SK Telecom acquires shopkick: memorable journey with a great entrepreneur

On Friday, the WSJ leaked news that SK Telecom was acquiring shopkick, and it was confirmed over the weekend. I’m thrilled for Cyriac and the team, and believe this is the next exciting chapter in their effort to reimagine mobile shopping; specifically, the interaction between the mobile and the physical shopping world. shopkick is a special company to me and Kleiner Perkins. It’s what we call an “incubation,” where we bring in an entrepreneur and work closely with him or her over several months to develop a compelling business concept. It’s been a trademark of our firm over the years, starting from our earliest days. Genentech was started this way.

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Why the Apple Announcement Was The Biggest of the Past 6 Years

On September 9th, 2014, KPCB partners got together to discuss the major implications of the Apple Announcement for the technology industry. The iPhone 6, Apple Watch, and Apple Pay will collectively change the human experience forever. Emily Chang from Bloomberg TV interviewed design guru and KPCB partner John Maeda to discuss why Apple is the best at making us feel something about technology. Meanwhile, in an exclusive podcast discussion, KPCB Investment partners Mike Abbott, Matt Murphy, and Anjney Midha weighed in on the software opportunities for developers and applications for consumers.

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