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Enterprise messaging startup Eko Communications raises $20M for its European expansion

After focusing on Asian markets, particularly in Southeast Asia, Bangkok-based Eko Communications is getting ready to take on Slack, Microsoft Teams, and other enterprise messaging apps in Europe. The startup announced today that it has raised a Series B of $20 million and opened offices in London (which will serve as its new commercial headquarters), Amsterdam, and Berlin.

The funding, led by SMD Ventures, with participation from AirAsia’s digital investment arm Redbeat Ventures, Gobi Partners, East Ventures, and returning investors, brings Eko Communication’s total raised to $28.7 million. The company’s Series A was announced in 2015, followed by $2 million in strategic funding from Japanese conglomerate Itochu last year. Eko Communications (not to be confused with Eko, an interactive video startup) has already served clients like Thai mobile operator True, Radisson, and 7-Eleven.

Eko Communications’ Series B is earmarked for its ambitious global expansion plans in the first quarter of 2019. Korawad Chearavanont, the company’s CEO and co-founder, told TechCrunch in an email that it has already localized products for target markets including the UK, Ireland, Benelux, and the DACH region (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland).

Eko Communications wants to expand in the European Union and the United States because their economies are both significantly larger than Southeast Asia’s, said Chearavanont. This, plus the fact that both have larger enterprise IT markets thanks to higher spending on software by companies, means that “for Eko to achieve the necessary scale to become a global player in the mobile enterprise market, continued growth in these markets is critical,” he added.

The company claims that its revenues have more than tripled in the past year and that it now has more than 500,000 recurring paid users. Of course, any enterprise messaging startup has to contend with the specter of Slack and Microsoft Teams. Positioning Eko Communications as a rival to those services, however, isn’t totally accurate because they are aimed at different customers.

Slack and Microsoft Teams are “primarily utilized by ‘knowledge workers’ and these systems are priced for these types of users,” Chearavanont said. “Being a mobile-first company, we target companies that have a large presence of mobile-first staff traditionally in industries like retail and hospitality (the services sector in general).” Many employees in those sectors still rely on messaging apps like WhatsApp or email to communicate, so Eko Communications seeks to make it easy for companies to transition from their ad hoc communication methods to a more secure and efficient system with tools like APIs to help them integrate legacy systems.


Source: TechCrunch

Cyber Monday 2018 Amazon deals: $20 Echo Dot, Bose discounts, Galaxy S9 bundle and more – CNET

Amazon’s Cyber Monday sale is in full swing, with price cuts on Bose products, a sweet Galaxy S9 bundle, huge Amazon device sales and more.
Source: CNET

Cyber Monday 2018 deals: PS4 Pro with Red Dead Redemption 2, Xbox One for $200 and Nintendo Switch bundles still in stock – CNET

Cyber Monday is the best time to buy a new gaming console, and this year’s deals have begun.
Source: CNET

Scientist who claimed to create gene-edited CRISPR babies under investigation – CNET

Jiankui He’s work has been condemned by members of the scientific community. Now he’s facing formal probes.
Source: CNET

Twitter reactions to NASA Mars landing are out of this world – CNET

The first gritty photo, a NASA employee’s hat and that elaborate handshake all come in for comment.
Source: CNET

Here’s how to easily zip and unzip files on a Chromebook

Chromebooks support file compression, though they work a little differently than on Windows or Mac. Here’s the step-by-step process to zipping files on a Chromebook, and then unzipping them again for extraction.

The post Here’s how to easily zip and unzip files on a Chromebook appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Prefer the reliability of wired internet? Here’s how to choose an Ethernet cable

Buying an Ethernet cable can be confusing. Luckily, our quick-and-dirty guide makes sense of all the initials, so you can figure out which cable is best suited for your LAN dungeon or living room setup.

The post Prefer the reliability of wired internet? Here’s how to choose an Ethernet cable appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Espionaje por wifi: así puede detectar un móvil si estamos en casa

Un equipo de investigadores ha desarrollado una sencilla técnica para ‘ver’ a las personas detrás de las paredes analizando los cambios en la intensidad de la señal wifi que provocan sus movimientos. Un sujeto con malas intenciones podría aprovecharla para rastrear desde fuera si una casa está vacía con un ‘smartphone’
Source: MIT

Un laboratorio robótico para crear nuevos materiales revolucionarios

La ‘start-up’ Kebotix ha desarrollado un sistema que combina inteligencia artificial y robótica con el fin de diseñar nuevos compuestos químicos. El objetivo es idear materiales útiles que sirvan para absorber la contaminación o combatir algunas infecciones 
Source: MIT

México, el nuevo epicentro del emprendimiento latinoamericano

El prestigioso encuentro de talento emprendedor europeo South Summit aterriza en el país azteca por primera vez. Ofrecemos un 30 % de descuento a nuestros lectores para acudir a esta cita que se celebrará el próximo 4 de diciembre
Source: MIT

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