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Rebecca Fannin
Silicon Dragon / Startup Asia
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Henry Wong, Garage Ventures
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China VCs Take to the Valley
Hans Tung hopscotched from Beijing to San Francisco and joined GGV Capital
The Valley's clean air and quality schools are an undeniable draw for venture players with young kids, after dealing with the pollution, harsh climate and traffic jams of China's two leading venture anchors - Beijing and Shanghai - for too long.
A transition to the Bay Area can be also be an advantage professionally as cross-border dealmaking has picked up.  I'm counting three leading startup investors -- besides Hans, there's Alex Hartigan of Steamboat Ventures and Chris Evdemon of Innovation Works -- who've made the move from China to the Bay Area in the second half of this year.
Read Forbes post, Hopscotch.  
Brace Yourself: 2 China IPOs this week on Wall Street
China's venture market is set for a test this week of its rebound prospects as two venture-backed Chinese companies - Qunar and - get ready for their public trading debut this week in New York. 
Both seem well-timed for stock market highs though it was just last week that publicly traded Chinese mobile player NQ Mobile NQ -17.22% ended up in "muddy waters." See Forbes post on NQ Mobile, massive fraud.  
China's version of Craig's List,, plans to go public on the NYSE on Oct. 31 and raise $150 million. Baidu's Baidu's travel site Qunar follows on Nov. 1, raising $117 million in a NASDAQ IPO. Both have backing by leading China venture capital firms and market-leading positions in China built over the past decade. Neither are profitable - not that that is the gold standard as money-losing Twitter heads for Wall Street. Read Forbes, Rebound?
Chukong raises $50 million, next in IPO cue? 
US GM Lei Zhang not giving any hints.
  China deals keep getting done. Mobile entertainment startup Chukong just raised a mega-$50 million from GGV Capital, NLVC, Sequoia Capital and Steamboat Ventures. will Chukong be the next Chinese startup to head for NYSE or NASDAQ? Bets were 'yes' among those mobile techies at the recent GMIC summit in San Francisco, where Chukong was exhibiting its wares in a front-aisle booth on the convention floor.  
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KPMG spills the data on tech trends 

 Cloud, mobile, big data, biometrics, artificial intelligence - are leading the innovation parade from Main Street to corporate parks. These are the engines of rapid transformation in a technologically rooted future. Just about half the far-out science fiction technologies from past entertainment programs such as Star Trek, The Jetsons or Terminator exists today.

See KPMG Tech Innovation 2013 report, with contributions and interviews by Rebecca Fannin.





Sungy Mobile has filed for a $80 million IPO. The Guangzhou, China-based company, which was founded in 2003 and booked $41 million in sales for the 12 months ended June 30, 2013, plans to list on the NYSE under the symbol GOMO. Sungy Mobile initially filed confidentially on August 21, 2013. 

Alibaba sets up shop in San Francisco to invest in more U.S. companies in emerging trend of corporates and VCs looking to Silicon Valley for strategic moves.



Beijing's newest, biggest coworking space, Tech Temple, courtesy Infinity Venture Partners



This is Jin Ye (MissUChina) the new #MissUniverse China.







Global Ventures launches $30M seed fund to help startups go global 

Former Facebook and Maxthon exec Net Jacobsson is behind the new venture along with  Li Ka-Shing's Horizons Ventures team and Bernard Moon, cofounder of Korean startup accelerator SparkLabs


China is a leading source of scientific research papers, true and false, real and fraudulent






Digital media technology platform Komli Media has raised $30 million from new investor Peepul Capital plus earlier backers Norwest Venture Partners, Nexus Venture Partners, Helion Venture Partners and Draper Fisher Jurvetson as it seeks to strength its presence across the Asia Pacific region.  


HomeShop18 has raised $14 million in fresh round of funding from Korean company GS Home Shopping, OCP Asia and parent company Network18. SAIF is an early investor.  


Bangalore-based trip planning startup MyGola raises $1.5 million in Series A funding from Helion Ventures and Blumberg Capital.





Why Australia can't replicate Silicon Valley or Israel: 


Accel looks to up its deals in Australia in search of more new heroes following a win with OzForex IPO




iMoney Group, a Malaysia-based financial comparison startup, has raised a $2 million Series A round led by Singapore-based venture firm Jungle Ventures. Other investors include ECONA AG, Rebright Partners, IMJ Fenox, Fenox Venture Capital, 500 Startups, Vogel Ventures and angel investor Lim Der Shing.





A blast from the past. A college friend sent along this photo of your editor here taking a break from the set of a Peter Frampton rock concert at Ohio University. I think I was supposed to be helping out.  

Weird, right?





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