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IDG Capital acquired 30.1% of Acne Studios, a global fashion retailer, making it the company's largest single institutional investor. Founded in Stockholm in 1996, Acne Studios has grown from a niche supplier of denim wear into a diversified upscale brand with over 50 stores in 13 countries, $221 million in annual revenues in 2018 and $35 million in operating profit. Acne's latest investment round is expected to enhance the firm's market presence in Asia and especially China. IDG Capital also previously invested in two other global fashion giants, Farfetch and Moncler.IDG Capital acquired 30.1% of Acne Studios, a global fashion retailer, making it the company's largest single institutional investor. Founded in Stockholm in 1996, Acne Studios has grown from a niche supplier of denim wear into a diversified upscale brand with over 50 stores in 13 countries, $221 million in annual revenues in 2018 and $35 million in operating profit. Acne's latest investment round is expected to enhance the firm's market presence in Asia and especially China. IDG Capital also previously invested in two other global fashion giants, Farfetch and Moncler.
Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong is the first high-level cryptocurrency executive to sign the Giving Pledge, agreement among entrepreneurs, led by Warren Buffet and Bill Gates, who have promised to donate a significant portion of their personal net worth to philanthropic causes. Earlier in 2018, Armstrong also launched his non-profit initiative, GieCrypto.org, which converts cryptocurrency into cash and distributes it to people in poverty around the world. Coinbase, founded in San Francisco in 2012, is valued at $8 billion. IDG Capital was an early investor in the firm.
Zoox, a Foster City, Calif.-based driverless car startup, became the first company in California to receive approval to provide transportation services to the general public using autonomous test vehicles. Zoox said it plans to deploy its driverless vehicle commercial service in California by the end of 2020. IDG Capital invested in Zoox in 2016.
IDG Capital joined a $300 million late-stage Series F funding round in Yuanfudao, a Chinese-language homework tutoring platform, raising the unicorn's valuation to more than $3 billion. Yuanfudao, with more than 200 million users, uses artificial intelligence to scan and solve homework questions. The Beijing-based start-up said it will use the latest financing round to support research and development and improve user experience. IDG Capital previously invested in the company's Series B and C rounds. Yuanfudao was founded in 2012.
Meituan Dianping, China's leading food delivery app, has formed a partnership with Luckin Coffee, one of the country's biggest competitors to Starbucks. The agreement will allow Luckin customers in 21 Chinese cities to order coffee and other food products using Meituan's popular delivery app. Luckin says its average delivery time in China is now 18 minutes. IDG Capital was an early investor in Meituan, which went public in on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2018, raising $4.2 billion in its IPO.
Jane Sun, the Chairman and CEO of Ctrip, China's largest online travel agency, predicts continued growth for her Nasdaq-listed company. Ctrip currently has 300 million users and 40,000 employees. Sun also says the Shanghai-based firm is now developing robots to help customers complete their travel reservations. Chinese tourists made 71.3 million trips abroad in the first half of 2018, a 15% increase over the same period last year, and spent $260 billion. The Chinese domestic travel market is even larger. Mainland tourists spent an estimated $720 billion on 5 billion internal trips last year. IDG Capital invested in Ctrip in 2000.
IDG Capital recently joined a Series A funding round in Galaxy Space, a Chinese micro-satellite company. Founded in 2016, The Beijing-based company plans to put hundreds of satellites into low Earth orbit to provide global 5G coverage. Galaxy Space is also backed by Lei Jun, the founder of Xiaomi, the world's fourth-largest smartphone maker backed by IDG Capital.
Lime, an e-scooter-and-e-bike rental platform, has teamed up with Google Maps to provide customers with location services for its e-scooters in 13 cities around the world, including San Jose, Austin, Auckland, New Zealand and Brisbane, Australia. In addition to helping users navigate streets, the new service will also help Lime customers locate the closest available e-scooter to rent. IDG Capital invested in Lime in 2017.
Xiaopeng Motors, a Chinese electric vehicle startup, has begun volume production and delivery of its first vehicle, the G3 SUV. The G3 will“set the benchmark for artificial intelligence-empowered vehicles,” predicts He Xiaopeng, Xiaopeng Motors CEO. IDG Capital co-led Xiaopeng Motor's Series B investment round in January 2018. To date, the Guangzhou-based company has raised $1.3 billion during five rounds.
Farfetch, an online luxury fashion platform, has acquired Stadium Goods, which sells new and second-hand sneakers and streetwear, for $250 million. In addition to its retail store in New York, Stadium also sells streetwear products via online platforms, including Amazon, eBay and Alibaba. According to Farfetch, which recently went public on NYSE, the latest acquisition will help the London-based company tap into a burgeoning global market for new and used streetwear. IDG Capital led Farfetch's Series F funding round in 2016.
IDG Capital led a Series B funding round in Yuce Biological Technology, a Shenzhen-based biotechnology developer which concentrates on developing gene detection-based diagnoses and immunotherapies for cancer. Yuce Bio said it will use its newest funding to enhance diagnosis capabilities, expand partnerships with clinical and pharmaceutical companies and develop neoantigen solutions for individualized immunotherapy. Founded in 2015, the firm currently has offices in five Chinese cities.“Tumor immunotherapy, whether it is anti-PD-1 drug or CAR-T treatment, has brought us the possibility of curing cancer,”said Yang Fei, an IDG Capital Partner.
IDG Capital joined a Series B financing round with Lihuh, a Chinese video platform operator. Founded in 2017 and based in Shanghai, Lihuh markets a mobile video community App which allows users to capture daily life in short videos. The firm said the latest financing will help its engineering team expand its research and development. Lihuh currently operates R&D centers in Beijing, Shanghai and Qingdao.
Mogu, a Hangzhou, China-based fashion e-commerce platform, has gone public on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), pricing at $14 per share. It was the 17th IDG Capital-backed company that filed an initial public offering. For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, Mogu reported a 24.6% year-over-year sales increase. It is estimated that Mogu currently owns an 8.1% of China's total $390 billion online fashion market. IDG Capital first backed Mogu in 2012.
IDG Capital led a $8.76 million Series A+ funding round in Freemud, a Shanghai-based payment solutions provider. Founded in 2014, Freemud provides smart digital payment solutions to over 80,000 chain stores in China, including Starbucks, Walmart, McDonalds, Costa Coffee, Family Mart and Subway. The firm also processes approximately 6 million financial transactions per day, including delivery and pick-up services. In addition to retail outlets, Freemud also provides payment services to several large state-owned enterprises, including CITIC Group, a major investment firm in China.
Hugo Shong, IDG Capital's Founding Chairman, and Jim Breyer, IDG Capital's Co-Chairman and the CEO of Breyer Capital, are forecasting strong growth for the artificial intelligence (AI) industry. During the Fortune Global Tech Forum in Guangzhou, both Shong and Breyer predicted that AI underlies growth in many key seemingly unrelated parts of the economy during the next decade – from healthcare to cryptocurrency. The two IDG Capital executives also told Fortune Executive Editor Adam Lashinsky that by 2028, 18 out of the world's 20 top AI companies will be based in either the U.S. or China.
LAIX, a NYSE-listed artificial intelligence education company, reported $26.3 million in revenues in Q3 2018, more than double revenues in the same quarter one year earlier. According to the co-founder and CEO Yi Wang, the Shanghai-based company is now actively building partnerships in K-12 and adult education around the world. Yang said that LAIX is now at the forefront of next-generation education technology. In 2017, IDG Capital joined LAIX's Series C funding round.