#Asia Brief: Music streaming startup Guvera ceases operations

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The news:

  • Australian music streaming service Guvera announced Friday that it has ceased all operations.
  • The Gold Coast-based startup had mainly targeted Southeast Asian markets, having launched a subscription service in Indonesia and freemium services in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines.

Why it matters:

  • Between 2008 and 2016, Guvera raised US$137.6 million from over 3,000 “sophisticated investors,” which were mainly privately managed superannuation funds, according to The Australian Financial Review.
  • In June 2016, the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) blocked a controversial IPO bid by Guvera, which valued the startup at US$967 million. In December one of Guvera’s shareholders sought an insolvency order against the company, claiming debt of US$1.3 million.
  • Guvera’s shutdown leaves the Southeast Asian music streaming space to a host of local players, as well as global giant Spotify, which launched in Indonesia in March last year.

Source: Australian Financial Review

Converted from Australian dollars. Rate: US$1 = A$1.34.

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