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With technology to perfect product pitches in digital marketplaces Pattern raises $52 million

Pattern, a Lehi, Utah-based reseller that offers large and small brands a way to optimize their sales on marketplaces like Amazon, eBay, Walmart and Google Shopping, has raised $52 million in growth funding, the company said. The money, from Ainge Advisory and KSV Global, will be used to expand the company’s business worldwide. Founded in 2013, the e-commerce reseller uses analytics to lock down market specific keywords in advertising and has managed to reach a run-rate that should see it hit $5...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Asia, Europe, Utah, Japan, Ebay, Germany, India, US, Brand, Tech, Walmart, E-commerce, United States


 Building a Big Brand: 7 Lessons to Follow

The advantages of going big are too appealing. A big brand tends to be trusted by funding institutions and therefore get to access funding more easily. In addition, they have the resources to hire the best talents and are exposed to a wider customer base. However, building a big brand is not free of challenges. To get there, you will be required to be aggressive in marketing, deal with competition and keep up with market changes. Big brands also mean more work in managing cash flows, employees, ...
Tags: Apple, Asia, Business, Instagram, China, Brand, Sales & Marketing, Nike, Philippines, Arkansas, Right Now, China Japan, Burrell, Dave Burrell, U S International, Coca Cola s Timeless Brand Identity


Tencent and Universal Music to take Chinese artists global under joint label

Digital entertainment titan Tencent continues to drum up its music ambitions. On Tuesday, Tencent Music Entertainment, majority-owned by Tencent with , announced establishing a new joint label with its licensing partner Universal Music Group to discover, develop and promote Chinese artists domestically and to the world. TME, which spun off from Tencent and went public in the U.S. in 2018, commands the lion’s share of China’s music streaming industry through three apps — QQ Music, Kugou and K...
Tags: TC, Asia, Spotify, Entertainment, China, Tech, Sony, Tencent, Universal Music Group, NetEase, WMG, William Ding, Tencent Music Entertainment, TME, UMG Warner Music, UMG Ding


Google rolls out virtual visiting card in India

Google has rolled out a new Search feature in India that enables influencers, entrepreneurs, freelancers, or anyone else who wants to be easily discovered online create a virtual visiting card in what appears to be the company’s latest attempt to add more LinkedIn -esque functionalities into its search engine. The company said it has rolled out the feature, called people cards, first in India because of the special affinity people in the world’s second largest internet market have shown tow...
Tags: Google, Apps, Asia, Microsoft, India, Google Search, Linkedin, Tech, Clark, Lauren Clark


Google rolls out virtual business card in India to take on LinkedIn

Google has rolled out a new Search feature in India that enables influencers, entrepreneurs, freelancers, or anyone else who wants to be easily discovered online create a virtual visiting card in what appears to be the company’s latest attempt to bring more of LinkedIn functionalities into its search engine. The company said it has rolled out the feature, called people cards, first in India because of the special “affinity” people in the world’s second largest internet market have shown to...
Tags: Google, Apps, Asia, Microsoft, India, Linkedin, Tech, Lauren Clark


Singapore’s trade finance startup Incomlend raises $20M led by Sequoia Capital India

Incomlend, a Singapore-headquartered startup that operates a trading platform to connect exporters and importers with investors, has raised $20 million in a new financing round, it said on Tuesday. Sequoia India, the India and SEA investment arm of the storied U.S. headquartered venture firm, led the Series A round in four-year-old Incomlend. The CMA CGM Group, one of the world’s largest shipping and logistics firms, also participated in the round. Incomlend’s invoice trading platform is solving...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Europe, Finance, Singapore, India, Funding, Tech, Sea, Sequoia, North Asia, CMA CGM Group, Sequoia India, Sequoia Capital India, Europe Southeast Asia, Abheek Anand


