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Hot Pre-IPO Adtech Startups

May 28th, 2016 Posted by Digital Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Social Marketing No Comment yet

Analyst at Business Insider compiles a list of 37 hottest pre-IPO adtech startups. Eye-popping public valuations in China will ensure that one or more of the below will be acquired by China-listed entities.

Taykey

Sharethrough

Accordant Media

Kargo

Innovid

Pubmatic

Beeswax

Social Bakers

xAd

LiveIntent

Captify

Drawbridge

Turn

Kenshoo

Sprinklr

RadiumOne

Data Xu

Sourcepoint

PageFair

WideOrbit

Applift

AddRoll

InMobi

Centro

Teads

Integral Ad Science

Quantcast

IronSource

Outbrain

Taboola

Videology

MediaOcean

Moat

Trade Desk

OpenX

Media Math

Appnexus

Read the Business Insider article here.

Opera Catches $1.2B Bid from Chinese Syndicate

February 11th, 2016 Posted by Capital Markets, China Business Development, Digital Marketing, E-Commerce, M&A, Mobile Marketing No Comment yet

Norway-based Opera Software ASA, a software maker best known for their mobile browser, agreed to be acquired by a consortium of Chinese tech companies. 75% of Opera’s sales in Q4 consisted of mobile advertising third-party publishers. The all-cash offer is backed by:

  • Internet security provider Qihoo 360 Technology Co., which announced in 2015 its intention to delist from NYSE in a buyout led by its chairman
  • Chinese game maker Beijing Kunlun Tech Co.
  • Golden Brick Capital Management Ltd.
  • Yonglian Investment Co.

Read the New York Times article here.

Jury is Out on Baidu O2O Investments

September 14th, 2015 Posted by Capital Markets, China Business Development, Digital Marketing, E-Commerce, M&A No Comment yet

Baidu CEO Robin Li talks about opportunities in connecting consumers to services via Online to Offline initiatives. The company is investing heavily in new growth opportunities in China. “We are actually transforming the company from connecting people with information to connecting people with services,” Li said to reporters.

Western investors remain skeptical and Baidu’s New York-listed ADRs are down 38% year to date.

Read the Bloomberg article here.

Alibaba, Ant Invest $1 Billion in China Local Online-to-Offline Venture

June 22nd, 2015 Posted by China Business Development, Digital Marketing, E-Commerce No Comment yet

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and its finance affiliate each agreed to invest 3 billion yuan ($483 million) in a new venture targeting neighborhood services in China. The venture will enable mobile devices to buy goods and services.

The Koubei venture with Zhejiang Ant Small & Micro Financial Services Group Co. will initially focus on the food and beverage sector, according to a statement. Both companies will provide capital and resources to drive the business.

Read the Bloomberg article here.

Tencent’s WeChat Service Reaches 1.1 Billion Accounts

June 19th, 2015 Posted by China Business Development, Digital Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Social Marketing No Comment yet

WeChat reported the following numbers (always take these with a grain of salt):

– 1.12 billion accounts, with 440 million MAUs

– Half between ages of 20-29, with 30-39 the second largest demographic

– 20+ language versions in 200 countries

Click here to read the TechNode article.

 

Tencent Earnings Beat for March 31 Quarter

May 13th, 2015 Posted by Capital Markets, Digital Marketing, Mobile Marketing, Social Marketing No Comment yet

Tencent Holdings, Asia’s biggest technology company, announced a 7% year-on-year rise in quarterly net income. Net income was 6.88bn yuan ($1.1bn) for the period, compared with forecasts of about 6.5bn yuan. Sales grew 22% to 22.4 billion yuan from a year earlier.

Hong Kong listed Tencent competes with e-commerce company Alibaba for mobile users. The company has some of China’s most popular messaging services, including WeChat.

Read the full article on BBC News.

Verizon Buys AOL for Advertising Tech

May 12th, 2015 Posted by Capital Markets, Digital Marketing No Comment yet

In a deal valued at $4.4 billion, Verizon purchases mobile and streaming advertising revenue and channels, as well as some key tech enablers.