July 1, 2024
Leadership: Lazy vs Unconscious

I often meet founders seeking advice on how they can be better entrepreneurs. Their questions tend to focus on what they should do more of, and they look quite confused when I respond, “Do less.”

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June 11, 2024
Our Investment in iPiD: Making International Transactions Seamless and Secure

The cross-border payments industry is one of the most dynamic and rapidly growing sectors in global finance, with payment flows reaching about USD 150 trillion in 2022, a 13% increase from 2021.

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June 5, 2024
iPiD Closes Oversubscribed Pre-Series A Round to Strengthen Global Payments with Advanced Verification Solutions

iPiD (International Payment Identity), a pioneer in global fintech, announced it has secured USD 5.3 million in a Pre-Series A funding round today. This oversubscribed round was led by early stage tech-focused venture capital firm, Monk’s Hill Ventures.

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May 22, 2024
From Unicorns to Unicorpses: The False Promise of Negative Blitzscaling

The meteoric rise of tech giants such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon has cemented the impression that hypergrowth is necessary for success. While growth itself is a positive sign that a business is heading in the right direction, the manner in which growth occurs is equally important.

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March 11, 2024
Navigating Layoffs in SEA: What Should a Founder Do?

Layoffs are incredibly emotionally draining. For everyone involved. The founders who have to make the tough decisions, the impacted employees whose worlds suddenly get turned upside down, the surviving employees who may experience survivor guilt, and even the investors who wonder what could have been done differently.

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December 12, 2023
MHV Fellows 2024

The MHV Fellows Program aims to provide accomplished individuals with the experience of working with a top venture capital firm investing in early-stage tech companies, in Southeast Asia.

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December 7, 2023
Why We Invested in Radiant1?

The hotel industry in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region plays a pivotal role in the region's tourism and hospitality landscape with technology primarily being utilized in the discovery phase mainly used by Online Travel Agencies (OTA) or in a few in-house full stack technology enabled hotel brands.

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November 30, 2023
Monk’s Hill Ventures’ ESG Commitment to Southeast Asia’s Tech Landscape

Monk’s Hill Ventures unveils its inaugural Impact and ESG Report underscoring our ongoing commitment to ESG principles.

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November 3, 2023
Radiant1 Raises Pre-Series A Round Led by MHV to Build Asia’s Leading Revenue Management Platform for Hospitality

Radiant1, an Asia-focused AI-based SaaS solution that assists hotels to maximize revenue, announced the closing of its Pre-Series A round led by Monk’s Hill Ventures.

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October 19, 2023
Our Investment in DELOS: Transforming Indonesia's Aquaculture industry and furthering its integration into the global seafood supply chain

We recently announced the Series A investment in DELOS, an aquaculture technology startup in Indonesia. Monk’s Hill Ventures led the oversubscribed round along with other key co-investor partners from Indonesia.

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October 17, 2023
AI Can Interact with Us the Way We Interact with Us: Peng T. Ong

In a conversation with Founder and podcaster Bernard Leong for Analyse Asia, our Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Peng T. Ong, delved into the world of Generative AI within the Southeast Asian context.‍

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September 20, 2023
Delving into R+K>1: 13 Questions with Peng T Ong

These questions and answers were taken from Peng’s session with Learning Loop, moderated by Learning Loop Founder, Sina Meraji.

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September 20, 2023
R+K>1: Unlocking Success in Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship has always been an enigmatic pursuit, marked by innovation, risk-taking, and a deep understanding of market dynamics. In a recent fireside chat between Peng T. Ong, our Managing Partner and Co-Founder, and Sina Meraji, Founder and CEO of Learning Loop, key insights emerged on how to view the world through the lens of entrepreneurship.

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September 11, 2023
Saladin Raises Pre-Series A Round Led by MHV to Provide One-Stop Insurtech Solution Targeting Millions in Vietnam and Beyond

Saladin, a prominent insurtech platform based in Vietnam, has successfully concluded its Pre-Series A funding round, spearheaded by Monk’s Hill Ventures. This investment round also received additional support and contributions from Saladin's pre-seed investors.

