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Sprint, T-Mobile extend deadline to complete $26B merger – CNET

Extension comes amid talk that the merger may be in trouble.
Source: CNET

Avengers: Endgame toys, merchandise to re-create the MCU capstone – CNET

Avengers: Endgame is now out in theaters, but all these toys and merchandise items could help bring the movie into your everyday life right now.
Source: CNET

Samsung revenue declines, despite strong Galaxy S10 sales – CNET

Electronics giant’s first quarter hurt by weakness in memory chip and display businesses.
Source: CNET

R.I.P., Anki: Yet Another Home Robotics Company Powers Down

A third major home robotics outfit shuts down in a year. Why is it so hard to build a companion droid that everyone wants?
Source: Wired

Airbnb and Marriott Each Want What the Other Has

Airbnb announces a move into hotels, at the same time that Marriott reportedly plans to get into home-sharing.
Source: Wired

Jungle Ventures hits $175M first close on its third fund for Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia’s startup ecosystem is set to get a massive injection of funds after Jungle Ventures reached a first close of $175 million for its newest fund, TechCrunch has come to learn.

Executives at the Singapore-based firm anticipate that the new fund, which is Jungle’s third to date, will reach a final close of $220 million over the coming few months, a source with knowledge of the fund and its plans told TechCrunch. If it were to reach that figure, the fund would become the largest for startup investments in Southeast Asia.

Jungle Ventures declined to comment.

An SEC filing posted in December suggested the firm was aiming to raise up to $200 million with the fund. Its last fund was $100 million and it closed in November 2016. Founding partners Anurag Srivastava and Amit Anand started the fund way back in 2012 when it raised a (much smaller) $10 million debut fund.

Digging a little deeper, our source revealed that the new Jungle fund includes returning LPs World Bank affiliate IFC and Cisco Investments — both of which invested in Jungle’s $18 million early-stage ‘SeedPlus’ fund — and Singapore sovereign fund Temasek. One new backer that we are aware of is German financier DEG although we understand that Jungle has spent considerable time fundraising in the U.S. market, hence the SEC filing. Beyond Europe and the U.S, the firm is also said to have pitched LPs in Asia — as you’d expect — and the Middle East.

Jungle is focused on Series A and Series B deals in Southeast Asia with the occasional investment in India or the rest of the world where it sees global potential. One such example of that is Engineer.ai, which raised $29.5 million last November in a round led by Jungle and Lakestar with participation from SoftBank’s AI unit DeepCore.

Jungle Ventures founding partners (left to right): Anurag Srivastava and Amit Anand

The meat and drink of the fund is Southeast Asia, and past investments there include cloud platform Deskera (most recent round $60 million), budget hotel network Reddoorz (raised $11 million last year), fintech startup Kredivo (raised $30 million last year) and digital fashion brand Pomelo, which has raised over $30 million from investors that also include JD.com.

In India, it has backed b2b sales platform Moglix and interior design startup Livspace among others. Past exits include Travelmob to HomeAway, Zipdial to Twitter, eBus to IMD and Voyagin to Rakuten.

We understand that the new fund has already completed five deals. Jungle’s pace of dealmaking is typically half a dozen investments per month, and we understand that will continue with fund three.

Executives at the fund are bullish on Southeast Asia, which is forecast to see strong growth economic growth thanks to increased internet access and digital spending. A much-cited report from Google and Temasek issued last year predicts that the region’s ‘digital economy’ will triple to reach $240 billion from 2025.

A 2018 report from Temasek and Google predicts significant growth in Southeast Asia’s digital economy

Other major VC funds in Southeast Asia include Vertex Ventures ($210 million fund), Golden Gate Ventures — $100 million and a $200 million growth fund — Openspace Ventures ($135 million), and EV’s $150 million growth fund.

There’s also B Capital from Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin which recently passed $400 million for the first close of its second fund, although that doesn’t invest exclusively in Southeast Asia, and Sequoia which has a $695 million fund for India and Southeast Asia. Other global names that you might see cutting deals in the region include Burda, which has a local presence and starts at Series B, TPG Global and KKR.


Source: TechCrunch

Feds Rule That One Company’s Gig Workers Are Contractors

The Department of Labor says workers for one company are sufficiently independent to be considered contractors, in a move that could ripple across the gig economy.
Source: Wired

I took out a Game of Thrones White Walker before it reached Winterfell – CNET

No need to thank me, Westeros. A Magic Leap mixed-reality experience at the Tribeca Film Festival made it slightly less perilous to battle Game of Thrones’ undead.
Source: CNET

Game of Thrones Night King vs. Thanos: Here's who'd win in a fight – CNET

The villains from Avengers: Endgame and GoT is a match-up we want to see.
Source: CNET

The Future of Money, Facebook’s F8 Conference, and More News

Catch up on the most important news today in 2 minutes or less.
Source: Wired

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