Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook is this week visiting India for the first time.And he is wasting little of his time on the ground in India by saying Apple will open a new app design and development center in the country in 2017.Cook officially called the upcoming Apple facility a design and development accelerator,  and that it will be located in Bengaluru also known as Bangalore , which is considered to be the startup hub of India.India is home to one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS development communities in the world, Cook said in announcing the new center.With the opening of this new facility in Bengaluru, we re giving developers access to tools which will help them create innovative apps for customers around the world.Apple said it will use the facility to provide support for the Swift programming language, which Apple created to build apps for iOS, Mac and other products, and will conduct weekly briefings with developers to review development of apps at the center.It s no secret as to why Cook is laying the groundwork for more Apple involvement in India.Anyone with a Groupon account has likely seen an offer for one of these iPhones, which are often phones that were bought, returned for some reason, given the once-over to ensure everything works, and then offered up for sale at less than the original sticker price.However, the Indian government has put up resistance to Apple s efforts as it tries to promote homegrown smartphone makers who sell their products at prices even less than those of refurbished iPhones.Photo: Apple CEO Tim Cook leaves the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai on May 18.
E.ventures, a global investment firm with offices across Europe, the Americas, and Asia, has announced a new $150 million fund targeting early-stage European startups.Founded in 1998 as BV Capital, the organization unified its various international funds under one umbrella back in 2012, when it rebranded as E.ventures.Today, the firm says it manages more than $1 billion and has some notable names in its portfolio, including App Annie, Sonos, Groupon, Azimo, and Delicious.In addition to the new $150 million fund, E.ventures will draw on a $290 million pot to begin making growth investments across Europe, with the plan to accompany entrepreneurs through the full investment life cycle, it said.Our willingness to explore every corner of the continent and provide operational support to the businesses we invest in increases the potential of our funds.E.ventures also announced that it s adding a new partner — Bernardo Hernández, who founded real estate listing platform Idealista.com and has also served as senior director of product at Google and general manager at Flickr.Hernández isn t new to the investment realm either, having previously started StepOne Ventures in San Francisco back in 2008, a firm geared toward helping European startups hit the U.S. running.E.ventures latest fund is just one of many to arrive on the scene in recent times.Notion Capital introduced a $120 million fund for cloud startups last year, while Lakestar launched a $400 million fund for both European and U.S. startups.More recently, Index Ventures closed a fresh $550 million fund for seed and venture investments in Europe, the U.S., and Israel; Accel unfurled $500 million for Europe and Israel; a Chinese investment vehicle announced $715 million to help European startups target China; and just this week, Runa Capital raised a $135 million fund for later-stage U.S. and European startups.
And, according to Ashish Parmar of mobile app developer Prismetric Technologies, app store downloads will increase 100 percent by 2020 compared to 2015.Fifteen years ago or so, that happened to be a legitimate question.In all fairness, it was 2002.There was no Facebook, Groupon or YouTube... W hile businesses in 2002 didn t depend on websites and the Internet as they do today, those that saw the potential and started building a web presence early benefited the most when consumers finally shifted their behavior to be more digital.What Your Mobile Website Can t DoWhile it s true, according to some reports, that users split their time between mobile apps and mobile browsers nearly a third report that apps provide a better experience , here are some things your mobile website can t do that a mobile app can do with ease:Take a picture of something and share it on social sites.Suzanne Kerns explains, The key is to focus on solving a business problem.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has described the disastrous Fire Phone launch as a tiny blip compared to the future failures the online giant is working on now.Bezos said costly mistakes like this were necessary in order to prepare for success.For Amazon of course, with its global retail empire and web server business, failure is far less costly than for most companies, who'd to survive a colossal cock-up like the Fire Phone.He added: "You kind of have to back up because it is our job, if we want to be innovative and pioneering, to make mistakes."If it doesn't, you're not going to be inventing at scale that can actually move the needle.Throughout the years, initiatives like the travel site Destinations, a Groupon rival called Local and the Yahoo Answers alternative Askville all met their doom.
