Chinese investors back maternal and kids wear e-commerce site PatPat’s $510m rounds

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PatPat, a global e-commerce website that sells baby clothes and matching family outfits, announced on Monday that it has raked in $510 million from two funding rounds backed by Chinese investors.

The investments include a Series C round jointly led by General Atlantic, China-focused private equity (PE) firm Capital Today, and CDH Shanghai Baifu Wealth Management, a unit of alternative investment firm CDH Investments. Other investors who backed the transaction include SIG China, Ocean Link, and INCE Capital.

PatPat’s Series D round was led by Yuri Milner’s DST Global, with participation from General Atlantic, Ocean Link, and GGV Capital.

Chinese investment firm Index Capital served as the exclusive financial advisor to both the deals.

PatPat, which delivers products to consumers across over 100 countries and regions, plans to expand beyond its major markets in Europe and North America into regions including the Middle East and South America. With financial support from its PE-VC investors, the firm will further advance its global presence in the following three to five years.

Founded in 2014 in Silicon Valley, PatPat is led by Albert Wang and Ken Gao, both of whom graduated with a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and later worked together as principal engineers at US business software maker Oracle Corp.

The idea of launching an e-commerce website for children’s wear came to him while Gao was expecting his first child and struggling to find functional, as well as fashionable, clothing options for his newborn.

To capture the business opportunity, Gao joined hands with Wang to create PatPat under a direct-to-consumer (DTC) model to provide parents with a range of newborn baby clothes, children’s wear, matching family outfits, and home accessories online.

“The market penetration of e-commerce is accelerating globally. The Chinese market, in particular, is expected to nurture a group of high-quality DTC businesses benefiting from its world-leading positions in supply chain resources and talents,” said Wang Jianhua, founding partner of Index Capital, in a statement.

Prior to the Series C, and Series D rounds, PatPat raised 300 million yuan ($46.3 million) in a deal led by Sequoia Capital China. Its early investors also include IDG Capital and China’s FreesFund.

Besides Silicon Valley, PatPat operates from offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the US, as well Chinese cities including Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, and Foshan. It also has local presence in Dublin, Manila, and London.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

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Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.