Editor’s note: This originally appeared on Analyse Asia, a weekly podcast hosted by Bernard Leong, dedicated to dissecting the pulse of business, technology, and media in Asia. The podcast features guests from Asia’s vibrant tech community. Jon Russell, from TechCrunch joined us in a two-episode arc to discuss the major acquisitions that are shaking the Asia […]
ofo raises $866 million in latest funding round led by Alibaba
Ofo, a leading bike rental company in China, has set up a research institute to tackle urban bike sharing management problems with blockchain technology, the company announced May 17. According to its press release, ofo’s blockchain research institute aims to use blockchain technology globally to further facilitate big data and IoT (Internet of Things). “This […]
China’s Mobike to restrict rider parking in Beijing as authorities tighten regulation on dockless bikes – SCMP What happened: Bike rental firm Mobike is prohibiting riders from parking outside of specified operational areas. The company has set a boundary that determines how far away from the city center users can park their bikes. If they park […]
Updated January 9, 2018: This article was updated to include a statement from Didi. Details have been released on the Didi Chuxing and Bluegogo tie-up. According to sources quoted by Pingwest (in Chinese), negotiations between the two mobility firms have been completed but Didi will only take over a part of Bluegogo’s business. Didi plans […]
Recent advertising methods haven’t seemed to relieve ofo from its stressed financial situation.
This week, Matt and John discuss the top 5 trends (plus some honorable mentions) in China’s tech for 2017 and make some predictions going into 2018. This is the first of two parts. Links Previous episodes referenced: Bike rentals Episode 1: An introduction to China’s bike sharing Episode 03: Bike sharing business models – Mobike […]
Cash-strapped Ofo could try wheeling its business down another path.
Chinese food delivery and life services platform Meituan Dianping filed for an initial public offering (IPO) in Hong Kong on June 25. The IPO is jointly sponsored by three Wall Street banks, including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The company is reportedly seeking over $4 billion in the IPO, although […]
Bike rental company Mobike has announced complimentary rides and deposit-free use of its bicycle network in Anhui province’s capital of Hefei, local media is reporting. Unlike other bike rental platforms, users would not need to use Sesame Credit to sign up or use the bikes without paying a deposit. Existing users in the city who have […]