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Global Mobile <b>VoIP</b> Market Size And Forecast to 2021 – 2027 analysis with key players : Citrix ...

Google News - VoIP - 2021, August 3 - 6:33pm
Global Mobile VoIP Market Size And Forecast to 2021 – 2027 analysis with key players : Citrix Systems Inc., Google Inc., Facebook Inc., Apple Inc., ...
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International Calling Market to Record Overwhelming Hike in Revenues by 2026 | NerdWallet,IDT ...

Google News - VoIP - 2021, August 3 - 5:15pm
Domestic VoIP Calls International Long Distance VoIP Calls. Market segmentation by application: Major Applications Covered Phone-to-Phone
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<b>VoIP</b> Services Market Size Forecast (2021-2026): , Cisco, Vonage, Jive Communications, Dialpad ...

Google News - VoIP - 2021, August 3 - 5:10pm
The research based on global VoIP Services industry provides readers with the in-depth data on all the parameters linked with the industry. The VoIP ...
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Global <b>VoIP</b> Market (2021-2026) Outlook By Players NTT, Verizon, KT, Comcast

Google News - VoIP - 2021, August 3 - 5:03pm
Also, the study is inclusive of a summary of important data considering the regional scope of the global VoIP industry as well as the firms that seem to ...
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India’s Infra.Market valued at $2.5B in Tiger Global-led $125M funding

Startup News - 2021, August 3 - 4:43pm

Infra.Market, an Indian startup that is helping construction and real estate companies in the world’s second-most populated nation procure materials and handle logistics for their projects, said on Tuesday it has secured its third financing round in the past nine months.

Tiger Global, which led the startup’s Series C round in February this year, has led the $125 million Series D financing round in the five-year-old startup. The new round valued Mumbai-headquartered Infra.Market at $2.5 billion (post-money), up from $1 billion in February and $200 million in December last year. The startup, which counts Nexus, Foundamental and Accel Partners among its investors, has raised about $275 million to date.

“We are delighted to double-down on our investment in Infra.Market. The team has demonstrated exceptional growth and continues to disrupt the construction materials industry. Over the past year, Infra.Market has become the go-to partner, especially during the pandemic when the traditional supply chains were disrupted,” said Scott Shleifer, partner, Tiger Global Management, in a statement.

Infra.Market, which competes with Lightspeed-backed Zetwerk, helps small businesses such as manufacturers of paints and cements improve the quality of their production and meet various compliances.

The startup adds its load cells to the manufacturing facilities of these small businesses to ensure there is no lapse in quality, and also helps them work with other businesses that can provide them with better raw material and provide guidance on pricing. It also works closely with businesses to ensure that their deliveries are made on time.

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These improvements, explained co-founder Souvik Sengupta, help small manufacturers land larger clients that have higher expectations from the businesses with which they engage. He said the startup has helped small manufacturers reach customers outside of India as well. Some of its clients are in Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore and Dubai.

“We continue to build on our vision of creating India’s largest multiproduct construction materials brand and transform the construction materials supply chain, not only in India, but also globally,” he said.

“We are also embarking on new business verticals within the construction ecosystem beyond materials to enable us to provide end to end solutions to our customers across the life cycle of a construction project. We are seeing huge growth in buyer wallet share as we are rapidly expanding our product portfolio and market presence and the launch of new verticals will help us fulfill our vision of creating a technology backed end to end construction solutions company.”

The startup, which said it expects to surpass $1 billion in sales by the end of this calendar year, plans to deploy the fresh fund to expand to new markets and also expand into new categories. It’s also looking to acquire younger firms, the startup said.

Tiger Global goes super aggressive in India

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Independent retailer platform Creoate raises $5M seed led by Fuel Ventures

Startup News - 2021, August 3 - 4:00pm

Creoate, a startup that lets independent retailers buy sustainable products from brands and wholesalers, has raised a $5 million seed round led by Fuel Ventures, with participation from Vinted founder Justas Janauskas.

