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Caspian, an enterprise solution for digital asset trading and portfolio management, has chosen KuCoin, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange backed by IDG, as its first listing partner for the Caspian Token (CSP). CSP offers discounts and incentives on the Caspian platform and in third-party development. In 2018, KuCoin secured $20 million Series A funding from IDG Capital.
Coinbase plans to add XRP, one of the world’s most controversial cryptocurrencies, to its list of virtual coins now available on its exchange. The San Francisco-based firm, which is now valued at $8 billion, said it will roll out XRP in phases. A digital asset tied to the blockchain ledger, the new cryptocurrency is used primarily in cross-border investments. Today the vast majority of XRP coins are controlled by Ripple Labs, another San Francisco-based cryptocurrency player in 2015. IDG Capital joined Coinbase’s Series C funding round and also joined Ripple’s Series A round.
Pinduoduo, a Chinese bulk-buying e-commerce platform, is bringing affordable, imported items to China’s smaller cities and rural areas. The company’s focus on direct sales between manufacturers and consumers helps to lower buying costs. The Shanghai-based firm also now competes directly with tech giants Alibaba and JD.com in the growing cross-border market – exporting Chinese-made products to overseas Chinese. IDG Capital joined Pinduoduo's Series B funding round in 2016. Pinduoduo went public in 2018 with a valuation of $24 billion.
Citing ethical concerns, Rossignol, a global winter sports clothing and equipment company, announced that it is now only selling fur-free fashion brands. The company, based in Isere, France, sells 12 major brands in more than 6,000 outlets in 51 countries around the world. IDG Capital invested 20% ownership in the group in 2018.
Bilibili, China’s answer to Netflix, is now experiencing a stock price increase after Alibaba, one of the country’s top three tech companies, purchased a 9% stake. Bilibili, a Nasdaq-listed online entertainment platform, is headquartered in Shanghai. The two companies announced the collaboration in December. Previously, IDG Capital led Bilibili’s Series A funding round and also joined the company’s A+ and B rounds. Bilibili is now valued at more than $3 billion.
Razer, a San Francisco- and Singapore-based manufacturer of gaming peripherals, has launched a new subsidiary which plans to utilize like artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and other next-generation technologies in the construction industry. The new Razer unit, known as Echo Base, will operate out of the company’s Southeast Asian headquarters in Singapore. IDG Capital-Accel China invested $50 million in Razer in 2011. Razer is now listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and reported $517.9 million in revenue in 2017.
Lime continues to raise capital as it expands its scooter-rental operations worldwide. The company, a division of Neutron Holdings, also announced that it had named Ted Tobiason, a private capital dealmaker at Morgan Stanley, as its new Chief Financial Officer. Former Google executive Nancy Lee has also joined Lime to lead its Human Resources department. IDG Capital has backed Lime since 2017. The San Francisco-based startup is now valued at more than $1 billion.
Moncler this week unveiled a new line of fashion brands by leading designers at Milan Fashion Week. The initiative is part of the company’s new “Moncler Genius” effort which employs well-known creative directors to produce high-end collections for the firm. The newly hired fashion directors include Pierpaolo Piccioli, Liya Kebede, Simone Rocha, Matthew Williams and Richard Quinn. IDG Capital was an early investor in Moncler, which reported $1.47 billion in revenue in 2017. Moncler, headquartered in Milan, went public on the Milan Stock Exchange in 2013.
Fast Company has named two IDG Capital-backed companies, Meituan Dianping and NIO, to its annual list of the 2019’s Most Innovative Companies. The business magazine ranked Meituan, a Beijing-based group buying website, No. 1 on the global list, and NIO, a Shanghai-based electric vehicle startup, No. 5 in the China sector. In 2017, IDG Capital invested in Meituan, which one year later raised $4.2 billion on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. In 2018, NIO, also backed by IDG Capital, which raised $6.4 billion on the New York Stock Exchange.
Meitu, one of China’s best-known selfie apps, has taken a 31% stake, valued at $342.7 million, in game publisher Dreamscape Horizon, which owns 97% of Digital Extremes, a Canadian online games company. Dreamscape is owned by Leyou Technologies which is based in Hong Kong. The latest Meitu investment is designed to help the firm expand overseas and also diversify revenue streams. In 2015, IDG Capital joined Meitu’s initial $190 million funding round. Meitu went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2016.
KuCoin, a Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange, has launched a new 2.0 trading platform. The company said the new platform is designed to expand the depth and range of its trading services which now serves 5 million customers worldwide. “This upgrade is another milestone after our $20 million round A funding,” KuCoin CEO Michael Gan said. IDG Capital co- led KuCoin’s Series A round in November 2018.
Farfetch, a leading online luxury fashion retail platform backed by IDG, is now the exclusive e-commerce partner for Harrods, the U.K.’s leading luxury department store. Farfetch, based in London, will help Harrods moving overseas by growing its online business. Backed by IDG in 2016, Farfetch went public in 2018 with a valuation of $5.8 billion.
Castbox, a podcast firm based in San Francisco, was the most downloaded app in the U.S. in 2018, according to the research firm SenseTower. With roughly 3 million new installs last year – a 217% increase over 2017, Castbox reported revenue of $96,000. That represents a 15-times year-over-year increase from last year. IDG Capital joined investment rounds in Castbox in both 2016 and 2018.
IDG Capital co-lead a $15 million Series C1 funding round in Shenzhen Acadsoc Information Co., a Chinese online learning platform. Founded in 2013, Acadsoc offers one-on-one English tutoring service to children, adults and students hoping to study overseas. The company currently has more than 40 million students in its customer base and employs more than 6,000 full-time tutors in the U.S., the U.K, Australia and the Philippines, More than 50% of its tutors are Philippines-based.
Chehaoduo, a leading online car-trading company, has raised $1.5 billion and boosted the firm’s valuation to more than $9 billion. The Beijing-based company is the parent firm for online sites Guazi, a C2C e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, and Maodou, a new car eCommerce platform. Chehaoduo will use latest investment from Softbank in Japan to enhance its capabilities in big data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence and make fundamental changes in China’s automotive retail business. IDG Capital joined Chehaoduo's Series C round in 2018.
Fourier Intelligence, a Shanghai-based startup, is working to develop an affordable exoskeleton for potential use in China by more than 85 million disabled citizens. Exoskeleton are now sometimes priced as high as $500,000, but Fourier hopes to develop a model for sale for as low as $20,000, according to Ken Zoh, deputy CEO. IDG Capital joined Fourier’s Series A funding round in 2018.