Covering Bases Blog

Aimed at first-time entrepreneurs looking to build a platform business, the Covering Bases blog includes topics relevant to the start-up journey.

Happy Christmas from Rob Phillips

A Christmas message from our founder Rob Phillips

As the holiday season is now upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have helped to shape both our business and that of our members.

Star Wars

Memories: For the multi-generational love of Star Wars

Not a lot of people know this, but I went to school with the Director of Rogue One, who lived just a street away from me in the middle-class St Nicholas Park suburb of Nuneaton, a ...

Platform News: Twitch app

Russia says Amazon’s Twitch has deleted illegal content

According to a number of Russian news agencies, the country no longer plans to block the Twitch platform over allegations of illegal streaming of popular English Premier League foo...

Platform News: Disney+ streaming service

Disney+ mobile apps have been downloaded 22 million times since launch

More information is gradually emerging on the launch of Disney+. The new streaming service has been downloaded some 22 million times across mobile devices since launch in November,...

Alphabet Board

Alphabet names Nobel laureate Frances Arnold a new board member

Google’s parent Alphabet Inc yesterday named Nobel laureate Frances Arnold as a new member of its board, filling a vacancy left by the retirement of Canadian academic Shirley...


Waymo expands app to iPhone devices in Phoenix

Alphabet-owned ride-hailing company Waymo has now stated that its iOS app will now be available to iPhone users in the metro Phoenix area of Arizona. The move by the company, which...

Platform Industry News: Ride-sharing driver

Uber to offer courier services for retail businesses?

Dara Khosrowshahi, the Chief Executive of Uber Technologies Inc mentioned at a meeting on Wednesday that the ride hailing company could extend its existing food delivery business t...

Platform News: Nintendo and its Switch console

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...

Platform News: Facebook on a smartphone

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...

Platform Industry: Google search engine

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...

Platform News: Taiwan

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...