Its competitors include traditional wholesalers that have supplied independent retailers for decades, and other startups such as Faire (U.S., raised $696 million) and Ankorstore (France, raised €115 million).

Founders Ashley Horn and Fahad Khan say the company aims at helping independent businesses and “reclaims the supply chain from global giants”. Khan says “Mom and Pop” are “faced with poor information, discriminatory pricing and unpredictable cash flows.”

Creoate, which doesn’t own inventory, says it helps retailers forecast which products will sell well so they can buy and manage inventory levels more easily. It says its cataloging software allows retailers to deal with fewer middlemen.

Launched in January 2020, the platform now claims 25,000 retailers across the U.K., France and Netherlands.

Creoate co-founder Horn said: “Sourcing brands as an independent retailer is close to impossible… We could see that this system was not sustainable and there had to be a better way”.

Mark Pearson, founder and managing partner at Fuel Ventures, said: “Unless you’re in the world of retail, it can be difficult to truly grasp just how broken the system is for the 2.5 million retailers and 30 million emerging brands that Creoate serves. We are captivated by Creoate’s technology which is inspired by the founding team’s real-world experience and empathy.”

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Openreach List Next 86 UK Areas for Copper Phone to Fibre Switch – Tranche 5

Google News - VoIP - 2021, August 3 - 3:56pm
services by December 2025 and replace them with digital (IP / VoIP) alternatives. The operator has also added a Stop Sells Page to their website, ...
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Will office landlines soon be extinct? One firm predicts they&#39;ll be gone by the end of the decade ...

Google News - VoIP - 2021, August 3 - 3:22pm
Through VoIP, customers will still be able to pick up a phone and make a call as they would today – but the call is carried over an internet connection ...
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Health and wellness apps maker Palta raises $100M Series B led by VNV Global

Startup News - 2021, August 3 - 2:50pm

Health and wellness apps startup Palta has raised $100 million in a Series B round led by Per Brilioth at VNV Global, with the participation of Target Global and other existing and new investors. The cash will be used to generate more products, such as its existing products Flo.Health, Simple Fasting, Zing Fitness Coach and others.

Palta claims to have 2.4 million active, paid subscribers in their apps.

Yuri Gurski, CEO and founder of Palta said: “Palta Brain platform, the foundational powerhouse that drives our consumer digital apps, allows for much faster scaling of both products that we envisage internally, as well as those that come to us from the market.”

“Mobile and preventative health services are the future of the health industry,” said Per Brilioth, CEO of VNV Global. “As a result, Palta has proven its capabilities to develop and scale its wide range of leading mobile subscription products.”

Headquartered in London with offices in Munich, Vilnius, Warsaw and other locations, the company says most of its revenue comes from customers in the U.S. (60%) and Western Europe (20%).

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Global <b>VoIP</b> Software Market Research 2020 Report, Top Leading players, Business Opportunity ...

Google News - VoIP - 2021, August 3 - 2:26pm
Global VoIP Software Market (2020-2026) with COVID-19 After Effects Analysis by Emerging Trends, Industry Demand, Growth, Key Players – VOIPAX ...
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Explosion-Proof <b>VoIP</b> Portable Phones Market Shares &amp; Forecast 2021-2027: Size, Types, Top Key ...

Google News - VoIP - 2021, August 3 - 1:41pm
Explosion-Proof VoIP Portable Phones Market is fueled by various factors, according to a detailed assessment explained in the report. This study ...
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Mobile <b>VoIP</b> Apps Market Shares &amp; Forecast By 2021 – Market Size, Type, Manufacturers ...

Google News - VoIP - 2021, August 3 - 12:56pm
The Mobile VoIP Apps statistical surveying report is proposed to expand market openings and the potential for the makers, providers, dealers, ...
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Mobile <b>VoIP</b> Market 2021: Current and Future Trends

Google News - VoIP - 2021, August 3 - 7:18am
Global Mobile VoIP Industry: with growing significant CAGR during 2021-2026. New Research Report on Mobile VoIP Market which covers Market ...
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Subscriber Data Management Market to Observe Strong Growth to Generate Massive Revenue in ...

