SCMP - June 24 - Many people and businesses would not have survived the pandemic if it were not for the gig economy, says co-founder of live streaming service Uplive. Asia Innovations Group, the start-up behind Uplive and Lamour, is planning an IPO in New York in the second half of this year. The Beijing-based company nearly doubled its registered users to 312M at the end of 2020. User numbers topped 400M in June. Other products in the AIG portfolio include social dating app Lamour, fan site SupreFans, online payment service China International Communications Network and dating apps Wink and FancyU. AIG raised $140M at the start of 2021.