HAAS ASIA SDN BHD with brand name Smart Rental, a smart subscription business has successfully raised RM 4.6 million (1.1 million USD) from 177 investors in just one month, vastly exceeding its minimum target amount by more than three times.
This project was facilitated by Malaysia’s leading equity crowdfunding (ECF) platform, MyStartr, which was approved by the Securities Commission (SC) for the Malaysia Co-Investment Fund (MYCIF), which is a fund that co-invests in ECF and peer-to-peer campaigns with a ratio of 1:4. MyStartr aims to raise funds for 5,000 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by 2030.
A previous crowdfunding at MyStartr platform from February to April of 2020, Linear Channel Sdn Bhd a subsidiary of Haas Asia Sdn Bhd has successfully raised RM1.33 million which far exceeded their original target of RM500,000.
Commenting on the funding achievement, chief executive officer of Haas Asia Sdn Bhd, Joshua Chin Tong Lim said, “our campaign with MyStartr reflects the successful business model recognized by the market. It is an important step in the company’s growth, and we are very grateful to have investors who believed in our growth and potential.”
Smart Rental was first introduced to the market based on a Haas (Hardware-as-a-Service) service provision model (integrated Credit, Services, Exchange into monthly subscription service). This business model has been validated by multiple panels of business experts at the 2019 Create@Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest, where it won recognition as one of the Top 10 best business models; Pitch Selangor 2019, where it achieved the same result; and 2020 Golden Bull Awards, as an Emerging SMEs Award and last but not least, The Lang Titanium Award for The Best Use of Technology. Smart Rental offers 12 or 24-months PC subscription packages at different price points, encompassing the following services: the right to use the PC, regular maintenance visits and software upgrades, repairs and exchanges, and free PC model upgrades upon contract renewal. On average, Smart Rental customers save 87% on the PC purchase cash outlay and 55% on maintenance and services.
Offer a solution to overcome the computer needs
The smart subscription model accelerated during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. “Many work-from-home (WFH) and Smart Rental caters to all consumers and SMEs that prefer to get electronic products with worry-free maintenance service for free,” Joshua Chin explained. Within a year, over 1100 subscription contracts have been issued, with a total value of RM 5.2 million. Smart Rental will soon launch its CSR computer crowdsourcing initiative under the brand name Sambong Future, an initiative to connect B40 students to a sponsor thru its contractual giving/gifting.
Smart Rental is also developing a digital engineer platform which will accelerate the maintenance service nationwide and upcoming are Smart Centres across the country with its first outlet opening its doors in Mid Valley. By 2040, it is expected to have more than 50,000 subscribers.
About Smart Rental
Smart Rental is run by Linear Channel Sdn. Bhd, a company that started by refurbishing and reselling second-hand PCs under the brand name BuyNow. The Company diversified into the short-term PC rental market around 2010 and HaaS solutions for PCs in 2019. The Haas model is in high demand as consumers are currently more reliable on devices for learning and getting work done. With this, consumers enjoy similar solutions only previously offered by companies to serve large companies and government agencies. Smart Rental is well-positioned to capitalise on the demand.
SOURCE HAAS ASIA SDN BHD
Cash Management Company Coinshift Closes $15 Million Series A Led by Tiger Global, Sequoia Capital India, Alameda Ventures
Cash management company announces roadmap to build cutting-edge multichain treasury infrastructure for Web3
SHERIDAN, Wyo., May 17, 2022 — Coinshift, a leading treasury management and infrastructure platform that enables DAOs and crypto businesses to manage cash reserves, today announced its $15 million series A funding round and its roadmap for building a novel full-service treasury management solution in the industry.
The series A funding round is led by Tiger Global and joined by Sequoia Capital India, Ryan Hoover (Founder of Product Hunt and the Weekend Fund), Alameda Ventures, Spartan Group, Ethereal Ventures, Alpha Wave Capital, Hash key Capital, Quiet Capital, Polygon Studios, Volt Capital and 300 and more angels and operators in crypto and fintech.
Coinshift has undergone rapid growth since its launch in June 2021, managing more than 1000 safes, $1.3 billion in assets and $80 million in payouts for organizations like Consensys, Messari, Biconomy, Uniswap, Perpetual Protocol, Balancer and many others.
