Jon Russell

Jon Russell is an Asia-based writer for TechCrunch. Formerly he was an Asia editor for The Next Web.Jon Russell is passionate about the development of the internet, technology, and startups in Asia. He is based in Bangkok, Thailand.

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  • Baidu and electric vehicle startup NIO lead $195M investment in Chinese limo booking app

    Baidu and electric vehicle startup NIO lead $195M investment in Chinese limo booking app

    Chinese internet giant Baidu is continuing its push into the automotive space after it led a RMB 1.3 billion ($195 million) Series B investment in Shouqi Limousine & Chauffeur, an offshoot of the state-owned Shouqi Group which was Beijing’s first licensed ride-hailing app. NIO Capital, the investment arm of billion-dollar electric car startup NIO, and Silk Road Huachuang joined… Read More

  • Tether, a startup that works with bitcoin exchanges, claims a hacker stole $31M

    Tether, a startup that works with bitcoin exchanges, claims a hacker stole $31M

    Bitcoin cruised past $8,000 for the first time this week, but it hasn’t been smooth sailing for all after Tether — a company that helps exchanges convert fiat currency to token — said today that a hacker snatched nearly $31 million. Tether operates USDT, a cryptocurrency asset that it backs via the U.S. dollar. The company said that $30,950,010-worth of USDT was taken… Read More

  • Tencent becomes the first Chinese tech firm valued over $500B

    Tencent becomes the first Chinese tech firm valued over $500B

    Tencent has become the first Chinese company to be valued at more than $500 billion. Shares of the 19-year-old company, which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, rallied to reach HK$418.80 to give it a market cap of HK$3.99 trillion which takes past the $500 billion mark. Close rival Alibaba is Asia’s second-highest-valued firm at $474 billion. Entry to the… Read More

  • Tech In Asia raises $6.6M led by Korean conglomerate Hanwha

    Tech In Asia raises $6.6M led by Korean conglomerate Hanwha

    Tech In Asia, the Singapore-based media and events startup, has closed $6.6 million in fresh funding. The lead investor is a name that may not be too familiar to regular readers (yet) and that’s Hanwha Investment and Securities. The fund is an affiliate of Hanwha, a Korean conglomerate which started out in explosives in 1952 but has since expanded into a range of verticals including (now)… Read More

  • Last chance to get your tickets for TechCrunch China in Shanghai November 27-28

    Last chance to get your tickets for TechCrunch China in Shanghai November 27-28

    TechCrunch is excited to be returning to China this month! Fresh from the success of our first event in Shenzhen in June, we’ll be back in more familiar surroundings for the TechCrunch China event in Shanghai from November 27-28. The theme of the event is ‘The New Beginning,’ and we’ll be looking at a host of topics from electric vehicles and live-streaming… Read More

  • Southeast Asia’s aCommerce lands $65M led by KKR-backed Emerald Media

    Southeast Asia’s aCommerce lands $65M led by KKR-backed Emerald Media

    Southeast Asia-based aCommerce, a startup that helps brands get into e-commerce and digital media in the fast-growing region, has pulled in $65 million in new funding led by Emerald Media, an Asian firm backed by global investor KKR. The Series B deal takes Bangkok-based aCommerce to $94 million raised to date. Existing backers Blue Sky, MDI Ventures and Switzerland-based DKSH also took… Read More

  • Alibaba invests $2.9B in hypermarket operator Sun Art to continue its offline retail push

    Alibaba invests $2.9B in hypermarket operator Sun Art to continue its offline retail push

    Alibaba is continuing its expansion into offline retail after the Chinese e-commerce giant bought up more than one-third of one of Chinese most prolific operators of hypermarket stores. The firm announced today it has spent HK$22.4 billion (around US$2.88 billion) to acquire of 36.16 percent in Sun Art Retail Group, a Hong Kong-listed business that operates 446 hypermarkets across 224… Read More

  • Stitch Fix set to raise $120M from downsized IPO

    Stitch Fix set to raise $120M from downsized IPO

    There’s been plenty of appetite for Stitch Fix’s upcoming NASDAQ listing, but concern around disappointing listings from Snap and Blue Apron may explain why the fashion e-commerce company has opted to slim down its IPO tomorrow. Stitch Fix stands to raise $120 million after it announced a lower than expected $15 share price and a reduced number of shares on offer. That price comes… Read More

  • Hitlist lands on Android to help you find bargain travel deals

    Hitlist lands on Android to help you find bargain travel deals

    Hitlist, an app that serves up bargain-priced flights and travel deals, has finally winged its way to Android after years on iOS and the web. The service is simple: you tell it where you live and it will sort through millions of deals from travel partners to find you discounted flights to nearby destinations that you can go ahead and book from your phone. A more sophisticated feature… Read More

