Jasra Inc: Digital Transformation & Strategy | Manoj Jasra http://jasrainc.com Wed, 08 Apr 2020 08:04:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.32 Rakuten Mobile’s low-cost data plan fully launches in Japan http://jasrainc.com/rakuten-mobiles-low-cost-data-plan-fully-launches-in-japan/ http://jasrainc.com/rakuten-mobiles-low-cost-data-plan-fully-launches-in-japan/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2020 08:04:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/rakuten-mobiles-low-cost-data-plan-fully-launches-in-japan/ By Catherine Shu Rakuten Mobile announced the full commercial launch of its low-cost data plan in Japan today. Priced at 2,980 yen (about $27) per month, the plan gives users unlimited calls and data where Rakuten has its own networks. The company also raised the amount of domestic roaming data in response to increased usage […]

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By Catherine Shu

Rakuten Mobile announced the full commercial launch of its low-cost data plan in Japan today. Priced at 2,980 yen (about $27) per month, the plan gives users unlimited calls and data where Rakuten has its own networks. The company also raised the amount of domestic roaming data in response to increased usage of remote working and online education tools.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency in seven prefectures, including Tokyo, after a new wave of COVID-19 cases in March. The order gives prefectural leaders the power to request closure of stores and businesses considered non-essential. Public schools in Tokyo and surrounding areas closed earlier this year and are not expected to re-open until early May.

In addition to serving increased need for online services during the pandemic, Rakuten Mobile’s pricing may also help it compete against Japan’s largest carriers–NTT Docomo, KDDI and SoftBank. Rakuten Mobile uses what the company says is the world’s first virtualized mobile network, which requires less hardware infrastructure, lowering deployments costs and in turn allowing the company to offer more affordable rates.

Last year, the company said it will have a total of 4,000 edge …read more

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Blossom Capital’s ‘Cultivate’ is an angel program seeking to back European unicorn alumnus http://jasrainc.com/blossom-capitals-cultivate-is-an-angel-program-seeking-to-back-european-unicorn-alumnus/ http://jasrainc.com/blossom-capitals-cultivate-is-an-angel-program-seeking-to-back-european-unicorn-alumnus/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:00:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/blossom-capitals-cultivate-is-an-angel-program-seeking-to-back-european-unicorn-alumnus/ By Steve O’Hear Just a few months after closing a new $185 million fund to continue backing early-stage European startups, Blossom Capital, the VC firm founded by Ophelia Brown, is announcing a new angel investment program seeking to back European unicorn alumnus. Dubbed “Cultivate,” the new program looks to create a 30-strong angel network made […]

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By Steve O’Hear

Just a few months after closing a new $185 million fund to continue backing early-stage European startups, Blossom Capital, the VC firm founded by Ophelia Brown, is announcing a new angel investment program seeking to back European unicorn alumnus.

Dubbed “Cultivate,” the new program looks to create a 30-strong angel network made up of founders or operators from European unicorns or those with a European HQ, who will be tasked with backing alumni starting up.

This idea is to act as a catalyst for a more robust angel ecosystem in Europe, and in turn trigger a virtuous cycle as employees inevitably leave successful companies to hopefully build the next generation of European unicorns, backed by experienced operators.

At launch, the Cultivate angel network includes Des Traynor, co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Intercom, Guillaume Pousaz, CEO and founder of Checkout.com, Nilan Peiris VP Growth at Transferwise, and Shakil Khan, an early investor in Spotify. Additional angels are expected to join in the coming months.

“In the first year of the program, we’ve just made it available to people spinning out of unicorns,” Ophelia Brown tells me. “And so if you know you’re the CEO of Intercom or the CEO of Checkout, you’re …read more

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Apple has sourced over 20 million protective masks, now building and shipping face shields http://jasrainc.com/apple-has-sourced-over-20-million-protective-masks-now-building-and-shipping-face-shields/ http://jasrainc.com/apple-has-sourced-over-20-million-protective-masks-now-building-and-shipping-face-shields/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2020 00:39:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/apple-has-sourced-over-20-million-protective-masks-now-building-and-shipping-face-shields/ By Jonathan Shieber As it mobilizes its supply chain, employees, and partners to provide personal protective equipment to medical workers and others working to stop the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic, Apple has sourced over 20 million face masks and is now building and shipping face shields, according to a statement from chief executive Tim […]

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By Jonathan Shieber

As it mobilizes its supply chain, employees, and partners to provide personal protective equipment to medical workers and others working to stop the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic, Apple has sourced over 20 million face masks and is now building and shipping face shields, according to a statement from chief executive Tim Cook.

