Vietnamese ride-hailing startup Be raises funding ahead of its launch

In the market, Be will be competing with Southeast Asian ride-hailing giants such as Grab and Go-Jek, who is present through Go-Viet 

Today’s top tech news, December 12, 2018: Vietnam-based travel company Triip now allows blockchain booking

Also, LightInTheBox acquires EzBuy despite struggling freefalling in the stock market, Uber's sued right after announcing IPO 

Vietnamese SaaS platform Base raises US$1.3M in pre-Series A funding round

For Alpha JWC Ventures, the investment into Base marks the Jakarta-based venture capital firm's entry to Vietnam 

Vietnam inks agreement with Ericsson to open IoT Innovation Hub

Vietnam's Ministry of Science and Technology and Ericsson signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Wednesday in Hanoi during Techfest 2018 

Vietnam-based edtech startup Topica raises US$50M in Series D

The startup will use the funding to accelerate product development 

500 Startups Vietnam closes its first fund oversubscribed at US$14M

500 Vietnam, which was originally targeting to close the fund at US$10M, plans to invest in up to 100 startups by 2020 

Recruitment platform JobHop raises US$710K in seed funding round

JobHop takes care of "everything that needs to happen" before a job interview can take place 

Foody ceases business in Indonesia, hands over operations to PergiKuliner

Foody claimed that it has failed to monetise in Indonesia, shifting its focus back into Vietnam 

WeWork to launch in Ho Chi Minh City next month

Its first location will be at the E-Town Centre in HCM City’s District 4 

Today's top tech news, November 5: Vietnam's new cybersecurity law may hurt its digital growth

Also, South Korean Skelter Labs got backed by Golden Gate Ventures, and Wealth Dynamix launches in Asia