E27.CO: GrabTaxi from Singapore is about to get US$200 million in fresh capital, pegging its valuation at US$1.5 billion. It quotes “a person familiar with the situation”, who has shared that the round is being led by US hedge fund Coatue Management LLC. The source also mentioned that existing investors SoftBank and Tiger Global Managementare also going to participate in the round. GrabTaxi’s last funding, a then record-breaking US$250 million round, happened just seven months ago in December 2014. Read the full article (more…)
Bloomberg: As more Chinese jumped into the market in the hope of instant wealth, peer-to-peer websites offering loans for stock investing have mushroomed. They are among a multitude of sources of leverage outside of traditional margin financing that threaten to complicate any efforts to prevent an unruly reversal of China’s stock market boom, which is already faltering. (more…)
TechInAsia: Mobile payment methods like Alibaba’s Alipay and Tencent’s Tenpay account for a huge portion of China’s online transactions. But do these new payment methods have the same kind of traction on offline shops and restaurants? Chinese tech news site Techweb recently conducted a survey of 1,607 businesses on a busy pedestrian street in Wuhan to find out. (more…)
E27.CO: South Korean restaurant discovery app MangoPlate has announced today that it has secured US$6.1 million from venture investment group of Qualcomm Incorporated, Qualcomm Ventures, as well as SoftBank Ventures Korea and YJ Capital, a venture capital firm established by Yahoo!JAPAN. This marks YJ Capital’s first investment in a Korean company. (more…)
TECHINASIA: It’s easy to spot the rapidly rising number of hotels and restaurants in Vietnam. But despite the industry’s noticeable growth, managing a hotel or chain restaurant still takes a lot of work and innovation. That’s where Hottab comes in. It’s a new Vietnamese startup that offers a new solution for point-of-sale (POS) management for F&B business. Hottab provides service tablets and a POS system for food and beverage (F&B) businesses. A cloud-based system connects all devices using Hottab. It includes an application installed on tablet devices that allows waiters to create new orders. It also enables customers to self-order at the table. (more…)
MOBILEMAKERS: The Indian government published proposals to encourage greater take-up of electronic payments in a country where cash still rules.It suggested a range of measures, including tax benefits to merchants if at least half of their transactions are handled electronically. Consumers could also receive income tax rebates if a certain proportion of their spend is cashless. Another idea is for government itself to drop certain surcharges it levies for making card payments.Among the objectives are improving financial inclusion, reducing the risks for individuals of carrying cash, cutting the cost of managing cash in the economy, as well as making tax avoidance harder.
TechInAsia: Vladislav Solodkiy, Life.SREDA VC: Last week Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Square, the world’s third largest fin-tech company by market capitalisation, also took a role of iCEO at Twitter. On top of that, a new wave of rumours about the company to go public by the end of this year hit the media. What do the Asian markets have to offer in respond to this? (more…)
DEALSTREETASIA: Equity-based crowdfunding platform Asian Crowdfunder has launched its operations in Malaysia this month, and is in the process of starting operations in Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand. The pan-Asian platform, which claims to be accessible to vetted accredited investors only, is founded by an international team of experienced and successful entrepreneurs and asset managers backed by decades of experience.
International Business Times: Paytm, which has recently forayed into online retailing business, is planning to bring in 1,00,000 sellers from Chinese e-tailer Alibaba’s online arm AliExpress to its platform from August. The Delhi-based company estimates its gross merchandise value (GMV) to increase by $1.5 billion from AliExpress businesses in the next six months. Paytm, originally a mobile payment services, has crossed $1.5 billion (about ₹9,600 crore) in GMV in the year ending April 2015. (more…)
THE COINTELEGRAPH: Analysis of the biennial Payment Innovations Report 2015 from June 17 has described an increasingly successful FinTech sector in Asian and African countries that they say is likely to take the lead in digital payment startups and new businesses, while they criticize NFC payments as a “solution still looking for a problem.” (more…)
TECHINASIA: When we decided to relocate the Life.SREDA fund from Russia, a number of countries – Great Britain, Estonia, Latvia, Hong Kong, Singapore – invited us to move there and do business with them. Here are some reasons, according to my expertise, why Singapore is the best place in the world for financial innovation: (more…)
TECH IN ASIA: Japan’s GMO Internet is often in the news as an investor, but today the Japanese internet service and online payment provider was the one receiving funds. The firm announced a JPY 8 billion (US$65 million) investment by multinational banking giant Mitsui Sumitomo to strengthen its GMO Payment Gateway e-commerce payment solution and aid the startups that it serves.
DEALSTREETASIA: Singapore-state fund Temasek-owned Fullerton India Credit Co. Ltd, a non-banking financial company is planning to establish a home finance company in India, a report said. Buoyed by recent success in retail lending, Fullerton aims at granting loans to people in the affordable housing segment, according to a report in Indian publication Mint, which quoted Shantanu Mitra, the firm’s managing director and chief executive (more…)