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September 11, 2023
Glints’ Revenue Hits Record Highs; Up 85% Y-o-Y Driven by Cross-Border Demand as Global Companies Save Costs in Downturn

Glints, the leading Southeast Asia talent community and platform, today announced record-high FY2022 revenue growth of 85% year-on-year (y-o-y), driven by increased employer demand for cross-border talent. Gross profits also soared by 110% y-o-y.

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September 7, 2023
DELOS, an Aquaculture-Technology Company in Indonesia, Raises its Series A Round Led by MHV

DELOS, an aquaculture-tech company in Indonesia, has reached an undisclosed first close in a Series-A round led by Monk’s Hill Ventures, a leading Southeast Asian venture capital firm.

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August 11, 2023
Why Entrepreneurs Matter: Observations from the Most Valuable Companies—and Founders—in the World

Change is afoot in the global tech industry. Major events—from the “funding winter”, to the decoupling of the US-China relationship, to the rise of generative AI—will have profound impacts on the global technology landscape.

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July 25, 2023
Empathy - Human vs AI

On May 22, my old friend Manu and I had a long overdue catch up in Singapore, resulting in a discussion, that led in a bunch of conversations, that lead to the article below. — Peng T. Ong

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May 16, 2023
Balance Sheet Lending: Not for the Faint-Hearted

My junior year summer internship and, subsequently, my full-time job out of university was at Lehman Brothers, the infamous Investment Bank which, to date, holds the title of the world’s largest bankruptcy.

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May 8, 2023
What I Look for in Startups

I was just in the Bay Area and was delighted to meet a number of MBA and engineering students who are planning to do their startups. Several of them have asked me: What do you look for in startups? What do I think are characteristics of a business that can scale quickly and significantly?

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April 4, 2023
Glints & MHV Report Finds Increased Demand for Revenue-Generating Roles for SEA Startups in 2023

New Glints & MHV report finds top 3 roles for tech startups hiring in Southeast Asia are business development, business development (BD) and sales, and engineering as companies refocus on the path to profitability.

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April 4, 2023
The Southeast Asia Startup Talent Report 2023

Amid the challenges posed by the post-pandemic environment, startup founders in Southeast Asia are facing tough decisions that have a significant impact on their companies and employees.

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March 1, 2023
The Future of Human-Machine Relationships… And What That Means for Businesses

Half a generation from now, Jill comes home with her new baby, Shan, and places her in a crib. Beside the crib sits a sleek black box, equipped with advanced biotelemetry sensors to monitor the baby’s vital signs.

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November 24, 2022
NOVI Health Raises US$5 Million in Series A Round Led by MHV to Tackle Diabetes and Obesity Crisis

NOVI Health, a leading Singapore-based provider of technology-enabled chronic disease and preventive healthcare, announced today the closing of its Series A fundraising, securing US$5 million, led by Monk’s Hill Ventures.

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September 22, 2022
MHV Announces the Angsana Council to Facilitate Dialogues with Changemakers and Impact the Growth of Businesses in Southeast Asia

Monk’s Hill Ventures (MHV), a venture capital firm investing in early-stage technology companies in Southeast Asia, announced today the launch of the Angsana Council.

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September 1, 2022
Starboard Raises US$3.5 Million Pre-Series A Funding Led by MHV to Build a Company Operating System, a Platform of Corporate Services for Founders

The company expands its leadership team and sets up operations in Silicon Valley to enable Singapore and SEA-based founders to easily expand into the US.

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August 30, 2022
Glints Raises US$50 Million to Scale Regional Talent Ecosystem for 120 Million Professionals in Southeast Asia

Glints, the most trusted and active end-to-end regional talent ecosystem in Southeast Asia for career development and recruitment, raised US$50 million in a Series D oversubscribed round co-led by DCM Ventures, Lavender Hill Capital, and returning investor PERSOL Holdings.

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July 14, 2022
KKday Secures Series C+ Round to Double Down on Hiring, Expanding Footprint, and Tech Innovation to Accelerate Asia Growth

As travel reopens, KKday has secured additional funding for its Series C round; to date, the total amount raised in this round is $95 million. The Series C+ round is led by TGVest Capital.

