China’s Volvo Cars stop production citing chip shortage

China’s Geely Holding-owned Volvo Cars will temporarily stop production at its Swedish plant in Gothenburg because of a shortage of semiconductors. A global crunch of chips has hit carmakers hard, with many forced to cut down on production. Electronic device makers are also struggling to keep up with a pandemic-led demand for gaming consoles, phones,…

South Korean game developer Krafton Inc prices IPO at top of indicative range, to raise $3.75 billion

On Thursday, South Korean game developer Krafton Inc said, it had priced its initial public offering (IPO) at the top of its indicative range to raise $3.75 billion (4.3 trillion won). Krafton’s shares were priced at 498,000 won compared with a range of 400,000-498,000 won per share. Despite the target cut, it is the second-biggest…

India-focused messaging startup Gupshup raises $240M in Tiger Global Management led funding round

Ahead of its potential IPO in 2022, India-focussed Silicon Valley messaging startup Gupshup said, it had raised $240 million in a funding round that was led by Tiger Global Management and others. While investment from venture capitalists is typically used for hiring engineers or expanding sales and marketing, buy-back deals allow investors, in the startup,…

Database software company Couchbase eyes US IPO, valued more than $900M

In a statement database software company Couchbase Inc said, it plans on raising $161 million through an initial public offering, which could see the company valued at more than $900 million. As per its regulatory filing, Couchbase, whose investors include GPI Capital, North Bridge Venture Partners and Accel, plans on selling 7 million shares in…

Carro is Singapore’s latest unicorn following latest funding round

On Tuesday, Southeast Asian online automotive marketplace Carro said, it has raised $360 million in its latest funding round that was led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2, becoming the region’s latest unicorn. “The valuation for the company is well over a billion dollars,” said Carro, Aaron Tan, the CEO and founder of Singapore-headquartered Carro. Carro…

Electric-truck startup Rivian Automotive Inc chasing $70 billion valuation in potential IPO

Rivian Automotive Inc, an electric-truck startup is targeting a valuation of around $70 billion in its potential initial public offering later this year. Earlier this year in January, Amazon.com Inc and Ford Motor Co-backed Rivian had a valuation of $27.6 billion, following a $2.65-billion investment round led by T. Rowe Price. Rivian has hired advisers including…

Volkswagen weighs potential listing of Porsche AG, in push towards electric vehicles

According to a source familiar with the matter at hand, Volkswagen is weighing options which includes listing of its luxury car division Porsche AG which will provide it sufficient liquidity towards electrification of its vehicles. “Those considerations exist,” said the source said while cautioning that they are still not being actively discussed in committees; any…