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    Iranian ecommerce thrives despite obstacles

    When brothers Hamid and Saeed Mohammadi founded online retailer Digikala in 2007 they had capital of $20,000, an office in a...

  2. September 30, 2014

    Timeline: The rise of PayPal

    As ecommerce site eBay announces plans to spin off PayPal into a separate company, here are some of the key events in the...

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  1. September 30, 2014

    Ebay offers ultimate ‘Buy It Now’ with plans to spin off PayPal

    Ebay is to spin off PayPal which accounts for as much as half of its $65bn stock market value, in a further unravelling of...

  2. September 23, 2014

    WPP partners with Chinese ecommerce company Polestar

    WPP, the world’s largest advertising group, is investing in an ecommerce service company in China as many of its global...

  3. September 23, 2014

    More women win venture capitalist backing in Silicon Valley

    Michelle Lam is a former venture capitalist and once served as chief financial officer for a data company bought by the US’s...

  4. September 22, 2014

    Alibaba IPO hits record $25bn

    Alibaba has secured its place as the world’s largest-ever stock market flotation, after it announced that bankers running...

  5. September 21, 2014

    Alibaba: From FOMO to FOGI

    Fear of missing out, or FOMO, can make people do irrational things. And so it proved on Friday when shares in Chinese...

  6. September 19, 2014

    Alibaba closes at $93.89 in NYSE debut

    Shares in Alibaba surged by 38 per cent on their first day of trading, valuing Jack Ma’s Chinese ecommerce juggernaut at...

  7. September 18, 2014

    Start-up plays to China’s booming ecommerce market

    When the US National Football League hit a snag sending equipment to amateur American football teams in China two years ago,...

  8. September 15, 2014

    Jack Ma stresses Alibaba’s global ambitions

    Alibaba’s executive chairman Jack Ma emphasised his company’s global ambitions as he pitched one of the world’s largest ever...

  9. September 15, 2014

    Amazon hits India tax snag

    Amazon, which is pouring $2bn into its fast-growing ecommerce business in India, has run into regulatory trouble in the...

  10. September 10, 2014

    Rocket Internet plans €750m IPO

    Rocket Internet, the German venture capital group that aims to dominate ecommerce in the developing world, is planning to...

  11. September 9, 2014

    We need more insubordination

    In the traditional world of work, conformity and reliability trump creativity and disruption. Creative and disruptive staff...

  12. September 7, 2014

    Method in the madness of the Alibaba cult

    A small group of committed revolutionaries spend years in the wilderness, committed to a utopian theory of radical change...

  13. September 6, 2014

    Ma’s ambition calls for patient investors

    Jack Ma, founder of the world’s largest ecommerce platform, has always dreamt big. “The world has given us the opportunity...

  14. September 5, 2014

    Niche start-ups value subscriptions for traditional goods

    Netflix, Spotify and Amazon may be technology pioneers, but they have at least one thing in common with the world of old...

  15. August 29, 2014

    Baidu and Tencent join Dalian Wanda in $814m China ecommerce deal

    Chinese real estate conglomerate Dalian Wanda is teaming up with two of China’s largest internet companies in an $814m...

  16. August 28, 2014

    China mobile internet groups enjoy surge in revenues

    Chinese smartphone users are taking to mobile ecommerce faster than expected, creating a boom for mobile internet companies....

  17. August 27, 2014

    Monitise signs partnership deal with IBM

    British mobile money company Monitise has signed a partnership agreement with IBM in the latest sign that technology groups...

  18. August 25, 2014

    One Stop stores to launch beacon service

    Customers at Tesco-owned convenience stores will soon find their smartphones offering them bespoke discounts, in the first...

  19. August 21, 2014

    SoundCloud launches advertising and artist payments

    SoundCloud, the digital music platform, has responded to growing doubts about its ability to make a profit by introducing...

  20. August 17, 2014

    Swedish online payments group Klarna hires former Asos executive

    The British executive who masterminded the worldwide expansion of Asos has joined the board of one of Europe’s leading...

  21. August 17, 2014

    Singapore’s investment funds blaze ecommerce trail

    Singapore’s two investment funds, GIC and Temasek, have emerged as the biggest state-backed investors in technology,...

  22. August 15, 2014

    German food ordering website Delivery Hero buys rival Pizza.de

    The global competition to dominate the market in online food ordering has heated up after German takeaway platform Delivery...

  23. August 13, 2014

    Amazon muscles in on store payments with credit card reader

    Amazon has launched a credit card reader for physical stores, a move designed to bolster the online retailer’s offline...

  24. August 12, 2014

    Just Eat serves up sharp jump in profits

    Hungry Britons swapping takeaway menus for tablet computers helped pre-tax profits at Just Eat almost treble in the online...

  25. August 11, 2014

    India’s online retailers gear up for turf war

    When two young graduates of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2007 launched Flipkart, an Amazon-inspired online...

  26. August 10, 2014

    Rocket Internet makes case for €3.3bn valuation

    When Rocket Internet, the Berlin-based start-up accelerator, sold a 10 per cent stake in itself to the Philippines’ largest...

  27. July 29, 2014

    Indian ecommerce site Flipkart raises $1bn

    Flipkart, the Indian ecommerce website started by two former Amazon employees, has raised $1bn in fresh funding, as it...

  28. July 18, 2014

    Alibaba discloses blackmail attempt ahead of IPO

    Alibaba Group, the Chinese ecommerce company hoping to raise $20bn in an imminent stock market listing, claimed on Friday...

  29. July 15, 2014

    Rocket Internet’s Oliver Samwer responds to critics ahead of IPO

    At the end of breakfast with Oliver Samwer, one of the three brothers behind controversial start-up conglomerate Rocket...

  30. July 11, 2014

    Amazon presses on with drone plans

    Amazon, the ecommerce group, is pushing ahead with development of drones to deliver packages to consumers and is petitioning...

  31. July 11, 2014

    Alibaba races to hit August IPO date

    Alibaba is racing against the clock to complete its landmark initial public offering within the next month, according to...

  32. June 29, 2014

    DHL plans £156m investment in the UK

    Deutsche Post DHL is planning its largest investment in Britain in 14 years as it seeks to address the dramatic rise in...

  33. June 26, 2014

    Alibaba’s sellers rethink business models

    Alibaba, China’s hottest internet company, has built a massive ecommerce business without selling a single pair of jeans,...

  34. June 23, 2014

    China net spat stops World Cup bets

    Users of a leading Chinese betting site found their efforts to gamble on World Cup games thwarted on Monday amid a spat...

  35. June 22, 2014

    India’s Snapdeal seeks to follow Alibaba playbook

    Mysterious signs reading “Mission 500” dangle from the ceiling in every room at Snapdeal’s headquarters in New Delhi,...

  36. June 18, 2014

    Ashley follows Green into MySale online business

    Mike Ashley has muscled in alongside Sir Philip Green to become a shareholder of Australian online business MySale, picking...

  37. June 18, 2014

    H&M: turn the other chic

    If you believe that bricks and mortar retail is dead, look at Hennes & Mauritz’s half-year results, announced on Wednesday....

  38. June 16, 2014

    UK consumers spend five-times more online

    British shoppers spend almost five times more when they make a grocery trip online than in-store, making ecommerce more of...

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