Today's top tech news, July 16: Mid-tier funding galore and M17 ends IPO attempt

Also, Singapore lands another fund and the Hong Kong Central Bank is experimenting with blockchain 

Hong Kong's central bank rolls out blockchain-based trade finance

Hong Kong Monetary Authority has already signed 21 banks, including HSBC and Standard Chartered, for the new system which will go live in August 

TripAdvisor infuses more money into Southeast Asia's online restaurant reservation startup Eatigo

The funding comes as TripAdvisor's restaurants business unit TheFork looks to help expand Eatigo's presence and services across the Asia Pacific region 

Golden Equator Capital, Korea Investment Partners launch US$88M fund for Series A/B startups in Southeast Asia

The average ticket size of GEC-KIP Technology and Innovation Fund will be between US$1.5M and US$3.7M with follow-on potential 

Autonomous vehicles are coming but you won't own one

Despite the government’s optimistic outlook, Didi CTO and co-founder Bob Zhang believes that mass adoption of autonomous vehicles is at least a decade away 

Hong Kong-based logistics platform Gogovan raises US$250M to expand into new markets

Last August, the firm merged with 58 Suyun, a leading intra-city logistics company in Mainland China, and increased presence to over 300 cities 

Happened in Indonesia; GetCraft names new CTO, Seekmi introduces new look

A summary of all the exciting news coming in from Indonesia to our news desk this week 

Ucommune confirms US$45M acquisition of Workingdom, signals there is more to come

Formerly known as UrWork, the acquisition is not the first one that Ucommune has done in 2018 

Singapore, South Korea sign SME and startup partnership during Moon Jae-in visit

When the South Korean President visited Singapore, Enterprise Singapore inked MOUs with Korean government agencies 

Today's top tech news, July 12: ZTE to resume US operations, Quadrant Protocol raises US$15M

In addition to ZTE, we also have news from Quadrant Protocol and two exciting reports about Asian tech ecosystem