Apple is dedicated to supporting the worldwide response to COVID-19. We’ve now sourced over 20M masks through our supply chain. Our design, engineering, operations and packaging teams are also working with suppliers to design, produce and ship face shields for medical workers. pic.twitter.com/3xRqNgMThX

Tim Cook (@tim_cook) April 5, 2020

The company is working with governments around the world to distribute its supply of face masks to where it’s needed most.

Meanwhile, the first delivery of the company’s Apple face shields went out to Kaiser hospital facilities in the Santa Clara valley earlier this week, according to Cook.

As Cook noted, the masks pack flat and ship 100 to a box. They can be assembled in less than two minutes and are fully adjustable. Cook said that the company would ship 1 million by the …read more

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Original Content podcast: ‘The Platform’ offers a gruesome metaphor for capitalism http://jasrainc.com/original-content-podcast-the-platform-offers-a-gruesome-metaphor-for-capitalism/ http://jasrainc.com/original-content-podcast-the-platform-offers-a-gruesome-metaphor-for-capitalism/#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2020 19:18:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/original-content-podcast-the-platform-offers-a-gruesome-metaphor-for-capitalism/ By Anthony Ha “The Platform” is not a subtle movie. That’s true of its approach to horror, with intense, bloody scenes that prompted plenty of screaming and pausing from your hosts at the Original Content podcast. It’s also true of its thematic material — right around the time one of the characters accuses another of […]

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By Anthony Ha

“The Platform” is not a subtle movie.

That’s true of its approach to horror, with intense, bloody scenes that prompted plenty of screaming and pausing from your hosts at the Original Content podcast. It’s also true of its thematic material — right around the time one of the characters accuses another of being communist, you’ll slap yourself on the forehead and say, “Oh, it’s about capitalism.”

The new Netflix film takes place in a mysterious prison, with two prisoners on each level (they’re randomly rotated each month). Once each day, a platform laden with delicious food is lowered through the prison. If you’re on one of the top levels, you feast. If you’re further down, things are considerably more grim, and can become downright gruesome as the month wears on.

“The Platform” is a hard movie to sit through, and it has other faults, like an irritatingly mystical ending. But it’s certainly memorable, and even admirable in its dedication to fully exploring both the logistical and moral dimensions of its premise.

You can listen to our review in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. …read more

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Zoom admits some calls were routed through China by mistake http://jasrainc.com/zoom-admits-some-calls-were-routed-through-china-by-mistake/ http://jasrainc.com/zoom-admits-some-calls-were-routed-through-china-by-mistake/#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2020 00:12:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/zoom-admits-some-calls-were-routed-through-china-by-mistake/ By Zack Whittaker Hours after security researchers at Citizen Lab reported that some Zoom calls were routed through China, the video conferencing platform has offered an apology and a partial explanation. To recap, Zoom has faced a barrage of headlines this week over its security policies and privacy practices, as hundreds of millions forced to […]

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By Zack Whittaker

Hours after security researchers at Citizen Lab reported that some Zoom calls were routed through China, the video conferencing platform has offered an apology and a partial explanation.

To recap, Zoom has faced a barrage of headlines this week over its security policies and privacy practices, as hundreds of millions forced to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic still need to communicate with each other.

The latest findings landed earlier today when Citizen Lab researchers said that some calls made in North America were routed through China — as were the encryption keys used to secure those calls. But as was noted this week, Zoom isn’t end-to-end encrypted at all, despite the company’s earlier claims, meaning that Zoom controls the encryption keys and can therefore access the contents of its customers’ calls. Zoom said in an earlier blog post that it has “implemented robust and validated internal controls to prevent unauthorized access to any content that users share during meetings.” The same can’t be said for Chinese authorities, however, which could demand Zoom turn over any encryption keys on its servers in China to facilitate decryption of the contents of encrypted …read more

