When I visited Papaya Mobile about 5 months ago, (in February, https://technode.com/2011/03/05/papaya-mobile-mobile-social-game/), it had 10 million users.  But, last week, when I visited the Beijing startup again, it has 20 million.

And it expected its users to increase three times by year-end.  “That is about the same rate as the market [Android phones],” said Shen Si, CEO of Papaya. 80% of Papaya’s users are from North America and Europe and 20% from the rest of the world.

Papaya has raised another round of venture capital, also.  Keytone Venture and DCM invested 18 million in it in April.  Including the 4 million it got from DCM last year, it has a total of US$22 million. It currently has about 70 persons, and is expected to grow to 100 by year end.  Apart from Beijing, it has office in California, London and Chengdu.

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Sherman So

Author of Red Wired: China's Internet Revolution, the first book to completely survey the nature of China's internet. (http://redwiredrevolution.com/) She previously was the lead China technology reporter...