Hacktiv8, sekolah pemrograman berbentuk bootcamp yang berlokasi di Jakarta, mengumumkan pendanaan Pra-Seri A senilai US$3 juta dari sekelompok investor yang dipimpin oleh East Ventures. Sovereign's Capital, SMDV, Skystar Capital, Convergence Ventures, RMKB Ventures, Prasetia, serta Everhaus turut berpartisipasi dalam ronde pendanaan tersebut.
Angka ini melebihi target awal perusahaan sebesar US$150 juta. Pencapaian tersebut merupakan hasil dari penerimaan Limited Partners baru yang mencakup beberapa Asian based family offices, serta dua perusahaan sovereign wealth fund terbesar Asia, termasuk Temasek.
EV Growth, a Singapore headquartered venture capital firm, has hit the hard cap of its first fund at US$250 Million, exceeding the firm’s initial US$150 Million target. This milestone is the result of the firm’s admission of new Limited Partners (LPs) which include several Asian based family offices and two of Asia’s largest sovereign wealth funds, including Temasek.
In a panel at East Ventures’ 10th Anniversary event, founders of Ruangguru & Sociolla shared how they built their startups and hit inflection point.
According to Chng Kai Fong, the biggest challenge faced by the digital economy ecosystem in Southeast Asia is the lack of talents.
The biggest challenge for unicorn startups is how to align the company's vision among talents and how the company can continue to evolve.
"There is a lot of gut feeling, but at the same time, you can sense it. Investing is indeed an art, it’s not really a science," Willson said.
Mr. Franky’s (East Ventures' first LP) first encounter with East Ventures happened when he had a chance to visit its Japan office in 2012.
Mr. Rudiantara said that the key to the development of digital economy in Indonesia is the shift of government’s role from the regulator to the facilitator.
Mr. Thomas Lembong also recalled how he met Willson Cuaca for the first time when he was still a VC eight or nine years ago.