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

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com’s shares gain 5.7% in their Hong Kong debut

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com’s shares rose 5.7% after opening at HKD $239 (about USD $30.80) during their first day of trading on the Hong Kong stock exchange. JD.com had originally priced the sh

Reebelo, a Singapore-based site for refurbished electronics, raises $1.25 million seed round

Reebelo, a Singapore-based marketplace for refurbished electronics, has raised a seed round of $1.25 million led by June Fund, with participation from Antler. The new funding will be used for hiring,

SoftBank confirms it may sell some of its T-Mobile stake

SoftBank Group confirmed today it is considering selling its T-Mobile U.S. shares. Bloomberg reported last month that SoftBank was nearing an agreement to sell about $20 billion of its T-Mobile U.S. s

Grab to lay off 360 people, or about 5% of its employees

Grab is laying off about 360 people, or slightly less than 5% of its employees. Co-founder and CEO Anthony Tan made the announcement in a letter to Grab employees today. A Grab spokesperson told TechC

Maria Ressa, founder of Filipino independent media site Rappler, found guilty in cyber libel trial

Veteran journalist Maria Ressa, the founder of Filipino independent news site Rappler, was found guilty on Monday of cyber libel charges by a Manila court. She faces up to six years in prison. Critics

Enterprise automation platform JIFFY.ai raises $18 million Series A

Enterprise automation startup JIFFY.ai announced today it has raised $18 million in Series A funding for product development and expansion into new markets around the world. The company is also keen t

Insurance data analytics platform Planck raises $16 million Series B

Planck, an AI-based data platform for insurance underwriting, has raised a $16 million Series B led by Team8 Capital. The New York-based startup anticipates that clients will need to handle an influx

Propzy, a Vietnamese offline-to-online real estate platform, raises $25 million Series A

Propzy, a Vietnam-based startup that guides consumers through the entire process of a real estate transaction, has raised a $25 million Series A led by Gaw Capital and SoftBank Ventures Asia, the earl

South Korean court denies prosecutors’ arrest warrant request for Samsung heir Jay Lee

A South Korean court denied an arrest warrant request for Samsung Group heir apparent Jay Y. Lee, saying that although prosecutors secured “a considerable amount of evidence,” it was still

Amazon Air adds 12 new aircraft to its cargo fleet, expands its ground operations

Amazon announced today it has added 12 new cargo aircraft to Amazon Air, bringing its total fleet to more than 80 aircraft, in part because of increased demand for shipments during the COVID-19 pandem

Singapore-based caregiving startup launches Homage Health for online and home medical consultations

Homage, the Singapore-based startup that matches families and caregivers, has launched a new service that provides home medical visits, telehealth consultations and medication delivery. Called Homage

Danggeun Market, the South Korean secondhand marketplace app, raises $33 million Series C

Danggeun Market, the startup behind Karrot, South Korea’s largest neighborhood marketplace and community app, has raised a $33 million Series C. The round was led by Goodwater Capital and Altos Vent

How Grab adapted after COVID-19 hit its ride-hailing business

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a heavy toll on ride-hailing services, like Uber and Lyft. Grab, Southeast Asia’s largest ride-hailing company, has also been impacted, but the company has adapte

Gogoro unveils Eeyo, its new ebike brand

Gogoro, the mobility company best known for its SmartScooters, revealed details about its new e-bike brand Eeyo today. Eeyo will launch with two lightweight models, both powered by the SmartWheel, a s

YouTube Kids app is now available for Apple TV

YouTube Kids, the video platform’s version of its service that lets families set age categories, viewing timers and other controls, is now available on Apple TV. Country availability is listed here,

Indonesian startup Delman raises $1.6 million to help companies clean up data

Delman, a Jakarta-based data management startup, has raised $1.6 million in seed funding. The round was led by Intudo Ventures, with participation from Prasetia Dwidharma Ventures and Qlue Performa In

GoBear raises $17 million to expand its consumer financial services for Asian markets

Singapore-based fintech startup GoBear has raised $17 million from returning investors Walvis Participaties, a Dutch venture capital firm, and Aegon N.V., a life insurance and asset management provide

Benepass raises $2.4 million to help employees get the most out of their tax-advantaged benefits

Tax-advantaged benefits, like flexible spending accounts, can save employees in the United States thousands of dollars annually, and reduce the amount of payroll taxes companies pay. But those benefit

M17 sells its online dating assets to focus on live streaming

M17 Entertainment announced today that it has sold its online dating assets to focus on its core live-streaming business in Asia and other markets. Paktor Pte, which operates Paktor dating app and oth

Mapbox and SoftBank form joint venture to provide mapping tech to Japanese developers

SoftBank Corp. and Mapbox, the mapping data company that competes with Google and Here, announced that they have established a joint venture called Mapbox Japan. The JV will provide Mapbox’s mapping
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