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Peloton launches an Android TV app http://jasrainc.com/peloton-launches-an-android-tv-app/ http://jasrainc.com/peloton-launches-an-android-tv-app/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2020 01:47:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/peloton-launches-an-android-tv-app/ By Lucas Matney With gyms across the country closed for business, at-home exercise companies like Peloton have found an unexpected opportunity. As the connected fitness company looks to onboard new customers, they’re also expanding platform support, announcing today that they would be bringing their app to Android TV, the OS used by millions of smart […]

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By Lucas Matney

With gyms across the country closed for business, at-home exercise companies like Peloton have found an unexpected opportunity. As the connected fitness company looks to onboard new customers, they’re also expanding platform support, announcing today that they would be bringing their app to Android TV, the OS used by millions of smart TVs.

Peloton announced last month that it would be extending free trials of its $12.99 per month exercise app from 30 days to 90 days because of the pandemic. Peloton has not been unaffected by the virus. Last month, the company shut down its studios to visitors, holding classes with just instructors, while also moving away from in-home deliveries of its connected bike and treadmill.

While Peloton already boasted support for Fire TV, Chromecast and AirPlay, this latest addition should help round out support for users of most new smart TVs. The app is available today in Android TV’s Google Play Store.

If you’re an existing user looking to toss your workouts onto your Android TV screen, you should know that the app won’t support external bluetooth sensors like heart rate monitors or cadence sensors for your non-Peloton bike. The company also recommends running the app …read more

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Flux and Pleo partner to bring itemised digital receipts to Pleo’s ‘smart’ expense cards http://jasrainc.com/flux-and-pleo-partner-to-bring-itemised-digital-receipts-to-pleos-smart-expense-cards/ http://jasrainc.com/flux-and-pleo-partner-to-bring-itemised-digital-receipts-to-pleos-smart-expense-cards/#comments Thu, 02 Apr 2020 07:00:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/flux-and-pleo-partner-to-bring-itemised-digital-receipts-to-pleos-smart-expense-cards/ By Steve O’Hear When three former employees of Revolut founded Flux in 2016, the mission was clear: build a platform to bridge the gap between the itemised receipt data captured by a merchant’s point-of-sale (POS) system and what little information typically shows up in your bank statement or mobile banking app. Off the back of […]

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By Steve O’Hear

When three former employees of Revolut founded Flux in 2016, the mission was clear: build a platform to bridge the gap between the itemised receipt data captured by a merchant’s point-of-sale (POS) system and what little information typically shows up in your bank statement or mobile banking app.

Off the back of this, the young fintech saw an opportunity to power loyalty schemes and card-linked offers, and provide merchants with deeper analytics. However, that was always intended to be just the start.

Once Flux had made fully itemised digital receipts a reality — which requires bank and merchant partnerships — it foresaw that there were a multitude of other use cases where automated digital receipts could be useful, including expense reports.

Today, that particular use case comes into focus with the announcement that Flux has partnered with Danish fintech Pleo, the “business spending platform” that lets companies easily issue employees with cards and help them manage expenditure.

The tie-in will provide what the two fintechs are describing as the U.K.’s first “paperless” and fully automated expensing solution for businesses and employees. This will see digital receipts automatically generated and, crucially, reconciled within Pleo’s expensing software.

Once …read more

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Uber Eats beefs up its grocery delivery offer as COVID-19 lockdowns continue http://jasrainc.com/uber-eats-beefs-up-its-grocery-delivery-offer-as-covid-19-lockdowns-continue/ http://jasrainc.com/uber-eats-beefs-up-its-grocery-delivery-offer-as-covid-19-lockdowns-continue/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2020 08:03:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/uber-eats-beefs-up-its-grocery-delivery-offer-as-covid-19-lockdowns-continue/ By Natasha Lomas Uber Eats has beefed up grocery delivery options in three markets hard hit by the coronavirus. Uber’s food delivery division said today it’s inked a partnership with supermarket giant Carrefour in France to provide Parisians with 30 minute home delivery on a range of grocery products, including everyday foods, toiletries and cleaning […]

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By Natasha Lomas

Uber Eats has beefed up grocery delivery options in three markets hard hit by the coronavirus.

Uber’s food delivery division said today it’s inked a partnership with supermarket giant Carrefour in France to provide Parisians with 30 minute home delivery on a range of grocery products, including everyday foods, toiletries and cleaning products.