Tencent wants to merge China’s esports archrivals Douyu and Huya

The war between two of China’s largest esports companies may soon come to a truce at the will of their investor Tencent. Tencent, the world’s biggest games publisher, announced late Monday a proposal to consolidate Douyu and Huya, the competing livestreaming sites focused on video games. Rather than paying in cash, the deal will see the pair enter a stock-for-stock merger. The proposal is non-binding, but Tencent has paved the way for it to go through. In a separate deal, the entertainment giant...
Tags: Gaming, Asia, Games, Entertainment, China, Tech, Tencent, Nasdaq, Livestreaming, Esports, Nyse, Dong, HUYA, Tencent Tencent, Douyu, Kuaishou


Apple watchOS 7 preview

Of the big three Apple operating systems, watchOS arguably gets the least love. That goes double in a year that sees macOS getting its biggest overhaul in recent memory. On the whole, the Apple Watch’s software is often overlooked, as smartwatch users tend to focus attention on the addition of new hardware sensors and the like. Still, watchOS 7, out today in public beta, brings a number of key additions, as Apple looks to keep from getting too complacent in its spot high atop the list of smar...
Tags: Apple, Apps, Wearables, Asia, Hardware, Samsung, Siri, Tech, Apple Watch, Huawei, watchOS, Siri Shortcuts, Brian Heater That, Brian Heater Hand


Amazon tops 1 million Prime subscribers in India; reports record seller participation in Prime Day

Amazon has amassed at least 1 million subscribers for its Prime loyalty service in India, the e-commerce giant revealed today in a long rundown of how its platform fared during last week’s Prime Day in the world’s second largest internet market. More than a million Prime subscribers in India shopped from small businesses in the two weeks leading up to 48-hour Prime Day event last week, the company said in a blog post. Factoring in the ongoing global pandemic, Amazon last month chose India as ...
Tags: Amazon, Ecommerce, Asia, China, India, Tech, Walmart, Xiaomi, Jeff Bezos, Oneplus, Alexa, Amazon India, Amazon Prime Day, Diwali, Globally Amazon, Amit Agarwal SVP


Apple may release a new iPhone in early 2021 that would look a lot like the iPhone 12 with one major feature missing (AAPL)

Apple could release a cheaper, 4G-only version of its expected iPhone 12 in early 2021, according to a new report from Wedbush Securities. Apple is expected to release several new iPhone models in the fall that will all support 5G connectivity. If Apple does release a cheaper 4G iPhone 12 next year, it would come after the tech giant has been leaning heavily into more affordable products to boost its iPhone business. Apple typically releases its new iPhones in late September, but the company s...
Tags: Apple, Asia, Trends, Ives, Ming Chi Kuo, Wedbush Securities, Bloomberg Apple, TF International Securities, Wedbush Securities Apple, Daniel Ives Strecker Backe, Ahmad Khalil Wedbush, Omdia More


ByteDance valuation under huge pressure as TikTok sale nears

As it reached an estimated valuation of $100 billion this year, TikTok’s parent company ByteDance solidified its status as the most valuable startup in private markets. Its success outside China has also become a source of envy and inspiration among its local peers. Now, the company’s price tag is under tremendous pressure as it’s set to shed its priced asset TikTok, several investors told TechCrunch. ByteDance last year generated 120 billion yuan ($17.2 billion) in revenue, said an invest...
Tags: Asia, China, India, Tech, Bloomberg, Tencent, Weibo, Reuters, Toutiao, Kuaishou, Zhang Yiming, Bytedance, Douyin, Tiktok, TechCrunch ByteDance, TikTok Douyin


CakeResume, which wants to become Asia’s largest tech talent pool, raises $900,000 seed round

CakeResume is a startup creating an alternative for the tech industry to job search platforms like LinkedIn. The Taipei-based company, founded in 2016, announced today that it has raised $900,000 in seed funding from Mynavi, one of the largest staffing and public relations companies in Japan. The round will be used to expand CakeResume’s operations in other countries, including Japan and India. Founder and chief executive officer Trantor Liu, who was a full-stack web developer at Codementor befo...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Facebook, Asia, Japan, India, Linkedin, Tech, Tesla, Taiwan, United States, Recruitment, Taipei, South Asia


