COVID-19 has introduced the world to a new working culture — ‘work from anywhere’. Although the culture has always been around, it has never been adopted more widely that this before.

As people shifted from offline to online, remote working brought with itself its own set of unique challenges. For example, managers began facing difficulties like hiring, bringing in better workplace management, burnout, and keeping away from home distractions.

To solve these problems, many companies began looking for solutions in the market that would solve their own remote working challenges.

While there are many players in this sector, in honour of International Workers’ Day, e27 is rounding up six of the most notable startups from Southeast Asia that are making remote working easy.

Here is a snap-shot of the seven startups:

(The information for this article was collected from the e27 Startup Database  as well as other platforms such as HRtech map and Tracxn)

HR management


According to the World Bank’s Global Findex Database 2017, nearly two-thirds of Vietnam’s adult population do not own a bank. Often, they must rely on costly financial services such as long-term, high-ticket-size bank loans or high-interest-rate loans to take care of their cash flow emergencies.

To solve this problem, Gimo provides transparency and convenience of payroll to local workers without a bank account. Users can request income payment in advance and track earnings through the mobile app that is integrated into their companies’ human resource management and payroll systems.

The startup aspires to tap into millions of workers who have limited access to financial services and help them alleviate their financial stress and security.

Country of Origin: Vietnam

Total funding: Undisclosed

Investors: ThinkZone Ventures, and BK Fund (an investment fund of the Hanoi University of Science and Technology)


Pulsifi provides companies with a people analytics platform that uses predictive models and Machine Learning to automatically generate holistic profiles of each potential or current employee. Through this information, business and HR teams can make better-informed, data-driven decisions on hiring, teaming and development.

Also Read: Eliminating hiring on gut feeling: How Pulsifi bridges data and hiring

Founder Jay Huang claims the platform has over 90 per cent accuracy when predicting the outcomes of people at work.

Country of Origin: Singapore

Total funding: US$4 million

Investors: Kairous Capital


An all-in-one HR cloud-based software for small and medium-sized businesses in Southeast Asia. Swingvy connects crucial HR information like payroll and benefits, and automates administrative tasks all in one platform. The company serves over 5,000 companies and has offices in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Taipei and Seoul.

Our vision is to be an Operating System of companies. We will build a new type of organisation management platform to create a workplace where work empowers people. We’ll face a paradigm shift in the way people work, and the platform should evolve before the shift arrives,” says Swingvy co-founder Jin Choeh.

Country of Origin: Malaysia

Total funding: US$7 million

Investors: Samsung Venture Investment Corporation

For talent acquisition


An online community and platform for hirers to connect and transact with permanent or contract niche candidates in the IT sector. To make the task easier for hirers, IoTalents sources talents through its own profiling technology, algorithmic matching, and talent mapping solutions.

Country of Origin: Singapore

Total funding: Undisclosed

Investors: Undisclosed


A tech job portal that helps talents find jobs based on company perks and salary ranges. Individuals can also filter jobs based on perks like flexible hours, work location, days off and learning budget.

Also Read: Swingvy co-founder and CEO: I only hire people who are smarter than me

Country of Origin: Singapore

Total funding: Undisclosed

Investors: Undisclosed


One of the major problems of hiring is over-relying on CVs and overly-crowded career fairs. Hireplace aims to solve the problem through its unique online speed-dating interview format.

To use the feature, employers need to create an event on the Hireplace website and send calendar invitations to the shortlisted potential candidates. The event will then takes place as rapid video interviews on mobile and laptops.

Country of Origin: Singapore

Total funding: Undisclosed

Investors: Undisclosed

For talent rewards

Reward Nation

Talk is cheap, and Reward Nation helps team members give each other recognition through a points system which they can later collect to buy something nice.

The way it works is that each member of a company team has a set of points to give out to one other. Reward Nation then tallies the total reward points of each individual and allows them to redeem their points and buy something nice.

Rewards include vouchers for flight tickets, restaurants and transport.

Country of Origin: Singapore

Total funding: Undisclosed

Investors: Undisclosed


A learning platform that helps companies upskill their python and data science talent of all levels (from beginner to pro) to improve their coding skills with hands-on training projects. The projects not just help learners develop hard skills such as coding, but also improves their soft skills like problem-solving and algorithmic thinking.

Also Read: DarwinBox bags US$15M to expand its enterprise HR-tech platform in SEA

Country of Origin: Singapore

Total funding: Undisclosed

Investors: Undisclosed

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