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Happened and Happening in Indonesia (May 15-19), the national payment gateway is on the way

From funding news to new government regulation, here is your weekly briefing of what had happened in one of the most exciting markets in the region --Indonesia 

SoftBank Vision Fund announces first major close, confirms reported investment from Apple

The SoftBank Vision Fund is targeting a total of US$100 billion of committed capital; it has secured over US$93 billion 

Myanmar-based startup JobNet raises 7-figure funding to boost job opportunities in the country

Investors with strong experience in the online classifieds sector participated in the round 

Is your physical appearance important as an entrepreneur?

Take control of the qualities you can, exercising regularly, investing time in personal grooming, and taking pride in your professionalism 

How to build an in-house data science team (without a data scientist)

Technology tends to favour teams that have a firm grasp on data and analytics, and you can create one from scratch 

Building a successful exit strategy in SEA; why pre-revenue models are bad for listings

An IPO or M&A deal is massive undertaking for any company; it is essential to be well-prepared 

Why family offices can be another facet of venture capital, and how they can impact startup investments in Asia

Family offices can be a great source of direct private capital, but what does it mean for entrepreneurs to raise money from an individual or family investor instead of going the traditional VC route? 

Singapore fintech startup StashAway raises US$2.15M to roll out robo-advisory platform

With the new funding, StashAway will fulfil MAS's regulatory requirement of S$1 million for a retail fund management license 

EzCred provides loans to Indian consumers for purchases at retail shops; raises US$1M seed funding

Unlike traditional consumer finance companies, EzCred uses Aadhaar, eKYC and biometric-enabled authentication to process and disburse loans, avoiding paperwork