Xiaomi,Dropbox, Palantir, Jingdong, Zalando, SpaceX & others – The World’s Most Valuable Startups

Social Media, ecommerce, mobile & other areas has resulted in many startups going for IPO. Facebook, twitter & others are some of the noteworthy startups who have gone for IPO. Many of the startups are now valued at $1 billion or more. Facebook purchased startups like Instagram & Whatsapp, Yahoo purchased tumblr & others. These startups have been valued at billions & millions of dollars.

Xiaomi from China and Dropbox from the US are at the very top of the list followed by palantir, jingdong & others. Startups from US, EUrope & China are in the top 10 list. With the increase in the values of these startups, VC’s make a good ROI when the stakes are sold or the company gets listed.

Infographic: The World’s Most Valuable Startups | Statista
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IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge – Watson Powered Apps

At the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, IBM CEO announced about the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge. You can submit the proposal at the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge webpage. Developers submit their proposals & their plans for a new Watson powered mobile app. It will be judged by a panel of judges & 25 finalists receive access to Watson APIs to build working prototypes.From this, top 5 finalists will pitch their concepts in a live session. 3 winners will have IBM mentoring support and sandbox access to build the Watson powered app. Watson won Jeopardy in 2011 & mobile apps can take advantage of Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities to develop smarter apps.

IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge

IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge

Interbrand’s Best Global Brands 2013 – Apple, Google, Coco-Cola, IBM, Microsoft, GE & others

Apple has gained the top spot in Interbrand’s Best Global Brands report. Coco-Cola, which has been in top spot for the last 13 years, has taken the 3rd spot. Google is in 2nd position. This is for the first time in the report that Coco-Cola is not in the top spot. Apple has seen a phenomenal growth in the last few years thanks to iPhone & ipad sales. Many tech companies like IBM, Microsoft, Intel are in the top 10 list.

This report is published annually identifying top 100 best global brands. This year, the total value of all 100 Best Global Brands is USD $1.5 trillion. Apple, which was in #36 position in 2000 with a brand value of $6.6 Billion is now at #1 position with $98.3 Billion. Interbrand’s Best Global Brands methodology is ISO certified & has become a benchmark for the best global brands. Discovery, Duracell, Chevrolet are the new entrants for this year. Facebook, Google, Prada, Apple, Amazon are the fastest rising brands for 2013. Full report can be accessed at bestglobalbrands.com

Interbrand’s Best Global Brands 2013

Interbrand’s Best Global Brands 2013

Google’s “Hummingbird” Search Algorithm Update

Google has overhauled its search algorithm to answer complex & longer queries from web users. Amit Singhal, senior vice president of search, announced on Thursday that Google launched updated algorithm “Hummingbird” about a month ago & it currently affects 90 percent of worldwide searches via Google.

Google used to match keywords with the web sites to provide results & as the search is getting complex over the years, this new algorithm would be able to handle complex queries. With the exponential growth of web across desktop, mobile, smartphone, tablets & others, search is evolving rapidly. This week marks the 15th anniversary of Google. Larry Page and Sergey Brin set up shop in the garage of Susan Wojcicki in September 1998 & Susan Wojcicki is now a senior Google Executive.

Google is trying to keep pace with the rapid growth of internet. Google previously had made Caffeine, Panda, Penguin & other updates. But the “Hummingbird” update is a very important algorithm change & this has been done after a very long time.

Adobe’s “Digital Distress: What Keeps Marketers Up at Night?” – A Report

Adobe has released a study titled “Digital Distress: What Keeps Marketers Up at Night?” which reveals how marketers are feeling about Digital. The survey covered 1000 US marketers with a 95% confidence level & margin of error is +/- 3.1% for the sample. Some of the findings of the survey are

1) 76% of marketers think marketing has changed more in the past two years than the past 50 years.
2) Only 44% say marketing dept. have a great deal of influence over their Company’s overall business strategy
3) Only 40% think their company’s marketing is effective
4) Just one in three marketers think their companies are highly proficient in digital marketing
5) 61% of all marketers think that digital marketing approaches are a constant cycle of trial & error
6) 66% of all marketers state companies won’t succeed unless they have a digital marketing approach.
7) Cross channel marketing is a stronger driver of success among digital marketers

adobe digital marketing

adobe digital marketing

Internet.org – Facebook, Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, Opera, MediaTek and Qualcomm plan to bring Internet access to Everyone

internet.org, a Non Profit initiative by Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung plan to bring internet access to everyone. Two thirds of the world is not yet online & this initiative plans to bring it online. Recently Google launched helium ballons to bring internet access to the world. Internet.org partners will join forces to develop technology that decreases the cost of delivering data to people worldwide, and helps expand internet access in underserved communities. Developers, mobile operators and device manufacturers will work together to introduce business models that give people more ways to go online.

Internet.org is focused on enabling the next 5 billion people to come online. Building better networks, cloud computing, building systems to cache data efficiently, simpler mobile apps & others are some of the ways to reduce the cost of data delivery. Many tech companies, univ research projects & govt agencies are already working on bringing cheaper internet to the Masses. Partners will invest in tools and software to improve data compression capabilities and make data networks and services run more efficiently.

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Future of Advertising, Tech, Mobile, Gaming & others : A to Z of Future

Analytics, Wearable computing, crowd funding, driver-less cars, Nano technology & others are some of the technologies which will bring a sea of changes in the way we live, communicate, travel & others. Apple, Google, Amazon & Facebook are some of the great tech companies working on the next generation of technology. Social media, Social business & e-commerce are bringing in new ways companies interact with the customers.

Smartphones have revolutionized the way one communicates & browses on the mobile. Computing power which was available on desktop earlier is now available on mobile devices & apps have made it possible for greater interaction. Social Listening is providing fresh insights to the way consumers interact with brands. Here is a great presentation on everything from A-Z happening in the technology.