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Sleekr’s latest funding signifies Japanese appetite for Southeast Asian startups

[ad_1] Money Forward team at the company’s October 2017 Tokyo IPO / Photo credit: Money Forward Sleekr, an Indonesian HR and accounting management platform, has secured funding from Tokyo-based fintech firm Money Forward in its first investment outside of Japan. The partnership is representative of growing...

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She runs Australia’s newest unicorn, a design tool for the Photoshop-averse

[ad_1] Melanie Perkins. Photo credit: Canva Australia has yet another startup unicorn today. Nearly five years after Melanie Perkins, a former graphic design software tutor, first launched Canva as a Photoshop-for-people-terrified-of-Photoshop online tool, the startup is worth US$1 billion dollars following its latest round of funding. She has...

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2017 was the year the ICO came to town. Here’s what’s in store for 2018

[ad_1] Quoine co-founder and CEO Mike Kayamori. Japanese-Singaporean startup Quoine’s QASH token sale was Asia’s largest ICO in 2017. Photo credit: Quoine Token sales, crowd sales, initial coin offerings (ICOs). Call them what you will, but they were 2017’s biggest tech trend. By working mainly with blockchain and...

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India’s top tech investments in 2017 came from the east

[ad_1] Mega-rounds of funding were back in India this year, after a lull in 2016. But this time they came from the east. SoftBank honcho Masayoshi Son remains hugely bullish on India despite setbacks in a couple of big bets made on entering the market in...

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Look out, Mofo: new bike-share contender nabs $500m

[ad_1] Photo credit: Andrew Gook / Unsplash Look out, Mobike and Ofo (or “Mofo,” as I like to call China’s top two bike-share apps). A new contender has just emerged, thanks to US$500 million in funding. The huge injection into Hello Bike shows investors are not spooked...

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Didi pockets $4b to boost AI

[ad_1] Photo credit: llee_wu. Didi Chuxing, China’s top – and pretty much only – ride-hailing app, today announced yet another big injection of funds. Didi has pocketed an extra US$4 billion from investors “to support AI capacity-building, international expansion, and new business initiatives, including the development of...

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Line funds Mobike to put bike-sharing in messaging app

[ad_1] Photo credit: walkingsky / 123RF. Chinese bike-share startup Mobike today got a boost from Japanese social media giant Line. Line, maker of a messaging app popular in Japan, has invested in Mobike’s Japan subsidiary, taking a 20 percent stake for an undisclosed sum, the two firms...

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