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June 30, 2022
How I Pivoted To See Our Business Survive (And Thrive)

Before joining us as Portfolio Operations Manager, Jozua Pung spent two years restructuring a hardware technology company based in Singapore with B2B, B2C and D2C channels, taking it from the brink of liquidation to being profitable in little over a year. He shares his journey and strategies in cutting burn rate and keeping your startup alive to see another day.

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June 2, 2022
Hiring a VP of Engineering If You’re An Early-Stage Startup: Dos and Don’ts

To make a great VPE hire, look beyond just technical skills and reflect on the quality of their character along with reference checks

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May 11, 2022
Our Investment in Hannah Life: Fertility Care Made Simple

An estimated 180 million couples try to conceive per year, with infertility affecting approximately 50 million couples globally. Yet most of the fertility products on the market today are expensive, invasive, and primarily focused on female-infertility despite the fact that men contribute to 50% of cases overall.

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May 10, 2022
Hannah Life Raised 5.15M Pre Series-A Led by MHV to Provide Access to Trusted, Affordable, and Less Invasive Home-Based Fertility Solutions

Hannah Life Technologies, a leading home-based fertility solutions technology company in Southeast Asia, today announced its oversubscribed Pre-Series A funding of USD 5.15 million.

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April 22, 2022
Our Investment in Ordinary Folk: Transforming Healthcare for Stigmatized Health Conditions Across Asia

Across Asia, millions of people find themselves unable to access proper care for traditionally stigmatized health conditions due to cultural norms, inconvenience and cost.

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April 21, 2022
Ordinary Folk Raised $5M Pre-Series A to Bring Access to Personalized, Quality Telehealth Experience in a $10B Market Across Asia

The digital health experience that engages and connects patient care across its service lines, secures $5M Pre-Series A by MHV.

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April 6, 2022
Our Investment in CrediBook: Digitizing Wholesalers to Retailers Transactions in Indonesia

Indonesia is witnessing a rush of digitization like never before with the GMV generated from the internet economy reaching $70B in 2021, a 49% increase Y-o-Y. Even as digital transformation sweeps across Indonesia, the same has yet to extend to the wholesalers and retailers transactions.

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April 5, 2022
CrediBook raises $8.1 million Series A funding led by MHV to digitize wholesaler bookkeeping and ordering for a $260bn industry

CrediBook is focused on digitizing SMEs, primarily wholesalers, to manage and track their expenses, payables, and receivables and streamline the ordering process.

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March 29, 2022
MHV Podcast - Wong Zi Yang: Skipping University, Managing Creator and Personal Risk-Reward & Fundraising Recipes

Co-Founder & CEO of Upmesh, Wong Zi Yang shared what he learned going to the university of life, his thoughts on personal risk-reward and his tips on fundraising in this episode of MHV Podcast.

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March 14, 2022
MHV Podcast - Shi Ling Tai: Growing Up an Engineer, Founder Perspective and Representation

Co-Founder & CEO of UI-licious, Shi Ling Tai, shared her experiences transitioning from an engineer to a founder and CEO and her reflections on representation from the gender lens.

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March 10, 2022
Women in Tech: Reflections of a Female Founder-Turned-VC

This International Women's Day, MHV's Susli Lie takes us through her very own journey as a founder and Partner, and holds out hope for women in the tech ecosystem.

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March 9, 2022
Jio Health Announces $20M Series B Investment Led by Heritas Capital to Expand National Footprint Across Vietnam

Jio Health, a leading provider of human-centered, technology-powered healthcare, announced today that it has completed a $20M Series B investment led by Singapore-based healthcare investor, Heritas Capital.

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March 9, 2022
MHV-Backed Jio Health Secures Series B from Heritas Capital to Deepen Vietnam Footprint and Expand Regionally

We are thrilled to share that our portfolio company Jio Health, a leading provider of human-centered and technology-powered healthcare, has secured a $20 million Series B funding led by Singapore-based healthcare investor Heritas Capital.

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March 2, 2022
What Does It Take to Break into a VC: An MHV Fellow’s First-Hand Account

My startup journey has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. First, as a founder and, later, as an executive at another VC-backed startup, I had seen a lot of what works and also a lot of what could go wrong.

