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Why Is Every Chinese Tech Company Doing Online Finance?

When it comes to China’s internet giants, there’s barely a player that hasn’t entered the world of online financing. Following in the footsteps of Alibaba, many of these companies are looking to finance as a means of subsidizing heavy cash burn rates in their core businesses. Ant Financial, which oversees Alipay, the country’s largest mobile payment service, is […]

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Three Big Opportunities For China Entrepreneurs According To Premier Li Keqiang

The National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s unicameral parliament, convened last Saturday to kick off its annual meeting which runs until March 16th. It’s a lot of pomp and circumstance, with the NPC widely dismissed as a “rubber stamp” parliamentary for the Chinese Communist Party. Nevertheless, the meetings offer valuable insight into the Chinese government’s priorities and ambitions for the […]

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eLong Announces Privatization Bid From Tencent

 ELong, one of China’s largest online travel services, today announced that its board of directors have received a privatization offer from existing shareholder Tencent, which hopes to acquire all remaining shares in the company.  Tencent offered shareholders $18 per American Depositary Receipt (ADR), a 27 percent premium to Monday’s closing price in New York, according to […]

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China’s Ticketing Site LY.com Lands Nearly $1B USD Funding Led By Wanda Group

LY.com (formerly 17U.com or Tongcheng), one of China’s largest ticketing websites, has secured more than 6 billion RMB ($967 million USD) funding from a consortium led by Chinese real estate conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group, Tencent Industrial Capital, CITIC Capital Holdings as well as other institutions. The company did not specify the stakes each investors are acquiring. The investment, which marks […]

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Female Founders Take The Lead At Chinaccelerator Demo Day

Chinaccelerator, an SOSventures accelerator presented its ten startups yesterday for judging after a 90-day intensive program. The China-based competition is globally unique in a few aspects, not only does it host startups from a range of foreign backgrounds as well as China, but it also has a 50% female founder participation rate. And at the wrap up of yesterday’s pitch […]