DST Global

DST Global

A venture capital and private equity firm primarily investing in late-stage internet companies.

DST Global is a venture capital and private equity firm primarily investing in late-stage internet companies that is headquartered in Hong Kong and was founded in 2009 by Yuri Milner. Notable investments made by DST Global include: Facebook, Twitter, AirBnB, Spotify, JD.com, Zalando, and Alibaba.

Controversy

In October 2017 a set of 13.4 million confidential electronic documents were leaked detailing information relating to offshore investments; these documents are known as the 'Paradise Papers'. The Paradise Papers contained information about DST Global which showed connections between DST Global's investments in Twitter and Facebook and the Russian government. In response to concerns about the Russian governments ability to influence Twitter and Facebook during the 2016 U.S. elections through investments made by DST Global, the companies founder, Yuri Milner, and the following statement:

DST Global’s investments in Facebook and Twitter were just two of the more than 30 internet companies around the world that DST Global’s funds have invested in — including Airbnb, Spotify, JD.com, Zalando and Alibaba. Since 2009, DST Global has invested $7 billion in the consumer internet sector, with a majority being invested in non-U.S. companies — and with less than 5% coming from VTB Bank. VTB Bank was the only Russian government institution that invested in any DST Global funds. In addition, all investors in DST Global — including Mr. Usmanov, VTB Bank, and a number of sovereign wealth funds from all over the world — are passive investors. That means they are simply committing funds to be invested by DST Global in companies of DST Global’s choosing, and they have no influence over what companies DST Global chooses to invest in or any other decision-making.

Investments made by DST Global in Twitter and Facebook occurred between 2013 and 2014 following each companies initial public offering.

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Funded Companies

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Robinhood (company)

Robinhood is a Palo Alto, California-based financial technology company founded in 2013. They offer free stock and equity trading and commission-free crypto-trading.

Financial technology
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Chime Bank

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Financial services
San Francisco
Facebook

A social media and social networking service company.

Advertising
Menlo Park, California
Flexport

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Supply chain management
San Francisco
Nubank

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Microcredit
São Paulo
Brex

Brex is a credit card company that issues corporate credit cards.

Financial services
San Francisco
Udaan (company)

Udaan is an Indian business-to-business e-commerce company based in Bengalore. It was registered as Hiveloop Technology pvt.ltd. in 2016.

E-commerce
Bangalore
Revolut

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Mobile payment
London
Acorns (finance)

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Saving
Irvine, California
Root Insurance

An insurance technology company offering car insurance.

Artificial intelligence (AI)
Columbus, Ohio
Swiggy

Swiggy is a food ordering and delivery company providing food service solutions for restaurants.

E-commerce
Bangalore
StockX

An online marketplace to buy & sell verified authentic sneakers, streetwear, handbags, and watches.

E-commerce
Detroit
Earnin

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E-commerce
Palo Alto, California
Funding Circle

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Microcredit
San Francisco
Qonto

Financial services
Paris
Rappi

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Delivery (commerce)
Brazil
Airwallex

International payments company

International trade
Victoria, Gozo
Gojek

A company offering a ridesharing and payment platform.

Financial services
Indonesia
Checkout.com

Company offering a unified payment platform

E-commerce
London
Udaan.com

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E-commerce
India
Maimai

A company offering a social networking platform.

Social
Beijing
Dada-JD Daojia

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Logistics
Shanghai
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Peerzada Abrar
August 26, 2020
@bsindia
However, there has been no change in Byjus valuation after this funding
Rita Liao
August 17, 2020
TechCrunch
Coronavirus stay-home orders have sparked an unprecedented demand for grocery delivery around the world. Now investors are clamoring to bet on promising players in the field. That includes DST Global, the investment firm helmed by Israeli-Russian billionaire Yuri Milner. Most recently, it poured $35 million into Weee!, a California-based startup that delivers Asian groceries like [...]
Kirsten Korosec
June 14, 2020
TechCrunch
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Christine Hall
June 11, 2020
Crunchbase News
Increased demand for grocery pickup and delivery services helped Instacart's total venture raise to climb to more than $2 billion.

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