Sam Peña-Taylor, WARC Exclusive, August 2018
Monzo has built a following and a community around its product, allowing it to grow swiftly, build new and category-changing features, and attract a generation that has an uncomfortable relationship to money.
BENGLARU: Flipkart has spent a reported $40m to acquire Liv.AI, an AI-led speech recognition start-up, in a move expected to boost the e-commerce player’s appeal with the next wave of India’s internet users and online shoppers.
LONDON: Threads Styling is an e-commerce service without a website and without an app. The fact that is has raised $20 million in funding for its innovative, messenger-based personal stylist service, points to the future of luxury retail online.
SAN FRANCISCO: Juul Labs, the vaping startup, has posted record sales of over $1.1bn and boasts 70% of the American e-cigarette market, but criticism isn’t far away; the response from authorities has been unsure and research findings have ...
PARIS: Residents of several major European cities have made use of bike-sharing schemes ever since Paris pioneered the hugely popular Vélib system in 2007 and now the French capital is about to become a test bed for e-scooters.
TOKYO: Shiseido, the Japanese beauty products firm, is responding to younger consumers’ preference to shop online and to try out new technologies by acquiring a number of US-based tech firms that specialise in the personal care industry.
PARIS: Luxury behemoth LVMH, owner of high-end fashion, and high-end beverages, is investing in younger companies working in the luxury sector, including counterfeit detection software and new materials firms.
MUMBAI: Several Indian start-ups in the food and beverages sector have found that innovation, content marketing and the use of social media influencers are useful weapons in their David versus Goliath contest with established and global brands.
TOKYO: Coca-Cola collaborated with a UK tech startup to gain more effective research findings, but the brand’s agile consumer insight collaboration offers other brands a model for early stage investment outside of their typical remits.