East Ventures launches US$30M fund for SEA startups focussing on Indonesia

East Ventures is an early-stage venture fund that has invested in 116 startups in  Southeast Asia, including Traveloka, Tokopedia, and Ruangguru 

Captain's Log, Aug 29: Whispir opens Singapore office, Synergo raises seed funding

China launches new regulations on internet anonymity, Thailand receives assistance from a certain e-commerce giant in promoting its local products 

Early stage investment deals in SEA decreased in H1 2017 as the ecosystem matured

A panel discussion hosted by East Ventures in Jakarta revealed that investors are becoming "more cautious" in investing and giving valuations 

Captain's Log, July 19: Indonesian fintech startup Julo raises seed funding led by Skystar Capital

ObEN and Nauto are also closing deals from Asia-based investors, while Whatsapp just got banned in China 

Singapore cashback startup ShopBack expands to Thailand; its sixth market in SE Asia

ShopBack currently offers cashback from over 1,300 merchants on its platform 

News at a glance, China to ban VPNs, APAC millennials say they are lazy, a bitcoin exchange CEO gets hauled to court, and more

In today's news capsule, we also cover Darktrace's latest funding round, a partnership between IBM and East Ventures and Campfire launching 10 new co-working spaces 

Indonesian edutech startup Ruangguru raises Series B round led by UOB Venture Management

Ruangguru has recently received a grant from global mobile operator trade body GSMA 

Airfrov gets you favourite brands and unique items from all over the world; secures US$500K from East Ventures

The startup claims it currently has a growing community of around 45,000 active shoppers and more than 3,500 travellers travelling abroad monthly 

Jakarta provincial govt, coworking spaces team up to launch 'scholarship' for startups

Aiming startups based in Jakarta, the programme will help them secure office spaces by distributing passes to 100 eligible companies