Hepsiburada.com, one of the biggest online retailers in Turkey, appointed Hein Pretorius as CEO of the company. Pretorius, who served on the Hepsiburada advisory board between February and his appointment as CEO, was CEO of MIH Internet Group in Europe (a Naspers company) until 2014. He will start in his new position soon. Hepsiburada is a business of Doğan Online.
Hamburg-based Xing AG, operator of the leading business network in German-speaking countries, hit the acquisition trail for the second time this month, when it acquired Munich-based, global expat network InterNations.org for around €10 million ($11.4 million U.S.).
Anjuke (安居客), China’s leading property listings site and a subsidiary of classifieds conglomerate 58.com (NYSE: WUBA), signed a partnership agreement with Fyxin.com, a provider of financial services.
Droom, an online marketplace for used autos and auto services in India, raised $20 million U.S. (around Rs 130 crore) in a Series-C funding round led by Integrated Asset Management, a Hong Kong-based investment company, focused on telecommunications, finance and technology, and Digital Garage, a Japanese incubator and venture capital firm.
Lifull, owner of Japan’s leading real estate vertical Lifull Home's (at Homes.co.jp), partnered with Rakuten, Japan's e-commerce giant, to build and operate a rental property site with the rather unimaginative name of Rakuten-Lifull-Stay.co.jp. Lifull also owns Trovit, a leading global general classifieds aggregator.
In South Africa, buyers of items on OLX in the WeChat app can also pay sellers in-app, and sellers can commission (and pay) a courier to deliver their items to buyers in-app.
A vaguely mysterious recruitment marketplace, owned by a subsidiary of Australia’s leading employment platform Seek, has been advertising on its parent company’s job site for talent to join its platform.
The first Tencent/Zhuan Zhuan co-initiative to reach the public since Tencent's $200 million U.S. investment, is a new “mini program” (小程序) for Tencent’s WeChat (微信) social networking and chat platform, which offers the opportunity to buy a used phone "within 30 seconds". We tested it. Here's what we found.
New Zealand’s leading online marketplace and auction site Trade Me (NSX: TME) entered into a conditional agreement to buy Limelight, a software company that runs a cloud-based auto dealer management platform called MotorCentral.
Used-goods auction platform Xianyu (闲鱼), a subsidiary of Alibaba's Taobao (淘宝), officially opened its first offline “experience outlet” for used cars in Hangzhou and announced plans to open a further 500 such outlets in the coming three years.