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9/8/18 paul oyer: fei-fei li : lei zhang - WE WELCOME q&a THE MORE MATHEMATUCAL OR HUMAN THE BETTER chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk MA stats cambridge 1973

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1/1/21 we have entered the most exciting decade to be alive- by 2030 we will likely know whether humans & tech wizards can save futureoflife- tech surveys indicate odds of accomplishing this greatest human mission would be lot less without spirit of a chinese american lady at stanford-...
bonus challenge for those on road to glasgow cop2 nov2021: future 8 billion peoples want to value from 2021 rsvp chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk

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problem 99% of what people value connecting or doing to each other
has changed (and accelerated in last three quarters of a century- while laws, culture and nature's diversity and health are rooted in real-world foundations that took mother earth 1945 years to build with -and that's only using the christian calendar

1995 started our most recent quater of a century with 2 people in Seattle determined to change distribution of consumers' markets - the ideas of how of bezos and jack ma on what this would involve were completely different except that they changed the purpose of being online from education knowledge to buying & selling things -
nb consuming up things is typically a zero-sum game or less if done unsustainable- whereas life-shaping knowhow multiplies value in use
from 1970 to 1995 knowhow needed to end subsistence poverty of over a billion asian villagers was networked person to person by women with no access to electricity grids- their number 1 wrjc involved partnerships linked by fazle abed - borlaug's crop science was one of the big 5 action learnings -its person to person application saved a billion people from starvation; the first 185 years of the machie age started up bl glasgow university's smith an watt in 1760 had brought humans to the 2 world wars; when people from nearly 200 nations founded the united nations at san francisco opera house 1945 chances of species survival looked poor- miraculous;y one mathematician changed that before he died 12 years later- john von neumann's legacy was both the moon race and twin artificial intel labs - one facing pacific ocean out of stanford; the other facing the atlantic out of mit boston .. who are top job creating economists by practice - health -refugee sports green hong kong..where are top tour guides around billionaire 1 2 around poverty,,, we the peoples ...

Sunday, August 4, 2019

masa son softbank - focus on India may invest in Meesho

Facebook invested around $25 Mn in Meesho recently
The $100 Bn SoftBank Vision Fund is expected to invest $2 Bn - $4 Bn in India over the next two years
SoftBank may also be considering a change in its India investment strategy
After piling up its portfolio with top Indian startups in almost every sector, SoftBank seems to be eyeing Bengaluru-based Meesho. The Japanese conglomerate is reportedly looking to invest $200 Mn in the social commerce startup as part of its next funding round. Meesho recently gained attention as Facebook invested around $25 Mn in the company.
Meesho is an online reseller network for individuals and SMBs, who sell products within their network on social channels such as WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram. The company has so far raised a total of $90.2 Mn since its launch in 2015 by IIT graduates Vidit Aatrey and Sanjeev Barnwal.  The social commerce startup claims to have more than 15K suppliers and 2 Mn resellers across India.
The $100 Bn SoftBank Vision Fund is expected to invest $2 Bn – $4 Bn in India over the next two years. “We will also make follow-on investments aside of fresh ones when our portfolio firms require capital,” Rajeev Misra, head of the SoftBank Vision Fund, had said at the time of the launch of the second fund last month.
If the Meesho deal comes through, it would be a relatively smaller cheque size as compared to the billion-dollar investments SoftBank has done in its earlier deals such as Paytm, Ola, Flipkart, and more. SoftBank’s other key investments in India include Hike, FirstCry, Grofers, Delhivery, Automation Anywhere, and Paytm Mall. It was said to be in talks to launch an initial public offering of its $100 Bn SoftBank Vision Fund.
This implies that SoftBank is considering a change in its India investment strategy, thereby backing startups at the growth stage, rather than the late stage.  A similar investment was seen as Walmart invested $50 Mn in fresh produce supply chain startup NinjaCart earlier this month.
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According to Statista, over 2.14 Bn people worldwide are expected to buy goods and services online by 2021. Definitely, peer influence will play a critical role in here. Further, social platforms having a large user base like WhatsApp (200 Mn), Facebook (241 Mn) and Instagram (72 Mn) will act as a potential catalyst to fuel this growth. And a February 2019 report by Deloitte India and Retailers Association of India (RAI) says that 28% millennials purchase products due to social media recommendations, and 63% millennials stay updated on brands through social media.
That’s exactly the network that Meesho is trying to tap and SoftBank funding could be seen as validation for the sector, which has suffered a reputation damage thanks to startups such as Wooplr shutting shop.
Meesho was part of the 2018 edition of the most coveted list of India’s most innovative startups — 42Next by Inc42.

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