Christina Zhou

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Indonesia plans to grow 1,000 startups – with no money

The Indonesian government has been gung-ho about startups of late, but is it walking the talk to support the ecosystem?

Startups

Southeast Asia Startup Scene Is Sunny, Investors Say

Region is relatively young and people are coming online at a rapid pace<p>HONG KONG—Venture capitalists and investors attending the Converge technology conference in Hong Kong on Friday expressed optimism about the future of startups in Southeast Asia, despite significant challenges.<p>“Between Southeast …

South-east Asia

Didi Chuxing completes $7.3B financing round that includes Apple’s $1B investment

Didi Chuxing, the largest ride-hailing app in China, confirmed today that it has closed a $7.3 billion financing round that includes its recent investments from Apple and China Life. The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, whose sources say Didi Chuxing’s valuation is now pegged at …

Messaging app LINE needs to be careful before it expands around the world

Popular Japanese messaging app LINE announced last week that it is planning for a dual initial public offering (IPO) on both the Tokyo and New York Stock Exchanges.<p>The company wants to raise approximately $900 million in funding at a $5.5 billion valuation. The IPO should occur in July and would …

Apps

Android vs. iOS – Smartphone OS sales market share evolution

Xiaomi takes aim at Europe<p>The latest smartphone OS data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reveals that in the three months ending March 2018, …

Android continues market share gains around the world as Apple’s iPhone slips

Thanks to the growing wave of first-time smartphone buyers, Android is expanding its market share lead over Apple’s iOS.<p>That conclusion was part of Kantar Worldpanel ComTech’s latest smartphone report.<p>Kantar found that for the three months ending April 2016, Android grabbed 76 percent of smartphone …

The app boom is over

Your phone is full of apps, and you're done downloading new ones — unless they're Snapchat or Uber.<p>The mobile app boom kicked off in July 2008, when Apple introduced the App Store. Now it is over.<p>People are still making plenty of apps, of course. And many people are still downloading them. But the …

Analysts predict the end of the smartphone boom

Gartner's latest research into the state of the mobile industry is a dire warning to all phone manufacturers. The financial analysis firm believes that the <i>growth</i> in smartphone sales will fall to a single digit, half the rate it was in 2015. It's hard to think that people buying 1.5 billion devices …

Selling

Dark Underbelly Of App Marketing You Should Be Aware Of

During the last week, I was reading an extremely credible article called about app uninstall rates. As per it, a regular app has an uninstall rate as …

Has the opportunity for Indian startups been terribly wrongly estimated?

I was at a conference the other day, speaking on a panel with VCs and angels, when we were asked a question: <b>With the softening of valuations and the</b> …

The End of The Online Advertising Bubble - Avila Web Firm

Thaddaeus Gardner - January 12, 2018<p>April 19, 2016<p>Executive Summary<p>The online advertising market is saturated, and has no more room to grow. The …

Open letter to CMOs: Stop all mobile advertising immediately

Dear Chief Marketing Officers:<p>Mobile advertising in its current state is a complete boondoggle. Consumers hate it, the metrics are awful, and the ad agency community is doing a disservice to clients by promoting it.<p>That’s a bold claim considering that mobile advertising is booming right now. …

Digital Advertising

How Android gets to 100% market share

Android already commands over 80 percent of the mobile OS market share globally, and just under 60 percent in the US. But you wouldn’t know it here in Silicon Valley — almost everyone I know has an iPhone. As the consumer technology landscape evolves over the next five years however, there are a …

Google Play now labels Android apps and games containing ads

Google Play’s Android apps and games containing any type of ad have begun receiving prominent labels within their listings. The label is placed directly below the Install button, accompanied by the existing in-app purchases label when pertinent.<p>This labeling initiative started as a requirement for …

Apps

Vivian Chang, Mobile Manager of Aquisition at RetailMeNot

Vivian Chang is the Senior Marketer Manager of Acquisition at RetailMeNot, one of the top mobile shopping apps in the app stores. Listen to Vivian …

Mobile

The Foundations of Mobile Landscape: 352 companies, $28B investment, $405B current value

What drives mobile success? Increasingly, the answer is changing, and fast.<p>Thousands of mobile-first startups and mobile-next enterprises have found that judicious investments in 10 key areas are enabling them to onboard new mobile users, engage with existing customers, and modernize how they …

Apps