Apple Reclaims Title of Most Valuable Brand – Apple, Google, Microsoft, IBM, Visa & others

According to the latest edition of Millward Brown’s annual Brandz report, Apple has surpassed Google to reclaim the world’s most valuable brand once again. Apple’s brand value soared 67 percent to $247 billion, eclipsing the value of last year’s leading brand Google by more than $70 billion.

Infographic: Apple Reclaims Title of Most Valuable Brand | Statista

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IBM GEP India SmartCamp – India`s 1st competition for B2B startup by a Corporate

IBM SmartCamp is a competition for startups by IBM. It is India`s first competition for B2B startup. Winners will walk away with mentoring services, access to industry experts & partnership opportunities with IBM. 30 Startups would be short-listed & 10 winners would be announced. Healthcare, water management, energy resources, Supply chain & others are some of the top areas which are witnessing a slew of startups.

Indian Start-up scene has a witnessed a tremendous change over the last decade. India with its vast population, large area & new challenges to tackle is providing entrepreneurs a great opportunity to go for startups. This is also attracting global VC’s who are investing in Indian startups. This shows the confidence of the VC’s in Indian economy. Startups do have a lot of challenges in terms of infrastructure, capital, human resources & others. Govt agencies, Mentors, VC’s & tech companies are helping the startups in overcoming these challenges.

IBM GEP India SmartCamp
IBM GEP India SmartCamp

Google Overtakes Apple to become the World’s Top brand

Google has overtaken Apple to become the world’s largest Brand as per the latest Brand report from MillwardBrown. Apple & Google are fighting over several areas & Google has overtaken Apple in the brand value. As per the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands Google’s brand value stands at $158.84 million, an increase of 40% YTY. Apple, which has been topping the list, for the last 3 years saw its value decline by 20% to $147.88 million. IBM, Microsoft are in the next 2 places. The BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands 2014 added $310 billion to reach $2.9 trillion in brand value, a 12% increase YTY

Apparel has led all categories in overall brand value growth with a 29% rise. Only 18 of the Top 100 brands have lost value this year. Tencent, the Chinese social network and Internet portal, led the list of fastest risers with a 97% increase in brand value, overtaking China Mobile as China’s most valuable brand.Twitter and LinkedIn entered the Top 100 for the first time, at numbers 71 and 78, respectively. Amazon entered the Top 10 at number 10, the first retailer to achieve this distinction.

http://www.millwardbrown.com/BrandZ/Top_100_Global_Brands.aspx

millwardbrown Top 100 Brands
millwardbrown Top 100 Brands

Which are the Most Profitable Software Companies in the World?

Global software revenue has totalled $407.3 billion in 2013 as per the report from Gartner. This is a 4.8% increase from 2012. Microsoft is at the top of the chart with revenue of $65.7 Billion with a growth rate of 6%. Oracle is at 2nd spot with $29.6 billion & captures 7.3% of the market. SMAC (social media, mobile, analytics & cloud) is rapidly changing the way business operate & software companies addressing the new technologies. Salesforce.com has the highest growth among the top 10 vendors at 33.3%. Some of the other companies in the list are IBM, SAP, Symantac, EMC, HP & others. HP & CA tachnologies have a negative growth rate of 2.7% & 2.6% respectively.

Infographic: Microsoft Remains the World's No. 1 Software Maker | 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

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

Ferrari is the world’s most powerful brand & Apple is the world’s Most Valuable Brand – Brand Finance Global 500

Brand Finance has released the Brand Finance Global 500 which provides the most powerful & most valuable brands globally. Ferrari is the world’s most powerful brand. Employee satisfaction, brand finance, loyalty, visual identity & online presence makes it the world’s most powerful brand. Ferrari is one of only 11 brands (including Google, Hermès, Coca-Cola, Disney, Rolex and F1 racing rivals Red Bull) to be awarded an AAA+ brand rating and has the highest overall score.

Apple is the world’s most valuable brand for the 3rd year in a row. Samsung’s brand value has increased from US$20 billion to US$79 billion this year. Facebook has added 76% to its brand value this year & making it to 122nd position. US brands dominate the Brand Finance’s list, with 185 brands of the 500 spots occupied by it.

Brand Finance Global 500
Brand Finance Global 500