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SoftBank Puts Another $2B In Korean E-Commerce

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Korean e-commerce: SoftBank (OTCPK:SFTBF, OTCPK:SFTBY) Imaginative and prescient Fund invested $2B in Korean e-commerce startup Coupang, which might push valuation to $9B. Complete funding now stands at $three.4B. The web retailer lists over 120M gadgets in classes starting from shopper electronics to meals. Income is predicted to succeed in almost $5B by yr’s finish, greater than doubling in two years. Coupang plans to go public someday quickly however not subsequent yr.

Lidar sensors: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) Capital was among the many backers in a $40M Collection B funding for Lidar know-how developer AEye, which brings complete funding to about $61M. Taiwan’s government-backed Taiwania Capital led as a strategic investor with participation from Kleiner Perkins, Airbus Ventures, and Tychee Companions. AEye claims it set a brand new report for the space from which a lidar system can detect and monitor a shifting object. AEye’s iDAR sensor might detect/monitor a truck from 1 km away, which the corporate says is as much as 5x higher than different lidar methods. The corporate thinks iDAR can ultimately monitor from 5 km to 10 km away.

Rivals: Quanergy ($135M in complete funding, Samsung amongst backers), Velodyne LiDAR ($150.2M in complete funding, Baidu and Ford backing), and LeddarTech ($123M in complete funding, Built-in Gadget backing).

European e-scooters: Berlin-based dockless e-scooter and electrical bike startup Wind Mobility raised $22M in seed funding from Chinese language Supply Code Capital and Europe’s HV Holtzbrinck Ventures. Wind presently operates in numerous cities in Spain, France, Germany, and the USA. The corporate is creating its first proprietary mannequin of scooter designed for bike sharing. The brand new funds will go towards international enlargement and constructing out the e-scooter product.

Rivals: Uber (UBER) and Lyft (LYFT) have entered the bike-share area with the acquisition of Bounce Bikes and Encourage, respectively. In Europe, Wind competes towards Hen and Lime. Smaller startup rivals embrace Sweden’s VOI (just lately raised $50M) and Germany’s Tier (lately raised €25M).

Bitmoji competitor: Snap (NYSE:SNAP) Bitmoji competitor Genies raised $10M in a celebration spherical that included NEA, Tinder’s Sean Rad, athlete Carmelo Anthony, and musician A$AP Rocky. The Genies iOS and Android apps let the consumer chat via an avatar, which acts out key phrases and the overall sentiment of the message. The corporate is launching an SDK that expenses different apps to let customers create avatars to make use of in chat, video games, animations, and AR.

Rivals: Fb (NASDAQ:FB) is engaged on an Avatars function that was introduced a number of months in the past however hasn’t reached the general public testing part. Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Gboard can create avatars based mostly on a selfie, however they’re decrease intimately than Genies. Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Memoji appears extra generic than Genies however has comparable performance.

Exit: Autodesk (NASDAQ:ADSK) acquired development productiveness software program firm PlanGrid for $875M in money. PlanGrid raised $66M in personal funding.

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