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March 1, 2022
MHV Podcast - Kuo-Yi Lim: "Keep Moving", First-Principles Driven & Transitioning to VC from Operator

Kuo-Yi shared his experiences being at the frontier of tech innovation, the dot com crash, and transitioning from operator to VC, as well as his thoughts on the first-principles thinking.

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February 28, 2022
Investing in Upmesh: Enabling the Next Evolution in Southeast Asia eCommerce

Over the past few years of investing in Southeast Asia, we have witnessed a progression of change in consumer behavior. The start was marked by the beginning of eCommerce in the region. It was a brave new world - in the early 2010’s - when consumers began to shop online.

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February 22, 2022
Urbanmetry Raises US$2 million Pre-Series A to Bring Efficiency to Mortgage Industry with AI-driven Data in SEA

Urbanmetry announces it has closed a Pre-Series A round of US$2M led by Monk’s Hill Ventures.

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February 21, 2022
Mindful Leadership for Startup Founders: What it Means and Why You Should Care

Startup founders go through an experience many others will never have the opportunity to embrace — building a company from scratch. A founder’s leadership style and the type of organization they create, to a large extent, charts the course for a startup’s success (or failure).

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February 14, 2022
MHV Names Susli Lie as Partner

Monk’s Hill Ventures (‘MHV’), a venture capital firm investing in early-stage tech startups in Southeast Asia, today announced the appointment of Susli Lie to Partner, expanding the senior leadership team.

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February 9, 2022
MHV Podcast - Charles Lee: Engineer Founder Learnings, Innovation Constraints & Fundraising Hacks vs. Energy Taxes

Meet Charles Lee, the tech veteran shaking up Southeast Asia's startup scene with his Vietnam-based school for talented developers.

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January 31, 2022
MHV Podcast - JJ Chai: Carousell & Airbnb Executive Insights, E-Commerce Brand Partners & Multi-Stage VC Selection

Learn more from JJ Chai, CEO & Co-Founder of Rainforest, as he talked about his experience and journey in our latest podcast episode.

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January 26, 2022
MHV-backed Saleswhale is Acquired by US-based 6sense

We are excited to announce that our portfolio company Saleswhale, an AI-driven email marketing platform, was acquired by US-based revenue-tech unicorn 6sense to deliver the future of email for B2B marketing and sales teams.

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January 13, 2022
MHV Podcast - Anton Hariyanto: Indonesia Startup Ecosystem Maturation, SEA Data Gamechangers & UC Berkeley

Founder of id/x partners, a data analytics company that was acquired by our portfolio company Caxe, Anton Hariyanto, chats with our host Jeremy on Indonesia startup ecosystem maturation and Southeast Asia data gamechangers.

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December 9, 2021
Upmesh Announces $7.5m Pre-Series A to Help Online Merchants Achieve Virality and the Launch of the World’s First Instagram Live Selling App for Merchants

Two months after initial seed round, Upmesh raises Pre-Series A led by MHV off the back of a growing merchant base by 30% MoM.

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December 3, 2021
Our Investment in Tigerhall: Empowering the Workforce through Social Learning

Imagine having bite-sized actionable insights from business leaders you aspire to be, accessible from your mobile phone, 24/7. This is what Tigerhall is trying to do, shifting mindsets by democratizing real world insights, and we’re joining them in their mission.

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December 2, 2021
Tigerhall Raises $7M to Turn CEO Insights into Personalized Upskilling for Teams

Tigerhall aims to solve massive upskilling inefficiencies that have zero to low ROI today with its mobile SaaS platform for social learning; focusing on user personalization, micro-podcasts and micro-mentorship.

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November 10, 2021
Hypefast Emerges from Stealth Mode as the Largest House of E-Commerce Native Brands in Southeast Asia

With over 25 brands in its portfolio and achieving full profitability

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November 2, 2021
MHV Podcast - Justin Nguyen: Vietnam Roots, VP Engineering To Founder & Healthy Boards

MHV Partner Justin Nguyen chats with our host Jeremy on his Vietnam Roots, his journey from VP engineering To founder and his take on healthy boards.

