Kelkoo

Yahoo’s five biggest acquisition screw-ups

Q4 financial results have hit us hard this week, from all directions.

Yes it’s ridiculous that Apple’s quarterly net profit was larger than Google’s Q4 gross revenue ($13bn versus £10.6bn), and yes it’s sad to see Nintendo almost triple its estimated losses.

But what of Yahoo? It’s still hanging on in there, with control of millions of Yahoo mail accounts and a chunk of display thrown in good measure.

Q&A: Kelkoo’s UK MD Bruce Fair

Bruce FairKelkoo was offloaded by Yahoo to UK private equity firm Jamplant at the end of last year for a figure reported to be in the region of €100m, a good deal less than the €475m paid for the shopping comparison site in 2004.

I’ve been talking to Kelkoo’s UK MD Bruce Fair about the company’s plans now it is under new ownership…

Kelkoo’s view on the product search market in 2008 + 2009

2008 was the year of the voucher code, however 2009 is starting to look like the year of looking after yourself and your property.

Kelkoo has seen a large increase in searches for home related items such as consumer electronics, household appliances, and garden products.

Mobile site review: Sccope

I wrote an article about the quality of shopping comparison sites on mobile a few weeks ago, and was disappointed by the quality of most of them.

Reevoo and Kelkoo both had useful iPhone versions, and Reevoo has further improved its app by adding price information and transactional functionality, but most were less useful than they could have been.

I’ve been looking at another entrant into the market, Sccope, as well as talking to CEO Douglas Orr.