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Travel Site TripPanda Raising First Round

A relatively lesser known travel site TripPanda which focusing on outbound tourism has raised an undisclosed amount in first round of financing. Founded in April 2010, the site is about to launch a revamped site in the coming month to celebrate the funding and its 2-year anniversary. With a focus on outbound travel, the service has […]

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OTAs in China, an Entrepreneur’s Perspective

I have been an entrepreneur in China, engaging in the online travel agency(OTA) domain for more than two years.  We certainly have experienced up-and-downs. To navigate the ever-changing Chinese OTA market, we keep asking ourselves the same set of questions all the time: Who are our customers? Who are our suppliers? Who are our competitors? […]

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Is There a Secret Sauce to Fund Raising from a VC

Editor’s Note: The piece was written by Ian Ho, an Associate in Vickers Venture Partners , specializing in investments in the TMT space in Asia-Pacific. Deals that he has been involved in includes, 2121.com, 24Quan, California Intercontinental University, Spicy Horse Games, Matchmove Games and Lotaris. You can follow him on Weibo.      “Is there a secret sauce to […]

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Is Google Copying Baidu Search?

An article entitled “Google Gives Search a Refresh” was published last week on the Wall Street Journal. It talked about how Google is reinventing their technology to utilize more sophisticated ‘semantic search’ which will better understand the meaning of words to deliver more accurate results. Google Search executive, Amit Singhal, said Google search will look […]

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This is What We Call, the China Web

Thanks to Akio Tanaka of Infinity Ventures Partner, I was invited to join the panel at his Infinity Ventures Summit (Fall, 2011). The topic of this panel is pretty interesting, Everything You Wanted to Know About China Internet, But were Afraid to Ask. Other very experienced panelists include: Fritz Demopoulos the founder of Queen’s Road […]