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15.11.14 10:58 #1 Rakuten wesentlich besser als Rocket
- und daher habe ich mir nach dem Einstieg bei Alibaba, die inzwischem mehr als 20% gut gemacht haben, auch einige Rakutens gekauft.

Look Out Amazon, Here Comes...Rakuten?
Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten announced on Tuesday it is acquiring Ebates for $1 billion.

The acquisition, which Rakuten hinted at last week, is part of the Japanese company’s push to grow its base beyond its domestic market and hopefully, become a global player. Having made some $1.2 billion acquisitions to date along these lines, this is Rakuten’s most ambitious move to date.

However, investors are dubious that the company can absorb yet another foreign acquisition, much less one the size of Ebates, despite Rakuten’s strong cash position.
Then there is the ever-present Amazon, which dominates the e-commerce market in the U.S. Few believe it will falter in the face of Chinese giant Alibaba, much less a Rakuten-Ebates combo.

Rakuten Goes Forth

Not surprisingly, Rakuten says it is undaunted. For starters, it has assembled a very interesting mix of acquisitions. There is messaging app Viber, which it purchased for $900 million in February, the Canadian ebook offering Kobo, Spanish video service Wuaki.tv, Viki, a digital content platform and Buy.com.
Now it has picked up Ebates.



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19.06.19 20:59 #3671 Ownership of Rakuten of Pinterest is lower .
but after my estimates only a little.

A "fundamentally different" social media company

Initiating Pinterest stock at outperform with a $33 price target, investment bank Wedbush makes the case that the company is "fundamentally different than other social media platforms where users typically come to share news and experiences with friends/global community."

Because much of the content on the platform includes things to buy, Citigroup, for example, called Pinterest "a monetization engine" last month, and Wedbush agrees that the company seems well-positioned to "capture greater wallet share due to the commerce intent rich nature of the platform."



19.06.19 21:57 #3672 Amazon ist teuer und unfair, aber auch Raku.
muss sich in Deutschland noch verbessern:



20.06.19 08:56 #3673 Commerce Companies von Rakuten - Pbersich.

Provides shopping, leisure and lifestyle services to make daily life more convenient and enjoyable.



20.06.19 23:49 #3674 Viber is a Rakuten-company
I have listed a few chatbot platforms for publishing your chatbot:
         o§Facebook Messenger
         o     Skype
         o     Email 
         o     Slack §
         o§Amazon Echo
         o      LINE
         o  Telegram 
         o   Twitter 
         o     Viber 
         o  Websites 
         o    WeChat 
         o   Android 
         o iOS


21.06.19 08:14 #3675 Kein zusammengewürfeltes Sammelsurrium
JUNE 21, 2019
Mickey Mikitani, Chairman and CEO, Rakuten, Inc.

Global conglomerates are everywhere; large companies that offer a wide range of products and services, seeking out efficiencies of scale and new synergies. At Rakuten, we’ve taken the concept a step further. We, like many global companies, have many divisions under one brand. We offer e-commerce, entertainment, financial services, logistics and mobile messaging, just to name a few; all operating under the Rakuten corporate banner. But we’re doing more than just assembling a collection of businesses.

Since we started with an e-commerce marketplace more than 20 years ago, we have consistently moved toward realizing a vision of an ecosystem for Rakuten members – a virtual marketplace of products and services that would empower the lives of our members, serving them with convenience and multiple other benefits as they shop, bank, travel, connect with others and more.



21.06.19 13:30 #3676 OverDrive Education's Sora App Drives Stude.
Read More

WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Library Association Annual Meeting – June 18, 2019 – Rakuten OverDrive, the leading ebook and audiobook service for libraries and schools, released data detailing a dramatic increase in reading by K-12 students. Ebook and audiobook reading increased over 240% when students connected their Sora classroom reading app to their local public library versus students solely accessing their school collection. In addition, student time spent reading ebooks and audiobooks nearly doubled since Sora was introduced to K-12 schools in September 2018. More information can be found here.

