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From University To Rising Star, How One Chinese AI Start-Up Aims To Make China “Smart”

Yao Song, founder of upstart Chinese artificial intelligence (AI) start-up DeePhi Tech, has a nickname: “Boss Yao”. The 25-year-old Tsinghua University graduate has been on a winning streak so far. After securing a victory at a national physics competition championship, Yao was admitted into China’s top university to study electrical engineering without having to take the university entrance exam. While at Tsinghua, he chaired a prominent student science association and organized innovation competitions on campus.

KPCB’s James Huang Says High Healthcare Valuations Force Investors To Seek Early Stage Innovation

China’s healthcare sector is seeing a flood of new capital from from non-professional investors such as Chinese coal mining and factory bosses, according to James Huang, a managing partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) China, who focuses on life sciences. As a result, valuations have become excessive, forcing more experienced investors to adopt new strategies to get ahead of the “dumb money.”

China’s Meituan Dianping Said To Raise $3 Billion From Tencent, IDG Capital

Update: Meituan Dianping Announced A US$4 billion Financing Round on October 19, 2017 Meituan Dianping, one of the largest Chinese on-demand local services providers, is said to be raising around US$3 billion from investors including its long-time backer Tencent Holdings Ltd., IDG Capital and other investors, people with close information of the matter said.

Chinese Supply Chain Management Firm YH Global Raises $182M Series A Round

YH Global, a Chinese supply chain management and logistics company, has raised RMB1.2 billion (US$182 million) in a series A round led by Chinese private equity firms Yonghua Capital and Co-Energy Finance. The round, participated in by Stone Capital, Tangrong Capital and Shenzhen Grandland Group Co., Ltd., values the company at US$1 billion, according to local media reports. China Money Network could not contact YH Global to confirm the facts prior to publication.

Elements Capital, WI Harper Lead $17.5M Series B Round In Chinese Biopharma Firm

XW Laboratories Inc., a Chinese biopharmaceutical research and development company focused on neurological disorders, has raised US$17.5 million in a series B financing led by Elements Capital and WI Harper. New investo KTB Network, and all existing investors KPCB China, Johnson & Johnson Innovation and WuXi Venture, also participated.

Ken Xu Of Gobi Partners Sees Trillion-Dollar Market In China’s 2B Artificial Intelligence Sector

In this episode of China Money Podcast, Gobi Partners managing partner Ken Xu speaks to our host Nina Xiang. Xu discusses what he sees as the next technology frontier markets in China, and how Gobi is investing in the artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT) and new infrastructure-themed industries.   You can read a Q&A and watch a short video of the interview. Don’t forget to subscribe to China Money Podcast for free in the iTunes store, or subscribe to …

China Healthcare Investor Forum 2017

中文版请点击这里 The China Healthcare Investor Forum 2017, hosted by China Money Network, will feature the nation’s brightest and most successful healthcare investors discussing key opportunities and challenges in one of the world’s hottest investment sectors. Register now to join leading deal makers from KPCB, CDH Investments, Lilly Asia Ventures and OrbiMed for an intimate and informative panel discussion and open Q&A. Then network with other attendees from top Chinese investment firms and healthcare company executives. Limited seats available. Click Here …

Chinese MiniKTV Start-Up Raises $15M From Matrix, GSR

Chinese start-ups continue to redefine investor imagination and break new venture fundraising records. Xingtang miniKTV, a three-month-old company operating self-serving karaoke boxes in Chinese cities, has raised US$15 million from investors including Matrix Partners China, Vertex Ventures China, GSR Ventures and DCM.

Venture-Backed BGI Genomics Completes $250M IPO On Shenzhen ChiNext

Chinese gene sequencing giant BGI Genomics Co., Ltd. today completed an initial public offering on the ChiNext board in Shenzhen, raising around RMB1.7 billion (US$250 million). The successful IPO comes after the company previously failed to list in the U.S. and Hong Kong, as well as an unsuccessful bit to achieve an A-share float via a reverse merger.

Why Hong Kong’s Government-Led Innovation Drive Is Failing

Entrepreneur Jeff Wang planned to start his company in Hong Kong in 2015, after obtaining a Ph.D. degree in mathematics from a prominent university in the U.K. The data expert wanted to use an analysis method called Topological Data Analysis, his Ph.D research topic, to help enterprises better analysis their data by visualizing it.

China’s Bike Rental Firms Mobike, ofo Are Raising Nearly $1 Billion In Fresh Funding

As city streets in China become a theater for the current venture capital-fueled bike rental start-up frenzy, the two biggest bike rental companies in the country, Shanghai-based Mobike and Beijing-based ofo, are both raising massive new financing rounds totaling nearly US$1 billion. Mobike is raising a new round worth several hundred million U.S. dollars, which would be its series E round 14 months after its official launch. The round would value the young start-up at as much as US$3 billion. …

Pantheon’s Jie Gong Says Chinese Growth-Capital Funds Are Soul-Searching

In this episode of China Money Podcast, guest Jie Gong, a partner at Pantheon’s Asia Investment Team, spoke to our host Nina Xiang. Gong discussed new and important trends she sees in China’s private equity and venture capital space, and what the fund-of-funds manager looks for when considering backing funds in China.