Urban Living

  • The China Economy: 8 Days in Shanghai

    By Justin on September 22, 2015
      I had the opportunity to travel to Shanghai for work in early September in the midst of one of the most volatile economic times for China. I was fortunate enough to speak with several local Chinese, both millennials and some “wiser” folks, as well, about their take in the recent economic trends across the country. Additionally, I spent quite […]
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  • The Evolution of Online Marketplaces: VarageSale Raises $34 Million

    By Justin on April 4, 2015
    For many, online marketplaces is synonymous with Craigslist or even businesses such as eBay and Amazon. However, there’s an inherent trust factor that helps open this market up to additional consumers not as comfortable with selling items online to strangers across the country or world. Here enters companies such as VarageSale, an online marketplace that focuses on local communities. This […]
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  • A Guide To Evaluating Market Size:

    By Justin on February 12, 2015
    In an earlier post on Mercator Labs, we discussed different types of market opportunities as new companies aim to enter existing markets or create entirely new markets. Both of those avenues require significant background research as those companies’ backbone consists of evaluating market size and the potential for growth. This post explores some ways to go about evaluating market size […]
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  • Hybrid Market Sizing: Tapping into both New and Existing Markets

    By Justin on February 2, 2015
    Defining market opportunity is a common yet sometimes complicated exercise when a company is exploring a growth strategy. Larry Cheng, Managing Director at Volition Capital, covered the topic of examining market size when it comes to a prospective investment. Aside from a great perspective, the blog post ends by briefly exploring companies that are looking to gain market share in […]
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  • The Evolution of Travel Technology

    By Justin on January 25, 2015
    On Friday, travel company Expedia agreed to acquire Travelocity for $280 million, adding another popular travel site under the Expedia brand portfolio, which includes Hotwire and Hotels.com. Before the acquisition, Expedia was already operating as the backend platform for Travelocity’s site, as well as managing the customer service program, leaving the importance of this acquisition not with the companies themselves, […]
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  • What to Expect from Uber in 2015

    By Justin on January 8, 2015
    2014 was a year to remember for the Global Technology Platform, Uber. From a continued period of massive growth, both in terms of locations served and total users, to astronomical valuations, the company consistently turned heads. Uber also has its fair share of growing pains: multiple regulatory violations, amongst topics far more serious.
  • Top Technology Trends of 2015:

    By Justin on January 1, 2015
    The Consumer Electronics Show (commonly known as CES) is a large jolt back for the tech industry after an eggnog-induced slumber that finished off 2014. This four day event will highlight new innovations across a myriad of categories: Communications, Gaming, Robotics, and Wearables, just to name a few. There will be north of 3,500 exhibitors showcasing 20,000+ product announcements for more than 40,000 attendees. It’s a frenzied four days to say the least.