We learned that former product head Kevin Weil landed at Instagram, and now Brian Skip Schipper, the former vice president of human resources at Twitter, is joining Yext, the fast-growing location data management company.Schipper will serve as Chief People Officer, overseeing global HR for New York-based Yext, and will lead the expansion of the company s global employees as it moves toward an IPO.He previously held the same title at Groupon.He hopes to help build on a terrific reputation that Yext already has as a great company to work for.Skip will help us multiply the special atmosphere we ve got with our 500 people today to much greater numbers across the world.If someone Googles a brand, Yext provides the information on their nearby stores that shows up in search results.
Silicon Valley s newest venture capital firm doesn t want a piece of Uber or Airbnb.The firm launches with a portfolio of Silicon Valley tech companies that includes Palo Alto-based cyber security company Vera, San Francisco-based GPS technology company Swift Navigation and Palo Alto-based online career platform Paysa.Madhavan and Rust, who also were early investors in GoPro and Groupon, have grown used to being the first VCs on a deal.The two have invested in dozens of companies over the years, both together and separately, and Rust says they were the first investors in 90 percent of those deals.They prefer startups in the raw, earliest stages because as former entrepreneurs themselves, they feel that s the time when they can have the biggest impact.The way we view it is we are both general contractors helping you build your startup, Madhavan said.Plus, early-stage investments give the best returns, he added.Prior to starting Clear Ventures, Madhavan founded LogicVision, Ambit and Magma Design Automation.Rust was a co-founder of broadband Internet provider Roadrunner, now Time Warner Cable Internet.That first-hand entrepreneurial experience is what the Clear Ventures partners are banking on to set them apart from the rest of the VC world.For San Jose-based cloud storage company Robin Systems, one of Clear s portfolio companies, the partners experience as founders has been an asset.
Facebook is shutting down an app the company launched seven months ago that allows users to receive notifications from news outlets and other sources.Users of Facebook s Notify app, which was created to make it easier for people to follow news and their interests, got an alert on Thursday that the app was going away.We re transitioning parts of Notify into other Facebook products and the app will no longer be supported, a push notification from the app said.When the Notify first launched in November, about 70 companies partnered with the social media firm on the app.BuzzFeed, Vogue, CBS Sports, The New York Times, The Weather Channel, The Washington Post, Groupon and more are included in Notify.A Facebook spokesperson told SiliconBeat in a statement that starting Wednesday Notify will be removed from the app store, but that its features will be added to other Facebook products including Messenger.With more than 900 million people using Messenger each month, we think there is a great opportunity for publishers to reach even more people interested in real-time updates from their favorite sources.In December, the company removed several unpopular apps including Slingshot, Riff and Rooms from online stores.Facebook declined to say how many people use the Notify app, but said they were pleased with the response from people.Photo: Facebook s Notify app.
Glassdoor, the website that lets people leave anonymous reviews of companies and jobs, has raised $40 million £27.7 million from funds and accounts advised by US investment powerhouse T. Rowe Price.It takes the total raised by the California-based startup to over $200 million £138.6 million .Existing investors Battery Ventures, Google Capital, Sutter Hill Ventures, and Tiger Global also participated in the round.Henry Ellenbogen, a portfolio manager of T. Rowe Price's New Horizons Fund, says in an emailed statement:We believe that Glassdoor is fundamentally changing the way job seekers search for jobs and companies recruit talent.Their unique user-generated data includes millions of reviews, which increases transparency in recruiting.Our view is that Glassdoor is executing well, and it can be a much larger company over time.The website crowdsources anonymous information on things like pay rates, employee satisfaction, ratings of CEOs, and ease of progression, among other things.As well as crowdsourcing reviews and ratings, Glassdoor also aggregates job adverts from around the web.The company makes money through job ads, letting companies beef up their profile on the site for a fee, and display advertising.Dell, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, Groupon, HP, Intuit, Procter & Gamble, and Twitter all pay Glassdoor for add-on services, the company says.The site gets 2.5 million visits a month in the UK, up 50% on this time last year according to a company spokesperson.Robert Hohman, cofounder and CEO of Glassdoor, says in an emailed statement:We re delighted to add T. Rowe Price to our incredible investor roster, as they bring significant experience with late-stage, high-growth companies such as ours and a long-term focus.Regardless of where you live, where you work matters and the level of transparency Glassdoor has brought to the market is helping people everywhere find a job and company they love and, in turn, helping employers attract high-quality candidates.SEE ALSO: 14 little-known tricks to help you land your dream job using GlassdoorDON'T MISS: The 25 best jobs in Britain, as chosen by employeesNOW WATCH: This behavior could kill your chances in a Goldman Sachs interviewLoading video...
