Breaking news- 2 most valuable higher education searches- 1) what are www youth ambassadors for sdgs? what is AI for valuetrue market purpose?how'd you like to search WRJ blog by value chains eg vc1 money vc2 AI & human tech vc3 health vc4 arts and communities happy stuff including olympics vc5 girls safety vc6 education for livelihoods vc7 food as nutrition security & diversity vc8 infrastructure for win-win trade maps vc9 true media
breaking the last empire : americans need to vote now are they separate and superior speciesn OR are they like the rest of the 8 billion of us? new summer 2019 : drucker ::::60 years ago dad, norman macrae, started the first of 100 conversations on AI (Artificial Intelligence), He had just surveyed how Japan was rising (lifting potentially Asians everywhere out of colonial era poverty) round brilliant engineers (bullet trains, container superports , microelectronics, the most reliable engines in the world) - from tokyo he brought back a pocket calculator- what would schools and the world be like if everyone had one of these?

Within a few years the world was debating if tech helps man reach the moon is there any mission impossible on earth.
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And Gordon Moore of Intel had just written a paper promising that microelectronic engineers would improve tech 100 fold every G decade to 2020s -that's a trillion fold more powerful microchips in 2030 than man raced to the moon with. So who's knowledge should teachers and everyone linkin to now if millennials are to be the first sustainability generations and THE UN 17 sdgs are to be celebrated as possible wherever the next girl is born. We welcome your nominations: here are a few examples back from the future of 2030 followed by an approximate chronological order. If in doubt as to whether we know your favorite WRJC please search this blog and mail us chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk if we have left someone out

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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