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October 22, 2021
Our Investment in Doyobi: Upskilling Teachers and Bringing STEM to Schools in Asia and Middle East

The massive gap between what is being taught in schools and what skills are needed for the 21st century is becoming very clear to parents and educators globally.

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October 21, 2021
Doyobi Raises US$2.8m Pre-Series A Led By MHV To Upskill Teachers And Bring STEM to Schools in Asia and the Middle East

Doyobi, a leading provider of STEM teaching resources and teacher professional development to schools through its virtual learning environment (VLE), today announced it has closed a US$2.8m Pre-Series A round led by MHV

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October 5, 2021
How Did Ninja Van Build a Culture of Creativity and Innovation

As a Ninja Van co-founder, I would like to share why creativity is essential to boost innovation at work—and how to keep it alive.

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October 4, 2021
MHV's Approach to Investing: It's All About First Principles

MHV invests predominantly in Series A technology companies in Southeast Asia. Here, we share why we operate from a first principles approach and what that means in the context of our investment strategy.

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September 27, 2021
Ninja Van Raises USD578M in Series E Funding

Ninja Van, a leading tech-enabled logistics company operating in Southeast Asia, today announced that it has successfully secured USD578 million in a Series E funding round.

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September 22, 2021
Our Investment in Dagangan: Transforming Distribution, Logistics, and Access to Basic Necessities to 80% of Indonesia’s Population

Imagine traveling 20 kilometers or roughly 12 miles to get toothpaste, rice, or any basic necessities and groceries to take care of your family. This is the reality for over 80% of the population in Indonesia.

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September 22, 2021
How Gig Platforms in Malaysia are Empowering Thousands of SMEs to Recover from the Pandemic

With the pandemic, the survival of SMEs and ultimately the employment of most Malaysians have been put under even more pressure.

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September 21, 2021
Dagangan Raises $11.5 Million in Series A to Expand Across Indonesia and Boost Rural Economic Growth Led by MHV

The funding will be used to grow Dagangan's house brand of private-label local products, product development, talent acquisition, and grow partnerships with community leaders, key opinion leaders, local entrepreneurs, and village chiefs

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September 17, 2021
Our Investment in CoderSchool: Tackling the Tech Talent Crunch in Southeast Asia

Ask any employer what their biggest challenge is and most will tell you the same thing: the pressure of filling tech positions that have been open for months.

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September 16, 2021
CoderSchool Raises US$2.6M Pre-Series A to Scale Online Teaching Platform led by MHV

The leading coding school focused on delivering high-quality full-stack web development, machine learning, and data courses in Vietnam, today announced closing a US$2.6M Pre-Series A round led by Monk’s Hill Ventures.

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September 15, 2021
MHV Announces Launch of Scouts Program to Support Promising Early-Stage Startups in Southeast Asia

Venture Scouts in the inaugural program have strong founder and operator track records including Achmad Zaky, Cofounder of Bukalapak; Turochas Fuad, Founder of Pace Enterprise; Araya Noon Hutasuwan, Cofounder of Snapcart; Dayu Dara, Founder of Pinhome.

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September 15, 2021
MHV Scouts Program: Nurturing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

At MHV, we believe in entrepreneurs backing entrepreneurs. Through this program, we want to empower founders to support fellow founders from day one.

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September 14, 2021
MHV Podcast - Peng T. Ong: Engineer Sci-Fi, Founding Match.com & Interwoven CEO Learnings

MHV Co-Founder & Managing Partner Peng T. Ong chats with host Jeremy Au in the second episode of MHV Podcast

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September 13, 2021
Vida Raises Pre-Series A Funding from MHV, Jungle Ventures, and Alpha JWC Ventures to Further Southeast Asia Digital Identity Ecosystem

Indonesian-based digital identity network VIDA announced today that it has raised funds from leading investors including Monk’s Hill Ventures, Jungle Ventures, and Alpha JWC Ventures

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September 9, 2021
Our Investment in Rainforest: Building Asia-Pacific’s Modern House of Brands

Selling products online has never been easier. With the emergence of online marketplaces, aspiring entrepreneurs around the world no longer have to create their own websites, but can instead build their entire business around established platforms.

