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.

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...


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...


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...