According to business intelligence platforms Tianyancha and Qichacha, investment and acquisition activity at Bytedance from 2015 to 2019 has largely been aligned.

Interestingly, the number of funding transactions appears to have slowed down in 2019. Based on Bytedance’s record, the majority of investments (15 of 22 transactions so far) have taken place in the first half of the year.

Series A funding, including pre-Series A, Series A, and Series A+, makes up more than 40% of total investments. Bytedance doesn’t seem as interested in ponying up post-Series C, although the dollar amounts for later-stage funding (see figure 5) tend to be higher.

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Tony Xu

Tony Xu is Shanghai-based tech reporter. Connect with him via e-mail: tony.xu@technode.com

Bailey Hu

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa.