Alibaba Group has merged Ele.me, a China-focused food delivery platform that it acquired earlier this year, with its local services platform Koubei. The combined platform has raised $3 billion from investors including Alibaba and SoftBank Group.
According to Alibaba’s quarterly financial results, the merger is aimed at creating a comprehensive local services offering that can leverage the power of Alibaba’s corporate ecosystem and business...
Trax, a Singapore-based developer of retail computer vision and analytics solutions with several private equity backers, has acquired US-based shopping rewards app developer Shopkick for an undisclosed amount.
Chinese art education platform Yiqi Technology Group has raised $40 million in the first tranche of a Series C round led by Tencent Holdings. It is said to be the largest-ever funding round for a start-up in this space.
Australia’s Square Peg has secured two new superannuation fund backers for its second fund, which has closed at A$340 million ($237 million).
JD Logistics, the delivery unit of Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com, has reached a first close on a renminbi-denominated fund that invests in smart logistics and related technologies. The full target for the vehicle is RMB1.5 billion ($218 million).