Tag Archives: Rakuten

Rakuten’s Viber Buys Chatter Commerce, Maker of Shopping Keyboard Shopchat

Viber acquires Chatter Commerce which offers a keyboard app for iOS called Shopchat. Shopchat integrates shopping features via its keyboard into, for example, messaging apps. (This works in every iOS app.) Rakuten, which bought the messaging app Viber for $900 million in 2014, was also the lead investor in the company’s $1 million seed funding […]

Rakuten Claims ‘1 Billion Members’, Experiences Comparatively Slow Growth in 2016

Rakuten published its earnings release for the 2016 financial year today. Rakuten, which had a hard time trying to go international over the last couple of years saw global GMS grow by just 17.1% year over year. (Consolidated revenue grew by 11.9% year over year.) Growth of monthly unique purchasers seem to flatline (which is […]

Amazon’s Domination Opens Market Opportunity For Delivery Startups In The US

Jason Del Ray argues at Re/code that Amazon’s dominance and increasing investments in logistics are giving delivery startups a market opportunity in the US: To stay alive or thrive, traditional retailers are going to have to attempt to eventually match this delivery prowess, and only a handful have the logistical know-how to even come close. […]