$15 off pizza Groupons, promo code CHZZYWhoever said there s no such thing as a free lunch didn t know what they were talking about.Head over to Groupon, search for any local pizza restaurants running a deal you know, the $15 for $30 of restaurant credit kind of promotions , and use promo code CHZZY at checkout to save $15.This doesn t seem to work on every pizza restaurant, but it should work for most.Enjoy!Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale.Click here to learn more, and don t forget to sign up for our email newsletter.
Groupon continues to streamline its global business after it announced the sale of its operations in Indonesia to a somewhat unlikely buyer.The deal signals KFit s entry into Indonesia, the world s fourth most populous country and one of the few sizable markets where smartphone sales are tipped to continue to rise despite a global slowdown.KFit CEO Joel Neoh started group-buying site GroupsMore in Malaysia which Groupon acquired within months of launch.Indonesia is a huge market, it is tipped to drive Southeast Asia s internet economy to $200 billion by 2025, and e-commerce remains nascent despite tens of billion of dollars invested by Rocket Internet Lazada and Zalora and retail conglomerate Lippo Matahari Mall .That growth is tempting for ambitious startups, particularly if you can get a rolling start by acquiring a business and get a favorable acquisition cost, too.Neoh didn t go into that level of detail, here s what we do have on the record right now.
Last week, we shared our take on the story behind's Slack's crazy growth $0 to nearly $4 billion in just a few years .And so this week, we thought it would be fun to lay things out visually.Here's a visual look infographic, of course!at Slack's growth -- including some perspective comparisons to Uber, Groupon, Twitter, Pinterest and more .
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The turmoil, the drama, the desperate search for money: the Trump campaign is looking like so many startups that have caught fire before flaming out.Case in point: Andrew Mason s zany antics were a harmless sideshow during Groupon s ascent, but once the public started clicking unsubscribe en masse, the daily deal site s board decided it needed a grownup to help run things.By replacing Lewandowski with a campaign veteran—in this case Paul Manafort—it s trying to bring in a grownup.This week, after the Clinton campaign launched a multi-million dollar ad campaign, Trump sent out an email that didn t exactly inspire confidence: Right now we re facing an emergency goal of $100,000 to help get our ads on the air.As one communications executive at Square recently noted, startups that begin as media s shiny new toy soon graduate, narrative-wise, to heavy duty disrupter before reports of turmoil inside the company eclipse any ostensible triumphs.Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty Images
In 2015 left the founder Alexander Hars as CEO of the company and handed over to Frederick Dobber. Just a few months later came the news that Let's deal had finally won the battle against the bitter rival Groupon in the Nordic region. One can imagine that the fall in profit is partly due to the aforementioned expansion into Finland and investments in new products, as the company's App published earlier on Thursday. Competition in the shopping segment increases while we see a strong position in the local market and in travel, which is the core of Let's deal. The Groupon additionally have withdrawn from the Nordic region, we see a potential for continued growth in a local market that we know well. Everyone wants to continue to do a good deal. "
It may sound absolutely fantastic on paper, but in practice, the figure is one of the biggest challenges I have faced since I decided to become an entrepreneur in China. Shanghai, which is the first city where we are launching our new startups, has a population of 20-30 million people. All spend money for various reasons, and for different things in different ways. As an entrepreneur on a giant market that is China is the big question, therefore, rather: Is this the right audience to go for the long term? For it is somewhere where consumers are disloyal and change their values ​​as it is in China. When Groupon was at its peak, there were, for example, thousands of clones that did exactly the same thing.
Click here to learn more, and don t forget to sign up for our email newsletter.While supplies last, Amazon s offering up a Kindle Paperwhite bundle which includes a magnetic leather case and a USB charger for just $128 with code 9ZHMJMIP , or only $8 more than buying the Kindle alone.Refurb Pebble Time Round, $108 with code SALE3 Refurb Pebble Time, $72 with code SALE3 Refurb Pebble Time Steel, $117 with code SALE3Today only, Groupon s discounting refurbs of the excellent Pebble Time and Pebble Time Round smart watches for as little as $72.I got this as a wedding gift a few months ago, and it s every bit as good as advertised.That gets you the well-reviewed 1200W blender along with four different blending vessels, including a double-walled stainless steel cup to keep smoothies cold on the go.The Omaker M4 can do just that thanks to its IP54-rated splash resistance, and still deliver up to 12 hours of playtime on a single charge.
