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    Developer Tools: 2014 M&A review

    From ad networks to customer support, developer tool startups have been popping up in the last few years to help app developers write less code, reach the right users and monetise. 2014 has been a year with a wealth of M&A activity with over 30 transactions in the developer tools space.

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    “Only for fans”, or why Xiaomi is not what you think it is

    Xiaomi was proclaimed the most valuable tech startup in the world after recent $1.1B funding at a monster $45B valuation. There is fair deal of confusion about Xiaomi’s business model. Xiaomi indeed sells lots of smartphones, but how can low profits justify $45B valuation? It appears that smartphones are just the tip of the iceberg for Xiaomi…

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    Can the app stores sustain 5.5 million developers?

    In our latest report, App Economy Forecasts 2015 – 2017, we estimate the number of mobile developers in 2014 at 5.5 million. Demand for mobile development skills has never been higher and yet revenue from app store sales cannot possibly pay their salaries.

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    Uber API launch validates the “Gurley scenario”

    With the release of Uber’s API, their ploy to achieve world domination has just gotten a lot more probable. Uber has built the infrastructure that enables developers to add local physical transport to their products as easily as they would add push notifications or user management with a BaaS. Uber as a TaaS (Transportation-as-a-Service) platform.

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