- South Korean ecommerce #startup Ticket Monster has pocketed US$115 million in funding, it announced today. The cash is from Simone Investment Managers and previous investors, reports TechCrunch.
- This Ticket Monster doesn’t sell tickets and is not to be confused with the other Ticket Monster which does actually sell tickets. All clear? Good.
- Ticket Monster, sometimes shortened to TMON, hit a US$1.5 billion valuation with its 2016 funding, but this latest injection is a downround that sees it plummet to US$1.2 billion. The startup will use the new funds to boost its grocery offerings in the Super Mart section, which opened in 2015. TMON itself launched in 2010.
- TMON – previously acquired by LivingSocial and then Groupon, before being spun back out on its own in 2015 – is up against the better funded Coupang in Korea’s increasingly heated online shopping market.