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TechCrunch+ roundup: Singapore’s fintech buzz, SaaS slump, amplified marketing strategies

Bret Taylor is on a roll: On Monday, he became the chair of Twitter’s board, and a day later, Salesforce made him its co-CEO and co-chair. Enterprise reporter Ron Miller looked back at Taylor’s ca

Francophone African super app Gozem grabs $5M to expand and offer more services

Gozem, a super app that provides a host of services — including transport, e-commerce and financial services in Francophone Africa — has raised $5 million in Series A financing, the compan

With $3B expected in 2021, Singapore is becoming a fintech capital

Despite its small size (less than 5 million total population), Singapore is quickly reaching investment levels of countries many times its size.

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

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

Co-working and edtech company Talent Garden acquires Hyper Island to scale online courses globally

Talent Garden is a sort of “European-WeWork-meets-General-Assembly” in that its business model is a combination of co-working spaces (in places like Italy, Austria, Romania, among others)

Spotify’s new Podcast Subscriptions expand to global markets

Just a few months after launching support for podcast subscriptions to U.S. creators, Spotify today is making the service available to creators in global markets. The company says the service, which a

Temasek seeks emerging tech in China as it halts internet investments

China’s sweeping clampdown on its internet industry has chilled investors and startups betting on once red-hot areas like games and e-commerce. But investors aren’t slowing their pace in t

Deskimo, the on-demand desk booking app, raises $3M and expands to Jakarta

Singapore-based Deskimo, the on-demand app that lets people find co-working spaces and pay by the minute, announced today it has raised a $3 million seed round. It is also soft launching in Jakarta, b

Sleek secures $14M Series A to enhance its corporate service platform

Entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) often struggle to deal with several siloed functions, such as company secretary, bookkeeping, banking, tax, payroll, employment services, insuranc

Singapore-based TreeDots gets $11M Series A to cut food waste in Asia

Every year, tons of food ends up in landfills because of cosmetic issues (they won’t look nice in stores) or inefficiencies in the supply chain. Singapore-based TreeDots, which says it is the first

Key takeaways from the SOSV Climate Tech Summit

Two weeks ago, 50 founders and investors shared their insights on how the world can tackle the planetary "Code Red" with over 2,000 participants at the inaugural SOSV Climate Tech Summit.

PubNub raises $65M to build and run data streams for messaging, presence and other real-time aspects of ‘virtual spaces’

Data streams with continual, real-time updates of information are a critical building block of how apps and sites function today, and now a startup that has built a platform to power those data stream

E-commerce aggregator Una Brands raises $15M Series A five months after its launch

Una Brands, the e-commerce aggregator focused on Asia-Pacific brands, announced today it has raised $15 million for its Series A. The full-equity round was co-led by White Star Capital and Alpha JWC,

ByteDance reorganization offers glimpse into TikTok parent’s future

ByteDance has long been celebrated as an “app factory” for its proven model of churning out apps and monetizing them through a robust back end of shared resources, from engineering to mark

Singapore-based cashback platform ShopBack acquires BNPL service Hoolah

ShopBack, the Rakuten-backed e-commerce loyalty platform, announced today it will acquire buy now, pay later startup Hoolah. Both companies are based in Singapore and operate in Southeast Asian market

Predicting the next wave of Southeast Asia tech giants

Despite the impressive growth and stellar companies grabbing headlines and tons of capital, Southeast Asia is only just entering the next phase of development.

Wavemaker Impact launches to help entrepreneurs build climate tech startups

Wavemaker Partners doesn’t just want to invest in climate tech and sustainability startups. It also wants to help build them. Today, the Singapore-based firm announced the launch of Wavemaker Impact

Pikmin Bloom, an AR mobile game, is Niantic’s next collaboration with Nintendo

Niantic announced yesterday that its next augmented reality mobile game will be Pikmin Bloom, a collaboration with Nintendo. The free game was first released for iOS and Android in Singapore and Austr

Fabric raises $200M at a $1B+ valuation for robotics-based fulfillment tech to help e-commerce players compete with Amazon

Amazon continues to be the 800-pound gorilla in the room for companies in the retail sector. Today, a startup called Fabric, which is building technology to help those other retailers — big and
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