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By Hendrik Laubscher

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The 10 e-commerce stories that got my attention this past week

The past week has been an interesting one. If I ever win the lottery I have one event that I would like to do. Create an event in which 3 speakers of my choice come and speak to me and a select of individuals. Preferably the event should be held in US to ensure that the speakers make it. The 3 speakers are individuals whom I respect but also would love to have an audience with. So who is the three: Jeff Bezos, Marc Andreessen and Mary Meeker.

Mary Meeker provides some of the best presentations that are publicly available for anyone related to the business of the Internet. There is one other analyst whom I respect, Imran Khan but ever since he joined Credit Suisse it seems he has gone very quiet. (Can someone  please make something similar to “Nothing But Net” as that PDF provided information which was relevant for the entire year…). The changes of this event taking place are small but it is a dream…

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Why Kiva + Payment On Delivery May Equal 1 Day Prime for Amazon

There are two ways to extend a business. Take inventory of what you’re good at and extend out from your skills. Or determine what your customers need and work backward, even if it requires learning new skills.
Jeff Bezos

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Amazon & Junglee Enter Indian ecommerce

Amazon has launched in India. The way which they have entered the Indian market is of particular interest to me.  Junglee.com which is partly owned by Amazon is wait for it, a comparison shopping engine. I initially thought that they would look at acquiring one of the popular ecommerce operators such as Flipkart, Naaptol or Myntra etc but it seems that either the Indian ecommerce valuations is too high or this is phase one of something bigger. More on that in a bit as I think Amazon is both playing offence and defence with Junglee.

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Larry & the ‘new’ Google

“Great power involves great responsibility”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

Google is arguably the single biggest part of the Internet but things are beginning to happen at their Mountain View offices that have me concerned. Very concerned actually. You know that feeling when you start seeing a story evolve that you have already read and seen before? I have, so let me explain.

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