1. Trump says tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods will increase to 25%, blames slow progress in trade talks

2. Global Smartwatch Shipments Grew 48% YoY in Q1 2019 with One in Three Being an Apple Watch

3. Amazon can already ship to 72% of US population within a day, this map shows

4. Starbucks is speeding up innovation at its Seattle research hub

5. SoftBank Is Said to Consider IPO for $100 Billion Vision Fund

6. TV broadcasting company Sinclair to buy Disney’s 21 regional sports networks for $10B

7. Tesla Raises $2.35 Billion in Boosted Debt, Stock Offerings

8. Sustainability focused Ecosystem Integrity Fund closes on $100 million

9. Esports Organization Immortals Closes $30 Million Fundraising Round, Acquires Brazilian Game Matchmaking Platform

10. Thunes raises $10M to make financial services more accessible in emerging markets

11. WorldCover raises $6M round for emerging markets’ climate insurance



1. China’s tech hub Shenzhen to build 7,000 5G stations

2. China’s ‘sheconomy’ is growing like crazy, as overall spending by Chinese women is estimated to have increased around 81% in the past five years to $670 billion

3. Chinese tech firms have raised a record $3.4 billion in convertible bond sales this year, nearly double the total during all of 2018

4. Tencent leads $7 million Series A for online healthcare platform QTC Care

5. Tencent’s short-video app Yoo Video, which is estimated to have received 928,000 downloads in 2018, has renamed itself as Hotpot Video

6. Rising popularity of plastic surgery lifts So-Young’s Nasdaq IPO, with China’s medical aesthetics market expected to triple to RMB 360 billion by 2023

7. Biotechnology company helpsci.com.cn 艾尔普再生医学 won tens of millions of A round of financing

8. Rental services provider Chengtu 橙途 for individual homeowners received 5 million yuan of angel financing

9. Chinese AR start-up Xloong develops smart glasses to help police catch suspects



Australia-founded payment transfer firm Bitspark to launch Philippine-peso stablecoin


Emerging Market:

1. Singapore industry association, Textile and Fashion Federation to launch incubator program for fashion startups

2. Hootsuite shuts Singapore office, chooses Sydney as new Asia-Pacific HQ

3. Cloud-based software provider Deskera reportedly raises US$100M+ in extended Series A funding round

4. Video-streaming service iFlix nets investment from partnership with Indonesian media company

5. A low-tech approach to the self-driving future is already emerging in India with electric motorbikes


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