In November, ten companies were able to secure investments of at least $100 million, making it a month for mega-rounds. The technology, media, and telecommunications sector led the venture capital investment charge, accounting for 42% of the total capital raised. The healthcare and industrial sectors followed closely behind with 18.5% and 10.7%, respectively. We looked at the naming choices of the 604 companies on the list. Check it out here.
The Only Constant in Life is Change (a.k.a. Rebrands!)
The Fawaz Alhokair Group, along with Arabian Centers and Fawaz Alhokair Fashion Retail Co., announced the launch of Cenomi, a new brand that will bring together all operating companies under one name. Arabian Centers will now be known as Cenomi Centers, while Alhokair Fashion Retail Co. will be called Cenomi Retail. The company has secured CenomiGroup.com and Cenomi.com domains.
The Coingaming Group has rebranded as the Yolo Group to reflect its status as a disruptor across gaming and fintech. The new brand will also help create synergy throughout the group, which comprises Yolo Investments, Yolo Entertainment, Yolo Finance, Yolo Ventures and Yolo Tech and can be found on Yolo.com. Yolo Group CEO Maarja Pärt said the name change better represented the business’s vision, its people and its future plans.
Air Raid Alarms, Move Out the Way, We’re Having a Podcast!
When I asked Ruslana to be a guest on our podcast, she wasn’t sure if we’ll manage with constant shelling, air raid alarms and power cut offs. We joked that “if people can give birth during war, a podcast shouldn’t be a problem”. And so we did. Meet Ruslana Kruchek, a co-founder, brand manager, and art director of VP Production, an audio agency specialising in music composing, audio branding, sound design, and voice casting. Pretty sure you are not aware of and using the power of audio in your brand, so tune in to learn how it can benefit your business.
From Computer Science Graduate to Fintech Founder: Meet Nicolas Van Hoorde, founder of Delta
Here are the stories from other publications that caught our attention.
Google is on the Roll
Google is rolling out a Continuous Scrolling feature on desktop in the US for English-language queries, which allows users to view relevant search results without needing to navigate to multiple pages. This feature has been available on mobile for a while.
“Branding is about differentiating, rebranding is about standing up an entirely new brand, one that will be more successful as conveying those key differentiators.” – great read from Rebranding Experts.
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