Fledgling Korean startup scores huge cloud service deal for PetroChina

2019.03.14 11:51:19 | 2019.03.14 11:51:39

Bespin Global co-founder Lee Han-joo이미지 확대

Bespin Global co-founder Lee Han-joo

Bespin Global, a three-year old South Korean cloud IT solution startup, has achieved another milestone in its business operation with a massive deal to convert Petro China’s legacy IT system into cloud computing, the company said on Tuesday.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but they would be of considerable value given that state-run Petro China is the largest oil and gas producer and distributor with an annual revenue of 350 trillion won ($309.4 billion) in China.

Bespin Global founded in 2015 has taken center stage in the arena of cloud applications with rapid fire growth driven by back-to-back wins in a bidding war for orders from big name companies around the world. Some of its new major clients include Air China, People’s Daily and the Saudi Arabian government.

The startup’s annual sales are estimated to exceed 100 billion won, with corporate value estimated over 500 billion won. It is a solid candidate to become another unicorn in Korea’s startup scene. More than half of its 850 employees were hired last year.

Lee Han-joo, the co-founder of Bespin Global, Tuesday told Maeil Business Newspaper “the latest achievement in China is largely credited to business experiences with Korea’s top manufacturers like Samsung Electronics and Amore Pacific.”

“For startups, strong references from industry leaders are more important than simple cash support from the government or large enterprises,” said Lee. “If these references are well built up, it would not be impossible to see the birth of the world’s leading B2B IT player in Korea.”

By Shin Hyun-kyu and Minu Kim

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