Sign up to receive 5 free days of our daily summary for tech news.

Subscribe today for just $10/month for your first 3 months to access daily conference calls during the week of the Uber IPO. 

Read this article for free.

Already a subscriber? Log in here

Asia

Alibaba-Backed Quixey Shutting Down

Quixey, a seven-year-old mobile search company that raised more than $130 million from Alibaba Group and others, is in the process of shutting down, said a person with direct knowledge of the situation. Numerous employees were laid off two weeks ago, according to a former employee.

Quixey came to prominence as a potential alternative to Google Search, at least when it came to look for native mobile apps and, later, for information within those apps. In-app search has long been a tricky problem, even for Google. (Background here and here.) For a time, Quixey shifted its focus to providing search technology directly for the benefit of Alibaba, a large Chinese online commerce company. Alibaba made its most recent investment in the company at a post-money valuation north of $500 million two years ago.

What Is The Information?

Notes bb3aa5069205d702dda37fc71dc6f1c59df2310c4379304e9f1199f052af4884

Exclusive Articles

We broke it first. Receive original reporting you won't read anywhere else from the largest newsroom in tech.

Notebook b5103017ee163370a1667c9ce59ab0ef023875a17888105d26c185cadf31bb69

Daily news analysis

Every weeknight, we'll send you our reporters’ views on the day’s top tech news—distilled into one email.

Conference calls c9e664e8b96ee347d3e92b8309938f268422b9db98cfabca5c826fbb75054b23

Conference calls

Get access to our reporters and other top executives with monthly deep-dive calls into topics like startups and autonomous vehicles.

Events 499acedd16cffc41445edd76bfd302b2836c2a27419890f17130a6b10e2aa3df

Special Events

For no extra fee, get access to more than a dozen events yearly, from intimate dinners to larger gatherings with marquee speakers.

What else is included in my subscription?

Become a contributor

Share your views and find other subscribers by completing your profile. You’ll be listed in our contributor directory.

Slack community

Discuss topics and current events with our subscriber-only Slack group and share news about your company with other subscribers.

Annual Subscriber only benefits:

Org Charts

Access the only collection of tech company org charts. Our expanding database includes companies like Amazon, Snap, and Uber.

Crypto Newsletter

Our experts investigate the latest in the crypto world to keep you in-the-know about the movements of digital currencies.

Stay up to date on Silicon Valley

Sign up for Jessica Lessin’s (The Information’s CEO & Founder) free Saturday newsletter and also receive a complimentary week of our daily afternoon tech commentary email.

Already a subscriber? Log in here

Recent Articles

Asia Startups E-commerce

China’s Starbucks Rival Luckin Piles Up Losses Before IPO

By Yunan Zhang

Venture Capital E-commerce

Bargain Shopping App Wish in Talks to Raise $300 Million

By Yunan Zhang and Juro Osawa

Asia Amazon

Alibaba’s Ad Shift Shows Path for Amazon

By Juro Osawa

Asia Cities Travel

Is China’s Bike Boom Over? Hellobike Says No

By Juro Osawa and Yunan Zhang

“Being a market leader comes with challenges, and we are implementing some significant changes to our workforce.”