Catherine Shu

Catherine Shu

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Catherine Shu has covered startups in Asia and breaking news for TechCrunch since 2012. Her reporting has also appeared in the New York Times, the Taipei Times, Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal and the Village Voice. She studied at Sarah Lawrence College and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

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The Latest from Catherine Shu

Founded by former Carousell and Fave execs, Rainforest gets $36M to consolidate Asia-Pacific Amazon Marketplace brands

Singapore-based Rainforest is one of the newest entrants in the wave of startups that “roll-up” small e-commerce brands. Launched in January by alumni from some of Southeast Asia’s top startups,

Una Brands launches with $40M to roll up brands on multiple Asia-Pacific e-commerce platforms

One of the biggest funding trends of the past year is companies that consolidate small e-commerce brands. Many of the most notable startups in the space, like Thrasio, Berlin Brands Group and Branded

‘Knowledge-as-a-service’ platform Lynk announces collaboration with UBS

Lynk announced today that its “knowledge-as-a-service” platform will be integrated into UBS’ investment process. The collaboration means the banking giant’s research analysts and institutional

Fewcents raises $1.6M to help publishers take payments for individual articles, videos and podcasts

Many publishers are focused on converting visitors to subscribers, but there’s another important bracket: people who want to view a premium article or video, but not enough to sign up for a subscrip

IAC’s NurseFly rebrands to Vivian Health as it expands its healthcare jobs marketplace

NurseFly, the healthcare jobs marketplace owned by IAC, has rebranded to Vivian Health as it expands its range of services. Originally launched for traveling nurses (or nurses willing to travel for sh

Hangry, an Indonesian cloud kitchen startup with plans to become a global F&B company, closes $13M Series A

Hangry, an Indonesian cloud kitchen startup that wants to become a global food and beverage company, has raised a $13 million Series A. The round was led by returning investor Alpha JWC Ventures and i

Bibit raises another growth round led by Sequoia Capital India, this time for $65M

Four months after leading a $30 million growth round in Bibit, Sequoia Capital India has doubled down on its investment in the Indonesian robo-advisor app. Bibit announced today that the firm led a ne

Indonesian consumer research startup Populix gets $1.2M in pre-Series A funding

Indonesia is one of the fastest-growing consumer markets in the world, but consumer data is still hard to find for many businesses, especially smaller ones. Populix wants to make research easier for c

Super, an Indonesian hyperlocal social commerce startup, raises $28M led by SoftBank Ventures Asia

In Indonesia, daily necessities often cost more in smaller cities and rural areas. Super co-founder and chief executive officer Steven Wongsoredjo said the price difference can vary from about 10% to

Arc opens its remote career platform to all software developers

The COVID-19 pandemic threw remote work into the spotlight, but tech companies have hired in other locations for years to deal with talent shortages. Arc announced today it is opening its remote hirin

Location data analytics startup Placer.ai raises $50M Series B

It’s been a very tough year for Placer.ai’s core customer segments of retail and commercial real estate, to put it mildly. But the foot traffic and location analytics startup saw growth in new cat

Founded by Australia’s national science agency, Main Sequence launches $250M AUD deep tech fund

Main Sequence, the venture firm founded by Australia’s national science agency, announced today a new $250 million AUD (about $194.3 million USD) fund to invest in deep tech startups. This is Main S

Robo-advisor StashAway gets $25M Series D led by Sequoia Capital India

Investment app StashAway has raised a $25 million Series D led by Sequoia Capital India, with participation from returning investors Eight Roads Ventures and Square Peg. After regulatory approvals for

E-commerce tracking platform AfterShip raises $66M led by Tiger Global

AfterShip launched in 2012 to help online sellers track packages across different carriers, but since then it has built a suite of data analytics tools covering almost every step of the shopping exper

SmartNews’ COVID-19 vaccine alert reaches 1M users in Japan a week after launching

SmartNews announced today that its tools to help Japanese users find nearby COVID-19 vaccine bookings have reached more than one million users just a week after launching. The news discovery unicorn d

Gogoro partners with India’s Hero MotoCorp, one of the world’s largest two-wheel vehicle makers

Electric scooters powered by Gogoro’s swappable, rechargeable batteries now account for nearly a quarter of monthly sales in Taiwan, its home market. But one of the most frequent questions co-founde

After a decade of bootstrapping, Octopus Deploy raises $172.5M from Insight Partners

Founded almost a decade ago, Octopus Deploy has grown through bootstrapping to serve 25,000 organizations, including Microsoft, NASA, Xero, Disney and Stack Overflow. Today the company announced its f

Qapita, a developer of equity management software for startups, raises $5M led by MassMutual Ventures

Qapita, a Singapore-based fintech that provides capitalization table and employee stock ownership plans (ESOP) management software, has raised $5 million in pre-Series A funding. The round was led by

Singapore-based fintech STACS raises $3.6M to develop blockchain platforms for financial institutions

Singapore-based fintech Hashstacs Pte Ltd (STACS) announced today it has raised $3.6 million USD in pre-Series A funding. The company develops blockchain platforms that can work with financial institu

Indonesian edtech CoLearn gets $10M Series A led by Alpha Wave Incubation and GSV Ventures

Indonesian startup CoLearn started as a chain of physical tutoring centers and was in the process of shifting to a hybrid offline-online model when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The team sensed that remo
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