The service is starting with 15 stores in the city, with Uber Eats saying it plans to scale it out rapidly nationwide “in the coming weeks”.

In Spain it’s partnered with the Galp service station brand to offer a grocery delivery service that consists of basic foods, over the counter medicines, beverages and cleaning products in 15 cities across the following 8 provinces: Badajoz, Barcelona, Cádiz, Córdoba, Madrid, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca and Valencia.

Uber Eats said there will be an initial 25 Galp convenience stores participating. The service will not only be offered via the Uber Eats app but also by phone for those without access to a smartphone or Internet.

The third market it’s inked deals in is Brazil, where Uber said it’s partnering with a range of pharmacies, convenience stores and pet shops in Sao Paulo to …read more

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Los Angeles-based challenger bank HMBradley officially opens its virtual doors http://jasrainc.com/los-angeles-based-challenger-bank-hmbradley-officially-opens-its-virtual-doors/ http://jasrainc.com/los-angeles-based-challenger-bank-hmbradley-officially-opens-its-virtual-doors/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2020 01:30:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/los-angeles-based-challenger-bank-hmbradley-officially-opens-its-virtual-doors/ By Jonathan Shieber The Los Angeles-based digital challenger bank, HMBradley, opened its virtual doors to the public today, allowing the thousands of waitlisted would-be users to set up direct deposits and collect their sign-up bonuses. The company is offering banking customers an up to 3% return on their savings based on the percentage they save […]

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By Jonathan Shieber

The Los Angeles-based digital challenger bank, HMBradley, opened its virtual doors to the public today, allowing the thousands of waitlisted would-be users to set up direct deposits and collect their sign-up bonuses.

The company is offering banking customers an up to 3% return on their savings based on the percentage they save of their quarterly deposits.

HMBradley also set up a new feature which allows users to save towards specific goals.

Backed by PayPal founder Max Levchin’s HVF Labs, along with Walkabout Ventures, Mucker Capital, Index Ventures, and Accomplice, to the tune of $3.5 million, HMBradley was designed to benefit savers, the company said.

Account holders with balances up to $100,000 can receive up to 3% annual percentage yields on their accounts. These account holders qualify by receiving one direct deposit and saving at least 5% of the total amount deposited in an account monthly.

HMBradley accounts are held through Hatch Bank, which is FDIC insured.

To qualify for the 3 percent rate, customers need to save over 20 percent of their income, account holders who save between 15 percent and 20 percent receive 2 percent of their cash per year, and those saving less …read more

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The Station: Bird and Lime layoffs, pivots in a COVID-19 era and a $2.2 trillion deal http://jasrainc.com/the-station-bird-and-lime-layoffs-pivots-in-a-covid-19-era-and-a-2-2-trillion-deal/ http://jasrainc.com/the-station-bird-and-lime-layoffs-pivots-in-a-covid-19-era-and-a-2-2-trillion-deal/#comments Sun, 29 Mar 2020 22:41:00 +0000 http://jasrainc.com/the-station-bird-and-lime-layoffs-pivots-in-a-covid-19-era-and-a-2-2-trillion-deal/ By Kirsten Korosec Hello folks, welcome back (or hi for the first time) to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to the all the ways people and packages move around this world. I’m your host, Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. I also have started to publish a shorter version of the newsletter on […]

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By Kirsten Korosec
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Hello folks, welcome back (or hi for the first time) to The Station, a weekly newsletter dedicated to the all the ways people and packages move around this world. I’m your host, Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch.

I also have started to publish a shorter version of the newsletter on TechCrunch . That’s what you’re reading now. For the whole enchilada — which comes out every Saturday — you can subscribe to the newsletter by heading over here, and clicking “The Station.” It’s free!

Before I get into the thick of things, how is everyone doing? This isn’t a rhetorical question; I’m being earnest. I want to hear from you (note my email below). Maybe you’re a startup founder, a safety driver at an autonomous vehicle developer, a venture capitalist, engineer or gig economy worker. I’m interested in how you are doing, what you’re doing to cope and how you’re getting around in your respective cities.

Please reach out and email me at kirsten.korosec@techcrunch.com to share thoughts, opinions or tips or send a direct message to @kirstenkorosec.

Micromobbin’

It was a rough week for micromobility amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Bird <a target=_blank …read more

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