The Merits and Trials of Faustian Deals between Restaurants and Sending Giants

A pandemic that forces people to stay home looks like a godsend gift to the food delivery industry. But it may fundamentally alter the power balance between restaurants and food delivery platforms in Malaysia, and even Southeast Asia. Before Covid-19—when dine-in was the main income source for restaurateurs—commission rates were viewed as a “marketing fee” … Read more

The Lowdown on Asia’s Growing Phenomenon for Growth Funds & How This Global Trend is Setting New Standards for VC Firms in the Region

A second EV Growth fund is likely to be announced before the end of the year, a senior venture capital executive aware of the plan told us anonymously because they did not want to be seen discussing another firm’s business. East Ventures declined to comment on its plans for EV Growth. The firm has been … Read more

How can we expect them to impact southeast asian startups and why is this good for ecosystem-builders?

Instead, it aims to fill the gap with its own identity, one that borrows heavily from its anchoring limited partner, Korean asset management firm Hanwha. A backer of Golden Gate Venture’s previous funds, Hanwha is said to have provided nearly all of the initial $80 million commitment gathered for the fund last year. Hanwha’s unusually … Read more

The 6 Growth Funds to Watch for Southeast Asian Startups in the New Decade + Resources about VCs & Angels

The number of Series C and D deals—typical growth-fund investments—rose by three deals year-on-year to hit 19 in the first half of 2019. However, the overall amount raised dropped by $100 million to $600 million. Total funding for Series B deals, meanwhile, increased by 40% over the same period. “For aspiring unicorns (startups worth $1 … Read more

The 5 types of Accommodations for Airbnb Rentals

Jijesh Ramachandran, founder of Iksha, the property management firm that manages Captains Quarters, says that with zero revenues, managing these properties has become a pain. Ramachandran, after all, pays for the maintenance of these luxury properties—which can be as high as Rs 50,000-Rs 60,000 ($650.07-$780.08) per month—in addition to a fixed monthly rent to the … Read more

Hello Airbnb & Your Travelling India Customer

Besides, after Covid-19 broke out, RWAs (Resident Welfare Associations) have been against allowing outsiders into apartment complexes. This stance will likely stymy even those who continue to take bookings on the platform. Airbnb’s dependence on inbound travel, say industry executives we spoke with, will also make things tougher. With this channel cut off, it must … Read more