Pinterest’s profile page redesign didn’t attract much attention, but it’s indicative of the company’s big, current priority.
On-demand ride-sharing service Uber announced on its blog Wednesday that, since the launch of a limo service now in Beijing, users can hail an Uber from 100 cities worldwide. It’s a big number that shows Uber’s dominance in its expansion — nearest competitor Lyft serves just 30 cities. But Uber’s widespread advantage doesn’t mean it has a lock over the competition, as the company continues to spend time and money to fight regulations in cities like Seattle. It’s putting lots of work into expanding to cities that have never had something like Uber before — but once its there, competition will have no problem strolling in.
Ultra is turning the SIM card into an international calling card. It’s always offered cheap direct dial rates to other countries as well as free international SMS. Now it’s making calls to five countries gratis.
Five hundred investments later, Dave McClure and his 500 Startups team have learned a thing or two about founders and getting things done overseas. We sat down with McClure to ask him about the biggest lessons so far.
Eight companies from around the world are a part of Google for Entrepreneurs’ first accelerator intensive with Blackbox.
Six months after launching in Europe and Canada, one quarter of all of Braintree’s e-commerce transactions are initiated on a foreign shore. CEO Bill Ready explains why its international expansion is a key driver of its business.
GigaOM has learned that pan-African operator Airtel is deploying a large-scale carrier Wi-Fi network using Ruckus and Alcatel-Lucent gear. With mainly 2G networks to its name today, Airtel will use Wi-Fi to jump start its mobile data services.
Nexmo can already connect apps to 5 billion devices through SMS. Now the U.K.-U.S. startup plans to open up carriers’ networks even further.
Facebook wants the first app accessed by new smartphone owners in emerging markets to be its social networking service. It’s working with Spreadtrum to ensure its software will come pre-installed in millions of inexpensive Android phones.
Documents filed with the SEC on Friday indicate that Sequoia Capital has raised $700 million for its global growth fund, an existing but not yet reported fund for international investments. The firm has been expanding internationally recently as the trend among VCs is to look overseas.