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India’s MobiKwik raises $50M for its mobile wallet service

India’s MobiKwik raises $50M for its mobile wallet service
technewsi.altervista.org — The increase of smartphone ownership in India is fueling the rise of mobile wallets in India. One company leading the charge, MobiKwik, has topped up its own funds with a $50 million Series C round announced today. Read More

India’s MobiKwik raises $50M for its mobile wallet service

India’s MobiKwik raises $50M for its mobile wallet service
techcrunch.com — The increase of smartphone ownership in India is fueling the rise of mobile wallets in the country. One company leading the charge, MobiKwik, has topped up its own funds with a $50 million Series C round announced today. Primarily a mobile wallet, MobiKwik's range of services include online recharge (topping up mobile phone credit), bill payments, money transfers, coupons and ticketing.

Grab, Uber’s rival in Southeast Asia, hires its first CFO

Grab, Uber’s rival in Southeast Asia, hires its first CFO
technewsi.altervista.org — Grab, Uber's rival in Southeast Asia, has expanded its C-level team after hiring its first CFO. Linda Hoglund has joined the company from HOOQ, the Singapore-based video streaming company founded by telco giant Singtel. Read More

Grab, Uber’s rival in Southeast Asia, hires its first CFO

Grab, Uber’s rival in Southeast Asia, hires its first CFO
techcrunch.com — Grab, Uber's rival in Southeast Asia, has expanded its C-level team after hiring its first CFO. Linda Hoglund has joined the company from HOOQ, the Singapore-based video streaming startup founded by telco giant Singtel. Five-year-old GrabTaxi did not formally announce the hire.

Fore: Rakuten’s delivery drones take to the golf course

Fore: Rakuten’s delivery drones take to the golf course
technewsi.altervista.org — Last month we reported that Rakuten is testing drone deliveries at a golf course in Japan, and now the company has released more information and video footage of how the system will work. Read More

Ant Financial, the Alibaba affiliate that operates Alipay, raises $4.5B at a $60B valuation

Ant Financial, the Alibaba affiliate that operates Alipay, raises $4.5B at a $60B valuation
technewsi.altervista.org — Ant Financial, the Alibaba affiliate that runs Alipay and other financial services, has announced a truly huge round of funding today. The company said it has completed its Series B, which weighs in at a staggering $4.5 billion. Read More

Fore: Rakuten’s delivery drones take to the golf course

Fore: Rakuten’s delivery drones take to the golf course
techcrunch.com — Last month we reported that Rakuten will test drone deliveries on a golf course in Japan, and now the company has released more information and video footage of how the system will work. To refresh your memory, drones can provide food, snacks and golf accessories like new balls to players while they are out on the course.

Ant Financial, the Alibaba affiliate that operates Alipay, raises $4.5B at a $60B valuation

Ant Financial, the Alibaba affiliate that operates Alipay, raises $4.5B at a $60B valuation
techcrunch.com — Ant Financial, the Alibaba affiliate that runs Alipay and other financial services in China, has announced a truly huge round of funding today. The company said it has completed its Series B, which weighs in at a staggering $4.5 billion.

Baidu head of comms and China tech figure Kaiser Kuo is leaving the firm to return to the U.S.

Baidu head of comms and China tech figure Kaiser Kuo is leaving the firm to return to the U.S.
technewsi.altervista.org — China's tech scene is losing one of its most recognizable and influential faces after Baidu head of comms and all-round nice guy Kaiser Kuo announced he is leaving the company to return to the U.S.. Read More

Kamcord bags $10M led by Time Warner to tackle live-streaming like a media business

Kamcord bags $10M led by Time Warner to tackle live-streaming like a media business
technewsi.altervista.org — Today is a big day for Y Combinator graduate Kamcord, after the San Francisco startup announced a $10 million Series C round led by Time Warner, and a move that expands its mobile streaming focus from mobile games to any app. Read More
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May 03, 2016

RT @JoshConstine: Uber Offers get merchants to pay for your ride tcrn.ch/1NSfBxw My deepdive into Uber's next huge opportunity httppic.twitter.com/nf4PVJnicc://t.co/nf4PVJnicc

May 03, 2016

@niubi the whiskey sounded great though — no plan to reverse the decision I guess?

May 03, 2016

@niubi listened to this again last week, great episode

May 03, 2016

RT @GreatFireChina: Is Telegram Really Safe for Activists Under Threat? These Two Russians Aren't So Sure. globalvoices.org/2016/05/02/is-… via @tanyalokotalokot

May 03, 2016

RT @bleongcw: Always great fun to have @jonrussell to discuss Rocket Internet & the recent big deals happening in Southeast Asia via @ana@analyseasia

May 03, 2016

RT @SirSteven: Here’s our first ever quarterly funding report techinasia.com/talk/asia-tech… …a trove of data. get the free 17-page report


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