TOKYO– Japanese media platform Nikkei acquires a majority stake in DealStreetAsia, a Singapore-based online media startup.
As per the press release, Deal street asia focus on corporate investment activity in Southeast Asia and India.
The deal will enable the Japanese media group to deepen its coverage of the fast-growing Asian startup ecosystem and tech industries, Nikkei said in a news release.
The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Nikkei bought DealStreetAsia shares from existing investors SPH Ventures, North Base Media, Alpha JWC, K2 VC and SGAN, as well as from angel investors such as Paytm CEO and founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma and prominent American investor Jim Rogers. Indian business daily Mint, published by the Hindustan Times, will remain a minority shareholder.
Nikkei owns the Financial Times and runs the Nikkei Asian Review, an English-language news publication focused on Asia. The Japanese media group has about 1,500 journalists worldwide and 37 foreign editorial bureaus, with a combined digital and print circulation of 4 million, including the FT.
Nikkei’s partnership with DealStreetAsia will have “a strong focus on developing the editorial offering at Nikkei Asian Review, a key product in our global strategy,” said Naotoshi Okada, president and CEO of Nikkei.
Nikkie group recently expanding coverage of Asia’s thriving startup and technology sectors. Southeast Asia’s internet economy is expected to exceed $240 billion by 2025, according to a report by Google and Temasek Holdings, while the spread of affordable mobile data in India is giving rise to a new generation of startups.