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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
India-based startup Observe.AI raises $8M Series A led by Nexus Venture Partners to use AI to improve call centers   —  Being stuck on the phone with call centers is painful.  We all know this.  Observe.AI is one company that wants to make the experience more bearable …
Aug 13, 2018, 12:10 PMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
India-based Metro Bikes, which started out as a luxury bike rental service, rebrands as an on-demand motorbike service called Bounce and raises $12.2M Series A   —  Two of India's most prominent VCs are backing a motorbike on-demand service after Sequoia India and Accel led a $12.2 million investment in Metro Bikes.
Aug 9, 2018, 1:45 PMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Beijing-based online video service infrastructure startup Moviebook raises $199M Series D led by AI startup SenseTime, following a $75M Series C in 2017   —  SenseTime may be best known as the world's highest-valued AI company — having raised $620 million at a valuation of over $4.5 billion — but it is also an investor, too.
Aug 8, 2018, 3:30 PMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Japan-based accounting software company Freee raises $60M Series E to expand its API for its cloud-based HR and accounting services   —  Japan-based accounting software company Freee, one of the country's most-prominent startups, has raised a $60 million Series E funding round as it bids …
Aug 7, 2018, 12:40 PMIn context
TechCrunch:
eBay's Q2 filing shows company paid $573M to acquire ecommerce platform Qoo10 Japan in February, not the $700M rumored at the time of acquisition   —  EBay is a very distant second behind Amazon when it comes to e-commerce sales in the U.S., but abroad — and in particular in Asia …
Jul 20, 2018, 10:40 AMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Apple's iCloud user data in China is now being stored by a division of state-owned China Telecom   —  If you're an Apple customer living in China who didn't already opt out of having your iCloud data stored locally, here's a good reason to do so now.  That information, the data belonging …
Jul 18, 2018, 9:40 AMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Travel giant Booking Holdings, formerly known as Priceline, invests $500M in Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing   —  Didi Chuxing, China's largest ride-hailing company, has pulled in some strategic capital after Booking Holdings invested $500 million into its business.
Jul 17, 2018, 7:20 AMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Grab adds grocery delivery service by partnering with HappyFresh, opens its platform to third-party developers with plans to add news, gaming, and other content   —  Grab is shrugging off the threat that Singapore might undo its acquisition of Uber's Southeast Asia business …
Jul 10, 2018, 1:35 AMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Singapore's competition regulator says Grab-Uber merger would impede competition and proposes remedies that must be met to avoid fines or unwinding of the deal   —  Uber's exit from Southeast Asia may be done and dusted, but the deal — which saw Grab take over its local operations in exchange …
Jul 5, 2018, 12:35 PMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Melbourne-based international payments startup Airwallex raises $80M Series B led by Tencent and Sequoia China   —  Airwallex, a three-year-old fintech startup focused on international payments for SMEs and businesses, is putting itself on the map after it raised an $80 million Series B round.
Jul 3, 2018, 12:20 PMIn context

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