Today’s top tech news, February 27: Eventbrite launches in Singapore, eSports event company PlayBrain raises US$1.9M

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Also, ButlerInSuits rebrands into Butler, India’s cybersecurity startup CloudSEK raises funding from IDFC-Parampara

Eventbrite enters Asia through Singapore’s launch [Press Release]

Eventbrite officially announces that it will bring its event creation platform to Asia with the launch in Singapore. The ticketing and event technology platform said that the move follows a sizeable organic growth and adoption of Eventbrite in the Asia Pacific region.

The localised Singaporean platform at Eventbrite.sg seeks to empower Singaporean event creators with innovative solutions to help them create experiences and sell even more tickets – including curated local content, native checkout, and payment processing in Singapore Dollars (SGD).

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To date, Eventbrite has powered more than 90,000 events in the country since inception with a total of more than 4.9 million tickets transacted on Eventbrite in Singapore. It has over 17,000 Singaporean event creators on the platform.

Phil Silverstone, General Manager, Asia Pacific, said Eventbrite’s launch into Asia comes at a time of immense opportunity. “We’ve been closely tracking the events market in Singapore and are excited about the quality and breadth of events taking place,” said Silverstone.

ButlerInSuits forays into B2B service with new brand name Butler [e27]

Singapore-based housekeeping subscription service has announced the rebranding of its name into Butler. This marks the company’s expansion into other areas including subscription-based commercial cleaning service, personalized Butler service, and branded home essentials.

The comprehensive service aims to minimise lost time created by hiring contractors on-demand and is tailored to every clients’ needs.

“We want to help businesses free up time and focus on their work, just as we want our individual clients to free up time and return home happy,” said Poon Da Qian, CEO, and founder of Butler.

Launched in September 2016 by offering weekly housekeeping service, the company has since moved onto daily housekeeping with additional services including property management and concierge service.

The company claimed to have achieved 100,000 housekeeping sessions with a miss rate of less than 0.01%.

Japan-based eSports event company PlayBrain raises US$1.9M investment from BITKRAFT Esports Ventures [Press Release]

PlayBrain, Japanese company that powers esports events, has announced a US$1.9 million seed round led by BITKRAFT Esports Ventures.

PlayBrain will use the new funding to scale the team, accelerate growth, and support costs to lead the creative direction, operation, and commercialization of League of Legends Japan League (“LJL”). This also marks the first Western investment in esports in the Japanese market.

PlayBrain is a full-services esports tournament and media company in Japan, with the mission to help brands reach gamers and fans through esports event production. PlayBrain has partnered with the likes of Riot Games and Yoshimoto to lead in the operation of the LJL league, as well as with Activision Blizzard, EA, CD Projekt, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Twitch, Riot Games and Supercell.

Indonesian Jet Commerce expands its end-to-end solutions to Vietnam and Thailand [Press Release]

Jet Commerce, Indonesian end-to-end e-commerce solution has officially expanded the operation to Vietnam and Thailand due to the increasing demand of e-commerce enabler in Southeast Asia.

The first international expansion is marked by the opening of warehouse and office in Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok. Each company is handled by the local team consists of store operation, digital marketing, data analyst, designer, copywriter, customer service, and warehouse and fulfillment team from Indonesia to transfer the knowledge of Jet Commerce operation.

Oliver Yang, Chief Executive Officer of Jet Commerce noted that their Vietnam and Thailand team will work on transforming the business from conventional to online for their brand partners.

Jet Commerce seeks to make sure e-commerce shopping experience to be credible and reliable, especially when shopping online outside of the brand’s official store.

Cybersecurity company CloudSEK raises funding from IDFC-Parampara [Press Release]

CloudSEK, India-based AI-powered digital risk management and cybersecurity platform provider, has announced further funding from IDFC-Parampara.
CloudSEK will use the raised funds to evolve its product Xvigil and to expand its footprints in India and Southeast Asia.

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CloudSEK was founded in 2015 by cybersecurity expert Rahul Sasi and to date had raised US$2.5M in pre-series A. Its service includes a cybersecurity platform powered by machine learning that promises to build a risk-free digital security ecosystem.

Currently, the company has backers like Exfinity Ventures, former Infosys board member V Balakrishnan, StartupXseed Ventures (who recently exited their Cyber-security investment, ShieldSquare), and ME Meeran trust.

Image Credit: CloudSEK

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