Google News - VoIP - 2021, August 3 - 7:07am
... Subscriber Data Federation, Identity Management), Application (Mobile, Fixed-mobile Convergence, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Video Over ...
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You can’t afford to make poor decisions about incentive stock options

Startup News - 2021, August 3 - 6:45am
Pam Kreuger Contributor Share on Twitter Pam Kreuger is the founder and CEO of Wealthramp.com, a free online service that matches consumers with qualified, fee-only financial advisers, and the creator and host of the investor-education television series “MoneyTrack.” John Chapman Contributor Share on Twitter John Chapman is a certified financial planner professional with WorthPointe Financial Planners in Newport Beach, California, and a fee-only fiduciary adviser on the Wealthramp network.

One of the big reasons you’re giving 110% of your talent and effort to your private company is because you’re hoping to eventually cash in on all those vested incentive stock options (ISOs) that have been sitting in some account, waiting for the day your company goes public.

There’s nothing wrong with that. Who doesn’t dream of reaping an options windfall and using it to retire early, buy a house, pay off their college loans, travel around the world or become a full-time philanthropist?

Unfortunately, when it comes to figuring out how to cash in their stock awards, most employees are on their own.

Their employers can’t always provide the answers they need — especially when the questions relate to personal finances. Most companies admit they need to be better at explaining how ISOs work in general, but they can’t legally work one-on-one with employees to help them exercise and sell shares the right way.

Most companies admit they need to be better at explaining how ISOs work in general, but they can’t legally work one-on-one with employees to help them exercise and sell shares the right way.

That’s why, when the time is right, many employees actively look for help from a qualified fiduciary financial adviser who can walk these could-be “options millionaires” through various cash-in scenarios.

Here’s a real-life example (using a pseudonym).

Kurt is a 50-year-old VP of product management at a healthcare startup that just went public. Over his three years with the company, Kurt had amassed 350,000 ISOs worth approximately $6 million. Unlike many options millionaires, he didn’t intend to cash in everything and retire early. He planned to stay with the firm but wanted to liquidate enough ISOs to pay for a vacation home and add greater diversification to his investment portfolio. This presented significant tax risks that Kurt wasn’t aware of.

If Kurt exercised his ISOs and sold the shares before a year had passed, his profits would be characterized as short-term capital gains, which are taxed as ordinary income.

To illustrate the potential tax implications of this action, we created a hypothetical scenario that showed if Kurt exercised all of his ISOs and sold the shares immediately, he would incur approximately $6 million in ordinary income, which would push him into the top tax bracket and put him on the hook for almost $3 million in combined federal and state taxes.

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PSC Telecom Report Shows Technology Driving Consumer Choice

Google News - VoIP - 2021, August 3 - 6:45am
The data also indicates that residential migration to wireless technologies continues, while business customers are still migrating to VoIP services in ...
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2 top small cap ASX shares for your watchlist

Google News - VoIP - 2021, August 3 - 6:33am
Another small cap to watch is MNF. It specialises in the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology which is used to support services like ...
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Novakid’s investors bet $35M that it can teach kids English

Startup News - 2021, August 3 - 5:28am

If you’re trying to develop fluency in a non-native tongue, language immersion is a crucial part of the learning process. Surrounding yourself with native speakers helps with pronunciation, context building, and most of all, confidence.

But what if you’re an eight-year-old kid in Spain learning English and can’t swing a solo trip to the United States for the summer?

Novakid, founded by Maxim Azarov, wants to be your next best option. The San Francisco-based edtech startup offers virtual-only, English language immersion for kids between the ages of four through 12, by combining a mix of different services from live tutors to gamification.

