biNu aims to put smartphone-like features into the hands of feature-phone users. Its technology helped the UN gather data for the Millennium Development Goals.
The 2013 Global Venture Capital Confidence report came out today which found that investor confidence in the U.S. grew over the past year, while enthusiasm for companies in emerging markets is down.
Facebook For Every Phone is Facebook’s strongest effort to attract users in emerging markets. And it’s working out pretty well.
Guest Post The mobile gaming industry has grown up. Digi-Capital reports that online and mobile games made up 49 percent or $31 billion of the entire gaming industry in 2012.
This means that folks with spotty cell service and limited access to electricity will be able to use apps like Facebook, download ebooks, and watch video clips on YouTube without putting unnecessary strain on their already limited assets.
Rocket Internet announced Namshi, its Middle Eastern online fashion retailer, has raised $13 million led by Summit Partners to sustain growth.
Foodpanda has raised $20 million to continue expanding its delivery service in emerging markets around the globe.
BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins has some serious challenges ahead of him. But when it comes to the prospect of selling ultra-low-cost smartphones in emerging markets such as India and Indonesia, he says BlackBerry won’t even try to compete in that segment.
Mozilla’s mission to put inexpensive smartphones in the hands of more people is getting some significant support from manufacturers and carriers.
Vuclip acquires Jigsee to make mobile videos accessible to people on any device, in any country.
Guest Post We need to appreciate that Apple’s so-called disappointing performance is still extraordinary by many measures, and that it has the capabilities to keep winning in its markets, which it may yet redefine with more blockbuster products.
The twists and turns in the cheap iPhone saga are enough to give you whiplash.
Spanish-American startup Frogtek just won the biggest competition for European mobile startups, Vodafone Mobile Clicks, with its app to help small shopkeepers in emerging markets run their businesses.
Gamers are expected to spend billions of dollars in emerging markets this year such as Brazil, Mexico and Russia, according to market researcher Newzoo, based in Amsterdam.
Altobridge makes it cheaper to provide mobile coverage to communities in emerging countries, from an African village to a remote oil drilling site. The company just closed a $12 million third round of funding with Intel Capital and the International Finance Corporation (an offshoot of the World Bank).
You could call Jan Chipchase the Indiana Jones of product design. He lives in Shanghai, has a Japanese wife and just returned from a research trip in the north of Uganda, an area recently controlled by the notorious military group the Lord’s Resistance army.
Not many tech startups save lives. Sproxil may be one of them.
Chinese mobile phone manufacturer Umeox just introduced one of its latest models, the V206, with little fanfare at the MEDPI tradeshow in Monaco. But the V206 is no ordinary phone; it’s a low-cost, ruggedized and waterproof handset powered entirely by sunlight.
Assured Labor, a social network for job hunters in developing countries, raised $1 million in funding from angels including former Skype chief executive and chairman Michael Van Swaiij, Kima Ventures and Nexus Venture Partners.