Startup Digest


March 11, 2017

Hello from Hong Kong!  I am spending a month in Asia in March.  Will be speaking at AVCJ (Beijing) and Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) this month. Hope to catch up with some of you in Asia soon.  

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Alibaba set to make $24 billion from mobile adverts by 2019 – more than double 2016’s figure: Reports


Alibaba took 40.3% of all money brands spent on mobile advertising in China in 2016 ($11B).  Baidu 20%. Tencent 12%

Let’s face it, Mobile World Congress isn’t about the mobile any more


The smartphone is no longer just the only consumer proposition out there. Large vendors need more peripheral devices for growth, and consumers want them, from earpieces, to projectors and communication hubs like Amazon Echo and Google Home.The truth is that MWC should switch its focus from OEMs selling to telcos, to OEMs directly addressing the innovation ecosystem. 

Twitter considered a News app, according to App Store


Twitter sits atop the free apps chart in News, instead of blending in with a crowded field of apps in the Social Networking category.

M-Pesa: Kenya's mobile money success story turns 10


The system was launched by Vodafone's Safaricom mobile operator in 2007 as a simple method of texting small payments between users. Today there are 30 million users in 10 countries and a range of services including international transfers, loans, and health provision. The system processed around 6 billion transactions in 2016 at a peak rate of 529 per second.

AppOnboard offers fast, playable mobile ads


Existing approaches tend to fall into two camps — they either require you to create an HTML5 version of the demo from scratch, or they stream a virtualized version of the app, which can create significant lag times.

U.S. consumers now spend 5 hours per day on mobile devices


U.S. users are spending more than half their time (51%) in social media, messaging and media and entertainment applications — including those like Snapchat, which now accounts for 2 percent of users’ daily time spent in apps.

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