ShopBack, a cashback startup in Asia Pacific, raises $45M from Rakuten...

ShopBack, a Singapore-based startup that offers cashback and consumer rewards in Asia Pacific, has closed a $45 million round led by new...

Pakistan’s GDP growth projected to slow down to 2.7% by 2020:...

With its public debt expected to jump to its highest level in 17 years and a massive budget deficit of PKR 2.6 trillion...

Grab plans to raise $6.5B this year to fund an acquisition...

Always be raisin’. That appears to be the motto of Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing companies Grab and Go-Jek. Fresh from closing a near-$1.5 billion...

WhatsApp Business for iOS rolls out worldwide

Having quickly gained traction among businesses all over the world, WhatsApp Business is a thriving product. Now, after a burgeoning number of requests...

Microsoft gives 500 patents to startups – TechCrunch

Microsoft today announced a major expansion of its Azure IP Advantage program, which provides its Azure users with protection against patent trolls....

Dakar Network Angels begins startup investments in francophone Africa – TechCrunch

The Dakar Network Angels group launched this month, making its first investment in francophone Africa to cleantech venture Coliba. The Ivorian startup—that uses...

In big tech’s future expansion plans, public good should be the...

More posts by this contributor To actually change the world, Big Tech needs to grow up The cancellation of Amazon’s planned expansion in New...

U.S. rule changes could mean more startups would need government approval...

Big changes in DC could mean that more startups will need the government’s permission before foreign nationals do work at the company.  In...

Nigeria’s Gloo.ng drops consumer e-commerce, pivots to e-procurement – TechCrunch

Nigerian startup Gloo.ng is dropping consumer online retail and pivoting to B2B e-procurement with Gloopro as its new name. The Lagos based venture has...

500 Startups Japan becomes Coral Capital with a new $45M fund...

The 500 Startups Japan crew is going independent. The VC firm announced a $30 million fund in 2015, and now the follow up...

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