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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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Daily group buying 2.0

The last few weeks have seen a fair amount of content on the future of the group buying ecosystem. I believe that the daily group buying model is starting or has started evolving. Call it daily group buying 2.0, but more on that in a bit.

The deal fatigue that users are experiencing in mature markets have been widely reported. It indicates that the buzz is dying as the users are no longer buying the deals.  The industry having low barriers to entry is ensuring that new companies enter the space on a daily basis (it is a bit of a vicious cycle).  It all boils down to deal quality and the providers ability to create an experience that will accelerate impulse buying. The group buying concept in its simplest form is “impulse buying with a credit card on the Internet” .

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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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Flipkart is an outlier

Outlier – “a person or thing differing from all other members of a particular group or set.”


A week ago ZDNet broke the news that Flipkart was removing its mobile website and requiring users to use their apps to make purchases. The news actually started 2 weeks ago when Myntra (Flipkart’s first acquisition) announced that they and Flipkart would be turning off their mobile websites.

There are a few things that need to be mentioned before we delve into this decision. Flipkart is an outlier and to be quite honest unlike anything I have seen in ecommerce. They have raised an enormous amount of funding from a lot of investors. To be precise they have raised  $2.5 Billion in 11 rounds from 16 investors.

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