Indonesia-based e-commerce firm Tokopedia is the latest startup to enter the Vision Fund after it raised $1.1 billion Series G round led by the SoftBank megafund and Alibaba. SoftBank and Alibaba are existing investors in the business — the Chinese e-commerce giant led a $1.1 billion round last year, while SoftBank recently transitioned its shareholding […]
Mogu, a Tencent-backed service that offers fashion content and products to young women, has joined a string of Chinese tech companies pressing ahead to sell their shares through initial public offerings in the U.S. before year’s end. Mogu priced its sale at $14 per share on Wednesday, toward the lower end of a marketed range. […]
Alibaba may have pioneered the concept of Singles’ Day, the world’s largest shopping day based on sales, but it very much not the only e-commerce giant involved. JD.com, Alibaba’s biggest rival in China, just announced that it sold RMB 159.8 billion ($23 billion) in goods for its Singles’ Day campaign. Unlike Alibaba, which racked up $31 billion […]
Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on TechNode, an editorial partner of TechCrunch based in China. From Alibaba to JD, China is not short of e-commerce powerhouses. Although the country’s e-commerce market is highly consolidated, it’s not impossible for startup teams to crack this market as long as they are solving the right problems for […]
Alibaba is investing big bucks into offline distribution. The Chinese e-commerce giant has forked out $2.23 billion in exchange for a sizeable piece of Focus Media, a Shanghai-based company that operates outdoor digital advertising screens across China, Singapore and Hong Kong, according to a U.S. filing. The deal itself is broken up into a few pieces. Alibaba itself […]
It hasn’t been a great couple of weeks for Alibaba in the U.S.. First affiliate Ant Financial’s proposed acquisition of MoneyGram collapsed due to objections from the U.S. government, now its Taobao service has the dubious honor of again featuring on the USTR (United States Trade Representative) naughty list. Taobao, Alibaba’s hugely popular marketplace, is among 25… Read More
As they say, everyone has a price.
Pharrell co-wrote and performed a new song in China to celebrate Singles’ Day — the world’s biggest shopping holiday.
This year, Chinese shoppers spent $25 billion on Alibaba’s Taobao site in just 24 hours, blowing events like Black Friday completely out of the water.
Pharrell and his co-performer, Chinese-Canadian singer Kris Wu, were onstage for Alibaba’s huge extravaganza celebrating the shopping day.
There’s no way any description could do this song justice, so you’ll have to just listen for yourself: Read more…
Over in Southeast Asia, a quieter storm is brewing, but it’s an important indicator of a market that’s rapidly embracing ecommerce.
Lazada — incidentally majority owned by Alibaba — is of the more popular ecommerce sites that sells across the region comprising countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia.
Saturday’s sale netted Lazada a pretty respectable $123 million in sales, or 6.5 million items, nearly double last year’s performance. Read more…