Schools and libraries experiencing this classroom-initiated reading surge include Berkeley (CA) Public Schools with students accessing the Berkeley Public Library, Liberty School District 53 (MO) students accessing the Mid-Continent Public Library, and Spring Branch ISD (TX) students accessing the Harris County Public Library



21.06.19 21:03 #3677 Chinese Content for Rakuten Viki
Chinese Content for Rakuten Viki

San Mateo, CA – June 6, 2019 – Rakuten Viki, the world’s leading, fan-powered video platform and community for global TV – including premium entertainment content from Asia – today announced that they have acquired seven titles from Croton Media, one of the leading content producers in China, to premiere on the Rakuten Viki streaming platform worldwide starting in May.

“This partnership with Croton Media solidifies our reputation as a platform of choice for international fans of Asian TV and entertainment,” said Sarah Kim, SVP of Content and Partnerships at Rakuten Viki. “Our watch time for Chinese content has grown exponentially in the last few years, so we’re excited to answer our global audiences’ growing appetite for more mega-hits from China”

The deal includes exclusive streaming rights for a collection of recent hits, as well as some titles that will be available to stream for the first time in the U.S., including:




21.06.19 21:39 #3678 Walmart tries to rip page from Amazon's su.
by offering e-books

One of Walmart’s biggest competitors may have cornered the market when it comes to reading books. But the retailer is trying its hand in the e-book buying business.

Walmart announced a new partnership with the launch of Walmart e-books by Rakuten Kobo.

The new partnership will bring customers:

Kobo’s library of more than six million titles.

A $9.99 monthly audiobook subscription.

The ability to purchase digital book cards at brick-and-mortar stores

Access to Kobo eReaders both on Walmart.com and in stores.



22.06.19 07:35 #3679 Far away from traditional global conglomerate
Creating an ecosystem that serves our members is a vision very distinct from the traditional model of a global conglomerate. We are not just a collection of businesses. We are passionate about creating a new, mutually beneficial environment in which our members, our partners and our businesses can all thrive.



22.06.19 07:53 #3680 Rakuten Sports
In 11 June 2019 – Rakuten announced the launch of Rakuten Sports, a new live streaming and video on demand (VOD) sports entertainment platform to expand and deliver sports content to several countries around the world, after eleven countries across the Europe. Starts 14 June, sports fans around the world will able to watch J.League football matches. Sports fans also can watch the original series Iniesta TV, which follows the international soccer star Andrés Iniesta who plays for the Rakuten Group’s J.League soccer club, Vissel Kobe. In addition to football, Rakuten Sports plans to add to its offerings by introducing basketball, table tennis and other sports in the future. Going forward, the sports entertainment platform also plans to introduce new user engagement capabilities that will allow global sports fans to interact with the content while communicating with other sports fans in new, innovative ways.



22.06.19 08:07 #3681 Mobile wins big at Leading Lights Awards 2.
Rakuten Mobile wins big at Leading Lights Awards 2019



22.06.19 23:36 #3682 Rakuten is one of the owners of Acorns
Stash vs. Acorns

For both these firms, the micro investing app was a useful tool in growing a user base with Assets Under Management (AUM) that can then be invested into various financial products. When comparing these two micro investing apps, we noticed a key difference in how the investment piece is being handled.

When it comes to Acorn, the savers are offered portfolios that are made up of Blackrock and Vanguard ETFs. This is no different from how some of the popular robo advisors are allocating assets. Should Acorn succeed in amassing enough AUM, perhaps they’ll be attractive for a large robo advisor like Betterment which could simply swallow all the AUM onto their own platform and then have a bolt-on banking operation left over.



23.06.19 09:02 #3683 Rakuten is one of the owner of Currencyclou.

Cross border payments fintech Currencycloud is offering emerging financial services firms the ability to build a payments infrastructure through its own version of Lego.

Its API based service, which sits in the Amazon Web Services cloud is broken into payments infrastructure modules, each with its own API.

Companies like Azimo, Transferwise were coming to the world, which were early users of the API. “ Customers today include Travelex, Standard Bank of South Africa, Monzo, Starling, and Revolut.  About $1.5bn a month in transactions goes through its platform.

