By Louis Columbus for Forbes
- Gartner predicts that low-power short-range networks will dominate wireless IoT connectivity through 2025, far outnumbering connections using wide-area IoT networks.
- For enterprises to adopt and gain the full value of these technologies, significantly higher investments in training are needed.
- Gartner’s Top 10 IoT technologies provide a glimpse into what their clients are most interested in today.
Rapid innovation in China is delivering the future of online retailing and brand development. Brands that speed the integration of the customer experience into their business model and view the online and offline worlds as one long continuum will be the ones that reap profitable growth. They’ll be the brands that stand out, outpacing competitors and changing the rules in the world’s largest and most dynamic e-commerce market.
Every single day of every week, an estimated 150,000 new Chinese shoppers join the ranks of the hundreds of millions in the country who have discovered the world of e-commerce.
Online retail penetration in China reached 11% in 2014 and surpassed RMB 2.9 trillion in total value. Penetration is expected to double by 2020, according to our estimates, with the total value skyrocketing to RMB 10 trillion. But this dramatic adoption of online shopping is not the biggest news to emerge from Bain & Company’s latest research on China’s e-commerce market.
By Meghna Rao for techinasia.com
What’s up with India’s startup ecosystem? According to data released in InnoVen Capital’s “India Startup Outlook Report,” only 22 percent of VC-funded early-stage startups expected to turn profitable in the next year, probably because the intention of getting investor money is to trade profitability for growth.
BY ANTONIO NEVES, Millennial Workplace Speaker, Award-Winning Journalist and Author
By Karen Mok for TechinAsia.com
Stripe is one of the most beloved startups in Silicon Valley. Stripe has been a definitive success in the US, but it’s looking beyond those borders in its next phase of growth. Asia is a clear contender – it has about half of the world’s smartphone users and is predicted to see the fastest e-commerce growth in the world in the years to come.
By Steven Millward for TechinAsia.com
Apple Pay launched in China today, as Tech in Asia reported this morning. It’s not going to be an easy ride for Apple, since Chinese consumers are already used to online payments and in-store cashless transactions on their phones through WeChat and Alipay.
By Cade Metz, writer at Wired.com
Just before Christmas, Overstock.com and its free-thinking CEO, Patrick Byrne, announced that the Securities and Exchange Commission had approved its plan to issue stock over the blockchain, the vast online ledger that drives the bitcoin digital currency.
By Elliot Maras, article first appeared in CCN: Bitcoin, Blockchain, FinTech, & Cryptocurrency News
CCN: Digital finance has great potential to improve life for consumers and merchants in India. But the lack of familiarity has impeded digital money’s growth in the country. This lack of awareness exists despite India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s national mission for financial inclusion. (more…)
We knew that Alibaba was having a big year for mobile when sales via mobile made up nearly 70 percent of the company’s Singles Day haul. But now with the year over, Alibaba’s finance arm Ant Financial has released a bunch of interesting data on Alipay, Alibaba’s online payment platform, throughout 2015. The biggest headline: a full 65 percent of the money exchanged on Alipay in 2015 was sent via mobile. That’s up significantly from 2014, when mobile accounted for just under 50 percent of Alipay’s total business. (more…)
By Nashuman Ghandi
“Buy this through XYZ digital wallet and get Rs. 50 (US$0.75) cashback on every ticket booked,” read a recent email you received from PVR Cinema. You usually receive this a few times a week and it keeps you informed about the latest movies. (more…)
By Erin Hobey for Crowdfundinsider.com
Almost one third of Americans are likely to be using a technology provider and not a bank for the majority of their financial services activity in just five years time, according to a new report launched by TransferWise, the peer-to-peer international money transfer platform. (more…)
By Tracy Alloway for Bloomberg.com
So far, 2016 has not been a good year for peer-to-peer, or marketplace, lenders. (more…)
Vladislav Solodkiy, Managing Partner, Life.SREDA VC:
These days many countries are talking about the importance of innovations in the financial sector. Many of those are claiming that they will soon become the first to go completely cashless. They may be saying so, but what if they don’t really know how to do it? (more…)
BLOOMBERGVIEW: What kind of chief executive does a big modern bank need? Apparently not a traditionally hypercompetitive investment banker like Anshu Jain, who lost his co-CEO job at Deutsche Bank last month — but evidently not a quiet retail banker like Antony Jenkins, Barclay’s freshly ousted chief, either.
THE ECONOMIST: China is certainly not the first country to try to prop up a falling stockmarket. The central banks of America, Europe and Japan have all shown form in buying shares after crashes and cutting interest rates to cheer up bloodied investors. But the circumstances and the manner of China’s intervention of the past ten days make it an outlier, worryingly so.
FINEXTRA: Having occupied relatively safe niches, such as payments and P2P-lending, fintech companies are now moving toward the core banking business. For them it is a multi-billion dollar opportunity to reinvent the financial services, but they won’t cope without the support of the current banking industry, according to the report by Santander InnoVentures, Oliver Wyman and Anthemis Group. Read the report (more…)
TECHCRUNCH: While remittances open the door for growth, that possibility pales in comparison to the larger opportunity for Facebook — offering a way for people who don’t use banks now to do e-commerce. According to McKinsey, there are 2.5 billion people globally who do not use formal banks or finance institutions. Their economies are almost entirely cash-based and suffer from the chicken-and-egg problem: Since no one is willing to convert cash into digital form, there is no incentive for merchants to accept electronic payments. With nothing to sustain a system of electronic money, the cycle continues. (more…)
TECHINASIA: If you had asked anyone in the region about fintech just a couple of years ago, you would have been met with blank stares – and not the eyes-glazing-over kind that some people get when someone mentions finance. Today, it’s the fancy, shiny sports car that just pulled up in the town square; it’s all everyone seems to be talking about, and they’re all wondering if they can hitch a ride. (more…)
TECHCRUNCH: These days everyone wants to create the next Uber for anything, and the word “disruption” is mentioned across boardrooms and management meetings in nearly all industries. But while discussing the true meaning of disruption and which fintech startups are worth keeping an eye on, incumbents are at risk of overlooking players that once were customers and partners that can quickly become new digital competitors. (more…)