VPN booms as countries around the world mull TikTok bans

As countries around the world ban or threaten to restrict TikTok, interest in virtual private networks has spiked. The use of VPNs can let users access an online service from an encrypted tunnel and thus bypass app blocks. “We are seeing an increasing number of governments around the world attempting to control the information their citizens can access,” observes Harold Li, vice president of ExpressVPN, which claims to have over 3,000 servers across 94 countries. “For this reason, VPNs are us...
Tags: TC, Asia, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, Government, China, India, Censorship, Tech, Vpn, Signal, Pavel Durov, Li, Josh Constine, Tiktok


Last chance to save on Disrupt 2020 passes

It’s last call startup fans, last call. We’re not talking about International Beer Day (which is a thing and it’s today — look it up). No, we mean August 7 is your absolute last chance to save up to $300 on a pass to Disrupt 2020. Beat the clock, buy your early-bird pass before 11:59 p.m. (PT), and then hoist a beer to celebrate your savvy shopping. We’ll drink to that! Every new challenge presents new opportunities and that holds true for TechCrunch’s first all-virtual Disrupt. Now Disrupt is b...
Tags: Startups, Asia, Europe, Tech, Startup Battlefield, Disrupt 2020


Trump signs orders banning US business with TikTok owner ByteDance and Tencent’s WeChat

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday banning transactions with ByteDance, the parent company of popular app TikTok . The White House also announced that he signed a similar order banning transactions with Tencent-owned WeChat, a messaging app that is ubiquitous in China, but has a much smaller presence than TikTok in the United States, where it is used mainly by members of the Chinese diaspora. Both orders will take effect in 45 days, but (and this is a key point) th...
Tags: TC, Apps, Asia, Microsoft, White House, China, Softbank, US, Tech, Policy, Beijing, United States, Commerce, Tencent, WeChat, Chinese communist party


Trump signs orders banning US business with TikTok and WeChat parent Tencent

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Thursday banning transactions with ByteDance, the parent company of popular app TikTok . The White House also announced that he signed a similar order banning transactions with Tencent-owned WeChat, a messaging app that is ubiquitous in China, but has a much smaller presence than TikTok in the United States, where it is used mainly by members of the Chinese diaspora. Both orders will take effect in 45 days. INBOX: @realDonaldTrump has sig...
Tags: TC, Apps, Asia, Microsoft, White House, China, Softbank, US, Tech, Policy, Beijing, United States, Commerce, Tencent, WeChat, Chinese communist party


Google to roll out its digital learning platform to 23 million students and teachers in India’s Maharashtra state

Google has partnered with one of the largest states in India to provide its digital classroom services to tens of millions of students and teachers, the search giant said today, as it makes further education push in the world’s second largest internet market. The company, which recently announced plans to invest $10 billion in India, said it had partnered with the government of western state of Maharashtra that will see 23 million students and teachers access Google’s education offering at no...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Education, India, Tech, New Delhi, Sanjay Gupta, Maharashtra, CBSE, Uddhav Thackeray, Google India, Maharashtra Government, G Suite for Education Google, Central Board of Secondary Education


Uber shares drop 4% after it loses more money than expected in Q2

Today after the bell, American ride-hailing giant Uber released its second quarter results. The company’s revenue fell compared to both the year-ago quarter (Q2 2019), and the sequentially-preceding period (Q1 2020). Investors had anticipated Uber’s declines due to COVID-19, and the company had spent time earlier this year assuring the investing public that it had enough cash to get through 2020 no matter what. In the second quarter, Uber saw gross bookings of $10.2 billion, off 35% compared ...
Tags: TC, Uber, Asia, Hong Kong, India, Tech, New Zealand, EBITDA, Dara Khosrowshahi, Khosrowshahi, IPO Uber, Shares of Uber


