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EV Growth closes $200M fund to cover Southeast Asia’s Series B funding gap

East Ventures has long been known as one of Indonesia’s longest-serving and most active seed-stage investors, but now it has officially moved up the food chain after it announced a final close of its growth fund at $200 million.

Called EV Growth, the fund is a joint venture between East Ventures, SMDV — the VC arm of Indonesian conglomerate Sinar Mas — and YJ Capital, which is associated with Yahoo Japan. The fund was first announced last year with a target of $150 million, but this final close has already surpassed that thanks to contributions from LPs that include SoftBank Group, Pavilion CapitaI and Indies Capital.

EV Growth is already active, with 40% of the fund deployed to date, according to East Ventures’ founding partner Willson Cuaca, who serves as partner for the new fund alongside Roderick Purwana from SMDV and  YJ Capital’s Shinichiro Hori.

“We thought ‘There’s a gap in Series B in Southeast Asia, many of our portfolio is good so why not do this together?’” Cuaca told TechCrunch in an interview. “SMDV and YJ Capital have been our long-term partners in Japan and Southeast Asia so it’s the perfect partnership… the chemistry is already there.”

“We are more seed and product market fit focused but our two partners bring their capabilities on financial modeling so it becomes a complete set,” he added.

Lofty ambitions: the EV growth team in front of Monas, the National Monument that symbolizes the fight for Indonesia and is one of the tallest landmarks in capital city Jakarta

Beyond chemistry, East Ventures also has a track record.

The firm was one of the first to focus on Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, and encourage its companies to dominate that market rather than rapidly expand across the region. East Venture’s portfolio includes unicorns Tokopedia and Traveloka, while ride-sharing Grab and Go-Jek acquired two of its companies, Kudo and Loket, respectively.

According to data from Preqin, the fund is among the top performing in the world. East Ventures is one of six firms worldwide to have three funds ranked in Preqin’s top quartile, that puts it alongside names like Benchmark Capital while it is the sole representative from Southeast Asia in that category.

Cuaca said EV Growth will continue the focus on Indonesia, but he admitted that there is scope to invest outside of the region if the right opportunity pops up.

Operating at seed and further down the investment pipe throughs up the possibility of conflicts of interest. EV Growth is aimed at filling a funding gap that does genuinely exist in Southeast Asia so it is bound to touch on East Ventures’ portfolio companies, but Cuaca is ready for that scenario. While he will source and fetch potential EV Growth deals, he must recuse himself from a decision on any East Ventures company, leaving his partners to make the final call. That’s fairly standard in the investment world, but new to Southeast Asia where growth funds are just taking off.

SoftBank Corp — CEO Masayoshi Son is pictured third from right — is one of the LPs backing EV Growth… and potentially the follow-up that is already being planned

That development is a sign of the maturity of the region’s venture ecosystem, and East Ventures isn’t the only one pursuing a ‘growth fund’ strategy.

Singapore’s Golden Gate Ventures is currently raising a growth fund with Korea’s Hanwha as the anchor LP, while TechCrunch has heard plenty of rumors linking a number of other investors with interest in doing the same, albeit that they are unfulfilled at this time.

It isn’t just new funds that are springing up, those that were once seed-stage investors are also scaling to cover unfulfilled Series B demand. Jungle Ventures, for example, recently hit the first close on its newest fund that’s aimed at $220 million. Others stepping into the void include Vertex Ventures, which has a new $230 million fund.

Added to that, there will be more to come from EV Growth.

Cuaca told TechCrunch that discussions are already underway for a follow-up growth fund with “interest still coming in” from prospective LPs. That makes sense given that the current fund’s deployment is nearly at the halfway point. Watch this space for more.


Source: TechCrunch

Here’s how to clean out your bloated hard drive in Windows 10

Is your Windows 10 hard drive feeling a little crowded lately? You can clean your hard disk by getting rid of files and moving data to other devices. Here are easiest ways to free up PC space quickly.

The post Here’s how to clean out your bloated hard drive in Windows 10 appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Galaxy Fold delay, day 33: Samsung's foldable phone may not sell in June after all – CNET

Screen problems stopped Samsung’s foldable phone from going on sale April 26 as planned. What happens next is anyone’s guess.
Source: CNET

4 tips for buying a weighted blanket – CNET

With so many options out there, how do you choose?
Source: CNET

Google contractors working on Assistant software allege wage theft – CNET

Members of the search giant’s “shadow workforce” complain about being mistreated.
Source: CNET

Netflix says it would ‘rethink’ filming in Georgia if abortion law takes effect

Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said the streaming service (which is spending billions of dollars on an ever-growing catalog of original content) will “rethink [its] whole investment in Georgia” if a recently signed abortion law goes into effect.

Sarandos’ statement was first published in Variety. The industry publication said it reached out to the major studios for comment on the issue, and it contrasted his position with a lack of response from The Walt Disney Company, WarnerMedia, Sony Pictures Entertainment, NBCUniversal, Viacom, Fox and Amazon Studios.

“We have many women working on productions in Georgia, whose rights, along with millions of others, will be severely restricted by this law,” Sarandos said. “It’s why we will work with the ACLU and others to fight it in court. Given the legislation has not yet been implemented, we’ll continue to film there, while also supporting partners and artists who choose not to. Should it ever come into effect, we’d rethink our entire investment in Georgia.”

This comes as the stars of two Netflix shows — Jason Bateman of “Ozark” and Alyssa Milano of “Insatiable” — have said they would stop filming in the state if the law takes effect.

Other filmmakers have taken the route of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, who said they’ll proceed with plans to film their Netflix movie “Hillbilly Elegy” in Georgia while making a donation to the ACLU to fight the anti-abortion legislation. (Howard and Grazer also said they will boycott the state if the law takes effect.)

The law in question, which was signed by Georgia Governor Brian Kemp on May 7, prohibits abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat — something that usually happens after six weeks of pregnancy. It’s widely seen as part of a larger effort aimed at getting the Supreme Court to overturn or weaken the abortion protections established in Roe v. Wade.

Thanks to state tax incentives, Georgia has become a hub for film and TV, with productions bringing the state an estimated $2.7 billion in revenue in 2017.


Source: TechCrunch

Nancy Pelosi slams Facebook over doctored video that made her seem drunk – CNET

Pelosi calls Facebook “willing enablers” of Russian election interference.
Source: CNET

China rechaza las criptomonedas pero ama 'blockchain'

A pesar de que el país ha prohibido el intercambio de monedas digitales, apoya la labor de su gigante Ant Financial, la mayor empresa de ‘fintech’ del mundo, en el desarrollo de cadenas de bloques propias. ¿El objetivo? Lograr que todas las empresas del país sean más productivas
Source: MIT

Este tándem de silicio+perovskita podría revolucionar la energía solar

Aunque el silicio domina el mercado y es más duradero, la perovskita es más eficiente, barata, flexible y fácil de fabricar. Un prototipo que combina ambos materiales ha logrado convertir el 28 % de la luz solar en electricidad y no necesita nuevas fábricas ni cadenas de suministro
Source: MIT

Por qué Facebook lleva razón al no borrar el vídeo manipulado de Pelosi

No se trata de un ‘deepfake’ en el que la política aparezca diciendo algo que no ha dicho, sino de una sátira. Si la red social lo elimina, podría sentar un peligroso precedente en torno a la censura. Los expertos afirman que la mejor estrategia contra la desinformación es la alfabetización mediática
Source: MIT

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