Tech Market

Kenya: solar tech market set to rise

Kenya’s shift to renewable energy sources presents a lucrative and expanding market for solar equipment. This is according to Shenzhen Power Solution Limited Vice-President Susan Lee, who spoke to Xinhua news at an energy and power expo, held in Nairobi. “Our main focus [is] in household solar solutions that are affordable but are of high quality. We are scouting for ... Read More »

The Market For Ad-Tech Startups Is As Inhospitable As Ever

“Data-Driven Thinking” is written by members of the media community and contains fresh ideas on the digital revolution in media. Today’s column is written by Hagai Tal, CEO at Taptica. At the beginning of last year, ad tech saw a market correction. After several years of overvaluation, investors had finally sobered up. By late 2016, the outlook for ad tech ... Read More »

Apple considers bidding for big stake in Toshiba chip business – report

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is considering teaming up with its supplier Foxconn to bid for Toshiba Corp’s (6502.T) semiconductor business, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported on Friday – the latest twist in the sale of the world’s second-biggest flash memory chipmaker. The U.S. technology giant is considering investing at least several billion dollars to take a stake of more than 20 ... Read More »

Market research tech startup Attest raises $3.1M

Attest, a London startup that has built a market research platform to enable companies to get market insights quicker and more often, has picked up $3.1 million in further funding. Oxford Capital, and Episode 1 led the round, with participation from a number new angel investors including London Business School Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing Paddy Barwise. The company ... Read More »

Marketing Operations where technology and strategy meet

The current market is an exciting place for marketers. Marketing departments have more to play with than ever before when it comes to data, metrics and functional information about existing customers, prospects and more. Companies have more opportunities to hone and develop their strategies accurately with data making forecasting easier. ROI is what every marketing move is designed to achieve. ... Read More »

Tech Overthrows Financials as King of Emerging Markets

The rally in technology stocks may have more room to run after the industry overthrew financials as the main driver of emerging market shares last quarter. Firms from South Korean phone makers to China’s biggest internet company helped drive a 17 percent surge in technology shares in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index in the first quarter, the best showing in five ... Read More »

Wearable tech market far from worn out

Despite recent questions over whether wearable tech has had its day, one analyst has forecast that smartwatch sales will double over the next four years. Smartwatch shipments will grow from 43 million in 2017 to 86 million in 2021, according to CCS Insight, which also noted that there is “currently an air of cautious optimism” among manufacturers in this space. ... Read More »

Oracle Is a Bargain in a Bifurcated Tech Market

The bull market continues to push further into nosebleed-valuation territory, making it ever harder for investors to find bargains. But attractive buying opportunities still exist, even in the generally overbought technology sector. Here’s a tech bargain that’s a smart growth bet now: Oracle (ORCL) . You’re probably surprised, because many mega-cap blue chips are absurdly expensive right now. But even ... Read More »

Otigba: The experiment that grew into a tech market

I did my NYSC year in Lagos between 1988 and 1989, and I lived on Ola Ayinde street at Ikeja and later at the NYSC secretariat at Opebi. I knew the area very well. I saw Otigba spring up seemingly from nowhere, and it grew to become a major market for technology products. The traders there called themselves the “Lagos ... Read More »

Fitbit’s Dominance Diminishes But Wearable Tech Market Bigger Than Ever

Fitness trackers and smartwatches (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) Fitbit has taken a hit with year-on-year Q4 sales but the wearable tech market is bigger than ever. They are the two main takeways from the latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, which states that Fitbit shipments were down 22.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016: 6.5 million units compared to ... Read More »