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Taiwan VR Real Estate Company iStaging Seals $5M To Fuel International Expansion

Taiwan-based virtual and augmented reality company iStaging has sealed a $5 million USD pre-A funding round led by WI Harper with participation from Taya Venture Capital, one of a consortium of venture capital firms working with the Taiwan National Development Fund. The company is a promising addition to a number of startups that cater to real estate agents and furniture makers […]

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Here Are The Top Grossing Crowdfunded Animation Films In China

There’s no lack of crowdfunding platforms in China, but they are distinctively different the U.S. platforms that made the funding model popular. One of the most recognized disparities between the two is that Chinese backers prefer reward-based campaigns, because they promise a tangible product as a return on their investment. Often crowdfunding in China is just a way for enthusiasts to […]

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Momo Stock Surges 20% As Alibaba Vice Chairman Joins Board

Momo Inc., one of China’s most popular social networks, saw its stock leap almost 20 percent following an announcement that Alibaba Holdings Group Ltd. vice chairman Joseph Tsai has joined the company’s board. Momo received a privatization bid in June 2015, just six months after their NASDAQ listing in December 2014. Tsai’s involvement suggests that Alibaba could […]

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Flexible Action Camera PIC Wins DreamPlus TechNode Demo Day 

The winning startup of DreamPlus TechNode Korean Startup Demo Day, held on June 30th in Shanghai, was Boud, the makers of a flexible action camera. As a reward, the company was given a free booth at the TechCrunch Beijing event in November. The camera startup is one of the four selected companies participating in the DreamPlus Global Expansion Program. “DreamPlus aims to […]

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Virtual Reality Arcades Are Booming In Shanghai

China has a well documented fascination with VR, and while top-of-the-line headsets are still too pricey for average consumers, VR arcades are cropping up to fill the gap. A quick look at popular group buying site Dazhong Dianping shows that Shanghai is now home to at least 25 virtual reality arcades, with more opening every month. According to Yunyu Zhang, a 21-year-old […]

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Manufacturing Hardware In China From Scratch: Q&A With Liam Bates, Co-Founder of Origins Technology

Since its designation as a Special Economic Zone, Shenzhen has earned its reputation as the ‘Silicon Valley for hardware.’ Many hardware startups such as DJI choose to base their headquarters in Shenzhen, and hardware accelerators, such as Brinc and HAX, leverage the city to offer entrepreneurs a proximity to manufacturing that’s hard to find elsewhere. However, jumping into hardware and […]