After closing its $4.25 million Series A round last December, Novakid announced today that it is back with a $35 million Series B financing, led by Owl Ventures and Goodwater Capital. Existing investors also participated in the round, including PortfoLion, LearnStart, TMT Investments, Xploration Capital, LETA Capital and BonAngels.

The startup is raising capital in response to an active start to its year. The company’s active client base grew 350% year over year, currently at over 50,000 paying students. The money will be used to get more students into its universe of tools, as well as help Novakid expand into international markets with high populations of speakers who want to learn English.

The company’s suite of services are built around two principles: First, that it can immerse early-age learners into the world of English at scale, and second, that it can actually be fun to use.

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When a user signs up, they are first connected to one of Novakid’s 2,000 live tutors for their first class. Tutors must be native English speakers with a B.A. degree or higher, as well as an international teaching certificate such as DELTA, CELTA, TESOL or TEFL.

“One of the things that is really important, even psychologically, is to start listening to the language, start interacting with a live person, and remove being afraid of not understanding something,” Azarov said. The company wants to recreate the conditions of how a kid likely learned their first language.

In the class, the tutors only speak English, and users are encouraged to do the same to slowly build and mistake their way into confidence. While the live, video-based classes are a key part of Novakid’s product, Azarov said it was important that his company “was not just giving you access to a teacher” as its main value proposition.

“Most of the competitors are taking teachers and making them available remotely so you don’t have to travel and you have a bigger selection,” he said. But if you look at the industry in the bigger picture, guys like Oxford, Cambridge, Pearson who provide content for the language learning industry, their product basically sucks. It’s really bad.” So, Novakid puts most of its energy into rebuilding a curriculum that works with better design, and includes games.

Gamified content lives both in and out of classes. Within the classroom, a teacher may take a student on a VR-enhanced tour through famous landmarks and museums to practice vocabulary. Self-paced content could look like a multiplayer “battle” between two students answering questions within a certain time period to get a better score. Novakid has an entire team dedicated to game design and development.

Students are clicking in. Novakid users spend two-thirds of their time on the website with tutors, and one-third with self-paced content that the company built in-house. The company wants to switch those concentrations because more students are spending time with the asynchronous content around grammar and vocabulary, and teachers are reserved for more complex information like speaking and conversation.

Part of the difficulty of scaling up a language learning business is that users need to stay motivated. Gamification helps with engagement, but Novakid’s clientele of children could also be fast to churn compared to adult learners, simply due to priorities. Azarov said that he sees how some would view selling exclusively to children as a disadvantage, but he views their focus as differentiation.

“You get better brand equity when you’re more focused,” he said. “The way kids learn language is vastly different from the way adults learn language, and I don’t think the general players who do ‘everything from everybody’ will be able to do [the former] as well as we are.” Duolingo recently launched Duolingo ABC, a free English literacy app with hundreds of short-form exercises. While the now-public company has strong branding, Novakid’s strategy differs by adding in more services around live learning and speaking.

So far, the company has proven that its strategy is sticking. Its revenue in 2020 was $9 million, and in 2021 it is expected to hit between $36 million to $45 million in revenue. It declined to disclose the specifics around diversity of the team, but plans to kick off a quite intensive recruiting spree going forward. Azarov plans to add 200 people to his 300-person company in the next six months.

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Demand Curve: Questions you need to answer in your paid search ads

Startup News - 2021, August 3 - 4:50am
Stewart Hillhouse Contributor Share on Twitter Stewart Hillhouse writes actionable growth marketing insights as senior content lead at Demand Curve. By night, he interviews marketers and creatives on his podcast, Top Of Mind. Before getting into marketing, Stewart was a semi-professional lumberjack. He also writes at stewarthillhouse.com. More posts by this contributor

Around 15% of website traffic comes through paid search ads. But to turn passive searchers into active shoppers, your ads should answer their question and entice them to click.

