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Spacemob is acquired by WeWork

07 August 2017

In November 2016, Vertex Ventures SEA/India made an investment in Spacemob for $5.5 million. This investment underlined our interest in the growing Southeast Asian ecosystem. Today, we’re pleased to announce that WeWork, the dominant coworking space platform in the United States, which may IPO this year, has acquired Spacemob for an undisclosed sum. The founder of […]

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M17 raises $40 million for expansion

02 August 2017

In 2014, our SEA/India team made a $5 million investment into Paktor. At the time, the online dating scene in Southeast Asia was still maturing. Today, it has evolved even further and with Paktor and M17 merging to become an online dating and live streaming platform, it is evident that this market still has much more […]

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Yatra acquires corporate bookings firm Air Travel Bureau

24 July 2017

Yatra, our travel bookings firm based in Bangalore just acquired Air Travel Bureau, a corporate bookings firm. The acquisition now makes Yatra the largest travel service in India. According to Dhruv Shringi, founder and CEO of Yatra, “With this acquisition, we believe that we are now the largest corporate travel services in India by gross bookings. This acquisition will […]

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Grab raises $2.5 billion from Softbank, Didi and Alibaba

23 July 2017

In early 2014, Vertex Ventures SEA/India invested in Grab for a series A round, hoping to take it to become the dominant taxi booking player in Southeast Asia. Today, we’re happy to announce that Grab has just received $2.5 billion from Softbank, Didi, and Alibaba. This investment makes Grab the largest startup in the region and positions it […]

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Instarem closes $13 million series B round

14 July 2017

Instarem, an exciting new international remittance technology platform, raised $5 million from our SEA/India fund to expand its offering across new corridors to and between Asian countries in March 2016. Today, we’re happy to announce that Instarem has closed a $13 million series B fundraising and plans to IPO in 2020. This funding continues to put […]

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Investment: $3 million into Validus Capital, online aggregator platform for SMEs for financing

03 July 2017

Today, we’re announcing our latest $3 million investment into Validus Capital, an online aggregator platform for SMEs to secure short and medium term financing. Validus offers access to financing from individual and institutional lenders. As a peer-to-business lending marketplace, Validus is using technology to minimize the cost of financial intermediation, and passing the benefits to […]

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India’s Massive Omni-Channel Retail Opportunity

31 May 2017

by Ben Mathias, Managing Director, Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia India (LinkedIn, Twitter) India’s ecommerce market continues to grow at a dramatic pace. Its largest ecommerce site, Flipkart and the big American competitor, Amazon, continue to battle to dominate the world’s second largest contiguous market. And this is only the beginning. By some estimates, by 2020, […]

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Where we see the powerful new frontiers of IOT

12 February 2017

by Ben Mathias, Managing Director, Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia India (LinkedIn, Twitter) Flutura Decision Sciences, an Industrial IOT Intelligence company just announced that it has raised its Series A round led by Vertex Ventures. IOT is a space that we at Vertex have been researching for some time and we have had the opportunity to […]

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