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NIO, a Shanghai-based manufacturer of electric autonomous vehicles, has received $1 billion investment from state-owned companies in Hefei. Besides its current factory operation in Heifei, the company also agreed to establish headquarters in Hefei with R&D, sales, service and supply chain. NIO said this decision enables it to improve operational efficiency and to sustain its growth and competitiveness in the long run. Previously, IDG Capital joined the firm's Series B+ funding round.
Guangzhou-based electric vehicle (EV) startup Xpeng unveiled its P7 sports sedan, which has become the longest-range electric vehicle currently made in China.“Today is a milestone in the 5-year history of Xpeng Motors,”said He Xiaopeng, Chairman & CEO of Xpeng,“The P7's launch solidifies Xpeng Motors' leading position in China's smart EV market.”The company said that the P7 also had the strongest autonomous driving architecture among production vehicles in China. Previously, IDG Capital co-led Xpeng's $348 million Series B round in 2018.
The Delaware Public Employees' Retirement System committed $30 million to IDG China Venture Capital Fund VI, a venture capital fund managed by IDG Capital. The $11 billion pension fund devotes 13.39% of its full investment portfolio to private equity. Previously in 2017, Delaware's $10.4 billion fund, which has offices in the city of Dover, also committed up to $30 million to IDG China Venture Capital Fund V.
Razer, a San Francisco- and Singapore-based manufacturer of gaming peripherals, has launched a new Razer Blade Stealth 2020 model. That model is aimed more at content creation professionals, but both displays cover 100% of the sRGB space and are calibrated from the factory to deliver accurate colors. IDG Capital-Accel China invested $50 million in Razer in 2011. Razer went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2017.
Huohua, a Beijing-based online education platform specialized in math and science teaching, has received $30 million investment from Kuaishou, a Beijing-based short video app. As of August 2019, the education startup has attracted over 60,000 students and about 1,800 teachers. Previously, IDG Capital joined Huohua’s Series B+ round, another $15 million funding round in 2018 and its Series D equity financing round in 2019.
Boston-based cryptocurrency fintech firm Circle said the firm had seen growing interest and growth in USDC, a stablecoin Circle issued in partnership with San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase. New signups have come from diverse sectors, including e-commerce marketplaces, advertising networks, peer-to-peer lending platforms and more. According to CoinMetrics, USDC's market capitalization has jumped 65 to $734 million at press time. IDG Capital was the lead investor in Circle's Series C and Series D funding rounds and was also an angel investor in Coinbase.
Forbes has named IDG Capital's Xiaojun Li (#19) and Young Guo (#85) again to its 2020 Midas List, an annual ranking of the world's top 100 venture capitalists. Besides seven portfolio public offerings, including online entertainment firm BiliBili and social e-commerce company Pinduoduo, Li retains his place in the top 20 with two more exits: AMEC and Amlogic, both of them semiconductor companies that listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange last year. Guo retains his place with his investment in autonomous vehicle firms: multi-billion-dollar Silicon Valley startups Zoox and Pony.ai raised a combined $700 million.
Autonomous driving startup Pony.ai is collaborating with Los Angeles-based e-commerce platform Yamibuy to launch an autonomous delivery service in Irvine, California. Through the partnership, Pony.ai will use its autonomous fleets to deliver packages and groceries to Yamibuy customers. It's the first time the Fremont-based firm has deployed its vehicles for goods delivery and each robo-taxi is expected to carry about 100 orders a day. Previously, IDG Capital was a seed investor in Pony.ai and also joined its Series A funding round.
Bilibili, an IDG Capital-backed Chinese video-sharing platform, has received $400 million investment from Japanese multinational conglomerate Sony Corporation for 4.98% stake. With over 130 million users, Bilibili targets China's Generation Z market, which comprises people born between 1990 and 2009. Bilibili and Sony say they will pursue collaboration opportunities in China's entertainment sector, including animation and mobile game apps. Prior to Bilibili's listing on Nasdaq, IDG Capital led Bilibili's Series A funding round and also joined its A+ and B rounds.
IDG Capital has donated 10,000 protective masks to Olympique Lyonnais, a French professional football club based in Lyon, for the area's emergency needs. The club has distributed the masks to several beneficiaries in Lyon, including the Rhone Red Cross and the Alynea association. In 2016, IDG Capital took a 20 percent stake in Olympique Lyonnais for $110 million.
IDG Capital has joined a $51 million Series A round in ZhenGe Biotech, a Shanghai-based macromolecular pharmaceutical contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO). Founded in 2017, Zhenge Biotech has hired more than 110 employees, including seven scientists and engineers educated overseas. The company will use the proceeds to expand its Shanghai R&D center and build a GMP production base in Shanghai, as well as expanding its US lab.
Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has passed a milestone of $200 million in total transactions processed through its retailer payment portal Coinbase Commerce. Currently, around 8,000 integrated retailers accept cryptocurrencies alongside other payment streams. Coinbase says it plans to keep building out Commerce’s features in response to merchant demands. IDG Capital was an angel investor in Coinbase in 2013.
SenseTime, a Hong Kong-based artificial intelligence company, has been shortlisted to help NEXCO Central Japan, a leading expressway company in the country, upgrade its expressway monitoring system. With technology in deep learning and autonomous driving, SenseTime developed a traffic video analysis algorithm that can identify and track various types of vehicles over multiple lanes with accuracy. Previously, IDG Capital led the company's Series A round and also joined its Series B round.
IDG Capital-backed online education company Yuanfudao has closed its Series G round of $1 billion, marking the largest-ever fundraising deal in China's online education sector. Founded in 2012, the firm is now valued at $7.8 billion. By January 2020, Yuanfudao has attracted over 400 million users on its app's ecosystem, including over 1 million paid members for the flagship app Yuanfudao and 500,000 for its English and logical thinking platform Banma AI Ke. IDG Capital, which first invested in the firm in 2012, is the sole investor who has joined each financing round of Yuanfudao since Series A.
Analytics research firm TechArc has named Chinese e-commerce platform Club Factory as the top challenger to Flipkart and Amazon in India. Headquartered in Hangzhou, the e-commerce platform said its monthly active users (MAUs) has surpassed 100 million in India. Club Factory is strengthening its India leadership team and will appoint local leaders for key functions in the coming quarters. Previously, IDG Capital joined the firm's Series A round and led its $100 million Series C funding round.
Razer, a San Francisco- and Singapore-based manufacturer of gaming peripherals, is building a true ecosystem around games, including a virtual credit system and a digital payment network. With more than 1,400 employees, Razer manufactures its products in partnerships with companies in China, Taiwan and Vietnam. Razer's partners include Microsoft, Tencent and Google, with which it is building new cloud gaming ecosystems. IDG Capital-Accel China invested $50 million in Razer, which went public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2017.