Platforms are eating the world: Platform based businesses poised for explosive growth in 2014

Singapore based Sangeet Paul Choudary writes the blog Platform Thinking, which has been ranked among the top startup blogs for 2012 and 2013 by the HBS Centre for Entrepreneurship. His work has been featured, recommended or quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, WIRED, TechCrunch, Fast Company, GigaOm, Forbes, Inc, TheNextWeb, Marketwatch, All Things Digital, Business…

Why Chinese Investors are Willing to Take Bold Bet on the Money Burning Taxi App Business?

Taxi-booking apps experienced booming development in the past year. Investors are still bullish on the taxi app market and continue to invest heavily in the sector, despite the facts that the sprawling growth of the industry is highly dependent on capital injections and none of the leading companies generate any profit so far. Why Chinese investors are still willing to invest in this sector?…

Tech in China: Boom of Taxi Apps in 2013

Technology developments have given rise to new solutions for urban transportation. Taxi apps gained popularity quickly in Chinese market this year, attracting sizable investments from leading venture capitalists and Internet companies. The leading ones include Beijing-based Didi Dache, Hangzhou-based Kuaidi Dache, Beijing-based YaoyaoZhaoche, and Shanghai-based Dahuangfeng. DidiDache received…

Chinese Car Rental Service Yongche Announces $60 million Funding Led by Ctrip and DCM

  Yongche, a Chinese car rental service, announced today a new funding round of $60 million let by Ctrip and DCM. The funding will be used for development of mobile app and other services, according to the company. The company will launch a 5.0 version of mobile app shortly (source in Chinese). Ctrip, one of the biggest online travel companies in China, said its own online services, air…

BarCamp and Lean Startup Machine next weekend in Shanghai

Mark your calendars, perfect storm is colliding in Shanghai next weekend (Oct 25-27).  Okay, I don't really mean it literally but with the sudden massive drop in temperature, it could happen right? So, what I'm referring to are 2 very popular events we've been looking forward to are kicking off next Friday. First is BarCamp.  Folks are Techyizu are continuing the bi-annual tradition of…

AngelList Founder Naval Ravikant is an Emotional Investor

Skyping in from the Silicon Valley to CHINICT, the Founder and CEO of AngelList, Naval Ravikant talked about his style of investing and take on China. AngelList is the most prominent purely online network for start-ups and investors to connect. Acting like a dating site for start-ups and investors, the platform has empowered both sides to build a trusted profile and communicate with each…

Netvibes:一个让人用了就上瘾的个性化主页服务

提供个性化主页服务的公司其实还挺多的,其中有Google,有前面提到过的Jeremy负责设计的Pageflakes,有今天TechCrunch多次报道过的NetVibes。 其实很少用这种服务,最开始让我感兴趣的并不是其内容,而是其设计的风格和技术,比如其Ajax的应用,Drag and Drop等等Javascript应用等等。 Netvibes是今年Le Web3的主要赞助商之一,这个法国公司今年成功的从美国得到了1千5百万美元的融资。在法国的第三天晚上,在网上碰到Netvibes的创建人Tariq,大家就约好一起吃饭,一起来的还有Netvibes的Localisation Manager - Hubert。 Tariq和Hubert都很年轻,充满了干劲(最常说的话就是cool, super…