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Lessons can be learned from Southeast Asia's tech startups

Grab and GoTo show savvy raising funds overseas to meet local needs

Indonesian startups Tokopedia and Gojek merged their operations and aim to list on the U.S. stock market. (Source photos by Dimas Ardian and Ken Kobayashi)

A string of Southeast Asia's leading internet companies have expressed their intent to go public, with Indonesia's GoTo Group being the latest case.

Their strategy of procuring large funds from abroad, investing them in promising markets and carving out big shares by catering services to local needs will provide important lessons to young companies elsewhere.

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