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27 March 2024

EmpowerHER 2024: An Interview with iMotorbike Co-founder, Sharmeen Looi

Throughout March, Gobi Partners (Gobi) is honouring women entrepreneurs and leaders with a month-long celebration, meeting the 2024 International Women’s Day 2024 theme of “Inspiring Inclusion”. This empowering…

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20 March 2024

EmpowerHER 2024: An Interview with Kiddocare Founder, Nadira Yusoff

In honour of recognising and empowering women throughout March, Gobi Partners (Gobi) is hosting a month-long celebration for women entrepreneurs and leaders. Aligned with International Women’s Day 2024’s…

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18 March 2024

EPF Commits RM250 Million Aimed at Catalysing Malaysian Mid-to-Growth Stage Companies

KWASA DAMANSARA, 18 March 2024 – The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has announced a commitment of up to RM250 million aimed at catalysing mid-to-growth stage companies in Malaysia through…

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13 March 2024

EmpowerHER 2024: An Interview with BoomGrow Co-founder, Dr Jay Desan

Aligning with the “Inspiring Inclusion” theme for International Women’s Day 2024, Gobi Partners (Gobi) is hosting a month-long celebration for women entrepreneurs and leaders alike. The initiative kicked…

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8 March 2024

EmpowerHER 2024: Gobi Partners Kickstarts International Women’s Month

In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March each year, Gobi Partners proudly kicked off our EmpowerHER event on 1 March 2024. This event marks the beginning of a month-long celebration dedicated to recognising and honouring women founders and like-minded entrepreneurs within our ecosystem. Throughout this empowering month, we have planned two additional events tailored to uplift women entrepreneurs, along with sharing insightful articles and videos featuring selected women founders.

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31 January 2024

2023: A Year in Review

In the face of a challenging 2023, Gobi Partners strategically navigated the global economic landscape, adapting to uncertainties by prioritising survival and sustainability. Focused inward, we honed in…

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7 December 2023

Bitsmedia raises US$20 million in Series A Funding led by CMIA, Gobi Partners and Bintang Capital Partners

Singapore, 7 Dec 2023 – Bitsmedia, the creator of the widely popular Muslim lifestyle application (app), Muslim Pro, has successfully secured US$20 million in its Series A funding…

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30 November 2023

Vircle: Pioneering Family Finance and Financial Literacy for Children

Financial literacy is becoming increasingly important, especially in the digital age, so it is essential to teach children good financial habits from a young age. Enter Vircle, Malaysia’s…

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27 November 2023

Ejen2u: Turning Entrepreneurial Dreams into Reality

In today’s dynamic business landscape, navigating the intricate labyrinth of growth is a challenging journey. Ejen2u stands out as a key navigator for aspiring entrepreneurs in this fast-paced…

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23 November 2023

BoomGrow: The Farm of Tomorrow

The concept of food sustainability has evolved beyond mere rhetoric; it has become a lifestyle as we progressively adopt eco-conscious choices and embrace sustainable living. As the escalating…

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16 November 2023

Kiddocare: Malaysia’s Answer to Modern Parenting

In the whirlwind of modern life, parents often find themselves in a constant juggle between work and childcare. The quest for a trustworthy babysitter or daycare centre can…

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14 November 2023

ERTH: Turning Trash into Treasure

In an age when our electronic gadgets become obsolete faster than you can say “upgrade,” the world is grappling with an alarming environmental crisis – electronic waste or…

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8 November 2023

Care Concierge: Transforming Senior Care for a Brighter Future

We are often so engrossed in the hustle and bustle of our fast-paced lives that it is easy to overlook the essential needs of our senior loved ones….

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6 November 2023

Gobi Dana Impak: A Path to Prosperity and Resilience for Malaysia

In an era where economic competitiveness and societal well-being are inseparable, Gobi Dana Impak Ventures (GDIV) Fund shines as a beacon of transformation in Malaysia. This dynamic initiative,…

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31 October 2023

Vircle Receives Venture Capital Injection in Its Mission to Financially Empower School Children Nationwide

KUALA LUMPUR, 31 October 2023: Vircle, a Malaysian neobanking service provider with a mission to help parents raise money-smart kids, has successfully secured venture capital (VC) funding for…

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13 October 2023

Part 2: 11 Gobi Companies to Watch in 2023, according to Forbes

Asia, a continent brimming with diverse cultures and traditions, has become a thriving epicentre for groundbreaking startups. Within this dynamic landscape, Gobi companies are making significant strides in…