The company also boasts software giant SAP and Google as investors through their venture funds.

Its APIs are available to any company. They can be tried out with no charges unless users want to put them in production.

Currencycloud now has about 200 staff globally, with its headquarters in the UK. It has an office in New York, a dev team in the Ukraine.  It has an EU wide licence, which Lemon said will continue to be the case post-Brexit. It is also licence in every state in the US.



23.06.19 10:38 #3684 Cashback Partnership of Lyft and Rakuten

„We also promote partnerships – such as one going on now between Lyft and Rakuten in the U.S., that allows Rakuten customers to earn cashback on Lyft rides. This encourages our members to experience the extended ecosystem of our services and those offered by our partners.“



23.06.19 11:48 #3685 new audiobook partnership
June 19, 2019
Indigo Books & Music Inc. , the world's first cultural department store for booklovers, is pleased to announce a new audiobook partnership with Rakuten Kobo, a global leader in digital reading. Indigo has expanded their existing eBook and eReader partnership with Kobo to bring Canadians books in even more formats, now including audiobooks.

Indigo Books & Music Inc. is a publicly traded Canadian company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (IDG). Indigo is the world's first Cultural Department Store – a physical and digital meeting place inspired by and filled with books, music, art, ideas, and beautifully designed lifestyle products.

Owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten and headquartered in Toronto, Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world's most innovative eReading services offering more than 6 million eBooks and audiobooks to millions of customers in 190 countries. Kobo offers an eReader for everyone with a wide variety of E Ink devices as well as a free top-ranking eReading and audiobook listening app for iOS® and Android®.



24.06.19 08:38 #3686 One of key ingredients of building an ecosys.
is to offer incentives

One rationale for a consumer to explore an ecosystem of services is the benefits that they enjoy by doing so. Our ecosystem offers incentives that our members can unlock in one service and use in another. For example, we offer a robust loyalty points program that users can earn in one Rakuten service and spend in another. In Japan, the Rakuten Super Points program has given out more than one trillion yen worth of points to its members. We also promote partnerships – such as one going on now between Lyft and Rakuten in the U.S., that allows Rakuten customers to earn cashback on Lyft rides. This encourages our members to experience the extended ecosystem of our services and those offered by our partners.



24.06.19 16:04 #3687 Interview mit dem CEO von Cabify
24.06.19 18:23 #3688 Rakuten ist einer der Eigner von Blue Vine
We’re based in Redwood City, have an office in Jersey City, and a development center in Tel Aviv, with about 270 employeesworldwide. We’ve financed nearly $2 billion to small businesses so far throughout the almost six years that we’ve been in business. We launched our first product four and a half years ago and are very passionate about helping small businesses succeed and thrive.

We’re looking at originating over $1billion more or less this year. So, every year we’ve almost doubled originations. We’re now one of the five largest non-bank SMB financing companies in the U.S., along with some of the companies that you’re familiar with like Square, PayPal and OnDeck.
There’s a clear benefit to scale even in our market. We’ve been more than doubling revenue every year and we already have nine digits in revenue run rate. We’ve been growing over 100 percent year-over-year.




24.06.19 22:58 #3689 Big Help for Rakuten
25.06.19 21:28 #3690 Big Lyft Partnering

Hyundai dealers in the United States will offer Lyft Inc rides to customers getting their vehicles serviced at dealerships, the companies said on Tuesday, the latest in a string of partnerships by the ride services company. Dealers who subscribe to Hailer application through CDK Global Inc will be able to offer rides without the customer having to install the Lyft app.

Lyft, which debuted on the New York Stock Exchange a couple of months before Uber, has partnered with several companies to offer its services in a bid to gain share in a market dominated by bigger rival Uber Technologies Inc. Last week, the company struck a deal with Agero Inc to provide rides for consumers whose cars need a tow assistance, and has also become the official rideshare of Disney Parks and Resorts. Last month, the company partnered with Google's Waymo to deploy vehicles on Lyft app.



