The Chinese Market has Been Part of Ayla’s Core Business Since Inception; New Integration with Weixin/WeChat Social Communication Service Highlights Commitment
Today’s related news about Ayla’s integration IoT integration with Weixin (offered as WeChat outside China), the world’s largest social network, is the latest evidence that Ayla Networks, whose agile Internet of Things (IoT) platform provides comprehensive connectivity for any kind of product, has made China a top priority for its business.
“The IoT is all about connectivity, and from the very beginning we realized it made strategic sense to pay close attention to China, the world’s most populous and connected nation,” said David Friedman, CEO, co-founder of Ayla Networks. “Unlike U.S. companies that treat China as an afterthought, Ayla has had strong priorities and ties to China ‘built in’ to our company from the outset.”
Ayla’s announcement of its Weixin/WeChat Proxy Service—which will allow manufacturers of IoT-connected products to quickly and easily add control of their products under the WeChat ‘mega’ app—is not Ayla’s first experience with the world’s fastest-growing social and commerce app. At CES 2015 Ayla worked in cooperation with Caesars Entertainment to demonstrate hotel rooms of the future at the LINQ Hotel & Casino, leveraging the WeChat social network.
Ayla’s China roots began at the company’s inception: One of Ayla’s three co-founders is Phillip Chang, a Chinese national with more than 25 years of experience building and growing companies in Taiwan, China and the United States. A recognized business leader in Asia, Chang is Ayla’s vice president and general manager for Greater China.
Ayla established its China office, located in Shenzhen, in 2014. The office is fully staffed with engineering, sales and marketing experts who are native Mandarin speakers.
That same year, Ayla announced that it had obtained a license to serve as an Internet Content Provider (ICP) in the People’s Republic of China, one of the few U.S. companies, and the only U.S. IoT platform company, to be granted such a license. As a licensed ICP, Ayla is permitted to collaborate with manufacturers, websites, social networks and others to build a nationwide framework for the IoT in China.
In April 2014, Ayla closed a $14.5 million Series B financing round that included SAIF Partners, one of China’s largest venture capital firms. Later that year, Ayla’s board of advisors added Jeff Xiong, former chief technology officer at Tencent, developers of WeChat, and a managing director at 7 Seas Ventures, which invests in U.S. companies seeking to enter the Chinese market as well as Chinese companies interested in entering U.S. or European markets.
A number of Ayla’s customers are Chinese manufacturers. Publicly announced Ayla customers in China include:
Ayla Networks provides the industry’s first Agile IoT platform, accelerating development, support and ongoing enhancements of connected products for the Internet of Things. Ayla’s end-to-end platform runs across devices, cloud and apps to create secure connectivity, data analytics and feature-rich customer experiences. Delivered as a cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS), Ayla’s Agile IoT platform provides the flexibility and modularity to enable rapid changes to practically any type of device, cloud or app environment. Ayla Networks was named a 2015 Cool Vendor in the Internet of Things by Gartner, Inc. Ayla’s investors include Cisco, the International Finance Corporation, SAIF Partners, Crosslink Capital, Voyager Capital, Linear Venture and SJF Ventures. For more information, visit www.aylanetworks.com.
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