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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? 

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 

This IoT solution can predict power outages in your building and also help you save 30% energy

Indian startup Zenatix's solution WattMan provides updates regarding predictive and preventive maintenance of electrical assets through its cloud-based intelligent controls 

Payments gateway firm Telr raises US$3M to scale operations and roll out new products in India, emerging markets

Telr's multiple payment methods like cards and online banking instantly enable businesses to accept and manage online payments via web, mobile and social media 

Singapore fintech startup 4xLabs offers solutions to forex firms; raises US$1.5M from Dymon Asia, OSK Ventures

4xLabs provides Biz4x that helps money changers to improve their topline by helping them acquire new business, optimise price setting, and scale their business 

Indian O2O startup Fynd brings latest in-store fashion online; raises US$500K from Rocketship

Rocketship is a Silicon Valley-based VC firm founded by Junglee founders Venky Harinarayan and Anand Rajaraman 

Taiwanese online travel marketplace KKday expands to Malaysia; betting big on the growing Malay, Chinese communities

KKDay provides consumers with over 6,000 travel experiences from 53 countries and 170 cities all over the world 

No more buffering or loading issues; Greta.io can boost the performance of your website with a few simple steps

Greta has developed an AI- and Machine Learning-powered software solution to improve load times, increases content quality whilst offloading servers to avoid network congestion 

(In Photos) Take a stroll on the recently-launched Indian co-working space Skootr

Skootr offers customised working spaces to meet the demands of large corporate clients, startups, freelancers, SMEs, BPOs, and cohorts of working professionals 

Chymera provides an immersive ads and monetisation platform to VR developers; secures funding via LetsVenture

Chymera provides a solution to advertisers, who are keen to leverage VR as a storytelling and brand building platform and to earn revenue for each ad served