More Chinese phone makers could lose US apps under Trump’s Clean Network

Over a third of the world’s smartphone sales come from Chinese vendors Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo. These manufacturers have thrived not only because they offer value-for-money handsets thanks to China’s supply chains, but they also enjoy a relatively open mobile ecosystem, in which consumers in most countries can freely access the likes of Google, Instagram and WhatsApp. That openness is under attack as the great U.S.-China tech divide inches closer to reality, which can cause harm on both sides. T...
Tags: Apple, Google, Asia, Microsoft, Government, China, US, Tech, Tesla, Whatsapp, Beijing, Alibaba, Xiaomi, Tencent, WeChat, Chinese communist party


More Chinese phones could lose US apps under Trump’s Clean Network

Over a third of the world’s smartphone sales come from Chinese vendors Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo. These manufacturers have thrived not only because they offer value-for-money handsets thanks to China’s supply chains, but they also enjoy a relatively open mobile ecosystem, in which consumers in most countries can freely access the likes of Google, Instagram and WhatsApp. That openness is under attack as the great U.S.-China tech divide inches closer to reality, which can cause harm on both sides. T...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Asia, Microsoft, Government, China, US, Tesla, Whatsapp, Beijing, Alibaba, Xiaomi, Tencent, WeChat, Chinese communist party


PayPal's CFO outlines ambitious plans to become your virtual wallet — including a potential partnership with the likes of Amazon or Alibaba

PayPal has been an independent company for five years since it was spun off from eBay, which acquired the payments platform in 2002. With the expiration of its eBay operating agreement, PayPal is eyeing growth through partnerships with global e-commerce platforms like Alibaba and Shopify. The company has been red-hot in 2020, with its stock more than doubling since mid-March.  John Rainey, PayPal's CFO, told Business Insider the payments giant wants to do more than process payments for other c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Asia, UK, Etsy, Ebay, China, US, Samsung, Trends, Paypal, Alibaba, Brazil, American Express


PayPal's CFO outlines ambitious plans to become your virtual wallet and why potential partnerships with the likes of Amazon and Alibaba make more sense now

PayPal has been an independent company for five years since it was spun off from eBay, which acquired the payments platform in 2002. With the expiration of its eBay operating agreement, PayPal is eyeing growth through partnerships with global e-commerce platforms like Alibaba and Shopify. The company has been red-hot in 2020, with its stock more than doubling since mid-March.  John Rainey, PayPal's CFO, told Business Insider the payments giant wants to do more than process payments for other c...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Asia, UK, Etsy, Ebay, China, US, Samsung, Trends, Paypal, Alibaba, Brazil, American Express


India’s Byju’s acquires WhiteHat Jr. for $300 million

Byju’s has acquired edtech startup WhiteHat Jr. for $300 million as the Indian online learning giant looks to expand its dominant reach in the country. The all-cash deal makes 18-month-old Mumbai-headquartered WhiteHat Jr., which offers online coding classes to school-going students, the fastest exit story of this size in Indian startup ecosystem. WhiteHat Jr., which had raised about $11 million from Omidyar Network and Nexus Venture Partners, has achieved a revenue run rate of $150 million. It ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Facebook, Asia, India, US, Tech, New Zealand, Mumbai, Blume Ventures, Osmo, Karan, Bajaj, Vedantu, Byju, Byju's


Springboard raises $31 million to expand its mentor-guided education platform to more geographies

Springboard, an online education platform that provides upskilling and reskilling training courses to people looking to learn in-demand roles, has raised $31 million in a new financing round as it looks to expand to more geographies. The Series B financing round for the San Francisco-headquartered startup was led by investment firm Telstra Ventures . Vulcan Capital and SJF Ventures, as well as existing investors Costanoa Ventures, Pearson Ventures, Reach Capital, International Finance Co...
Tags: Apps, Asia, Education, India, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, 500 Startups, Springboard, Kumar, Vulcan Capital, Reach Capital, SJF Ventures, Vivek Kumar, Learn Capital, Telstra Ventures