26.06.19 07:26 #3691 Welchen Wert hat der Mobile-Funk-Bereich vo.
von Rakuten?

Der Mobilfunk-Bereich von Softbank, dem drittgrößten in Japan, weist momentan eine Marktkapitalisierung von 62,75 Milliarden US-Dollar auf (1 Yen = 0,0093 US-Dollar) auf.

Softbank Corp
Market Cap
52 Week Range



26.06.19 16:33 #3692 Gewinnchancen für Lyft

Als Patil kurz nach dem Börsengang im März über Lyft schrieb, sagte er, die Versicherungskosten und die Wachstumsrate des Unternehmens bei den aktuellen Werbeausgaben seien zwei Schlüsselfaktoren, die er bei der Beurteilung berücksichtigte, ob das Unternehmen jemals einen Gewinn erzielen könne. Zu dieser Zeit gab die Firma 30 Prozent ihrer Einnahmen pro Fahrt für Versicherungskosten aus und konnte bloß mit sinkenden Marketingausgaben ein positives Zeichen setzen. Jetzt, so glaubt Patil, habe Lyft "eindeutige Beweise für die Hebelwirkung von Marketing und Versicherungskosten" vorgelegt, einschließlich jüngster Initiativen des Unternehmens wie der verbesserten Schadensabwicklung. "Angesichts der im Vergleich zu Uber kürzeren operativen Historie sind wir der Ansicht, dass Lyft in den nächsten Quartalen reichlich Gelegenheit hat, die Kosten zu senken", schrieb er in der Mitteilung.



26.06.19 17:56 #3693 Rakuten is one of the owners of Altiosta

Do small vRAN vendors stand a chance?

Verizon’s announcement about its work with Nokia on vRAN wasn’t surprising because Verizon has historically used Nokia and Ericsson for its network gear. But does this mean that smaller vRAN players like Altiostar Networks (which just scored $114 million in Series C funding), Mavenir (an early vRAN advocate), or JMA Wireless will struggle to score vRAN deals with major operators?

Analyst Iain Gillott, founder of iGR Research, believes there is enough opportunity for both the small and large vendors. In fact, he believes there will be scenarios where multiple vRAN vendors work together with the smaller vendor providing the software solutions and the larger vendors like Nokia and Ericsson providing the network integration and management.

Gillott also noted that the vRAN market encapsulates more than just mobile operators. Enterprises that want to build their own private networks could be potential customers too. I suspect that we will see a combination of deals and acquisitions among the vRAN vendors.



26.06.19 20:41 #3694 Lyft offers non-emergency rides to Medicaid
patients in Arizona

Lyft will offer rides to more people in need of them for health reasons, as it's signed up to become a Medicaid provider in Arizona. Non-emergency medical transportation rides will be covered for eligible patients. Lyft is also working on expanding the program to Medicare services in other states.

The move should help more people get to doctors when they need to see them without having to perhaps rely on public transport. Around 23 percent of Arizona residents are enrolled with the state's Medicaid agency, so the rideshare option could benefit more than a million people right out of the gate.

Lyft wrote in a blog post that more states are starting to add ridesharing as a covered transportation option under their Medicaid programs. Florida and Texas also brought laws into force on that issue in recent months.



27.06.19 07:35 #3695 "The world just changed"
In a keynote address the following day, Chuck Robbins introduced a second video telling the inside story of how Rakuten and Cisco built the new mobile network in “record time.” Reconstructing conversations between Tareq Amin and Prakash has a accountDistinguished Engineer at Cisco, Prakash Suthar, the video described the plan to build an end-to-end cloud native network as “an ambitious idea, an unprecedented idea,” adding: “Industry experts called it impossible, but that didn’t stop them, that just made them hungry.”

After months of teamwork, Rakuten and Cisco has built a network that can bring a new radio site online in just 10 minutes, via automation, compared with the three weeks required in a conventional mobile network.  That kind of flexibility promises to transform the economics of mobile connectivity and enable Rakuten’s customers to benefit from low cost 4G and 5G services.



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