On the morning of June 11, Caixin.com revealed that, ofo, the Beijing-based bike-sharing platform, has a 1.5 billion yuan ($234.2 million) deficit with only 3.5 billion yuan left in user deposit.
Radical personnel changes happened to ofo senior management including a massive layoff, according to Chinese media reports. Zhang Yanqi, COO of ofo reportedly resigned and the overseas sales department which he led was dissolved at the same time.
Dai Wei, the CEO of bike-sharing platform ofo, turned down a potential takeover by Didi Chuxing and called on employees to "fight until the end," according to South China Morning Post.
Chinese bike-sharing company ofo announced the completion of its series E2-1 round of financing led by e-commerce giant Alibaba, raising $866 million. Haofeng Group, Tianhe Capital, Ant Financial and Junli Capital also participated in the investment.
Two major bike-sharing companies, Mobike and ofo, have announced plans to share their big data.
Didi Chuxing today officially launched its comprehensive bike-sharing platform within its app, which now integrates the services of bluegogo and ofo. Beijing and Shenzhen will be the first two cities where users can find the “Bike-Sharing” tab on the DiDi app and use bluegogo’s bike through the app with no deposit required.
On Christmas Eve 2017, the sun shined in Seattle. Several people rode bikes of the same color and type on the right side of a main thoroughfare in the city center.
Didi Chuxing announced today that it will soon launch a comprehensive bike-sharing platform within its APP, which will integrate ofo, bluegogo, and other potential bike-sharing partners, as well as DiDi’s upcoming own-branded bike-sharing service. DiDi will also introduce deposit-free arrangements to support a better user experience.
36 Kr reported that Didi will complete the acquisition of Bluegogo in the near future, and that it has already signed the purchase agreement. In addition, Didi, which invested Ofo, is trying to create its own shared bicycle system.
Mobike held the opening ceremony for its car sharing business in Guian District, Guizhou province on December 29.
Business that target the sharing economy – especially shared bikes – have been the darlings of investors since 2015.
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Mobike announced it had reached strategic partnership with LINE, Japan's largest mobile social networking service provider, on December 20.
Mobike is declaring war on illegal ads. Mobike sued Shanghai Huijia Information Technology in Shanghai Pudong District People's Court on December 14. Mobike demanded the defendant immediately stop attaching illegal ads to Mobike bikes, and to compensate for its infringement and to publicly issue a statement to eliminate the bad effect.
Over the past year, the percentage of people traveling China's major cities by bicycle has risen from 5.5 percent to 11.6 percent.