy startup that wants to keep it out of the Philippines’ landfills. Since its launch, it has processed more than 150,000 items like clothing, consumer electronics and household appliances that are either resold […]

Southeast Asia health tech platform Speedoc raises $28M • ZebethMedia

Speedoc, a health tech platform that brings hospital care to homes, has raised $28 million in pre-Series B funding. The round included Bertelsmann Investments, Shinhan Venture Investment and Mars Growth. Returning investor Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia and India, which led Speedoc’s $5 million Series A in 2020, also participated. Based in Singapore, Speedoc was founded […]

Grab Financial leader Reuben Lai to step down • ZebethMedia

Reuben Lai, senior managing director of Grab Financial Group, is leaving the position at the end of this year. The news was first reported by Tech In Asia. Lai oversees Grab Financial Group and is also executive director and head of regional strategy at GXS Bank, the digital bank joint venture between Grab Holdings and […]

English-learning startup ELSA launches Speech Analyzer to help people gain conversational confidence • ZebethMedia

ELSA, the English-language learning app known for its speech recognition technology, is launching a new product called the Speech Analyzer. The assessment platform plugs into communication tools like Zoom and analyzes conversational speech to suggest areas for improvement, including pronunciation, pacing and vocabulary. It is meant to act like a language coach to help people […]

GenZero’s Frederick Teo on “limitless” opportunities in climate tech • ZebethMedia

2050 is an important year for climate tech, with the Paris Agreement calling for emissions to reach net zero by then. In a conversation with GenZero’s Frederick Teo for SOSV’s Climate Tech Summit, we talked about realistic paths to hitting that goal and how startups can tackle what Teo called one of the most existentialist […]

WATI, a CRM tool built for WhatsApp, raises $23M led by Tiger Global • ZebethMedia

WhatsApp is used by more than two billion around the world, and is an important tool for many small businesses. But as they scale up, even WhatsApp for Business might not be able to keep up with their needs. That’s where WATI (WhatsApp Team Inbox) steps in. Built on WhatsApp for Business’ API, WATI has […]

Square Peg Capital closes $550M fund for Southeast Asia, Australia and Israel • ZebethMedia

It’s a tough market for venture capital, but Square Peg Capital is plowing ahead with its focus on Australia (where it is based), Southeast Asia and Israel. The firm announced today that it has closed its fifth fund totaling $550 million. This brings its total raised across all funds to about $1.6 billion. Square Peg […]

Skuad manages hiring and compliance for building distributed teams • ZebethMedia

Singapore-based Skuad helps companies hire employees in different countries while staying compliant with local employment regulations and processing cross-border payroll. The startup announced today it has raised $15 million in Series A funding. Skuad has signed up more than 350 employers so far, mostly from North America, Europe and Southeast Asia. This funding round, which […]

Thunes integrates with Visa Direct’s digital payments network • ZebethMedia

Cross-border payments startup Thunes is partnering with Visa, in a move that will add more than 1.5 billion new endpoints to Visa Direct’s digital payments network. This enables many more consumers and small businesses to send funds to markets in Africa, Asia and Latin America, where digital wallets are often the default payment method. Based […]

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