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Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
App Annie State of Mobile report: app store consumer spending was ~$100B in 2018, up 75% from 2016, global app downloads were ~194B in 2018, up 35% from 2016   —  App Annie's 2019 State of Mobile report has a bevy of factoids and projections enterprises need to consider as they take on their mobile and digital transformation strategies.
Jan 16, 2019, 9:45 AMIn context
Bloomberg:
How PayPal's user growth and stock price have risen after teaming up with former foes like Visa; sources: Venmo still loses hundreds of millions annually   —  In late 1999 a young computer scientist named Max Levchin started receiving emails from strangers about a web demo he'd created to illustrate the workings of an app.
Jan 14, 2019, 3:45 AMIn context
Anna Hensel / VentureBeat:
TaxJar, a subscription software company that helps online retailers automate sales tax calculations and filings, raises $60M from Insight Venture Partners   —  TaxJar, a subscription software company that helps businesses automate their sales tax calculations and filing …
Jan 9, 2019, 2:10 PMIn context
Karen Weise / New York Times:
Rakuten: Amazon's share of US online sales can dip to ~20% around Thanksgiving only to soar to ~50% before Christmas, as users trust Amazon to deliver on time   —  SEATTLE — Olivia Zimmermann started her holiday shopping early this year, buying a Bluetooth speaker from Best Buy for her sister.
Dec 24, 2018, 9:00 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Crew, a chat app targeting businesses that employ shift workers like multi-store retailers and fast-food chains, raises $35M Series C   —  When it comes to shift workers communicating with each other in the workplace when they are not face-to-face, gone are the days of cork announcement boards.
Dec 23, 2018, 9:55 PMIn context
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Datacamp, which offers customizable online data science courses to 3.3M+ users in 190+ countries and business customers like Uber and HSBC, raises $25M Series B   —  Data engineers and researchers are in demand.  According to LinkedIn, as of August 2018 in the U.S., the tech industry …
Dec 17, 2018, 9:50 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook confirms it is testing a Live video feature that lets merchants demo items and take payments via Messenger, with some Pages in Thailand   —  Want to run your own home shopping network?  Facebook is now testing a Live video feature for merchants that lets them demo and describe their items for viewers.
Dec 6, 2018, 2:17 PMIn context
Recode:
Q&A with Twitch CEO Emmett Shear on streamers getting burned out, outpacing competition, tech addiction, and why he thinks Twitch isn't addictive for viewers   —  To Shear, watching something for two hours is different from repeatedly opening an app over two hours.
Nov 25, 2018, 1:10 PMIn context
Nathan Vardi / Forbes:
Profile of Joe Liemandt, founder of software company Trilogy and PE firm ESW Capital, which buys US software firms and replaces staff with cheap overseas talent   —  rom an office suite on the 26th floor of the iconic Frost Bank Tower in Austin, Texas, a little-known recruiting firm called Crossover …
Nov 25, 2018, 11:10 AMIn context
John Herrman / New York Times:
Amazon is stealthily launching numerous brands on Amazon, from Amazon-owned and Amazon-exclusive to Amazon-affiliated, a classic retailer strategy   —  The infinite retailer appears to be ushering untold numbers of stealth brands into your life, even as it plans to take over the East Coast.
Nov 16, 2018, 7:45 PMIn context

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