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10 October 2023

Gobi Partners Invests in Ejen2u’s Mission to Empower Entrepreneurs Nationwide

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 October 2023: Asia-focused venture capital firm, Gobi Partners continues its commitment to empowering local entrepreneurs by becoming the lead investor in Ejen2u’s Pre-Series A funding…

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2 October 2023

Gobi Partners Join BoomGrow’s Journey to Revolutionise Precision Farming in Asia

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 October 2023: Asia-focused venture capital firm, Gobi Partners is doubling down on its commitment to Environment, Social and Governance (ESG)-friendly investments through its latest strategic…

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29 September 2023

Part 1: 11 Gobi Companies to Watch in 2023, according to Forbes

Venturing into the startup world is not just about chasing profits and making heads turn but leaving an indelible mark and inspiring others to follow suit. Prestigious organisations…

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27 September 2023

Kiddocare Secures Strategic Investments in Pre-Series A Round: Powering Malaysia’s Caregiving Revolution

Kuala Lumpur, 27 September 2023 – Malaysia’s pioneering on-demand caregiving platform, Kiddocare is thrilled to announce the successful conclusion of its Pre-Series A round. The round included strategic investments…

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19 September 2023

Twin Towers Ventures and Gobi Partners Sign MoU to Catalyse Sustainable Innovation in Asia Pacific Region

SINGAPORE, 19 September 2023 – Twin Towers Ventures (TTV) the investment arm of PETRONAS Ventures, and Asia-focused venture capital firm, Gobi Partners have entered into a Memorandum of…

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11 September 2023

Gobi Partners Bolster Commitment to Sustainability with Investment in ERTH, an Electronic Waste Recycling Leader

KUALA LUMPUR, 11 September 2023: Asian-focused venture capital firm, Gobi Partners announced a strategic investment in Electronic Recycling Through Heroes (ERTH), a local leader in electronic waste (commonly…

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23 August 2023

Gobi Partners Onboards Southeast Asia’s Largest Integrated Recommerce Platform, CompAsia

23 August 2023, Kuala Lumpur: Pan-Asian venture capital firm, Gobi Partners (Gobi), has taken on the lead investor role in the Series A funding round of Southeast Asia’s…

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3 August 2023

Gobi Partners Debuts HealthTech Investments in the Greater Bay Area and Malaysia, Bolstering HealthTech Portfolio to US$11.8 million in Greater Bay ASEAN

Kuala Lumpur, 3 August 2023 – As a leading pan-Asian venture capital firm, Gobi Partners reached a new milestone by making simultaneous investments in the Greater Bay Area…

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27 July 2023

Going Beyond Capital: GUIDE To Nurture Resilient Startups

Over the past 10 years, the majority of SEA venture capital investment, amounting to nine dollars out of every 10, has been directed towards the tech-enabled sector. Without…

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29 June 2023

#ESGobi Month: Pioneering Sustainability with Deliveree

As the world grapples with the pressing need for sustainability, businesses are increasingly aligning their operations with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). Among the standout companies…

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27 June 2023

iMotorbike Raises RM12mil in Series A Round, Paving the Way for Enhanced Preowned Motorcycles Trading in Southeast Asia

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 June 2023: iMotorbike, Southeast Asia’s pioneer e-commerce platform for buying and selling preowned motorcycles, today announced that it has raised RM12 million (US$2.6 million) (US$1…

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22 June 2023

#ESGobi Month: Embracing Best Practices in Talent Retention: Ee Leen Gui

Recognising the historical dominance of men in the venture capital and finance industries, Gobi Partners has made a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity (DEI). In the…

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15 June 2023

#ESGobi Month: Where We Are Now, and Where We Go From Here: Carlo Chen-Delantar 

On the heels of Gobi’s second sustainability report being launched, it’s become clear that venture capitalist (VC) firms need to gradually abandon the currently prevalent, linear “take, make,…

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7 June 2023

Asia Gender-Smart Investing Workshop 2023 Report

Held across two days on 30 and 31 March 2023 by Gobi Partners in collaboration with UN Women, Asia Gender-Smart Investing Workshop (AGI Workshop 2023) brought together private…

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6 June 2023

Gobi Partners Sustainability Report 2022

We are excited to announce the release of our 2022 Sustainability Report, demonstrating Gobi Partners’ unwavering commitment to promoting Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices and our dedication to aligning with the United Nations Global Compact’s corporate sustainability principles.

