Launch of Our New Thai Startup Funding Report

Thailand Startup Funding ReportTo mark the beginning of our third year, TSR would like to announce the launch of our new Thai Startup Funding Report.

What is the Thai Startup Funding Report? 

The Thai Startup Funding Report consists of a list of all reported VC funding transactions in Thailand since 2012. For each transaction, we have listed the date reported, funding recipients, category of venture, amounts that have been publically disclosed, funding stage and participating investors will be displayed. Aggregate data of funding transactions is also provided. Annual figures including aggregate funding amounts, number of transactions, number of deals per funding stage and average deal size per funding stage are displayed as well. The annual figures are aggregated to show the total amounts from 2012 to present. The top 5 investors by number of transactions, top 5 funding recipients by reported amounts and top 5 startup categories by number of transactions and funding amounts are all provided in the report. All aggregated data in the report will be updated with each new funding transaction we become aware of. In addition, links to the funding recipients, to published articles associated with each funding transaction listed and to the participating investors are provided.

Technology Investment for SME’s Conference 2015

On Friday May 29th, Software Park Thailand and OSMEP (Office of Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion) sponsored and organized the Technology Investment for SME’s Conference 2015 at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel. The purpose of the event was to hear from experts in the regional startup scene on prospects for startups in this fast-growing region and what they need to do to seize the plethora of opportunities that continue to exist and succeed in an increasingly competitive environment. Fourteen promising startups representing six countries were invited to pitch.

Tech in Asia Singapore 2015 – Thai Startup Exhibiters Shine

From May 6th to May 7th, I was very fortunate to attend this year’s two-day Tech in Asia Singapore 2015 event at the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibit Centre. The same event last year was a smash, however they exceeded their performance from last year with a well-organized exciting two days of promising startups, prominent speakers and a long list of very active investors from all over Southeast Asia (SEA). They certainly lived up to their “Connecting Asia’s Tech World” tag line.

Thai Exhibitors

Thailand was well represented at the event. It was nice to see eight quality Thai startups presenting their ventures at the exhibit booths. Throughout the two days, I was able to visit and talk with the founders of each of the eight Thai startups.

BKK Entrepreneurs Event – Ft.

On March 30th, 2015, BKK Entrepreneurs held their popular networking event hosted again at the Doubletree Hilton Sukhumvit. The feature speaker was Khun Theinruj Toranavikrai (“Beam”), founder and CEO of The more than 150 attendees were treated to an engaging success story narrated by Khun Beam. In less than four years, became the #1 real estate portal in Thailand. They are currently in negotiations to be acquired by iProperty Group, the #1 network of property portal sites in Asia.

Echelon Top 100 Qualifier 2015 – Best Opportunity of the Year for Our Thai Startups to Shine

On March 20th, 2015, I joined over 300 others to attend the marathon pitching event organized by Hubba and e27 at the Silom Complex. The largest pitching event in Thailand, perhaps all of Southeast Asia, showcased 21 promising techs startups that spanned numerous categories including travel, e-learning, marketplaces, job search and food delivery. A unique personal management app that deserves its own niche category was pitched as well.

First Bangkok Founders Drinks in 2015

On February 25, 2015, PocketPlay Labs hosted the first Founders Drinks event in Bangkok this year. I would estimate there was about 70 in attendance. Hubba and e27 jointly organized the event with Ms. Elaine Huang as moderator of the “experiences in entrepreneurship” discussion. The three guest founders present to field her questions were Khun Yod Chinsupakul of Wongnai, Khun Thanawat Malabuppha of Priceza and Khun Teerachart (“Max”) Kortrakul of StockRadars.

Crowdfunding Asia Thailand Summit 2015

Article Co-written by David Shelters and Pitch Taniteerawong

On February 10-11, 2015 the first Crowdfunding Asia Summit in Thailand was held at the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel. Thailand’s Stock Exchange Commission (SEC) was the official sponsor of this landmark event and center of discussion.  There were 300 attendees who registered for the event and it is estimated approximately 40% represented the public sector, one-third representing investor interests and the remaining third comprising of entrepreneurs and other participants in the local startup community. The topic was Crowdfunding and the power of crowd wisdom.

 So what is Crowdfunding?

Review: Barcamp Chiang Mai 7

On Saturday, October 18th, 2014, the seventh edition of Barcamp Chiang Mai was attended by nearly 300 geeks and hosted once again at the scenic Chiang Mai University. Whereas in Bangkok, natural disasters and political turmoil have caused disruptions in Barcamp scheduling, the Barcamps in Chiang Mai have been consistent. This year, as in past years,   the event attracted about 300 attendees, hosted at the same venue and organized by the same group of people.  

I have enjoyed travelling up from Bangkok to attend the last several Barcamps in Chiang Mai, home to some of the best technology universities in Thailand and source of many of the tech talent we see founding or working for startups in Bangkok.

Review: Barcamp Bangkok 2014

Barcamp Bangkok 2014This past weekend, Saturday the 23rd of August the first Barcamp in Bangkok returns after nearly a two year hiatus. The new organizers were led by Thomas Wanhoff, a veteran organizer of several Barcamps outside of Thailand. Over 300 participants attended the event hosted at TK Park (Thailand Knowledge Park) in Central World. Similar to previous Barcamps, there were morning and afternoon sessions with time slots and room assignments on a board where attendees wishing to present on a topic could claim a spot. Unlike previous Barcamps, there was no attendee voting to determine which speakers would be presenting.