Gobi Partners

Founded 2002
Founders Thomas Tsao


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Total investments 140
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 129
Rounds per year 7.37
Lead investments 51
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 7
Key employees 9
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture
Late Stage Venture

Areas of investment

  • E-Commerce
  • Internet
  • Travel
  • Software
  • Financial Services

Gobi Partners appeared to be the VC, which was created in 2002. The leading representative office of defined VC is situated in the Shanghai. The venture was found in Asia in China.

Among the various public portfolio startups of the fund, we may underline Airwallex, Kr Space, 36Kr Media We can highlight the next thriving fund investment areas, such as Travel, Financial Services. Besides, a startup requires to be at the age of 2-3 years to receive the investment from the fund. For fund there is a match between the location of its establishment and the land of its numerous investments - China. The fund has no exact preference in some founders of portfolio startups. When startup sums 5+ of the founder, the probability for it to get the investment is little.

The fund was created by Thomas Tsao. The overall number of key employees were 9.

The higher amount of exits for fund were in 2019. The fund is constantly included in 7-12 investment rounds annually. The common things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars. Opposing the other organizations, this Gobi Partners works on 25 percentage points less the average amount of lead investments. When the investment is from Gobi Partners the average startup value is 100-500 millions dollars. The high activity for fund was in 2018. Speaking about the real fund results, this VC is 22 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other organizations.

The standard case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 3-4 partakers. Despite the Gobi Partners, startups are often financed by JAFCO Asia, East Ventures, Convergence Ventures. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Convergence Ventures, 500 Startups, JAFCO Asia. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Tencent Holdings, InnoVen Capital, Sequoia Capital.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


E-Commerce Platforms
$170M01 Sep 2021 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia


Organic Food
$1M29 Aug 2021 Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, China

Wapi Pay PTE Limited

Mobile Payments
$2M03 Aug 2021 Singapore, Central, Singapore


Mobile Apps
Rental Property
$1M12 Jul 2021 Selangor, Selangor, Malaysia

Animoca Brands

Casual Games
Developer Platform
$50M01 Jul 2021 Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, China

Media and Entertainment
28 Apr 2021 Philippines

Istore Isend

Supply Chain Management
$5M26 Jan 2021 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia


Supply Chain Management
$2M08 Oct 2020 Lat Krabang Subdistrict, Thailand

$10M28 Jul 2020 Beijing
Kenya’s Wapi Pay raises $2.2M pre-seed for cross-border payments between Africa and Asia

– Wapi Pay, a Kenyan startup with offices in China and Singapore, raised $2.2m in pre-seed funding.
– The round was led by China-based fund MSA Capital; Pan-African and Africa-focused firms EchoVC, Kepple Africa and Future Hub; and Pan-Asian firms Transsion Holdings and Gobi Ventures.
– The company will use the investments to engage regulators for licensing across Africa and for scale, product and geographical expansion.

Amber Group Raises $100M in Series B Funding at $1 Billion Valuation

– Amber Group, a Hong Kong-based crypto trading and technology company, raised $100m in Series B funding at a $1b valuation.
– The round was led by China Renaissance Group, Tiger Brokers, Tiger Global Management, Arena Holdings, Tru Arrow Partners, A&T Capital, Sky9 Capital, DCM Ventures, Gobi Partners, as well as existing investors Pantera Capital, Coinbase Ventures, Blockchain.com, Bit Digital, Digital Finance Group, Fenbushi Capital, Math Wallet, SNZ Capital, Continue Capital, and Mr. Zhao Qingsun.
– The company intends to use the funds to continue to expand global operations and develop market solutions for crypto investors and companies.


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