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25 May 2023

Macau BEYOND Expo 2023: The Greater Bay Area Bridging Asia’s Innovation and Technology Ecosystem

BEYOND Expo 2023 is the largest technology expo hosted by the Macau Technology General Association and organized by Technode. The various events within and associated with the expo…

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5 May 2023

Gobi Partners GBA: The Development Opportunities of Macau’s Venture Capital and Startup Ecosystem

Dubbed the “Las Vegas of the East”, Macau has distinguished itself with its unique blend of Portuguese and Chinese culture, attracting tourists from around the world to come…

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27 April 2023

TaqwaTech Thursdays: Breaking the cultural taboo with Udhaar Book

Nobody should miss out on precious family time because they were struggling to fill out a balance sheet. Seeing this happen year after year drove Fahad Kamr to create a…

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20 April 2023

TaqwaTech Thursdays: Social selling made easy with Zarya

Fatima Gobi Ventures (FGV)‘ TaqwaTech initiative allows aspiring tech startups to drive innovation and growth in Muslim economies like Pakistan. One such startup is Zarya which has simplified…

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13 April 2023

TaqwaTech Thursdays: No one goes hungry during Ramadan and Eid with Abhi

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of financial wellness company Abhi, Omair Ansari, aspires to make Eid Mubarak a joyous occasion for all, by enabling them to access advances on…

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6 April 2023

TaqwaTech Thursdays: Celebrating Pakistan’s Most Promising Startups

As we welcome the arrival of spring, the burgeoning startup scene in Pakistan continues to flourish. The country achieved a remarkable 17% year-on-year increase in total venture funding,…

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30 March 2023

Gobi Celebrates Women’s Month with DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality Event

In light of Women’s Day on March 8, 2023 and this year’s theme: “DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality”, Gobi Partners and HSBC co-hosted a gathering on…

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29 March 2023

Gobi Partners onboards Care Concierge to the Khazanah-backed Gobi Dana Impak Ventures fund

KUALA LUMPUR, 29 March 2023: Gobi Partners, the most interconnected Pan-Asian venture capital (VC) firm with US$1.5 billion (RM6.5 billion) in assets under management has onboarded its first…

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23 March 2023

Celebrating the Women of Gobi: An interview with GoWork Cofounder, Vanessa Hendriadi

When it comes to professional careers and business, inevitably priorities will differ between genders. Reports highlight that female entrepreneurs face some real challenges, wading the choppy waters of…

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21 March 2023

Celebrating the Women of Gobi: An interview with AVANA Co-founder, Yienyee Soh

The tech industry has seen booming growth in the past few decades, creating demand for technical talents to fill in roles. However, it is clear that despite the…

Portfolio Companies
16 March 2023

Celebrating the Women of Gobi: An interview with Travelio Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Christina Suriadjaja

As a participant of the United Nations Global Compact, and with this year’s International Women’s Day theme DigitALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality, Gobi Partners’ initiative to…

Portfolio Companies
9 March 2023

International Women’s Day: Cindy Zhang on Diversity and Inclusion in Finance and Technology

My journey to venture capital (VC) and Gobi was quite serendipitous. I first moved to Hong Kong after working at a boutique investment bank in New York, and…

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23 February 2023

Gobi, The Big Picture: Supporting the Malaysian Tech Ecosystem

Here at Gobi Partners, it is our goal to support entrepreneurs from the early to growth stages, especially those in emerging and underserved markets.  Malaysia was certainly one…

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2 February 2023

Gobi Partners onboards Malaysian startups Durioo+, Lapasar, Paywatch and pitchIN to the Gobi Superseed II Fund

KUALA LUMPUR, 2 February 2023: Gobi Partners, the most interconnected Pan-Asian venture capital (VC) firm with US$1.5 billion (RM6.5 billion) in assets under management has onboarded four more…

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21 January 2023

2022: A Year in Review

We are proud to share our key highlights and the global recognition of our strengths that will propel us to even greater heights in the decades to come.

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12 December 2022

Gobi Partners Joins B20-G20’s One Global Women Empowerment  Platform to Accelerate Women Entrepreneurs

KUALA LUMPUR, 12 Dec  2022: Leading pan-Asian venture capital (VC) firm, Gobi Partners is proud to announce that it has become one of the first VC signatories to…

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8 December 2022

Gobi Partners Appoints Carlo Chen-Delantar as New Head of ESG

MANILA, 8 Dec 2022: Gobi Partners, the most interconnected Pan-Asian venture capital (VC) firm with US$1.5 billion in assets under management, has appointed Carlo Chen-Delantar as its Head…

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1 December 2022

The Investment Case for Diversity in Tech: JJ Erpaiboon

Every year on November 19, we often see corporations and organisations celebrating and commemorating the achievements of women entrepreneurs in conjunction with Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. We believe women…

