Navigating the fintech landscape: Indonesia’s journey and potential

In the past few years, funding to the fintech sector has increased significantly. Between 2021 and 2022 it has increased by 83%, showing investors’ optimism about the opportunities in the sector. Indonesia's fintech sector has undergone dynamic evolution, beginning with innovations in online payments and diversifying into different vertical industries, reaching the untapped markets in tier 2 and tier 3 cities, and addressing the unique financial needs of other startups in the ecosystem. This evolution highlights the adaptability and diverse innovations within Indonesia's fintech landscape.

Asia’s fastest-growing sneaker marketplace Novelship secures US$9.5 million in series B funding round led by East Ventures, following latest collaboration with Snoop Dogg

Singapore-based online streetwear marketplace, Novelship, has bagged US$9.5 million in its Series B funding round led by East Ventures, iGlobe Partners and GSR Ventures. The new funds will accelerate the company’s move to amplify its brand presence across Southeast Asia.

Hukumku, an Indonesia-based legal tech startup, raised funding led by East Ventures

Hukumku, an Indonesia-based legal tech startup focusing on legal consultation and services, announced the completion of funding led by East Ventures, the pioneering and leading sector-agnostic venture capital in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. The funding will be allocated to accelerate its product development and marketing efforts as the platform will be launched in November 2023.

Lessons in entrepreneurship and adaptability: RPG Commerce’s Melvin Chee on building a successful consumer product business

At the onset of his career, Melvin Chee knew he did not want a typical 9-5 job. At 18, he did his first internship with a startup founded by his cousin, Fong Wai Hong, in Melbourne. He went on to also intern for Groupon Malaysia and the online learning platform Udemy in the US. In San Francisco, he got a taste of the startup life in Silicon Valley. He became captivated by the innovative culture and dreamed of bringing that experience back to Malaysia.

Early-stage startups can implement ESG principles, here’s how

This year, sustainable business became a buzzword as more investors and stakeholders asked companies to be more aware of their businesses and implement ESG principles. A common assumption is that sustainability is only suitable for growth-stage companies and large corporations. Moreover, sustainability is often more closely associated with green actions, environmentally friendly products, and other things.