Goodbox Acquires SmartPocket, a Mobile Wallet for Loyalty Credits

Goodbox Acquires SmartPocket, a Mobile Wallet for Loyalty Credits

Nexus Ventures-backed [Goodbox](http://gadgets.ndtv.com/tags/goodbox), which calls itself a conversational m-commerce startup, announced Wednesday that it will be acquiring SmartPocket, a mobile wallet solution for loyalty cards.

The acquisition sum was not disclosed. SmartPocket founders Kiran Shastri and Mayank Shah will be joining the leadership team at Goodbox post acquisition, the company said.

Goodbox provides a mobile app to chat and order from local businesses, enabling small businesses to become e-commerce ready quickly, while enabling users to buy from stores across multiple categories using a messaging platform.

(Also read: SmartPocket App Review: A Smarter Alternative to Loyalty Cards)

“During our discussions with them, we realized we share a similar vision and it made sense to join forces to empower millions of SMEs to come online. We are building very strong mobile capabilities and this is a step towards that objective.” said Abey Zachariah, CEO and Co-founder of Goodbox.

Founded in 2014, the Bengaluru-based startup had raised $2.5 million (roughly Rs. 16.9 crores) in its Series A round from Nexus Venture Partners. SmartPocket had raised $200,000 (roughly Rs. 1.3 crores) in angel funding Its seven member co-founding team includes Mohit Maheshwari, Abey Zachariah, Mahesh Herle, Nithin Chandra, Anand Kelaginamani, Mayank Bidawatka and Charan Shetty.

A host of personal assistants provide chat-based shopping functionality, including Haptik, and Lookup.WhatsApp is expected to release new tools for businesses soon, to tap into small business entrepreneurs who use mobile internet to grow and network their business.]

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Thomas Cook India Launches Its End-to-End Holiday App

Thomas Cook India Launches Its End-to-End Holiday App

Integrated travel and travel related financial services company Thomas Cook India has launched an appthat allows customers to search, select and buy their holidays instantly, a company statement said on Wednesday.

“With India’s mobile commerce market expected to grow exponentially by 850 percent, to $19 billion (roughly Rs. 1,29,210 crores) by 2019, and with Cisco projecting a near five-fold jump in India’s smartphone users, to 651 million by 2019, this translates to a powerful yet under-leveraged market for holidays,” said Amit Madhan, chief operating officer-IT & E services, Thomas Cook (India) Ltd.

He added that the launch of Thomas Cook holiday app has been timed perfectly to harness this potential.

Driven by strong adoption of data consumption on mobile devices, research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) expects India to overtake the US as the second-largest global smartphone market by 2017.

With holidays featuring high on the Indian digital native wish-list, Thomas Cook India sees strong value in harnessing this powerfully emerging “m-Holiday market”, the statement said.

Given Boston Consulting Group’s data, that in addition to booking, 95 percent of Indians use digital resources equally to search/plan trips and share experiences, Thomas Cook’s holiday app has been designed to delight both m-searchers and m-bookers, according to the company.

The app offers special tools like ‘Experiential Search’, a unique ‘Wish-List’ to share with friends or book later.

In addition to its range of international and domestic holidays across price points, the company also offers a special ‘Deal Section’ through the new app.

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Trello Announces Power-Ups Platform With Support for Zendesk, Giphy, and More

Trello Announces Power-Ups Platform With Support for Zendesk, Giphy, and More

Trello, a popular Web-based project management application, has just gotten more powerful. The company has announced Power-Ups Platform, a feature that enables the service to fetch information from outside sources. Some of the services that it currently supports include Zendesk, SurveyMonkey, and Giphy.

Trello announced on Monday the Power-Ups Platform. The feature gleans information and data from third-party services and directly adds them to Trello. The company has been working on this feature for quite sometime, having announced similar integrations with some services including Slack, GitHub andGoogle Drive for business users.

“Now, anyone can easily integrate with Trello or create their own custom features, either as public Power-Ups – available to the entire Business Class community – or as custom private Power-Ups for their own Business Class team,” the company wrote in a blog post.

The new services to be added to Trello includes Zendesk, which now attaches tickets and views to cards directly in Trello. Other services include SurveyMonkey, join.me, Harvest, Corrello, Elegantt, FogBugz, Giphy, Publicate.

Furthermore, Trello says that it has opened the Power-Ups Platform to developers that are looking to build their own Power-Ups. The company has made available documentations, and code examples on its developer portal.

On the sidelines, the company also announced that its user base has surpassed the 12-million count. This means that Trello saw 2 million new users join the service since October. The service is available across multi-platforms including OS X, Android, and iOS. It also supports most Web browsers includingChrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. The company offers its basic service for free to users.

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Spotify Buys Music Social Network Apps Soundwave, Cord Project

Spotify Buys Music Social Network Apps Soundwave, Cord ProjectSpotify is stepping up the competition against Apple Music and major European rivals Deezer and Tidal with a pair of acquisitions aimed at making it easier to discover and share music with friends.

The Swedish music-streaming service has acquired Dublin- based Soundwave, an app downloaded more than 1.5 million times, praised by Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak and British actor Stephen Fry and invested in by Mark Cuban. It lets users explore music with private groups and see what music is trending nearby. The second purchase is Cord Project, a simple voice messaging service for phones, tablets and smartwatches. Financial details of the acquisitions were not disclosed.

Deezer simultaneously announced today it has raised EUR 100 million (roughly Rs. 740 crores) from a group of investors led by billionaire Len Blavatnik.

Spotify, with more than 20 million subscribers and a valuation of about $8.2 billion (roughly Rs. 55,724 crores), is expanding its services to win over customers as rival Apple adds to its 10 million subscriber base. Both Apple and Spotify give users access to more than 30 million songs, and charge identical monthly fees in many countries.

Streaming music is big business. Subscription and ad- supported streaming generated more than $2 billion (roughly Rs. 13,591 crores) in global sales in 2014, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, accounting for almost about a third of all digital music sales.

Even as artists such as Taylor Swift, Adele and more recently Coldplay have withheld new music from streaming sites, the services’ popularity has soared as consumers were attracted to the ease of use and instant access to millions of songs without having to own the collection. Spotify, for instance, doubled its subscribers from May 2014 to June 2015, and has more than 75 million users worldwide.

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