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Bike-rental startup ofo lands series D+ backed by Alibaba’s Ant Financial

The funding spree continues in China’s bike-rental sector. Bike-rental startup ofo announced over the weekend that it raised an undisclosed amount in its Series D+ from Alibaba’s financial arm Ant Financial. Under the deal, ofo cooperate with Ant Financial in the fields of e-payment, credit system and globalization process. The announcement came less than two […]

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Shanghai mulling bike-rental regulations

Shanghai is mulling rules to regulate the sizzling yet reckless development of the city’s bike-rental sector, local media is reporting (in Chinese). The new rules, expected to be introduced in May and come into effect in June or July this year, are the latest government efforts to deal with the growing problems emerging with the bike-rental […]

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Updated: Cracks appear in DiDi and ofo partnership sparking doubts over ofo’s $700 million funding round

Insiders from ofo have confirmed to local media that ofo’s executive chairman, Chief Financial Officer, and other senior executives went on a “vacation” in July this year. A rift between ride-hailing giant DiDi and bike rental mammoth ofo might be the reason behind the event, Bianews has reported. ofo has since published a statement denying […]

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Ofo founder confirms bike-rental functions will come to Didi app

Editor’s note: A version of this post first appeared on Yicai Global, the English-language financial news service of Shanghai Media Group. Yicai Global is one of just two dedicated Chinese news feeds connected to the Bloomberg terminal. Ofo, one of China’s many bike-rental brands, will be incorporated into Didi Chuxing, the world’s largest ride-hailing platform, according […]

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Ofo bike-rental feature rumored to be added to Didi app in April

Ofo’s bicycle-rental feature is expected to be accessible to users within ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing’s app in April, signaling the bike-rental startup’s another step in an escalating race with competitors for market supremacy, our sister site TechNode Chinese is reporting (in Chinese). Didi Chuxing declined to comment when contacted by TechNode. Ofo has not responded […]

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Apple CEO visits Chinese startups Ofo and Keep

In his recent visit to China’s capital, Apple CEO Tim Cook went to bike-rental company ofo’s offices on Tuesday, fueling speculation about whether the American technology giant may invest in the Chinese bike-rental startup, our sister site TechNode Chinese is reporting (in Chinese). Accompanied by ofo CEO Dai Wei, Cook visited the startup’s headquarters in Beijing […]

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8 questions about Chinese tech we will see answered in 2017

In the tech industry, new innovations are constantly supplanting old ideas and seemingly stable companies can find themselves facing unexpected challenges. However, the trends we saw started in 2016 posed questions that have yet to be answered. Here are eight of them we think will be answered in 2017. 1. Can Alipay effectively deter the aggressive rise […]