Vertex Ventures invests in NetDragon subsidiary

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Chinese mobile internet platform developer and operator NetDragon Websoft Inc has raised $52.5 million in Series A funding for its online education subsidiary from a group of investors that include Singapore’s Vertex Venture, a wholly-owned subsidiary of state fund Temasek.

The other investors include IDG Capital Partners and Shenzhen-listed animation producer Alpha Animation. The funding round values the education subsidiary group at $477.5 million on a fully-diluted basis.

The company plans to use the proceeds to accelerate the product development of its online and mobile education ecosystem platform, and solidify its first mover advantage in the design of a disruptive education solution that truly addresses the needs of students, teachers and parents, it said in a statement.

NetDragon says it is building a lifelong education ecosystem by developing K-12, vocational, non-academic credential and educational products by leveraging mobile internet technologies to disruptively enhance the learning environment.

The methodology also involves using gamification models to make learning fun, and applying user behavioural analysis to deliver innovative pedagogical approaches, its statement added.

The chairman and executive director of NetDragon, Dejian Liu said, “We believe the education industry is ripe for a major change. There is a strong and ever-growing need for a mobile educational platform that creates true educational value and makes people want to come back to learn more.”

“Both IDG and Vertex are among the most successful global venture capital investors in the mobile internet space, and their investment is a strong vote of confidence in our vision and execution capabilities.  Alpha Animation is one of the leading and most influential animation content production companies in China, and we believe their support as a strategic investor will create valuable synergies in the areas of content and branding that will greatly enhance our educational offerings,” he added

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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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  • 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. 
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