Before starting Tuya, Wang and Yang worked at Alibaba, working on trade related projects like Alibaba Cloud and O2O, which eventually became Alipay. In 2014, the two founders launched Tuya, a company that now serves customers in over 100 countries and over 10,000 households worldwide. Tuya is an internet-of-things platform that empowers kitchen and household appliances, lighting, and surveillance equipment. It has already generated a return on equity of 68.3% since its IPOs.
Tuya’s end-to-end data chain
In March, Tuya was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The company has also racked up more than a trillion dollars in funding since it went public. But a recent article from American Enterprise Institute prompted many to question the company’s legality and data privacy policies. Cybersecurity expert Klon Kitchen told VOA Mandarin that her primary concern is whether the company is fully compliant with China’s Data Security Law.
As the IoT industry grows, companies like Tuya are focusing on expanding their offerings to industries beyond consumer products. For example, in 2019, the company rolled out industry IoT solutions in six sectors. Further investment followed, and the company plans to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange by 2021. In October 2018, the company had more than 410,000 products powered by its technology and had 384,000 developers in 220 countries. Currently, it powers over 100 million smart devices and services, including security and surveillance systems, manufacturing and supply chain systems, and more.
Its IPOs have generated an average return of 68.3%
The company is part of the Manufacturing Industry 4.0, a trend that stresses robotics and automation. At the end of 2020, Tuya had more than 5,000 customers and powered over 116 million smart devices. The company is using Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Tencent Cloud to power its platform. Tuya expects to generate $100 million in gross proceeds from the IPO. Class A shareholders will have one vote each, and the founders will have fifteen.
Investors can take advantage of the strong performance of Chinese companies with large-cap offerings. Chinese companies with IPOs in the U.S. have generated an average return of 68.3%, despite ongoing trade tensions with the United States. The current administration has tried to discourage American capital from investing in Chinese assets, but the companies have continued to be enthusiastic about the markets.
Its founder is Jeff Immelt
In the past, Tuya has faced concerns about its Chinese headquarters, and some consumers have raised privacy concerns over the company’s use of personal data. To counter these concerns, Tuya has set up global hosting, with offices in China and each region. It has also established a dual headquarters in California and China. The company claims to serve over 5,000 customers and to support over 100 million devices.
Previously, Jeff Immelt was the architect of GE Store, leveraging the company’s scale to drive growth and reestablish market leadership with technological innovation. In addition, he developed a $320 billion backlog of projects. Now, as a board member, he will work with Tuya’s global team to develop and enhance the AI+IoT platform and deliver value for clients. He will also be a venture partner with New Enterprise Associates.
Its largest shareholder is Tiger Global Management LLC
Tiger Global Management, which is the largest shareholder of the online retailer Tuya, has a long history with private equity. In 2003, the firm began its venture into private equity, and Chase Coleman, formerly of Tiger Management, became its first employee. The firm later added Scott Shleifer, who spent three years at the Blackstone Group. In 2006, Lee Fixel joined the team, focusing on Asia and China. The company currently has 22 investing professionals on staff.
Tuya’s most notable investors are Feroz Dewan and Chase Coleman. The company has served over 180,000 clients in 190 countries and powers over ninety thousand products. Its growth trajectory has been compared to that of companies like National Oilwell Varco, Inc., and has been valued at $3.02 as of 08/19/21. However, investors should be cautious about the company’s business model and management philosophy, as it may be engaging in illegal practices.
It has offices in Shenzhen and Silicon Valley
After developing an AIoT platform and selling it in more than 200 countries, Chinese AI company Tuya has expanded its operations to the U.S. and the Silicon Valley. The company has offices in Shenzhen and Silicon Valley, as well as data centers in Portland, Oregon and Frankfurt, Germany. The company also has plans to expand into Europe and Japan. Tuya is planning to attend CES in Las Vegas next month to showcase their technology.
Although Silicon Valley has a robust VC ecosystem, the south Chinese tend to bootstrap to small-and-medium-size firms, which are often content with middle-ground growth. This is changing, though, with plans to encourage more tech companies to raise capital and expand into bigger markets. But the question remains, “When will Silicon Valley begin to move to Silicon Valley?”
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