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September 8, 2021
Rainforest Raises US$20 Million Pre-Series A to Acquire E-Commerce Brands in Asia Led by MHV

Funds will be used to drive Rainforest’s aggressive growth strategy, including expanding its portfolio of e-commerce brands in the home goods, mother & kids, personal care and pet categories by three times and growing its leadership team

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September 1, 2021
Startups Take Note: R+K>1 is Your Formula for Success

Does your early-stage business rely on user growth to achieve the scale required to reach profitability? Then you need to understand Rτ+Kτ >1. It's a deceptively simple formula that can ultimately determine an early-stage company's success.

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August 31, 2021
MHV Podcast - Susli Lie: Indonesia Childhood, YC Founder & VC Representation

Host Jeremy Au chats with Susli Lie, MHV Venture Partner on the first episode of the MHV Podcast.

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August 18, 2021
Our Investment in Jenfi: Transforming Financing for Digital-First Businesses in Southeast Asia

Not every startup needs venture capital. It may be odd to hear a VC investor say this, but the truth is the conventional ‘debt or equity’ option is not always suited for what a company actually needs, especially if it means sacrificing equity.

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August 17, 2021
Jenfi raises US$6.3M Series A to bring alternative revenue-based financing to digital-native businesses & startups led by MHV

Jenfi is the first-ever alternative revenue-based financing in Southeast Asia, catering to business owners and entrepreneurs by providing up to $500,000 of non-dilutive growth capital.

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August 10, 2021
Navigating the Singapore Tech Scene: A Who’s Who of Tech Companies Are Hiring

My current role as Head of Talent at MHV means further immersion in the increasingly vibrant local tech startup scene. If you want to understand the current Singapore tech landscape —including the stages and specific companies hiring and growing here— read on.

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July 29, 2021
Our Investment in INKR: Comics for the World; Any Title, Any Language

Imagine your Spotify subscription with only the Billboard 100 songs - that is essentially the state and universe of the digital comic industry today.

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July 29, 2021
INKR Raises US$3.1M Pre-Series A to Scale AI-Driven Digital Comics Platform to Address $10bn Global Market Opportunity Led by MHV

INKR is a first-of-its-kind platform with over 800+ manga, manhua, webtoon, to graphic novels to readers for a nominal subscription fee or pay-per-chapter model

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July 19, 2021
People, Potential, Passion: What's Driving Continued Innovation and Growth in Southeast Asia Today

Since 2014, Monk's Hill Ventures (MHV) has invested in Southeast Asia's most promising technology companies. Here, MHV co-founder Kuo-Yi Lim reflects on the journey so far and why investment in the region's budding tech startups makes more sense than ever.

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June 7, 2021
How Startup Founders in Southeast Asia Should Value Their Company

Grappling with how to value your early-stage startup? Here, Peng T. Ong shares three valuation secrets founders need to know, and how negotiating a successful valuation is as much a test for a company’s founders as it is about achieving a win-win between entrepreneurs and investors.

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May 25, 2021
Podcast: Using AI to Build Relationships, Not Transactions

Peng was interviewed in Slaves to the Algo podcast on his experience founding and exiting three companies and his views as an investor in Southeast Asia.

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May 21, 2021
As Glints CTO, this is what I want you to know about building an engineering team in Southeast Asia

My philosophy when it comes to building up engineering teams in Southeast Asia can be summed up in two words: intentionality and pragmatism.

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May 19, 2021
What I Learned as a Marketing Intern at a Southeast Asia VC

In my time as a marketing and communications intern at MHV, I learned more about the world of startups in the region and how a venture capital firm can add value through marketing and branding.

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May 5, 2021
The News Wars: Will Tech Giants Soon be Coughing Up Big Bucks for Media Content?

While I still feel like a young man (on most days), I’m old enough to remember the emergence of the public internet as we know it, and with it the emergence of it, the search engines.

