1. Spotify runs test in Australia, allowing users to skip ads at any time, potentially boosting targeting and revenues

2. Cowboy Ventures which is best-known for its early investment in Dollar Shave Club just closed a $95 million seed-stage fund, its third

3. NewTV, a subscription streaming service for premium short-form content, has raised $1 billion

4. Otto co-founder Don Burnette has raised $40 million for a new self-driving truck venture called Kodiak

5. Ample, a start-up working on electric vehicle charging technology, raised a $31 million series A round led by Shell Ventures

6. The analysis behind the return of the SaaS

7. Wonderschool raises $20M to help people start in-home preschools

8.  OfferUp, which is an online service and mobile application that aims to help individuals buy and sell their belongings locally, has raised $39 million of its round targeted at $150 million


1. Ant Financial Debuts China’s First Target-date Retirement Fund

2. Meituan-Dianping’s Short-term Accommodation Brand Hazelnut B&B has reached nearly 60,000 property operators with more than 240,000 property resources in over 200 cities

3. Qingting FM 蜻蜓 FM , Zongheng Literature 纵横文学 Ally on Content Cross-licensing, Co-production

4. Himalaya FM 喜马拉雅 FM raised 4billion RMB

4. Children’s Reading App ‘Koala Reading’ 考拉阅读 Obtains USD 20 Mln Series B

5. Online Marketing Service for K-12 Education Institutions 91Xiangke 91 享课 Seeks Angel Funding



1. AT&T’s recent acquisition spree is part of a plan to dominate advertising on connected TVs and devices

2. China Unicom Confirms Beijing as Key 5G Testing City


Emerging Market:

1. Indonesian photography startup SweetEscape bags US$1M to support Philippine expansion


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