Payment service Toss becomes Korea’s newest unicorn after raising $80M

Payment service Toss becomes Korea’s newest unicorn after raising $80M

South Korea has got its third unicorn startup after Viva Republica, the company beyond popular payment app Toss, announced it has raised an $80 million round at a valuation of $1.2 billion. This new round is led by U.S. firms Kleiner Perkins and Ribbit Capital, both of which cut their first checks for Korea with this Read more about Payment service Toss becomes Korea’s newest unicorn after raising $80M[…]

Coinbase abandons its cautious approach with plan to list up to 30 new cryptocurrencies

Coinbase abandons its cautious approach with plan to list up to 30 new cryptocurrencies

Coinbase is the most conservative exchange in cryptoland, largely because it operates in the U.S. under the watchful eye of the SEC. The $8 billion-valued company trades fewer than ten cryptocurrencies to consumers but on Friday announced it announced a major expansion that could see it list up to 30 new tokens. The company said it is Read more about Coinbase abandons its cautious approach with plan to list up to 30 new cryptocurrencies[…]

Grab invests $100M into India’s OYO to expand its budget hotel service in Southeast Asia

Grab invests $100M into India’s OYO to expand its budget hotel service in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asian ride-hailing firm Grab has made its most ambitious investment to date after it backed India-headquartered budget hotel network OYO to the tune of $100 million. The investment was part of a $1 billion Series E round led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund that closed back in September. The deal was first made public via a Read more about Grab invests $100M into India’s OYO to expand its budget hotel service in Southeast Asia[…]

BlackBerry is buying Cylance for $1.4 billion to continue its push into cybersecurity

BlackBerry is buying Cylance for $1.4 billion to continue its push into cybersecurity

BlackBerry was best known for keyboard-totting smartphones, but their demise in recent years has seen the Canadia firm pivot towards enterprise services and in particular cybersecurity. That strategy takes a big step further forward today after BlackBerry announced the acquisition of AI-based cybersecurity company Cylance for a cool $1.4 billion. Business Insider reported that a Read more about BlackBerry is buying Cylance for $1.4 billion to continue its push into cybersecurity[…]

Grab pulls in $250M from Hyundai as ongoing round reaches $2.7B

Grab pulls in $250M from Hyundai as ongoing round reaches $2.7B

Grab, the Singapore startup that bought Uber’s Southeast Asia business earlier this year, continues to announce strategic investors for its ongoing Series H funding round. The latest edition revealed today is Korean automotive firm Hyundai, which is investing $250 million. Hyundai first invested in Grab in January, and it joins recently announced investors Microsoft (undisclosed) Read more about Grab pulls in $250M from Hyundai as ongoing round reaches $2.7B[…]