Indonesia-focused venture capital firm East Ventures raises US$550M to focus on SEA startups

Indonesia-focused venture capital firm, East Ventures, has raised a total of US$550 million in the final close of its latest funds to focus on Indonesia and Southeast Asia startups. The firm will allocate US$150 million for early-stage deals, and US$400 million for growth-stage deals.

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Like trouble, bad behavior by Meta shows up whether you look for it or not.  The latest is an open-source language model that was supposed to provide reliable search results because it was trained on academic papers.  Alas, it was quickly withdrawn after reviewers found that it returned results that were grammatical and plausible but also incorrect, not to mention filled with “antisemitism, homophobia, and misogyny.”  How can this be a surprise?

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