Period-Tracker App Dayima Enters Ecommerce With Monthly Care Packages

Commercialization could be a tricky problem for any services, but how does a menstruation-tracking app move into e-commerce? Chai Ke, founder of a leading Chinese period-tracking app Dayima, talked about the company’s monetizing initiatives through its e-commerce platform, Meiyueyouxuan, at TechCrunch Shanghai last week. According to Ke, it's been a cautious entry, taking over seven months to…

Mentruation Tracking App Dayima Announces $30M Series C Funding

Dayima Apps Dayima, a Chinese app for period tracking and women's health, announced today US$30 million in Series C funding from Ceyuan Ventures and existing investors, Sequoia Capital China and Bertelsmann Asia Investments. So far the company has raised three rounds in about a year that totals US$45 million: US$5 million from Bertelsmann and ZhenFund in April 2013, and US$15 million in Series B…

Dayima Secured Tens Of Million Dollars In Series B Financing Led By Sequoia Capital

Dayima, a menstruation period tracking app, received tens of million dollars in Series B financing from Sequoia Capital and Series A investor Bertelsmann. The company’s founder Chai Ke confirmed that all the investment procedures will be nailed down within 45 days. The capital will be invested in improving service quality and strengthening technology team, especially talent with professional…

China’s Female Tech Investors: New Industry, Old Stereotypes

In Asia, China has a reputation as a more equitable country when it comes to gender and management positions. Globally, China has a slightly higher percentage of women in senior roles, an average of 25% versus 22%, according to the Grant Thornton International Business Report in 2015. However, in the tech industry, chauvinist views - namely that women are less capable of understanding technology…

TechCrunch Shanghai 2015 Speaker Lineup: Rising Chinese Entrepreneurs

TechCrunch Shanghai is now only a few weeks away! From June 8 to 9, the event will feature talks, roundtable discussions and startup pitches. Guests to take stage this time range from well-known IOT technologists, high-profile venture capitalists to rising entrepreneurs. As part of our TechCrunch event, we will hear the story of four prominent Chinese entrepreneurs whose companies have been…

Fujian, a Lesser-known Chinese Tech Hub

Xiamen Software Park Xiamen and Fuzhou are lesser known Chinese tech cities, compared with Beijing, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Chengdu or Shanghai. Both are part of Fujian, a province on China's southeastern seaboard historically known for its entrepreneurial spirit. Though Fuzhou is the provincial capital, Xiamen currently is more attractive to tech startups and talent, being more economically…

Chinese Medtech Trends to Watch in 2015

image credit: Shutterstock.com As China's 2009 healthcare reforms have not proved satisfactory, despite being backed by massive investment from the Chinese central government, the authorities have begun to allow further private investment in the healthcare market and a greater role for market forces. The business sector, especially the tech industry and venture capital, have moved fast. Most of…

Voice Search Developer Mobvoi Launches Made-for-China Android Wear System Ticwear

As most Google services are blocked in mainland China, China's tech industry has benefited by developing customized Android ROMs, Android app stores or alternative services. Therefore it's not surprising to see Chinese developers beginning building customized operating systems or services for Android Wear. Mobvoi, a Chinese-language voice search service developer, today unveiled Ticwear, a…

BAI Launches Angel Investment Arm BetaFund to Foster Early-stage Startups

BAI CEO-Annabelle Long Bertelsmann Asia Investments (BAI), the investment arm of Bertelsmann AG in Asia, has announced the launch of BetaFund, an angel investment fund providing financing and professional support to early-stage startups. In next few years, BetaFund expects to invest tens of millions dollars in mobile, social networking and gaming industries, according to the company. BAI…

Chinese Couple App Loving.fm Reminds Guys Of Their GF’s Periods

On August 2, this past Chinese Valentine's Day (Qixi), Loving.fm (Chinese name Xiaoenai) added a period notification feature so that girls can inform their boyfriends of their periods. The app has recently launched an English edition in full swing. Unlike period trackers Dayima and Meet You which specialize in fertility and pregnancy prevention, Loving.fm's period notification "Aunt Flo" is a…