Baidu-backed Chinese EV startup WM raises $1.5 billion in funding round

On Tuesday, Baidu-backed Chinese electric vehicle (EV) startup WM Motor said, it has raised $1.47 billion (10 billion yuan) in its latest funding round. In recent months, shares of Electric Vehicle makers, including that of Tesla Inc, have surged with auto makers looking to the markets for funds. Incidentally, China’s Xpeng Inc and Li Auto…

U.S. private equity firm General Atlantic LLC and SoftBank Group Corp invests $107 million in Brazilian facial recognition startup Acesso Digital

In a statement Brazil’s facial biometrics and digital admission startup Acesso Digital said, Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp and U.S. private equity firm General Atlantic LLC are leading a $107.25 million (580 million reais) funding round. Following the investment, both, General Atlantic and SoftBank, will hold a minority stake in Acesso Digital. Founded in 2007, Acesso…

AI firm SambaNova Systems raises $250M in Series C funding round

In a statement, SambaNova Systems, an artificial intelligence computing firm stated, it has raised $250 million in its latest funding round which was led by BlackRock Inc. Investors at SambaNova’s Series C funding round included the venture capital arms of both Intel Corp and Alphabet Inc, Walden International, WRVI Capital and Redline Capital. Palo Alto,…

Indian digital payments giant Paytm valued at $16 billion in latest funding round

On Monday, Paytm, an Indian digital payments company stated it has raised fresh funds totaling to $1 billion from a group of investors which includes existing backers such as SoftBank’s Vision Fund and China’s Ant Financial Services. The funding round saw Paytm being valued at $16 billion. A fresh investment in Paytm by Japan’s SoftBank’s…

South Korea’s Shinhan Financial Group Co Ltd invests in Indonesia’s e-commerce startup Bukalapak’s latest funding round

Although Shinhan Financial Group Co Ltd’s investment was not disclosed, the funding round saw Bukalapak valued at more than $2.5 billion. On Friday, Indonesian e-commerce startup Bukalapak stated, South Korea’s Shinhan Financial Group Co Ltd has participated in its latest funding round which valued the company at over $2.5 billion. Bukalapak did not disclose the…

Porsche invests undisclosed amount in TriEye

TriEye’s cameras, which uses short-wave-infra-red sensing technology, can see at night as well as in adverse weather conditions. Israeli startup TriEye, which has developed short-wave-infra-red sensing technology which enables cars to see in night time as well as in adverse weather conditions, has attracted $19 million in its latest funding round, which also saw the…