Rakuten Backs Spanish And Latin American Taxi App Cabify

Cabify_14 You’d be forgiven for thinking that Uber has sewn up the on-demand transportation space. But actually in a number of specific markets there are taxi apps that are holding their own against the multi billion dollar-valued Silicon Valley juggernaut. It’s on that premise that Cabify, which claims to be the “leading private driver and taxi ride application” in Latin America… Read More

Rakuten Opens New Research Centers In Boston And Singapore

Rakuten Shutterstock Rakuten, Japan’s largest e-commerce company, has opened two new branches of its research center in Boston and Singapore. Called the Rakuten Institute of Technology, the organization already has branches in New York, Tokyo, and Paris that not only support the company’s research and development, but also its efforts at worldwide expansion. Read More

Rakuten Buys Virtual Fitting Room Startup Fits.Me In A Fashion Commerce Play

Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 02.14.40 Rakuten — Japan’s answer to Amazon with e-commerce investments that stretch from digital media and e-commerce marketplaces through to social media and even transport apps — is making another acquisition to expand its holdings in the area of fashion. The company has acquired Fits.me, a startup founded in Estonia and now headquartered in London that develops “virtual… Read More

Rakuten Acquires Tokyo-Based Travel Startup Voyagin

Voyagin Rakuten not only runs Japan’s largest e-commerce site, but also one of its leading online travel agencies, booking over 3.8 million hotel nights each month. Now the company is expanding its horizons beyond hotels and flights with the acquisition of Voyagin, a Tokyo-based tour planning startup. Read More

Lyft CEO Logan Green To Join Us At Disrupt NY

logan The last time Lyft CEO Logan Green graced the Disrupt stage, in September 2013, the mobile ride-hailing service was a little more than a year old. Back then Lyft was available in just 10 markets, but was growing quickly thanks to an aggressive expansion roadmap that would take it into 25 U.S. cities by the end of that year. A lot has changed in the last 18 months, as Lyft has evolved from… Read More

Rakuten Is Looking To Acquire PopSugar For $580 Million

Screen Shot 2015-04-13 at 4.17.50 PM We’ve heard PopSugar is the latest online content company that Japanese conglomerate Rakuten is about to snap up. These things could always fall apart, but should the deal go through, we’re told it will happen in the next couple of weeks and that Rakuten will buy PopSugar for $580 million. To put this in perspective, AOL bought the Huffington Post, a site with 117 million… Read More