Netflix Will Launch In The Netherlands Later This Year As Its International Expansion Slows
Netflix has announced that it will begin operating in The Netherlands later this year, further expanding its European footprint. The Netherlands, Netflix's seventh European country, is a relatively small market for the streaming video service, but in keeping with Netflix's more cautious approach to moving into new countries after its aggressive international expansion last year lost money.
Ooyala Sets Up R&D Center In Singapore To Chase Mobile Audiences In Asia
Video services provider Ooyala is setting up an R&D operations in Singapore, and is hiring researchers and data scientists for the facility. The company provides video technology to media companies and telcos, enabling them to stream their content online such as the Australian Open, or helping ESPN embed videos in tweets.It claims to have a collective viewership of about 200 million across 130 countries each month. Ooyala has had a small staff of four in Singapore since last year, but the new facility will bump up its presence here to about 20 when it’s operational in 2014, said CEO, Jay Fulcher. The center here will focus on researching localized products for Asia, as the company expands outside of the US. Ooyala will keep its core engineering team in Mountain View, where most of its 300 staff are. It also maintains offices in Sydney, Tokyo, LA, New York and London, with teams of about ten in each of them. Fulcher wouldn’t say how much the company is ploughing into the center here, ...
Singapore's DealGuru Spins Out Food Delivery Business To Chase New Funding
DealGuru, one of the major daily deals sites in Singapore, has spun out its food delivery subsidiary, called FoodRunner. Prior to the new name, the service was called Room Service Deliveries, which DealGuru set up after it acquired Malaysia-based operator, Asian Room Service in October last year. The acquisition was DealGuru’s first big step into the online food delivery business. Before that, it tried its hand with a small service called Dealivery.sg, run as a subsection of its deals site for about six months. Since it bought Asian Room Service, DealGuru expanded its presence out of Singapore, into Malaysia and Indonesia (run through a franchisee). Asian Room Service was operating Room Service Deliveries for nine years prior to the acquisition. With the spin out, DealGuru has placed its CFO, Lance Frey, into the CEO spot for FoodRunner. Part of Frey’s job is to raise funds under the FoodRunner entity for expansion into more markets in Southeast Asia. Frey said the Philippines, Thailand ...
Amazon Bets On Web Groceries, Expands AmazonFresh To L.A.
Confirming reports from earlier this month, Amazon has today expanded its online grocery service AmazonFresh to it first non-Seattle market: Los Angeles. The company homepage was quietly updated this morning with news of the expansion, and the AmazonFresh mobile applications for iOS and Android have been refreshed as well, announcing the new availability. L.A. customers will now have access to AmazonFresh's over 500,000 products, the company says.
Airport Car Rental Startup Silvercar Ramps Up Expansion, With Plans For 7 Cities By Year-End
Airport car rental startup Silvercar has increased the number of markets it hopes to launch in by the end of the year, as it seeks to more aggressively make its services available to more potential customers. Now available at three airports, it hopes to add a fourth by the end of the month, and expects to be in seven different markets by the end of 2013.