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23 November 2022

Gobi-Core Philippine Fund Reveals the State of Talent in Tech 2022 Report

23 November 2022, Manila: While the Philippine tech ecosystem remains resilient amid global economic headwinds, the country’s talent pool must grow in tandem to support the birth and…

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22 November 2022

Supporting Pakistan in Its Time of Need: Taraec Hussein

As early believers in Pakistan’s massive potential, our team at Fatima Gobi Ventures (FGV) – a joint venture company established in 2019 by Gobi Partners and Fatima Group,…

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11 November 2022

Investing in Southeast Asia: Vincent Low

Alibaba Cloud’s recognition of Gobi Partners at the recent AsiaStar 10×10 campaign speaks volumes about the impact we have made by providing crucial support and patient capital to…

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4 November 2022

How VCs Can Help Push the Circular Economy: Carlo Delantar

As with everything else, finance effects change. But the question today is, how can we go beyond profit to amplify positive social impact in a post-pandemic world? That’s…

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21 September 2022

Allianz Malaysia joins Gobi Partners’ Malaysia-focused SuperSeed II Fund

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 Sep 2022: Pan-Asian venture capital (VC) firm, Gobi Partners announced the closing of its US$10 million Gobi SuperSeed II (Gobi SSII) Fund following the participation…

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17 August 2022

Gobi Partners Appoints Gui Ee Leen as Human Resources Partner

Ee Leen alongside Gobi’s ASEAN Human Resources (HR) team will be responsible for the company’s HR strategy including recruitment and employee retention programmes with a focus on gender diversity and inclusivity; training and development plans; evaluating and improving the company’s employee value proposition; and ensuring a safe, ethical and fair workplace.

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29 July 2022

20 Years, 20 Questions: Getting Candid with Margaret Srijaya

As we celebrate Gobi Partners’ 20th anniversary in 2022, we will be sharing inside looks into the workings of Gobi and its portfolio companies. This edition of 20…

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30 June 2022

Philippines’ Largest EdTech Startup Edukasyon.ph Closes Bridge Funding Round

Philippines’ largest EdTech startup Edukasyon.ph closes bridge funding round Edukasyon.ph, the largest EdTech startup in the Philippines, has raised a convertible note with backing from a number of…

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27 June 2022

Deliveree Raises US$70 million Series C To Digitize Logistics In SEA

Deliveree is pleased to announce the closing of its USD 70 million Series C funding round led by Gobi Partners and SPIL Ventures with participation from existing investor…

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23 June 2022

Ethis Group and Gobi Partners to debut Shariah-compliant US$20 million Seed Fund

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 June 2022 – Ethical investment and social finance platform operator, Ethis Group, having launched EthisX as part of its global expansion plan, continues to trail…

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20 June 2022

Rider Takes Off With US$3.1 M Seed Round to Courier Pakistan Businesses Into 21st Century

YC-backed logistics start-up scoops seed round from the popular YC Demo Day as they seek to ramp up the logistics space in Pakistan and create an Amazon-like next-day…

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23 May 2022

Maria Health Partners With Deel, the Largest Global Compliance and Payroll Platform to Provide Affordable Health Coverage to Philippine Remote Workers

Maria Health, the largest online health insurance marketplace in the Philippines, has partnered with Deel to provide access to affordable health insurance for companies hiring remote workers in…

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25 March 2022

COLABS Raises US$3 Million Seed to Empower Entrepreneurs and Freelancers Through Its Spaces and Tech Platform Across Pakistan

LAHORE, PAKISTAN (25 March 2022): COLABS, the Lahore-based startup that enables SMEs, entrepreneurs and freelancers to build and grow their businesses through its spaces and tech platform, has…

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17 June 2022

20 Years, 20 Questions: Getting Candid with Carlo Delantar

As we celebrate Gobi Partners’ 20th anniversary in 2022, we will be sharing inside looks into the workings of Gobi and its portfolio companies. This edition of 20…

Thought Leadership
5 June 2022

Gobi Partners Sustainability Report COP 2021

Gobi Partners is proud to release our inaugural Sustainability Report, which chronicles our accomplishments and our ongoing efforts in promoting economic development, environmental restoration, and social equality &…

Reports
31 May 2022

Quickfire Pitches and Fireside Chat With Wilson Beh

In what is potentially Malaysia’s venture capital first, Gobi Partners alongside payments infrastructure platform, Stripe held a quickfire 1-minute pitching session for entrepreneurs at the recently held Co-Networking…

Events
31 May 2022

Putting on ESG Investment Lens in Regional Trade

Gobi Partners co-founder Thomas Tsao call for the need for an integrated Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment focus during his panel session at the recently held 25th…

