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THE NEWS WRAP: Personal finance startup Credit Karma raises $US75 million from late-stage investors

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 | By Kye White

Personal finance startup Credit Karma has raised $US75 million ($A86 million) in growth funding from major late-stage investors, The Wall Street Journal reports.


Previous investors Google Capital, TIGER Global Management and Susquehanna Growth Equity contributed to Credit Karma’s new financing, which valued the company at more than $US1 billion.


The startup, which chief executive Ken Lin describes as “Expedia for financial services”, provides free credit reports and helps consumers search for favourably priced financial products, such as credit cards, loans or mortgages.


Google Capital makes first Chinese investment


Google-backed growth equity fund Google Capital has made its first foray into China.


The firm, along with Chinese venture capital firm Lightspeed China Partners, co-led a Series C round totalling $US38 million ($A43.6 million) into a Suzhou-based business InnoLight Technology Corp, a manufacturer of high-speed optical transceivers that are used by computer servers.


The move means Google joins some of China’s largest companies including Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent Holding as a strategic investor in Chinese startups. Previously, Google Capital’s investments had centred on the US.


Zalando worth $6.8 billion after pricing IPO at $27 a share


Europe’s largest online-only fashion retailer Zalando has priced its shares at $US27 ($A31) ahead of the company’s upcoming initial public offering, sources told Forbes.


The pricing values the company at $US6.8 billion. At that price the Berlin company will raise at least $US668 million in the largest Germany tech public offering since 2000.




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