Newsletter | October 2022

31 October 2022





Gobi Partners: Celebrating 20 Years of Impact Across Asia
We have been busy celebrating our 20 years of impact across Asia this month, with first a dinner held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 14 October 2022 and another in Hong Kong on 31 October 2022, held in collaboration with Hang Seng Bank.

To quote our founder, Thomas G. Tsao:
“In venture capital, it takes a community to nurture a startup; it will take an ecosystem to help that startup grow wings and we are grateful to all the colleagues, investors, founders, and strategic partners who have helped us nurture and grow this dream.”

Click (HERE) to watch a video of the KL celebration and (HERE) for photos of the Hong Kong event.

NBA Player Damian Lillard Invests in Hong Kong E-commerce Platform Kicks Crew

This is the first tech startup that Lillard has ever invested in and is a result of his shared vision with Kicks Crew to introduce sneaker culture to a wider audience.

Language AI Company Fano Labs Raises Funding From AEF Greater Bay Area Fund To Accelerate Growth in Regtech and WealthTech

The funds raised will accelerate Fano Labs’ business expansion across the Greater Bay Area and Southeast Asia.

Singapore-Based Staffing Platform Workmate Acquired by Persol Asia Pacific

The acquisition by Persol Asia Pacific, one of the region’s largest HR service providers will enable Workmate to expand its solutions throughout the Asia Pacific.


Through the memorandum of understanding, EasyParcel will introduce its micro, social and SMEs network to curate packages of affordable, technological and innovative e-fulfilment services provided by iStore iSend. 

The Breakfast Grille: Aerodyne, Malaysia’s “Soonicorn”?

Aerodyne founder, Kamarul Muhamed spoke to Malaysia’s premier business radio station, BFM on the company’s expansion plans having already expanded into 35 countries worldwide.

RPG Commerce, PolicyStreet and Pop Meals Mull Over Expansion

RPG Commerce, PolicyStreet and Pop Meals are known to have gained trust not only from consumers but also from renowned investors internationally despite stiff competition within the ecosystem.

This Robotics Startup Is Cleaning Up the Oceans

An Alibaba Jumpstarter Award winner, ClearBot uses AI to analyse the composition of the collected waste and correlates it with location and tidal data to highlight trends in the origins of pollution. 


Gobi cofounder and chairman Thomas G. Tsao was on Astro AWANI Notepad where he discussed TaqwaTech, China’s capabilities, investing in unicorns and gave a shout-out to the portfolios which are making waves.

ESG Makes Inroads Into Asia: Investors’ Appetite Is on the Rise

Gobi Head of ESG and Partner, Paul Ark stressed the importance of embedding ESG capabilities at the early stages of startups, during a panel discussion with Fintech News Asia.

Fireside Chat: Top Concerns & Focuses for China VCs As They up Stakes in Global Market

Against the backdrop of a global economic slowdown and geopolitical uncertainties, Beijing’s tech crackdown and stringent COVID travel restrictions are increasingly adding to the pressure on investment sentiment across the Greater China region.  Gobi GBA Chibo Tang discusses in-depth with DealStreet Asia’s Eudora Wong.

The Big Read: Defying Doubters, Singapore Built a Flourishing Startup Scene Within a Decade. Can It Take the Next Step Up?

It may have been a slow start for Singapore but within a decade, what had seemed like an innovation desert is now looking like a flourishing oasis — so much so that Singapore is being dubbed the “Silicon Valley of Asia”.


The Billion Dollar Brew – Investor Roundtable on Next Generation Investors & VC Shaping Our World
Gobi’s Investor Relations and Diversity Lead, JJ Erpaiboon was on the  Billion Dollar Brew to discuss crucial challenges from stakeholder buy-in, to market pressure and share tactics on what is required to move forward and drive returns through diversity.

Beyond The Billion (launched as The Billion Dollar Fund for Women) is the world’s first and largest consortium of venture funds pledged to and actively deploying over US$1 billion to female founders. 
#GobiCares: Pakistan Floods Relief Drive
The heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan that started in June 2022 have caused the deaths of over 1,700 people thus far and displaced over 33 million more. Together with Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières HK (MSF), Fatima Gobi Ventures is fundraising for clean drinking water, hygiene kits and medical care to treat increasing skin infections as well as waterborne and vector-borne diseases in the Sindh Province.

As part of our charity and community outreach under the #GobiCares initiative, we have also committed to donating half of the fundraising goal. Now it’s your turn. Come join us in saving lives!

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