Click here to learn more, and don t forget to sign up for our email newsletter.While supplies last, Amazon s offering up a Kindle Paperwhite bundle which includes a magnetic leather case and a USB charger for just $128 with code 9ZHMJMIP , or only $8 more than buying the Kindle alone.Refurb Pebble Time Round, $108 with code SALE3 Refurb Pebble Time, $72 with code SALE3 Refurb Pebble Time Steel, $117 with code SALE3Today only, Groupon s discounting refurbs of the excellent Pebble Time and Pebble Time Round smart watches for as little as $72.I got this as a wedding gift a few months ago, and it s every bit as good as advertised.That gets you the well-reviewed 1200W blender along with four different blending vessels, including a double-walled stainless steel cup to keep smoothies cold on the go.The Omaker M4 can do just that thanks to its IP54-rated splash resistance, and still deliver up to 12 hours of playtime on a single charge.
Pokemon GO, a mobile game that has rocketed to the top of Apple Inc. and Android app stores in record time, looks set to challenge young internet companies which specialize in increasing foot traffic for small businesses and may end up playing a role in major brands' marketing, according to industry experts.The augmented reality game from Japan's Nintendo Co. Ltd., where players walk around real-life neighborhoods to hunt down virtual cartoon characters on their smartphone screens, has more than 65 million users in the United States just seven days after launch.L'inizio Pizza Bar in Long Island City in New York claims its sales jumped 75 percent over the weekend by activating a "lure module" feature that attracts virtual Pokemon characters to the store, thereby tempting in nearby players.The store's manager spent $10 to have a dozen Pokemon characters placed in the location, according to a report in the New York Post.That sort of instant effect is a potential threat for Groupon Inc., LivingSocial Inc., Foursquare and other relatively new companies which have revolutionized online marketing for small businesses in the last few years.Pokemon GO's instant popularity appears to be the result of nostalgia for the classic 20-year-old cartoon franchise and players' desire to win kudos within the game by capturing as many characters as possible.
If you re not familiar, Meetup is a site where people can create or join groups based around interests, hobbies, events, and other activities.Plus, there are mobile apps for iOS and for Android that you can use to find groups on the go—or use if you re just more comfortable using your phone than surfing the site.Some exercise classes and groups are better for this than others, so try to consider one that s generally supportive from the get-go, like a martial arts class, self-defense class, or a dance class.Cooking, Tasting, or Evening ClassesExercise classes will get you out and meeting new people in a team-oriented or fitness-centric environment, but cooking classes, wine or liquor tastings, or other evening classes give you the freedom to do something similar without the whole, you know, physical activity part.Services like LivingSocial and Groupon regularly offer tickets and classes like these, and exploration groups like Atlas Obscura regularly host some of the most interesting and off-the-beat activities, tours, and events I ve ever seen.
Chinese mobile social ecommerce platform Pinduoduo said on Wednesday that it had landed USD 110 million in Series B financing.Investors in this financing round included Tencent, Banyan Capital and New Horizon.Pinduoduo said this financing would be its strategic reserves for future use.The app came online in September 2015.It provides 300,000 products at discounted prices, including food, cosmetics, and mother and baby products.After finding the products they want in the app, users can either join an existing group in WeChat, China s largest social network, or build a new group and invite their WeChat friends to join.The users then buy the product together with a group discount.In other words, Pinduoduo combines the concept of apps like Groupon, with the framework and popularity of WeChat.This new mobile shopping mall – or perhaps the low prices of its products –  has attracted 10 million users as of January, when its single-day transaction volume surpassed RMB 10 million USD 1.5 million .The products in the app are provided by merchants including Blackmores, Kao a Japanese cosmetics company and a number of Chinese overseas online shopping websites.According to a report by the China Internet Network Information Center in June, the online shopping users reached 413 million in China in 2015, 340 million among which were mobile users.China s online retail transactions reached RMB 3.9 trillion in 2015.Pinduoduo said it would continue promoting its user experience as well as its brand.
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