The world’s biggest ridesharing platform BlaBlaCar has announced they acquired a Hungarian startup Autohop and, therefore, now they are present also in Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Croatia.
BlaBlaCar is present in 16 countries according to their main page country selection and based on Crunchbase data so far raised 110m usd in 2 rounds, from some of the the world A-list investors like Index Ventures, Accel Partners among others.
BlaBlaCar is headquarted in Paris and in July 2014 got the biggest investment that one French startup ever got – 100m usd. It enabled to fast open new markets or to acquire existing market leaders.
Markets like above mentioned are great because GDP is significant lower than the average EU GDP but the transportation costs are pretty much the same so we can expect further growing a ridesharing community. However, question is how much they will be able to monetize platform in those markets comparing to some wealthier markets.
We will see if some new ridesharing platforms will evolve in this market but anyway, having the biggest player in this industry present in this market can most likely mean only better conditions to travelers as community will grow more and big and safe environment is the most important factors in ridesharing platform.
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The largest Internet company in Japan Rakuten will acquire Cyprus-based company Viber for 900m USD.
Rakuten is one of the world’s largest e-commerce companies and Viber is one of the most popular free calling services in the world. Rakuten acquisition of Viber is one step closer to reaching their goal of becoming “No. 1 Internet services company”.
Rakuten is well-known for dozen of acquisitions also in Europe, like acquiring French logistic company Alpha Direct Service for enabling same day deliveries in Paris and next-day deliveries across Europe, then Spanish video streaming service Wuaki.tv. Also invested in global Internet brands such is Pinterest (100m USD) etc.
Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani said: “I am tremendously excited to welcome Viber to the Rakuten family. Viber delivers the most consistently high quality and convenient messaging and VoIP experience available. Additionally, Viber has introduced a great sticker market and has tremendous potential as a gaming platform.”
Acqusition of Viber is one of the biggest acquisitions in the SEEMEA region.
One guy has just posted a video on YouTube where he explained several things regarding Facebook advertising, legal and illegal ways for getting likes, why it is not good to get likes from click-farms…
He made an experiment to prove that in his opinion Facebook advertising is fraud. If you watch this video you will find out why he think so. He mentioned several countries from SEEMEA region as a reason.
Do you advertise on Facebook? Do you like it? What do you think about this video? Most likely many people will see it as already more than 100K views on YT.
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