Catherine Shu

Catherine Shu

Senior Reporter

Catherine Shu has covered startups in Asia and breaking news for TechCrunch since 2012. Her reporting has also appeared in the New York Times, the Taipei Times, Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal and the Village Voice. She studied at Sarah Lawrence College and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Disclosures: None

The Latest from Catherine Shu

Singapore-based StaffAny gets $3.4M led by GGV to simplify shift management

StaffAny, a management platform for SMEs with shift workers, has raised a $3.4 million Series A led by GGV Capital. The round included participation from East Ventures, FreakOut Shinsei Fund, Far East

YC alum Dropee, a Malaysia B2B wholesale platform, lands $7M Series A

Another startup focused on SMEs in Southeast Asia has announced a funding round. Dropee, a Malaysia-based B2B wholesale platform that also offers financial services, like working capital loans, to SME

Philippines ‘buy now, pay later’ startup BillEase scores $11M Series B

Buy now, pay later (BNPL) startups are proliferating around the world and the Philippines is no exception. Today, one of the country’s biggest BNPL providers, BillEase, announced it has raised an $1

Focused on smaller cities, Vietnamese social commerce startup Mio raises $8M Series A

Mio, the Vietnamese social commerce platform, has raised an $8 million Series A, less than a year after announcing its seed round. The funding was led by Jungle Ventures, with participation from Patam

Jakarta-based investment app Pluang raises $55M led by Accel

Jakarta-based investment app Pluang announced that it has raised $55 million led by Accel. This is a follow-on to its Series B and brings that round’s total to $110 million. The funding will be used

Indonesia’s eFishery raises $90M from Temasek, SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Sequoia Capital India

Indonesia-based eFishery announced today that it has raised what it claims is the largest round of funding by an aquaculture tech startup in the world. The company, which provides feeding devices, sof

Startups at CES showed that elder tech can help everyone

Elder tech startups at this year’s CES demonstrated the potential breadth of the sector. If tech can help an older person live more comfortably, it can also help a lot of other people. After all, th

AARP Innovation Labs takes a holistic approach to elder tech at CES

When young (or youngish) people think of elder tech, they may picture mostly clinical solutions — telemedicine platforms, for instance. Growing older, however, doesn’t just have a physical compone

Southeast Asian open finance startup Brankas gets $20M Series B led by Insignia Ventures

Brankas, an open banking startup for Southeast Asian markets, is entering the new year with a $20 million Series B. The funding was led by Insignia Ventures Partners, with participation from returning

Smarter Health gets $5.15M SGD to reduce healthcare costs in Southeast Asia

Organizing information from providers, insurers and patients not only takes a lot of time, but increases private healthcare costs. Smarter Health, a Singaporean-based startup, develops technology that

We need to pay more attention to ‘age-tech’

For the last two years, many of us have only been able to see our elderly relatives through screens, watching them grow older, trading physical distance for their safety. More than anything else, the

Southeast Asian startups to watch in 2022

As someone who covers Southeast Asia startups and funding stories, the best word I can think of to describe 2021 is “whoa!” This was the year that global investors not only started to pay close at

China’s AI giant SenseTime postpones IPO after US blacklisting

SenseTime, one of China’s most valuable AI solution providers, is putting its $767 million public listing on hold, the company said Monday. The announcement came three weeks after the Hong Kong

SMB neobank Nearside, formerly known as Hatch, gets $58M Series B led by Valar

Nearside, the online bank for SMBs formerly called Hatch, announced today it has raised a $58 million Series B, just seven months after announcing its Series A. The latest round was led by Valar Ventu

Sydney-based medtech startup Harrison.ai gets $129M AUD led by Horizons Ventures

Harrison.ai, a Sydney-based company that creates medical devices with AI technology, announced today it has raised $129 million AUD (about $92.3 million USD) in what it called one of the largest Serie

Indonesia-focused AC Ventures closes oversubscribed $205M third fund

More investor money is flowing into Indonesia’s startup ecosystem. Today, AC Ventures, which focuses on early-stage startups in the country, announced it has raised $205 million in committed capital

Southeast Asia multi-currency neobank YouTrip raises $30M Series A, will launch corporate card

Singapore-based YouTrip, an online bank that focuses on making multi-currency transactions less costly and more efficient, announced today that it has raised a $30 million Series A. YouTrip founder an

GajiGesa, a fintech for unbanked Indonesian workers, lands $6.6M pre-Series A

GajiGesa, a fintech company focused on services for Indonesian workers, announced today that it has raised $6.6 million USD in pre-Series A funding. The round was led by MassMutual Ventures, with part

Months after its Series A, Singaporean robo-advisor Endowus add $35M SGD in new funding

Endowus is the latest investment app in Southeast Asia to raise follow-on funding, adding $35 million SGD (about $25.6 million US) to its war chest. The round was led by Prosus Ventures, the venture f

Melbourne-based mobile ordering platform Mr Yum lands $65M led by Tiger Global

QR code ordering at restaurants has been around for years, but the pandemic increased its adoption as social distancing and hygiene measures went into place. Mr Yum, a Melbourne-based mobile ordering
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