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April 6, 2021
Glints Raises US$22.5 Million to Scale Tech-Enabled Talent Ecosystem to Solve the Regional Talent Crunch

Glints, Southeast Asia’s largest talent platform for career development and recruitment, raised US$22.5 Million in an oversubscribed round led by Tokyo-listed PERSOL Holdings.

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March 30, 2021
The Southeast Asia Tech Talent Compensation Report

Any startup founder will tell you one of the toughest challenges they face in building companies is hiring and retaining the right talent. It is particularly challenging when there’s limited data.

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March 30, 2021
Monk’s Hill Ventures and Glints’ Report Identifies 8 Trends in Building Teams and Attracting Startup Tech Talent in Southeast Asia

Monk’s Hill Ventures (MHV) and Glints today launched the “The Southeast Asia Tech Talent Compensation” report.

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March 26, 2021
Our Investment in UI-licious: Testing Automation Done Right

Zero! In my nine years running engineering and after hundreds of SaaS releases under my belt, this is the total number of software releases where skimping on quality assurance did not come up.

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March 25, 2021
UI-licious Raises US$1.5M Pre-Series A to Scale UI Test Automation Solution Led by Monk’s Hill Ventures

UI-licious, a first-of-its-kind UI test automation solution, today announced a new round of Pre-Series A funding of US$1.5M led by Monk’s Hill Ventures.

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March 24, 2021
Startup Spotlight: ELSA, An Interview with EMPEA

EMPEA interviewed ELSA co-founder and CEO Vu Van about how her experience studying at Stanford inspired her to launch a better way for people to learn the English language, why Google approached her to invest, and why ELSA has its sights set on Latin America as its next market of expansion.

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March 23, 2021
Startup Spotlight: Bot MD, An Interview with EMPEA

EMPEA spoke with Co-Founder & CEO Dorothea Koh about how her experience working for large healthcare companies informed the need to build better information tools for doctors, the strategy behind a doctor-first model, expansion plans in Asia, and the digitization of the medical industry during the pandemic.

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March 22, 2021
How Fintech in Asia is Enabling and Making Education Affordable for Everyone

As Southeast Asia sees an influx of economic and technological growth, the need for human capital development is becoming increasingly critical. Schools across the region are racing to address this training gap— attempting to innovate their curricula, to expand their classroom capacity, and to scale their reach.

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March 19, 2021
Podcast: The Rise of Technification in Southeast Asia

Peng was interviewed by the Asia Startup Pulse podcast on his journey as an investor in Southeast Asia, the region’s potential and the rise of technification in the tech startup ecosystem.

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March 3, 2021
What I Learned from My Fellowship at a Southeast Asia VC

During my stint, I learned a lot about the venture capital industry and the Southeast Asia tech startup ecosystem. Apart from conducting research and attending various virtual networking events, I also met (virtually) with many interesting founders.

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February 26, 2021
Investing in ErudiFi: Building a Better Tomorrow for Students

Access to affordable tertiary education remains a huge pain point in Southeast Asia, with the cost today being nearly double the average GDP per capita. While higher education is a $30 billion market today, only a third of the eligible college-age population is enrolled.

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February 23, 2021
ErudiFi Raises US$5 Million Series A to Scale Tech-Enabled Education Financing Solutions in Indonesia and the Philippines

Through data-driven financing solutions, ErudiFi is addressing Southeast Asia’s education financing gap and helping underserved students achieve their educational aspirations

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February 5, 2021
Our Timely Investment in Bot MD

The global pandemic has added tremendous pressure on healthcare systems around the world and reinforced the need for efficient operations and productive healthcare professionals. I am proud to announce today our Series A investment into Bot MD, an A.I. clinical assistant empowering doctors.

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February 3, 2021
Bot MD Raises US$5M Series A for Regional Expansion of Doctor Facing A.I. Assistant Platform by Monk’s Hill Ventures

Existing and new investors include SeaX, XA Network and SGInnovate, healthcare industry veterans Yoh-Chie Lu and Jean-Luc Butel, and Silicon Valley notable Steve Blank.

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January 30, 2021
ELSA Raises $15 Million For Global Expansion Of Its AI English Pronunciation Assistant

With funding co-led by Asia-based firms VIG & SIG, company to invest in full-scale B2B expansion.

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