Covering Bases Blog

Aimed at both first-time entrepreneurs looking to build a platform business and experienced C-level executives, the Covering Bases blog is a rolling commentary, including business strategies and useful information.


Nintendo’s Switch gaming console launches in China on December 10th

Japanese gaming icon, Nintendo will officially launch its Nintendo Switch gaming console in mainland China on December the 10th. The retail price is 2,099 yuan ($298.20), local par...


Facebook to allow transfer of your photos to Google Photos

Earlier this week, Facebook Inc announced it had introduced functionality enabling users the option to transfer their photos and video content from the social media network directl...


Brief on new Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai

Google has announced that its CEO, Sundar Pichai will replace company the co-founder of Google, Larry Page as Chief Executive of its parent company Alphabet Inc, the company said i...

Facebook App

Thanksgiving outage for Facebook

Today was Thanksgiving in the US, which meant more time and space for folk to use social media. Unfortunately for users of Facebook and its related family of apps including Instagr...


AI specialist Appier has raised $80 million

Interested to learn that the articifical intelligence start-up Appier has raised $80 million in its Series D round of funding. The latest in a line of investors include TGVest Capi...

China Platform Economy

China plans stronger protections for intellectual property

Yesterday, China declared it would seek to improve its much criticised protections for intellectual property rights, including raising the upper limits for compensation for proven ...

Insurance platform

Insurance platform raises $45 million

In case you missed it, San Francisco-based Vouch Insurance, a dedicated platform offering business insurance for start-up businesses, stated on Wednesday that it raised $45 million...

Y Combinator leaves China

Y Combinator to close its Chinese unit

Interested to learn that the high profile business incubator, Y Combinator has announced it is to close its Chinese unit, YC China. The move comes as tensions between the United St...

Trump Cook

Trump mulls whether to exempt Apple from China tariffs

President Donald Trump was quoted on Wednesday that he was considering whether to exempt Apple Inc from tariffs on Chinese imports.

Server spec

Servers and software used (version 1)

We are a relatively new property, with a ton of CPU and memory intensive functionality. Our functional spec is based around the serving of content, e-commerce transactions and memb...

Cloud IaaS

An insight into our hosting set-up

We have recently moved from the dedicated server hosted in Australia, over to the cloud primarily based in San Francisco. So far so good. Certainly, I am loving how easy it is to m...

Google Stadia

Google is testing its own version of Live Gold

Reports highlight that the Silicon Valley titan has begun testing ‘Google Stadia”, an upcoming game streaming service that requires separate game purchases.

Series B

German FinTech start-up raises $30m

The business-to-business invoicing and payments platform company Billie has successfully raised €30 million in Series B funding. Leading the round was Creandum, who were joined by ...