First group of speakers announced for Webrazzi Summit 2014

summit_logoA preliminary list of speakers is announced for Webrazzi Summit 2014, one of the most influential internet and tech conferences in Turkey and the surrounding region. The conference will be held on 25th of September this year in Swissotel The Bosphorus, with the anticipated participation of over 1500 attendees from the leading companies and institutions shaping the digital ecosystem in the world.

The announced list of speakers includes BlaBlaCar co-founder and COO Nicolas Brusson, Y Combinator partner and CFO Kirsty Nathoo, writer and founder Robin Wauters, TechCrunch Europe editor Mike Butcher, SimilarWeb co-founder and CEO Or Offer,Web Arts founder Andre Morys, MUBI founder Efe Çakarel, Aslanoba Capital‘s founder and owner Hasan Aslanoba, HotelTonight‘s EMEA Managing Director Heather Leisman, CAPTCHA inventor and Duolingo founder Luis von Ahn, LaMetric founder Nazar Bilous and ArabNet founder Omar Christidis.

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Cross-border e-commerce in Western Europe to more than double in 4 years

western-europe-bati-avrupaFree trade and competition rules for EU members seem working best for online sellers and shoppers in Western Europe. Cross-border sales of business-to-consumer e-commerce platforms in the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain are expected to total $56 billion by the end of 2014, according to a new eMarketer report, “Western Europe B2C Ecommerce Trends: Omnichannel Is the Watchword as Markets Gain Sophistication.”

In Western Europe, the non-domestic sales are 14% of total e-commerce transactions in the region today, and expected to rise even more in the next couple of years. The report says that the cross-border sales will more than double by 2018, to account for 20% of the region’s total e-commerce sales.

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Global app ecosystem grows unprecedentedly, risks monopolization – GPBullhound

gpbullhoundApp-driven mobile computing has created an unprecedented value so far, and will get even bigger as the people can no longer live without their ‘smart’ mobile devices. A report by GP Bullhound, a tech investment banking company, underlines that the mobile service providers will continue to shape the economy across the globe as long as they are able to stay relevant, cultivate large active user bases and convert their user relationships into money. However, this unprecedented growth also risks harming the competition by shutting a territory to new comers.

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IAB: Online ad spending in Russia and Turkey showed remarkable growth in 2013


As the depressing effects of global crisis has further eased across Europe, the online advertising markets showed a more uniform level of growth in 2013 than in previous years. Particularly the developing markets in Central and Eastern Europe grew their share impressively last year.

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Monitise is optimistic about the near future of mobile payments in the MEA

monitise-mideast-infograph-coverThe Middle Eastern and African markets promise high growth rates in mobile penetration and e-commerce not only because penetration is still lower than the global average, but also the population is much younger and enthusiastic. The MEA and India will drive the mobile boom next five years, but when it comes to e-commerce and digital payments, the richer Gulf countries seems to be leading the way to the high-tech payment methods.

Monitise, a developer of fintech systems who has aggressively entered the MEA market via the acquisition of Turkish Pozitron, reports that the users in GCC countries are already used to some ways of digital payment, but still very sceptical about paying digitally for online purchases.

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Mobile ad spending in the UK to double in 2014

mobile-advertisingDigital advertising market in the United Kingdom, which is the close second in the EU after Germany, is to grow further on the mobile side and surpass £7 billion this year. Mobile ad spending is expected to show the highest growth within the category, rising about 96.0% to over £2 billion ($3.16 billion).

According to eMarketer’s latest ad spending estimates for the UK, the mobile will be performing much better than the other media categories, to claim almost 40% of total paid media spending in the UK by 2018.

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Countdown for Webrazzi Summit 2014 has started with exceptional early bird discount

webrazzi_summit_buyukWebrazzi Summit, one of Turkey’s and the region’s most influential internet and tech conferences, will be held in Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul on 25th of September, 2014. The conference will host more than 1500 attendees including nearly 80 speakers from the leading companies and institutions shaping the digital ecosystem in the world.

Webrazzi Summit 2014 will cover again a wide range of topics under internet and tech business, including digital marketing, social media, e-commerce, venture capital, angel investment, online gaming, mobile apps and more, where you will be at the heart of internet industry with keynote and parallel sessions during the day.

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European e-commerce grew 16% to €363B in 2013, expected to double by 2016

e-commerce-creditE-commerce volume in Europe grew by a stunning 16.3% to reach €363.3 billion in 2013 despite still sluggish recovery from the economic crisis. The growth in EU28 (the European countries that are part of the European Union) had been slightly behind non-EU Europeans with 15%. The number of B2C websites have grown to 650,000 at the end of 2013, promising further growth of 15 to 20% a year in upcoming years.

The growth trend is expected to continue this year, bringing the total e-commerce volume to around €425 billion. According to the European B2C E-Commerce Report 2014 released last week during Global E-Commerce Summit, the volume will reach at least €625 billion by the end of 2016. It also says that the share of the European internet economy in overall European GDP, that is the eGDP Index, is 2.2% now, and it’s expected to double by 2016 and triple by 2020.

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Online saves the day in German advertising sector

german-ads-deThe advertising sector in Germany, the biggest economy in Europe, is giving signs of recovery after two years of shrinkage in spendings. Zentralverband der deutschen Werbewirtschaft (ZAW) predicts that the total spendings on ads will rise more than 2% in 2014, whereas eMarketer says the growth will near 9%. The relief will mainly come from more than 9% growth in online and mobile advertising and above average rise in TV ads.

The total ad spending measured by source declined by 3.2% in 2012 and 1.7% last year (compared to previous years). However, the spendings on online and mobile advertising helped to keep the contraction to the minimum, with 6.5% and 9:3% growth in two consecutive years whereas the figures in printed media have dropped by nearly 9%.

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Viber hits 100M concurrent online users

viberPopular voice and messaging app Viber which was recently acquired by Japanese internet giant Rakuten announced today that it has now more than 100 million active users. Refurbished shortly after the $900 million acquisition, the Cyprus-based company said it has now over 300 million users in 193 countries.

Viber also announced the milestone simultaneously with the release of a new version of Viber Desktop. New product comes with improved video quality and performance, a different look and new features including popular emoticons docked to the side of the app. Spanish and Portuguese are also added to the existing user languages English and Japanese.

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