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Alibaba IPO: Challenges and opportunities ahead

The IPO of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has already broken several records. With a value beyond Amazon and Facebook, the company has officially become the largest ever tech IPO. The market is expecting the entry of several additional Chinese IPOs...

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Tech expected to see fewer mega-deals in 2016

Unlike other industries, which will see an increasing number of huge M&As in 2016, technology will be different. Instead, more technology companies will enter into what are known as "industrial mash-ups," partnering rather than merging. These k...

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China’s mobile boom will attract major investments

China has become a global leader in almost every mobile indicator and the market offers a huge audience for mobile products. Success on the Chinese market could propel a start-up into unicorn status. Digital majors are likely to be turning to busines...

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Mobile: The key for unlocking emerging markets

Start-ups and digital majors aiming to penetrate emerging markets are increasingly doing so via mobile offerings, following the trends developed by local players. This phenomenon, called “mobile-first”, is creating specific opportunities in the m...

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Is the Internet under threat from online monopolies?

With the European Union formally accusing US digital major Google of monopolistic practices, Internet giants as a whole have come under the spotlight. If regulation is developed on controlling Internet monopolies, the web could be transformed for bo...

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E-commerce in China: Partnerships are essential

With Amazon opening up a storefront on Alibaba's Tmall, the blueprint of entering the Chinese e-commerce market has largely been laid out. Entering this hugely lucrative country solo is a long shot at best, and complete failure at worst. Although man...

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India: The next e-commerce tech boom destination

China is breaking e-commerce records and is on its way to becoming the world's largest e-commerce markets, led by its acquisition-hungry giants Tencent and Alibaba. However, India has the potential to one day challenge its fellow Asian market for e-c...

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M-payments to see a spate of exits and collaborations

Mobile payments received a timely boost with the launch of the much-hyped Apple Pay function in October 2014, yet for Apple, Google and other m-payment service providers the ultimate goal is to go global. The diverse range of m-payment practices acro...

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Russian tech: Western financing gone

As the largest telecom market in Eastern Europe, Russia has long seemed like an attractive environment for digital goods and services. This is especially true when considering the strong local demand for telecom products. However, economic sanctions,...

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Is the global tech balance moving from West to East?

Alibaba's IPO in September 2014 was another sign of the growing shifting of the balance of the tech superpowers to the East. The West will certainly influence the majority of digital trends for years to come, but there is a feeling some trust has bee...

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E-commerce venture capital: Asia drives Q2 flows

Internet retailing has traditionally always attracted sizeable financing due to its ability to generate revenues and attract consumers relatively quickly. As a share of total capital venture deals, e-commerce is always a major player, unlike cleantec...

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Deals of the week: Oracle clinches record purchase

Another week, another megadeal. It seems a week going by without a multi-billion-dollar purchase is a rarity these days, and software giant Oracle has provided the funds this week in its $5.3 billion purchase of Micros Systems. In other deals, both O...

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Digital majors, FinTech and the threat to hedge funds

The world’s digital giants, Google, Apple, Yahoo, Alibaba and others, have made a habit of expanding into most business segments, providing one-stop-shops for consumers across a range of services from e-commerce to smartphones. The disruptive eleme...

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Eye-catching exits of the week

The past week has offered a dynamic mixture of major exits and share-acquisitions, continuing a 2014 trend of multi-billion-dollar deals almost on a weekly basis. The biggest headliner of the past seven days was Apple’s surprising acquisition of Be...

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Three major acquisition rumours from Asia

With US majors having already flexed their acquisition muscles this year, notably through Google and Facebook, the focus is turning towards Asia, where growing consolidation and reserves of capital by the regional giants is fuelling rumours of major ...

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