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25 May 2022

Eureka AI Partners with CKDelta, a Member of CK Hutchison Holdings, to Deliver Market Intelligence at Scale

Through the partnership, Eureka and CKDelta will bring enterprises intelligence to serve their customers better. Eureka, an enterprise software company focused on applying AI to large scale data…

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31 May 2022

20 Years, 20 Questions: Getting Candid with Taraec Hussein

As we celebrate Gobi Partners’ 20th anniversary in 2022, we will be sharing inside looks into the workings of Gobi and its portfolio companies. This edition of 20…

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21 April 2022

Gobi Partners and Ozora Yatrapaktaja Launch First US$10 Million Seed Fund for Women Startups in Indonesia

Gobi Partners and Ozora Yatrapaktaja are partnering together to launch a US$10 million seed fund for women startups in Indonesia, called the Ratu Nusa Fund.

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11 April 2022

20 Years, 20 Questions: Getting Candid with Paul Ark

As we celebrate Gobi Partners’ 20th anniversary in 2022, we will be sharing inside looks into the workings of Gobi and its portfolio companies. This edition of 20…

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28 January 2022

2021: A Year in Review

2021 marked the awakening of exciting new markets in Asia like the Philippines, Pakistan and Malaysia, with Gobi portfolio companies reaping the benefits of accelerated digitization. Gobi startups…

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21 January 2022

20 Years, 20 Questions: Getting Candid with Jamaludin Bujang

As we celebrate Gobi Partners’ 20th anniversary in 2022, we will be sharing inside looks into the workings of Gobi and its portfolio companies. This edition of 20…

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20 December 2021

Download: Asia Gender-Smart Investing Forum 2021 Report

Private-sector industry leaders from around Asia came together for the inaugural Asia Gender-Smart Investing Forum 2021, presented by Gobi Partners and co-organized with UN Women’s WeEmpowerAsia program funded…

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25 November 2021

20 Years, 20 Questions: Getting Candid with Dan Chong

As we approach Gobi Partners’ 20th anniversary in 2022, we will be sharing inside looks into the workings of Gobi and its portfolio companies. This edition of 20…

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5 November 2021

Unlock Growth and Potential Through Gender Smart Investing

Bangkok, Thailand – Private sector industry leaders from around Asia came together for the Asia Gender-Smart Investing Forum, presented by Gobi Partners and co-organized with UN Women’s WeEmpowerAsia programme funded by the European Union. Gender-smart investing…

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30 August 2021

DeliverEat joins the AirAsia family in ASEAN’s super app race

How Gobi’s Dealmaking Value-add Was Instrumental in Delivering Another Superseed Success Story Food delivery startup DeliverEat’s recent acquisition by Teleport, the logistics arm of regional brand AirAsia, is…

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6 July 2020

Rise of the Anti-Sharing Economy – by Kay-Mok Ku

To see the future, one just needs to look at Japan. The land of the rising sun is also the land of falling prices. This is despite the…

Thought Leadership
1 July 2020

Airlift expands into grocery delivery business

Today, Airlift is announcing our $10m Series A-1 financing led by new partners and with strong participation from existing investors, increasing our total investment to date to $24.1m…

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12 May 2020

MICRO NOT MACRO – by Kay Mok Ku

I recently participated in a Southeast Asian investor panel organized by Momentum Works, where the main topic revolved around lessons learned from previous crises and how they can be…

Thought Leadership
11 February 2020

ROBOTS vs VIRUSES by Kay-Mok Ku

As we ushered in the New Year and braced ourselves for the coming “Corona Storm”, the startup community should never forget to turn adversity into opportunity. In fact,…

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15 November 2019

Rise of Chocolonies by Kay-Mok Ku

Accompanied Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, on a business mission to Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana. Ghana is also where the Jack Ma Foundation will…

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4 November 2019

MyGiving Champions a Global Giving Movement in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, 4 November 2019 – It was a fascinating Monday morning filled with insightful presentations and a panel discussion from a diverse range of NGOs, businesses and…

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29 July 2019

Africa: The Rise of the Lion King and Indomie by Kay-Mok Ku

We recently made our first investment into Africa, CleverHome. It was founded by a “seabound” (出海) Chinese entrepreneur, who started with selling building materials to Africa in 2015….

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27 June 2019

The Future of Venture Capital by Kay-Mok Ku

In the past quarter century, we have witnessed two technological waves that drove venture investing: Commercialization of the militay Internet in the US in the 90s heralded the…

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4 June 2020

The Three-Body Problem — by Kay-Mok Ku

Anyone who has attended classes at the Alibaba University will learn about its unique company culture of selecting a character from Louis Cha’s (金庸) martial arts novels as…

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