Amazon inks cloud deal with Airtel in India

Amazon has found a new partner to expand the reach of its cloud services business — AWS — in India, the world’s second largest internet market. On Wednesday, the e-commerce giant announced it has partnered with Bharti Airtel, the third-largest telecom operator in India with more than 300 million subscribers, to sell a wide-range of AWS offerings under Airtel Cloud brand to small, medium, and large-sized businesses in the country. The deal could help AWS, which leads the cloud market in ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Cloud, Asia, Enterprise, Microsoft, India, Azure, Tech, Aws, South Asia, Airtel, Amazon India, Google Facebook, Bharti Airtel


Jakarta-based Wahyoo gets $5 million Series A to help small eateries digitize their operations

Wahyoo’s team, including CEO Peter Shearer (third from left) While growing up, Peter Shearer watched his mother get up every day at 2AM or 3AM to prepare for her catering business. For many people who own small food businesses in Indonesia, “everything is handled on their own, so I really, really wanted to create a system so they can have better operations and get more quality of life,” Shearer told TechCrunch. His startup, Wahyoo, was founded in 2017 to help small eateries, called warung mak...
Tags: Food, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Asia, Indonesia, Restaurants, Southeast Asia, Tech, Coca Cola, Jakarta, Shearer, SMEs, Coca Cola Amatil, Greater Jakarta, Intudo Ventures


YC-backed Statiq wants to bootstrap India’s EV charging network

Electric vehicles (EVs) are spreading throughout the world. While Tesla has drawn the most attention in the United States with its luxurious and cutting-edge cars, EVs are becoming a mainstay in markets far away from the environs of California. Take India for instance. In the local mobility market, two- and three-wheel vehicles are starting to emerge as a popular option for a rapidly expanding middle class looking for more affordable options. EV versions are popular thanks to their reduced ma...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Y Combinator, Asia, India, Funding, Tech, Tesla, United States, Electric Vehicles, Delhi, Mumbai, New Delhi, GreenTech, Yc, Better Place


Grab launches new consumer financial services, including micro-investments and loans

Grab announced today that its financial unit, which previously focused mainly on services for entrepreneurs and small businesses, is launching a slew of consumer products, including micro-investments, loans, health insurance and a pay-later program. Based in Singapore, Grab began in 2012 as a ride-hailing company before expanding into on-demand deliveries and other services. In January 2019, it formed a joint venture with ZhongAn Insurance to build a digital insurance marketplace. Since then,...
Tags: Google, TC, Apps, Asia, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, Bloomberg, Netflix, Malaysia, Financial Services, Fintech, Temasek, Consumer Finance, Bento


Japan Acted Like the Virus Had Gone. Now It's Spread Everywhere.

After initial success, Japan is facing a reality check on the coronavirus. From a report: The country garnered global attention after containing the first wave of Covid-19 with what it referred to as the "Japan Model" -- limited testing and no lockdown, nor any legal means to force businesses to close. The country's finance minister even suggested a higher "cultural standard" helped contain the disease. But now the island nation is facing a formidable resurgence, with Covid-19 cases hitting reco...
Tags: Asia, Japan, Singapore, Tech, West, COVID


“Made in America” is on (government) life support, and the prognosis isn’t good

Intel and Boeing, two of the pillars of American industry. Intel makes some of the most impressive chips in the world and has for decades, driving high-performance computing to its limits while supporting a company with a market cap today of $200 billion and supporting more than 110,000 employees. Meanwhile, Boeing remains a global leader in aviation despite retiring the 747, with $66 billion in revenue backing a market cap of $90 billion and hosting more than 153,000 workers. Like pillars...
Tags: Asia, Congress, Government, China, America, Tech, Intel, Taiwan, Rome, Policy, United States, Korea, Pentagon, Airbus, Boeing, TSMC



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