Helpster, a platform for temp job seekers in Southeast Asia, raises $2.5M

Helpster, a two-year-old startup that connects blue-collar workers with employers in Southeast Asia, has closed $2.5 million in new funding. The startup operates in Thailand and Indonesia with around

China’s announces $500M e-commerce and fintech joint ventures in Thailand

Roll up, roll up… there’s another e-commerce mega deal in Southeast Asia courtesy of a Chinese investor. Following on from Alibaba’s $1 billion deal with Lazada and a $1.1 billion ro

Thailand’s Kasikorn Bank backs cloud accounting startup in first deal for $30M fund

Thailand’s banks have stepped up to chase the startup dream over the past year. Following on from SCB’s Digital Ventures, which has backed blockchain startup Ripple among others, Kasikorn

Chat app Line is launching a taxi-booking service to rival Uber in Thailand

Uber just got itself another potential thorn in its side in Southeast Asia, where its closest rival Grab just raised $2 billion in fresh capital, after an unlikely source announced plans to enter Thai

Alibaba and Tencent are carving up Southeast Asia’s startup ecosystem

Two global tech forces are putting their mark — and money — into Southeast Asia’s nascent startup ecosystem, but they may not be the Western names that you expect. Rather than Googl

Omise acquires online payment business Paysbuy from Thai operator Dtac

It isn’t often that you see startups buying chunks of large corporates, but that’s what has happened in Thailand this week. Following the closure of its $25 million ICO token sale yesterda

Thailand jails man for 35 years for Facebook posts that insulted its royal family

A man in Thailand has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after he was found guilty of insulting the country's royal family on Facebook. Identified only as Wichai, he is alleged to have published 10

Thailand’s Kasikorn Bank launches $30M ‘Beacon’ fund for fintech

Roll up, roll up, there’s a new fintech VC fund in Southeast Asia town. Today, Thailand-based Kasikorn Bank announced its inaugural tech fund which is 1 billion THB, just shy of $30 million, in

Spotify steps up Asia expansion with plans to launch in Vietnam and Thailand

Fresh from speculation around an impending IPO, Spotify is hitting the gas on its expansion plans in Asia. Two sources close to the company told TechCrunch that the firm is working to launch its music

Thailand backs down on threat to ban Facebook

The government of Thailand has backed down on a threat to ban Facebook if it did not block content deemed to be illegal in the country. The ruling military junta last week said it would ban the U.S.

Regulators clamp down on UberX in Hong Kong and Thailand

Uber's crisis PR activities have returned to relative normality in Asia after the U.S. firm ran into fresh issues with government regulators in two countries this week: Hong Kong and Thailand. The rid

Rocket Internet’s Zalora is retreating from two more countries in Asia

Zalora, the Rocket Internet-backed online fashion store, is continuing its retreat from Asia. The firm sold off its businesses in Vietnam and Thailand last year, and now it is withdrawing from the Phi

A Google Maps error has turned Bangkok into a gigantic park

Here’s a fun story that I wish was true — Google Maps today decided to turn Bangkok, and a large swathe of the rest of Thailand, into the world’s largest park. Users of the Google

Rocket Internet opens its first engineering hub in Asia

Rocket Internet is increasing its focus on Asia after it opened its first engineering hub in the region. Bangkok, Thailand, is the location of the center, which will house a tech team that carries out

Facebook is censoring posts in Thailand that the government has deemed unsuitable

For millions of people, Facebook is the internet -- but many of those who rely on the social network for news and views may not be aware that Facebook isn't immune to internet censorship itself.

Tencent launches venture to find new music, video and writing talent in Southeast Asia

Platforms like and Vine have helped find the next-generation of internet stars, and Chinese internet giant is aiming to ride that digital media wave to help grow its presence in Southeast A

Garena’s Nick Nash explains the business behind Southeast Asia’s $4B tech giant

Nick Nash, President of Garena, discusses his company and its new focus on e-commerce and payments in Southeast Asia.

Omise lands $17.5M Series B to expand its Stripe-like service in Southeast Asia

Omise, a Bangkok-based payment enabler much like Stripe, has raised a $17.5 million Series B round to expand its reach across Southeast Asia.

Facebook is testing social commerce payments in Southeast Asia

Facebook is expanding its focus on payments with a new trial in Southeast Asia that allows users to pay for products listed on Facebook Pages with just a few clicks.

Report: Southeast Asia’s internet economy to grow to $200B by 2025

There isn't a lot of data on the potential of technology in Southeast Asia, which is why many in the industry have been excitedly flipping through a new report released today by Singaporean sovereign
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