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Grab lands $50M from Thailand’s Kasikorn Bank to further its fintech push – TechCrunch

Grab lands $50M from Thailand’s Kasikorn Bank to further its fintech push – TechCrunch Southeast Asia ride-hailing firm Grab is continuing to add strategic investors to its ongoing Series H round — which is targeted at over $3 billion — after it revealed Thai bank Kasikorn put in $50 million …

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WeChat reaches 1M mini programs, half the size of Apple’s App Store – TechCrunch

WeChat reaches 1M mini programs, half the size of Apple’s App Store – TechCrunch They may not be widely known outside of China, but Tencent’s mini program initiative to develop ‘apps’ that live outside of app stores is bearing fruit after it clocked two notable landmarks: 200 million daily users …

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China’s Didi Chuxing is poised to expand into hotel bookings – TechCrunch

China’s Didi Chuxing is poised to expand into hotel bookings – TechCrunch China’s largest ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing is entering the hotel-booking business as it strives to recover from two highly publicized murders of female passengers by drivers on its platform. That’s according to Chinese business magazine Caijing and tech …

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China’s Didi Chuxing launches taxi-hailing service in Japan – TechCrunch

China’s Didi Chuxing launches taxi-hailing service in Japan – TechCrunch China’s Didi Chuxing is fighting fires at home around passenger safety, but overseas the ride-hailing giant has moved into another new market after its taxi-booking service began operations in Japan. The service has gone live in Osaka, the city of nearly …

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China’s Didi Chuxing adds more safety features following passenger murder – TechCrunch

China’s Didi Chuxing adds more safety features following passenger murder – TechCrunch Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing firm, is rolling out new security systems one month after a female customer was raped and murdered by a driver, the second such fatality on its Hitch service this year. Today the company …

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Ride-hailing startup Shohoz raises $15M to build the Grab of Bangladesh – TechCrunch

Ride-hailing startup Shohoz raises $15M to build the Grab of Bangladesh – TechCrunch Uber may be global but it is very much the alternative in some parts of the world. One such place is Bangladesh — the South Asian country that’s home to 160 million people — where local rival Pathao …

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Latin America is the next stage in the race for dominance in the ride-hailing market – TechCrunch

Latin America is the next stage in the race for dominance in the ride-hailing market – TechCrunch Nathan Lustig Contributor Nathan Lustig is an entrepreneur and managing partner at Magma Partners, a seed-stage investment fund in Santiago, Chile. More posts by this contributor Latin America’s Groupon Mafia A new era …

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Taxify is entering the e-scooter game – TechCrunch

Taxify is entering the e-scooter game – TechCrunch Estonian ride-hailing company Taxify will compete with Bird and Lime in Europe with its new brand of e-scooters, called Bolt, launching in Paris on Thursday. The company has rolled the scooter sharing service into its mobile app, which has attracted 10 million …

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China announces transportation industry reform, days after murder of Didi carpooling passenger – TechCrunch

China announces transportation industry reform, days after murder of Didi carpooling passenger – TechCrunch The Chinese government announced it will reform the transportation industry to safeguard passengers, three days after a female passenger was allegedly raped and murdered by a Didi Chuxing driver last Friday. Provinces and autonomous regions are …

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China’s Didi suspends carpooling service after another female passenger is mudered – TechCrunch

China’s Didi suspends carpooling service after another female passenger is mudered – TechCrunch Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing, the $60 billion-valued company that bought out Uber’s China business, has suspended its carpooling service after the murder of a female passenger. The fatally is the second such incident this year after …

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