Coinshift Founder and Chief Executive Officer Tarun Gupta, commented, “Today, a new chapter of the Coinshift journey begins. We are unveiling a glimpse into our platform’s second version, through which we share our vision to build the most sophisticated multichain treasury infrastructure for Web3. The fact our investors have returned to participate in a series A funding round is a testimony to the quality of our platform and the timely solution we offer to fill the current needs in the market.”
Coinshift’s version 2 was built and designed in close collaboration with the industry’s leading Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs). Our version 2 will allow users to manage multiple Gnosis Safes for multiple chains under one organization to enable significant time saving and achieve transparency in treasury operations. The major architectural change between Coinshift version 1 and Coinshift version 2 is that users can add multiple safes to a single organization across multiple chains, whereas in version 1, one safe address was tied to one organization, in Coinshift’s feature-rich version 2 architecture, treasury managers and sub-DAO committees will be able to efficiently consolidate all their safes across networks and seamlessly visualize overall treasury balances. In addition, users will have global access to payees, labels, budgets, reporting and advanced access level control between safes.
“With Coinshift’s version 1, our team has done an incredible job of building a sophisticated mass payouts platform. With our version 2, we are taking a massive leap forward to enable DAOs of any size, to manage their treasury. But we’re just getting started, and we are excited for the opportunity that lies ahead as we work toward building the most sophisticated next-generation cryptocurrency treasury management platform.”
Tiger Global: “We’ve been impressed by the pace of product development at Coinshift since we met Tarun and the team. It’s clear there is a huge need for crypto native treasury management and payments, and we are excited to back Coinshift as they roll out the next iteration of the platform,” said Alex Cook, Partner, Tiger Global.
“Tarun and the team are building heads down at Coinshift. They have made wonderful progress since Sequoia Capital India participated in their seed funding last year. This round will enable them to build a wider set of offerings for treasury management and Sequoia Capital India is thrilled to deepen the commitment to Coinshift,” said Shailesh Lakhani, MD, Sequoia India
Alameda Ventures: “Excited to observe Coinshift leading the infrastructures to bring simple, flexible, and efficient DAO/treasury management tool into a wider audience,” said Adam, Partner at Alameda Ventures.
Notable individual investors include:
- Ryan Hoover (Founder of Product Hunt and the Weekend Fund)
- Sandeep Nailwal — Co-Founder and COO, Polygon
- Shiva Rajaraman — VP at Opensea
- Prabhakar Reddy — Founder of FalconX
- Scott Belsky — CPO Adobe and Founder of Behance
- Lenny Rachitsky — Previously Product Manager, Airbnb
- Utsav Somani — Iseed and Head of Angelist India
- Shaan Puri — Previously Director of Product, Twitch
Coinshift is a leading treasury management and infrastructure platform that enables DAOs and crypto businesses to manage cash reserves, general financing, and overall risk. Coinshift provides a single and easy-to-use solution that facilitates and manages treasury operations in an efficient manner. Coinshift is built on the Gnosis Safe, which allows clients to utilize its core pay-out features to manage payments, engage in collaborative multi-signature transactions, and save up to 90 percent on gas fees. We extend Gnosis Safe functionality with additional reporting features, on Ethereum and Polygon, allowing users to save time and reduce operational and gas costs.
HR Path receives €225 million in Financing
HR Path today announced a new record round of financing. With this new operation, HR Path intends to continue its international expansion and strengthen its status as a global leader in the HR industry.
This round combines the raising of external growth-oriented bank financing and a reorganization of equity around Andera Partners, a partner of the group since 2019, which is structuring a dedicated co-investment fund for the occasion. The creation of such a fund for a company the size of HR Path is unprecedented on the market. This new financing method not only offers liquidity to investors and shareholders but also allows the international group to benefit from additional financial resources to continue its growth.
The €225 million funding round was led by Andera Partners and a dozen of its subscribers, including Societe Generale Capital Partenaires (SGCP). Six French banks (Société Générale, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole Ile de France, Banque Palatine, LCL and Caisse d’Épargne Ile de France) have also subscribed to this operation. The assistance of Volt Associés, and this co-investment fund made this fundraising. Andera Partners, the co-investment fund and SGCP remain minority shareholders of the group.
HR Path’s services range from HR strategy consulting (Advise) through the implementation of software solutions (Implement) to payroll outsourcing (Run). The international Group aims to continue its expansion and expand its value proposition in all countries of the world, especially in the 19 countries where the group is already present.
