Tencent-backed E-commerce Platform Pinduoduo Files For $1B US IPO

Walnut Street Group Holding Ltd., which operates Chinese e-commerce platform Pinduoduo, seeks for a US$1 billion initial public offering in the U.S., according to its IPO prospectus. The document confirms Pinduoduo’s IPO rumour reported by China Money Network earlier this week. Founded in 2015 by former Google software engineer Colin Huang, Pinduoduo allows users to participate in group buying deals, mostly through Tencent’s WeChat. It targets low-income consumers from lower-tiered cities in China. In 2017, its gross merchandise value (GMV) …

China VC/Tech News Weekly Roundup: Chinese AI Firm Yitu Tech Raises $200M, Baidu Prepares CDR Issuance

In this episode of China Money Podcast, listen to all the news headlines in the week of June 11-15, 2018 with host Nina Xiang. Topics covered include Chinese AI company Yitu Tech’s US$200 million venture round, Baidu Inc’s plans to issue China Depositary Receipts, and China Money Network’s efforts to compile a list of 50 leading Chinese AI companies to shed light on the industry. Be sure to subscribe to China Money Podcast for free in the iTunes store, or …

Baidu Launches First Native Blockchain-Based Knowledge Quiz App Duyuzhou

China’s largest search engine Baidu Inc. has launched its first native blockchain-based knowledge quiz application called Duyuzhou, which means Du Universe, yesterday. Duyuzhou will create a digital universe consisted of elements, gravitation, and planets, where users can obtain these elements by participating in the knowledge quiz. Users will be incentivized to create and expand their own planets, said Baidu. In the process of creating quality content and expanding its user base, Baidu plans to add many new features to the …

SoundAI’s Chang Le: Voice-Controlled Devices Next Battlefield For Digital Traffic

China’s tech giants are waging a price war over smart speakers. But that’s ok with Chang Le, co-founder of Beijing-based start-up SoundAI, who sees it as a sign of market strength. Baidu just released its lower-end smart speaker Xiaodu at a special discount price of RMB89 (US$13.9), the same as Alibaba’s smart speaker Tianmao Jingling (Tmall Genie), and little more than JD.com’s Dingdong, which is selling at a discounted RMB79 (US$12). Chang says the price war is completely understandable because every …

Chinese EV Unicorn NIO Begins ES8 Deliveries As The First To Face Consumer Inspections

Finally, one Chinese electric vehicle company has reached the critical moment of delivering its vehicles to face the real-life tests and inspections by consumers. NIO, a Shanghai-based EV unicorn with a reported valuation of between US$3 billion to US$5 billion, delivered its first batch of NIO ES8, a seven-seater electric SUV, today in Shanghai, NIO announced today.