We’ve tested thousands of paid search ads at Demand Curve and through our agency Bell Curve. This post breaks down 14 questions your paid search ads should answer to ensure you’re only paying for the highest-intent shoppers.

Question 1: “What’s in it for me?”

An important distinction between paid search and organic search is that paid ads are an interruption. Users of search engines are simply looking for an answer to their question. The people who see your ads don’t owe you anything. Just because you’re paying to have your ad show up first doesn’t mean they’re going to pay attention to it.

To generate genuine interest in your paid ads, reframe your offer as a favor.

You can do this in two ways:

  • Describe the features of your product as the solution to your customers’ problem.
  • Emphasize the outcome your customer seeks.

For example, reframing free delivery as an extra convenience makes the offer that much more attractive.

Use ad extensions by listing additional benefits in the description of the page. For example, including “customized plans” in the pricing extension page signals to your customer that they’ll have control over the cost. This will help to attract the curiosity of even the most cost-conscious buyers.

Image Credits: Demand Curve

Question 2: “Why should I buy now?”

Approximately 80% of e-commerce shopping carts are abandoned, mostly because shoppers don’t feel any urgency to complete the transaction. Online shoppers aren’t in any rush, as the internet is open 24/7 and inventory feels unlimited.

Use ad copy that bridges the gap between their problem and your solution. The easiest way to create that curiosity bridge is by asking a question.

To answer the question, “Why should I buy now?”, you’re going to have to create an incentive to get them to take action now.

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Planted raises another $21M to expand its growing plant-based meat empire (and add schnitzel)

Startup News - 2021, August 3 - 4:18am

Swiss alternative protein company Planted has raised its second round of the year, a CHF 19 million (about $21 million at present) “pre-B” fundraise that will help it continue its growth and debut new products. A U.S. launch is in the cards eventually, but for now Planted’s exclusively European customers will be able to give its new veggie schnitzel a shot.

Planted appeared in 2019 as a spinoff from Swiss research university ETH Zurich, where the founders developed the original technique of extruding plant proteins and water into fibrous structures similar to real meat’s. Since then the company has diversified its protein sources, adding oat and sunflower to the mix, and developed pulled pork and kebab alternative products as well.

Over time the process has improved as well. “We added fermentation/biotech technologies to enhance taste and texture,” wrote CEO and co-founder Christoph Jenny in an email to TechCrunch. “Meaning 1) we can create structures without form limitation and 2) can add a broader taste profile.”

The latest advance is schnitzel, which is of course a breaded and fried piece of pounded-thin meat style popular around the world, but especially in the company’s core markets of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Jenny noted that Planted’s schnitzel is produced as one piece, not pressed together from smaller bits. “The taste and texture benefit from fermentation approach, that makes the flavor profile mouth watering and the texture super juicy,” he said, though of course we will have to test it to be sure. Expect schnitzel to debut in Q3.

Swiss maker of meat alternatives Planted will expand and diversify with $18M Series A

It’s the first of several planned “whole” or “prime” cuts, larger pieces that can be prepared like any other piece of meat — the team says their products require no special preparation or additives and can be dropped in as 1:1 replacements in most recipes. Right now the big cuts are leaving the lab and entering consumer testing for taste tuning and eventually scaling.

The funding round came from “Vorwerk Ventures, Gullspång Re:food, Movendo Capital, Good Seed Ventures, Joyance, ACE & Company (SFG strategy) and Be8 Ventures,” and was described as a follow-on to March’s CHF 17M series A. No doubt the exploding demand for alternative proteins and growing competition in the space has spurred Planted’s investors to opt for more aggressive growth and development strategies.

The company plans to enter several new markets over Q3 and Q4, but the U.S. is still a question mark due to COVID-19 restrictions on travel. Jenny said they are preparing so that they can make that move whenever it becomes possible, but for now Planted is focused on the European market.

(Update: This article originally misstated the new round as also being CHF 17M — entirely my mistake. This has been corrected.)

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