With a double growth, both organic and external HR Path aims to:
– Double its turnover within 5 years
– Receive 400 people a year in the coming years
– Become the world leader in the digital transformation of the HR function.
“This new round will allow us to give ourselves the means to achieve our ambitions. We want to contribute to the improvement of HR performance, including through the acquisition of new companies. We want to share our HR expertise with large international groups and create HR innovation with them,” says François Boulet, co-president of HR Path.
Cyril Courtin, co-president of HR Path, adds: “The topics around human capital are more than ever a priority: adapting to change, data security, employee attraction and employee engagement. Thanks to our own talents, their expertise and their involvement alongside our customers, HR Path is able to meet all these challenges that allow companies to improve HR experience. That is why we strongly believe in our potential and we welcome the confidence, renewed for some, of our financial partners.”
François-Xavier Mauron and Antoine Le Bourgeois, partners of Andera Partners, declare: “For the past 3 years, we have financed and supported the change of scale of this champion wishing to become a leading global player in its market. It is with pleasure that we will continue to support HR Path in its projects. This new method of managing shareholdings allows us to continue to create value on a performing asset for which we have a strong conviction. ”
Marc Jacquin, Director of Participations at SGCP explains: “After having accompanied the group on the occasion of its first operation in 2015 and again in 2017, SGCP is pleased to participate in this new stage of the HR Path group and to support the management in its ambition to build a global player in a dynamic and strategic market of the HR function for companies.”
About HR Path
HR Path, global leader in Human Resources, supports companies for which the human experience is essential to their digital transformation. Our 3 business lines, Advise, Implement & Run, contribute to the HR performance of its customers.
Created in 2001 in Paris and with its 1,300 talents, HR Path advises, integrates, and operates in 19 countries for more than 1,500 clients. Its turnover to date amounts to 140 million euros.
Prometheum Secures $15M+ in Funding Ahead of Launch
Brings total funding amount to-date to more than $42M
Prometheum Inc., parent of a FINRA member firm and SEC registered digital asset securities alternative trading system (ATS), “Prometheum ATS”, has announced today that it has secured more than $15 million in funding. This current round of fundraising brings the total investment in Prometheum to more than $42 million in total funding.
This latest funding will be used to support the upcoming launch of Prometheum’s ATS, hire critical personnel and accelerate research and development related to the Company’s proprietary trading and clearing systems. With launch expected in H1 2022, the Company will also be allocating these funds to build out their team, with plans to more than double the size of the team over the next three to six months.
“Our goal has always been to provide a full-service digital asset securities marketplace for both institutional and retail investors,” said Aaron Kaplan, co-CEO and co-founder of Prometheum. “Securing this round of funding solidifies the support we have in our vision of integrating digital asset securities into the existing capital markets infrastructure. With the launch of our ATS, coming very soon, this funding allows us to be one step closer to realizing this vision.”
Prometheum ATS offers a streamlined onboarding process by automating Know-Your-Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML). Combined with a user-friendly interface, customizable charts, historical and Level 2 (depth of the book) data, Prometheum ATS will provide a complete trading experience for both retail and institutional investors. Importantly, Prometheum ATS seeks to ensure a fair and orderly market focusing on customer protection with advanced market surveillance and risk management systems.
Prometheum achieved many milestones in 2021. In March 2021, Prometheum announced that it would be partnering with Anchorage Digital Bank to create a digital asset securities trading system for all investors. Later in the year, the Company announced that it had met SEC regulatory requirements and received FINRA approval to operate an ATS for digital asset securities.
Founded in 2017 by a group of Wall Street attorneys, Prometheum is a blockchain-focused company which proposes to build an end-to-end ecosystem for the trading, custody and settlement of digital asset securities.
Prometheum, Inc. Disclosure
This press release is issued for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this press release that are not historical or current fact are “forward-looking statements” that are based on the Company’s beliefs, assumptions, and expectations of future events, taking into account the information currently available to the Company. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous uncertainties and factors relating to the Company’s proposed business and operations, as well as uncertainties relating to capital markets some of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company’s control. Any forward-looking statements in this press release are based upon information available to the Company on the date of this press release. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear that any statements expressed or implied therein will not be realized.
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