We last week wrote about the Alibaba/Sina weibo tie-up rumor and how they both shrugged it away, that said, we did believe that Sina Weibo wouldn’t be Alibaba’s only target when coming to its investment plan and social wouldn’t be the only territory fall under its investment blueprint.

 Since last year, Alibaba stepped its toes into startups including Meituan, Dingding and even Momo via financial investments, or we can interpret it in a different way, Alibaba invested into group buying and map/coupon (all are deemed as online-to-offline services) and mobile social networking services.

I guess the mindset behind Alibaba’s investment track would be that “as long as I extended my tentacles long and wild enough, eventually I’ll capture something cool and could be leveraged on later on to boost or even reinvent my core business”.

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Chelsea Dong

She reads, travels, photographs and writes, with interests in chronicling China tech scene and interpreting how technology disrupts the way people live.