  • Tencent reportedly invests $150M in cinema ticketing startup Maoyan

    Tencent reportedly invests $150M in cinema ticketing startup Maoyan

    Tencent announced another impressive quarter of financials yesterday, but the Chinese internet giant — which is creeping towards a $500 billion market cap — made other financial moves this week. Reuters reported that the firm invested $150 million Chinese cinema ticketing startup Maoyan, which was created from a merger between dominant players Maoyan and Tencent-backed Weiying… Read More

  • China’s third-largest bike sharing service, which raised $90M, is reportedly closing down

    China’s third-largest bike sharing service, which raised $90M, is reportedly closing down

    Bike-sharing, the year’s hottest startup trend in China and beyond, looks like it is about to see the biggest casualty of its cut-throat competition. Bluegogo, which had raised $90 million from investors and operates around 700,000 bikes across China, seems headed for the deadpool after Technode, our Chinese partner site, reported that the company has lost a slew of top executives and is… Read More

  • China’s Baidu just announced the strangest smart speakers

    China’s Baidu just announced the strangest smart speakers

    Chinese internet Baidu is widely credited for being one of the first to dive deep into artificial intelligence, hiring Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng (who has since departed) to lead its efforts back in 2014. Surprisingly, then, it has taken the company until today to release its own smart home products. But, far from another identikit contender, they stand out for being quite unlike… Read More

  • Tencent’s profit surges 69% thanks to its thriving games business

    Tencent’s profit surges 69% thanks to its thriving games business

    Tencent, Asia’s highest-valued technology company, has smashed analyst forecasts for its Q3 2017 after it posted a profit of 18 billion RMB ($2.7 billion) on revenue of 65.2 billion RMB ($9.8 billion). That blew past expectations of 15.7 billion yuan and 61 billion yuan, according to analysts polled by S&P Global Market Intelligence, thanks to its high-performing mobile and PC… Read More

  • Qualcomm announces investment in Mobike and eight other Chinese startups

    Qualcomm announces investment in Mobike and eight other Chinese startups

    Qualcomm is continuing its charm offensive in China, a critical market where it has suffered hard blows in recent years including a $1 billion anti-trust fine, after it announced a flurry of new investments. These are chaotic times for Qualcomm, which is fielding unwanted acquisition interest from Broadcom and battling Apple in court, but today it put the focus back on supporting upcoming… Read More

  • Get your tickets for the TechCrunch Meetup in Singapore on November 23!

    Get your tickets for the TechCrunch Meetup in Singapore on November 23!

    Last week we announced our upcoming Meetup in Singapore on November 23, and now here comes the all-important ticket information. Head to this link HERE and fill out your details to apply for one. Admission is free but unfortunately we can’t guarantee that everyone who requests a ticket will get one. That’s because we are limited on space, but we do plan to release videos of the… Read More

  • Your Google Home speaker is now also an intercom

    Your Google Home speaker is now also an intercom

    One of the niftiest features of Google Home is now available for owners of the smart speaker after support for ‘Broadcast’ rolled out. The new addition allows you to push messages or reminders across a network of Home devices to mimic an in-home intercom system. So rather than calling up to kids that dinner is about to be served, or getting them to wake up for school, Google Home… Read More

  • Report: Apple is back to being the world’s top wearable maker

    Report: Apple is back to being the world’s top wearable maker

    Apple is once again the biggest selling producer of wearables after its third-generation Apple Watch, released in September, helped it pip China’s Xiaomi to the post. The new device, Apple’s first that connects to the internet without being tethered to a smartphone, took the U.S. mobile giant to 3.9 million shipments in the recent Q3 2017, according to new data from Canalys. The… Read More

  • AWS isn’t exiting China, but Amazon did sell physical assets to comply with Chinese law

    AWS isn’t exiting China, but Amazon did sell physical assets to comply with Chinese law

    Amazon has denied reports that it is withdrawing its AWS business from China, but the firm did admit that it has been forced to sell some physical assets to its local partner. The U.S. firm appeared to have exited the country after The Wall Street Journal and Reuters reported that Beijing Sinnet, the partner that operates AWS China, had notified investors of its acquisition of the… Read More

  • Gaming firm Razer up 18% following Hong Kong IPO

    Gaming firm Razer up 18% following Hong Kong IPO

    Razer has continued a winning streak of IPOs from Asian companies after its share price surged as much as 41 percent up on its first day of trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The company, which makes accessories for PC gamers, laptops and is preparing to sell its first smartphone, raised $529 million from the sale of 1,063,600,000 shares. After deductions, Razer estimated its take-home… Read More

  • Uber’s new Asia chief wants to work with governments and taxi firms not against them

    Uber’s new Asia chief wants to work with governments and taxi firms not against them

    New CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has been vocal in pledging to reform Uber’s toxic culture to take the business to the next level — and ultimately an IPO — but, over in Asia, another recent arrival is presiding over a revamped approach which includes turning those who were once enemies into friends. Brooks Entwistle, a former Chairman of Goldman Sachs Southeast Asia, joined… Read More

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