In a bid to establish itself as a leading player in global technology innovation, Chinese Internet giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., today announced plans to spend up to US$15 billion on research and development, establish seven research labs and recruit 100 top scientist worldwide over a three-year period.
Alibaba is becoming a serious player in the online gaming sector. The technology giant founded by Jack Ma today announced that it has acquired online gaming company Ejoy and revealed plans to establish for the first time a dedicated gaming unit to expand into the lucrative sector.
Chinese Internet giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has agreed to make an additional investment of RMB5.3 billion (US$807 million) to increase its ownership of Cainiao Network and to become a controlling shareholder of its logistics services affiliate.
Alibaba has taken another step in its quest to become ubiquitous in the daily life of every Chinese consumer, this time taking a page out of the play book of international retail giant Ikea. Three days ago, Alibaba opened a bright, colorful, all inclusive home furnishing flagship store in Hangzhou that looks and feels very much like an IKEA store, but is fully augmented by Alibaba’s online e-commence technology.
Chinese logistics services provider Best Inc., backed by Chinese Internet giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., has cut its New York Stock Exchange IPO by half due to tepid investor demand.
Following the just released iPhone X’s cool face ID feature, Ant Financial Services Group said it is allowing customers to use face scan to unlock and pick up packages at smart courier cabinets in Shanghai.
SoftBank Vision Fund, a US$93 billion investment fund backed by SoftBank Group Corp with a significant commitment from Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, is considering a US$500 million investment in the Hong Kong initial public offering of ZhongAn Online Property and Casualty Insurance Co., Ltd. ZhongAn Online is China’s first Internet-only insurer jointly established by Alibaba Group, Tencent Holdings and Ping An Insurance in 2013. The company is geared toward raising US$1.5 billion in an IPO in Hong Kong at …
An agriculture insurance joint venture between Ant Financial Services Group and China United Insurance Holding Co. has received a green light from China’s insurance regulator, making it the first agriculture technology company co-established by an insurer to achieve regulatory approval from the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC).
Yi+, a Chinese artificial intelligence start-up developing machine vision technology for content marketing, has raised a RMB100 million (US$14 million) series B round from Haitong Securities, financial services company Bairongjun Group and The Bank of Beijing.
Beijing-based television and film company Enlight Media has agreed to acquire a 11.11% stake of Maoyan, a Chinese online movie ticketing service provider, for RMB999 million (US$152 million).
Alibaba Group has been expanding its offline footprint at a breathless pace in recent years, buying mall operator Intime Retail, acquiring stakes in supermarket chains Lianhua and Sanjiang, and launching its own Hema Supermarkets.
China is going cashless, no doubt. Chinese consumers spent a total of US$5.5 trillion via mobile payment platforms last year, or simply put, it was about 50 times more than their American counterparts (around US$112 billion), according to data from Forrester Research and iResearch. The credit of the country’s multi-trillion dollar mobile payment market goes to China’s third-party QR code-scanning mobile payment platforms, led by WeChat Pay and Alipay. Statistics show that from 2013 to 2016, the number of transactions …
Best Inc., a logistic service provider backed by Alibaba Group, has revised up the amount of capital it is seeking to raise in an initial public offering in New York to US$1 billion, from a previous target of US$750 million in June.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Yunfeng Capital, an investment vehicle controlled by Alibaba founder Jack Ma, have made a RMB1 billion (US$140 million) strategic investment in enterprise cloud services provider Qiniuyun to strengthen the Chinese e-commerce giant’s own cloud services business.
An investor consortium backed by Alibaba Group’s founder Jack Ma has agreed to acquire the Hong Kong and Macau operations of U.S. insurer Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., also known as MassMutual, for HK$13 billion (US$1.7 billion).
Chinese Internet giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has unveiled plans to establish a regional headquarters in Xi’an city to support the growth of western China and the country’s One Belt One Road initiative.
SDIC Chuangye Investment Management, a subsidiary of State Development & Investment Corp, has led a US$100 million series A round in Cambricon Technologies Co., Ltd., an artificial intelligence chip developer.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has led a US$1.1 billion investment in one of Indonesia’s top three e-commerce firms, PT Tokopedia, as the Chinese tech firm seeks to solidify its dominant position in the Southeast Asian market.
Alibaba and Tencent wanted to kill cash. But their dreams of a cashless society may get crushed first. Concerned about the declining use of China’s fiat currency and alarmed by reports of merchants refusing the RMB as payment, the People’s Bank of China has taken action to ban, or at least limit the use of the word “cashless” in promotional materials published by digital payment giant Alibaba’s Ant Financial.
U.S.-based smart hardware focused venture capital firm Grishin Robotics has led a US$9 million series A round in Gobee.bike, a Hong Kong-based bike sharing start-up.
Chinese Internet giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and the Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region have entered into a strategic partnership framework agreement, under which Alibaba will support Macau’s implementation of smart city initiatives using cloud computing technologies.
Tmall, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s business-to-customer e-commerce platform, has invested US$300 million in Yiguo.com, a fresh produce e-commerce platform.
Baidu Waimai, the food delivery unit of Chinese search engine company Baidu Inc., is rumored to be in merger talks with Ele.me, a food ordering mobile app backed by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Ant Financial.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is reportedly in talks with Indian mobile payments and e-commerce platform Paytm E-Commerce Pvt to acquire a 20% stake of Bigbasket, India’s largest online grocery store, for US$200 million.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is in talks to lead a financing round of as much as US$500 million in one of Indonesia’s top three e-commerce firms PT Tokopedia, as the Chinese tech firm seeks to solidify its dominant presence in Southeast Asia.
Yunfeng Capital, a private equity firm founded by Alibaba’s Jack Ma and Chinese entrepreneur David Yu, has announced plans to invest hundreds of millions of RMB in Davost Intelligence, a Beijing-based company specializing in providing business analysis and strategy planning services to the tourism sector.
Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund, an investment unit of Alibaba Group supporting start-ups in Hong Kong and Taiwan, has teamed up with Hong Kong businessman Adrian Cheng to lead a RMB100 million (US$14 million) series B round in DayDayCook, a Hong Kong-based start-up providing cooking videos and recipes.
China’s largest e-commerce firm Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said it has established a new company-wide committee to implement its strategy for the future and upgrade the group’s various business units.
International Finance Corp. (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has led a US$50 million series B round in CompareAsiaGroup, a Hong kong-based online comparison platform for financial, telco and utility products across Asia.
What do you do when your closest rival raises a record financing round? Complete a larger fundraising and set a new record, of course.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said it plans to invest approximately US$1 billion to increase its stake in Southeast Asian e-commerce platform Lazada to approximately 83% from 51% previously, highlighting the Chinese online shopping giant’s ambition to deepen its global expansion.