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

DealCart is focused on price-conscious Pakistani consumers

The price of consumer goods has been soaring all around the world, creating a major budgeting headache for many people. Social commerce startup DealCart wants to make life easier for shoppers, at leas

Packworks makes operations easier for sari-sari stores in the Philippines

Sari-saris are small neighborhood stores in the Philippines that are often run on pen and paper ledgers. Inspired by a motorcycle journey, Packworks is on a mission to change that, with a mobile enter

Indonesia’s IDEAL takes the pain out of applying for mortgages

Applying for mortgages is often a time-consuming and disorganized process, with reams of manual paperwork required. Based in Jakarta, IDEAL simplifies the process with a platform that lets users compa

Insightly helps engineering teams increase productivity and reduce burnout

Insightly Analytics helps engineering teams stop problems before they happen, like slow release cycles, bottlenecks and uneven workload distribution that can lead to employee burnout. The San Francisc

Seedstars launches second fund to invest in 100 startups in emerging markets

Since its launch nine years ago, Seedstars has invested in 81 companies in over 30 emerging markets. Now it’s set a goal of investing in 100 more startups with the launch of its second emerging mark

HR automation platform Omni wants to be the ‘Rippling of Southeast Asia’

Omni wants to be the human resources platform to rule them all — or at least all HR-related tasks. The software enables HR teams to digitize employee records, automate administrative tasks like empl

Fairbanc provides BNPL for micro-merchants in Indonesia

“Buy now, pay later” (BNPL) startups have gained traction by targeting consumers, but BNPLs for businesses are also starting to take off. One example is Fairbanc, which is based in Singapore but f

Zipmex pauses withdrawals ‘until further notice’ [updated]

Update: In a statement sent to TechCrunch, Zipmex said it has enabled withdrawals from its trade wallet and “are actively working to resume trading.” But transfers from ZWallet to trade wa

Southeast Asia’s Creative Galileo wants to make learning fun with popular cartoon characters

People who work with kids know how difficult it is to keep them engaged with online learning content. Creative Galileo keeps children hooked by adding in their favorite cartoon characters. The Singapo

KitaBeli is bringing e-commerce to Indonesia’s small cities

Complicated supply chains mean that consumers in Tier 1 and Tier 2 Indonesian cities often end up paying more for goods than their peers in large cities, like Jakarta. KitaBeli is on a mission to chan

Kindly makes hormonal health care more approachable

Hormonal healthcare can be intimidating, as it touches on the most intimate parts of our lives. Kindly wants to make it accessible to more people, with a combination of at-home diagnostic tests (inclu

KKday bumps its Series C to $95 million as travel resumes

When travel platform KKday raised the first part of its Series C in September 2020, the travel landscape was very different. Now, as KKday announces that it’s added $20 million to the round, bringin

Carepatron is passionate about helping solo practitioners and small healthcare practices

The founders of New Zealand-based Carepatron, a healthcare platform used by providers and patients, say they are passionate about solo practitioners and small health teams. With that in mind, they bui

C2 Ventures raises new fund to invest in the ‘dull, dirty and dangerous’

C2 Ventures doesn’t invest in crypto, web3 or consumer companies, and it stays away from Silicon Valley startups. Instead, the Greenwich, Connecticut-based venture firm focuses on disruption in lega

Backed by Tiger Global, Intellect is creating culturally competent mental health care for Asia

Mental health startup Intellect’s ambitious goal is to be available across the Asia-Pacific region, but to ensure localized, culturally competent care in each of the many markets it serves. Today it

Despite layoffs, there’s still a talent crunch in Southeast Asia

Tech layoffs have hit almost every region in the world, and Southeast Asia is no exception, with companies like Sea, Crypto.com and JD.ID among those affected. In particular, fintech startups — BNPL

Tebra, an operating system for independent healthcare providers, hits unicorn status

Tebra, an operating system for independent healthcare providers, has raised more than $72 million in equity and debt funding, bumping to a valuation of more than $1 billion. Led by Golub Capital, this

Octopus keeps stuff out of Indonesia’s crowded landfills

According to the World Bank, Indonesia produces 4.8 million tons of plastic waste each year that is “mismanaged” — meaning it ends up uncollected, chucked into dumpsites or leaked from improperl

Azota is solving exam headaches for Vietnam’s teachers

Creating and grading tests are some of the most time-consuming tasks teachers deal with. In Vietnam, a startup called Azota wants to help with an online software platform that not only helps educators

McEasy is digitizing Indonesia’s logistics, transportation and supply chain industries

In Indonesia, many logistics providers still use old-fashioned systems to track their operations and fleets, including pen-and-paper ledgers. McEasy wants to change that. The startup, which develops s
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