At our TechCrunch China celebration in June we talked over the bright future that Hong Kong’s startup scene has, inspite of some significant challenges. This week the country passed a noteworthy milestone as it got its initially $1 billion valued startup, improved identified as a unicorn.
The company in concern is GoGoVan, a logistics on-desire supplier that connects van motorists and consumers for transporting products. GoGoVan and others like it, which includes fellow Hong Kong company Lalamove, are usually labeled as ‘Uber for delivery,’ but most consumers are from the business entire world.
GoGoVan has passed the $1 billion mark specifically since it is looking to go outside of the B2B industry. It has merged with China-based 58 Suyun, a fellow logistics on-desire system that is concentrated on serving customers.
Beyond the method of marrying a business-concentrated support with a client-concentrated featuring, the deal is also complementary in conditions of geographies. 58 Suyun — which is owned by on the net classifieds giant 58.com — is existing in above 100 towns in China with 1.2 million registered motorists, when GoGoVan is existing in eight towns in China as nicely as China, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea and India.
The merged entity — which will be identified as GoGoVan — strategies to combine the two companies collectively to present GoGoVan expert services in 58 Suyun’s areas, and provide 58 Suyun’s expert services exterior of China. The freshly formed company has a valuation of above $1 billion, its CEO Steven Lam informed TechCrunch in an job interview.
“This deal make perfect feeling for both of those sides,” Lam said. “We have Southeast Asia and China with a B2b focus, and that is fully distinctive from 58, which is in the client industry. We have a leadership position in China and in some nations around the world in Southeast Asia — we can do a great deal a lot more in Southeast Asia and outside of.”
GoGoVan CEO Steven Lam and 58 Residence CEO Xiaohua Chen at an celebration asserting the merger deal
There is also a common trader. Alibaba invested in GoGoVan by means of its entrepreneurship fund, and it backed 58.com’s 58 Residence subsidiary, which operates 58 Suyun, in a $300 million round in 2015. GoGoVan, which was started out in 2014 by 5 Hong Kong founders, has raised above $26 million from investors despite the fact that its most the latest Series C was undisclosed.
Lam said that write-up deal the company is looking to elevate upwards of $200 million for expansion into two or three new markets next year. In 2019, he wants to transfer outside of Asia, most likely into Australia and Europe, and record the company on a general public industry.
“The plan is to make positive the company is all set to be stated, but it relies upon on the industry problem. If we can be truly profitable, we may possibly even stay private,” Lam discussed. He added that Hong Kong, which has witnessed a expansion in fascination from tech organizations, could be the IPO place, but GoGoVan is open up to a U.S. listing, far too.
GoGoVan is not by itself with this ambition. Lalamove is also commencing to investigate prospects to go general public, far too. It raised $30 million from investors earlier this year and its head of global proposed it will glance to maintain an IPO, most probable in Hong Kong, before 2020.
Showcased Impression: GoGoVan