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Our Crowd closes the large sum of $25 million funding in a second round, on top of an earlier $5.5 million, in the equity crowdfunding sector. The investment will be used to expand the Israeli-based group's reach globally and support its platform that includes 36 portfolio company teams and 4,000 accredited investors. Another $43 million has been raised by OurCrowd investors for its portfolio companies. Serial entrepreneur Jon Medved, OurCrowd founder and CEO, is the mastermind behind this initiative.
Medved will be speaking at Silicon Dragon's global program in NYC, June 25.
Jumei IPO in the U.S. Shows Surge of Dragon Power
Venture capital and angel investors in China's online cosmetics retailer Jumei, which went public May 16 on the NYSE, scored huge returns from small investments made in the startup founded just four years ago by Stanford MBA grad Leo Ou Chen, now China's newest billionaire. The IPO showcases the billions can be made in a short period of time in China's tech race - both by entrepreneurs and their venture backers as China tech IPOs in the U.S. add up this year. Read Forbes, Dragon Surge.
JD.com Gains in NASDAQ debut, Creates 1 More China Tech Billionaire
JD.com Inc., the Chinese online retailer that handled more than $20 billion of purchases on its website last year, rose in its New York trading debut after a larger-than-expected initial public offering.
Spending over the Internet and mobile in China is expected to boom, even as the nation's economic growth slows. JD.com's debut bodes well for Alibaba's IPO. Read Bloomberg: JD.com Lift.
Facebook Looks To Tiptoe Into China
Reports of Facebook opening an office in China have been hinted at ever since Mark Zuckerberg visited China a few years ago and met with several of China's leading Internet entrepreneurs to scope out the market.
The Facebook move into China is a small step of opening an ad sales office rather than a giant leap of China market entry. The one-step-at-a time strategy could be a good one. Read Tiptoe at Forbes.
Softbank Gets Into P2P Lending Craze
Softbank China & India gets in on China's peer-to-peer lending craze with $10 million, Series A investment in Edai, based in Chengdu. Venture capitalists are searching inland for China opportunities.
Another deal in the same sector was Lightspeed China's recent Series B financing in Hong Kong-based PPDai, backed originally by Sequoia Capital China.
AppAnnie Deal Reflects China Outbound Investment Trend
AppAnnie raises $17 million from existing investors Greycroft Partners, IDG Capital and Sequoia Capital and acquires Amsterdam-based rival Distimo.
India's Startup Journey Gets Into Faster Lane With Flipkart, Myntra Deals
India startups are on a roll, catching up with China's lead after long being in the shadows.
The latest deal making in India certainly showcases the trend. Indian e-commerce company Flipkart just raised a large $210 million sum from Russian investors DST Global as well as returning backers Tiger Global, Naspers Naspers and others. The new financing follows a recent move by Flipkart to acquire fashion retailing site Myntra, which also is venture backed.
These developments follow the course of China's own startup journey. Copy many of the most successful business models from the west and tweak them for the local market, raise money mostly from overseas venture investors, ramp up quickly and either consolidate or go public. See India's Startup Journey at Forbes.
Sequoia Capital has raised $530 million for its fourth India-focused fund, targeting technology, consumer and healthcare sectors. http://reut.rs/1h0asDi The fund will also invest in Southeast Asia, a growing area of venture interest. For more background on Sequoia Capital's India team and its portfolio companies, read Startup Asia.
Sandeep Murthy buys out India portfolio from KPCB and Sherpalo Ventures and launches new venture fund Lighbox to invest in tech companies that can be built globally from India.
Norwest Venture Partners and Bertelsmann have co-invested in Pepperfry.com, an Indian online marketplace selling furniture and home accessories.
Taxi-calling app GrabTaxi has raised $15 million from GGV Capital, Qunar and return investor Vertex Venture. Apps to hail cabs have taken off in Asia's bustling cities.
DCM portfolio company Kakao Corp. in South Korea agrees to acquire the second-largest Internet player in the nation, with plans to list on the Kosdaq by the end of 2014.
South Korean e-commerce platform Coupang raises $100 million funding led by Sequoia Capital in deal that reportedly values the startup at more than $1 billion.
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