India’s $5 billion hotel marketplace OYO needs to win in China to justify valuation

On Your Own (OYO) is one of India’s most promising unicorns that you may have never heard of. Yet its deal-making in April alone has made OYO hard to ignore, with the hotel-aggregator startup garnering widespread attention when it received around $200 million from Airbnb. As a standalone investment, this is a certainly a coup; if you’re in the home rental or hotel business, there’s obviously nothing like having Airbnb in your…

May 22, 2019
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IDG Contributor Network: Considering an innovation practice? Think location, location, location

Last month,  we discussed why IT organization need to build an innovation practice. The premise of experimentation affords the opportunity to couple disruptive technologies like machine learning, biometrics, natural language processing and virtual/augmented reality with the potential to generate tangible business value. And for the IT industry as a whole, this is not just a novel venture, but perhaps a vehicle towards transforming a back-office sustainer into a core-business enabler….

May 21, 2019
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NBlog May 21 – real-world physical impacts

At the moment, as currently scoped, June’s NoticeBored awareness module primarily concerns physical security measures protecting information, data and IT systems, including health and safety protection for workers … but there’s another aspect that po…

May 21, 2019
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Brazil fares badly in self-driving vehicle readiness

Brazil is the worst prepared market for the development of projects related to autonomous vehicles, according to a report by KPMG. The country occupies the last position of a ranking of 25 nations. This compares to the 17th position held in last year’s index. According to KPMG, the situation in Brazil could have been improved with new incentive programs around vehicle efficiency, safety and research. The country has now been…

May 20, 2019
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You are what you eat: 10 companies Apple gobbled up in the past year

Even though Apple’s market value briefly popped above $1 trillion last year, it has been relatively conservative in terms of the number of companies it’s acquired over the years. According to Crunchbase, Apple has acquired 106 companies since its founding in 1976, or an average of 2.5 per year. Microsoft, by contrast, has acquired an average of five businesses a year (a total of 219) since its founding in 1975….

May 20, 2019
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NBlog May 20 – the value of visuals

Whereas tangible information assets and physical security are different to the intangibles we normally address, the process of managing the information risks is essentially the same:Variations on that diagram feature in many NoticeBored modules since t…

May 20, 2019
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