Karen joined Breakingviews in 2018, covering technology and property sectors, and sometimes companies with an Asia focus. She previously worked as an European gas and power reporter at S&P Global Platts in London, and covered funds, stocks and economy at Morningstar UK. Karen also briefly worked at the Press Association, China Daily Europe and Bloomberg. She graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2015 with a degree in Journalism Studies, and did an Erasmus exchange programme in Barcelona, Spain. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she is fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese.
The $285 bln industry is split between companies that connect restaurants with customers online, and those that also deliver the food. The former has better margins, but the latter has expanded the market. With demand for takeouts surging, it’s time to see who’s more profitable.
SoftBank’s call to buy a 9.7% stake in Kahoot! reflects a surge in demand for educational tech. But given users of the $2.7 bln Norwegian group’s app access it using Google, the U.S. tech giant may decide to develop its own version. That could at least limit stateside growth.
The UK food delivery app is mulling a float in the public market next year. Using its peers’ multiples, Amazon-backed Deliveroo could fetch more than $5 bln. But with the pandemic-induced boost to its top line not guaranteed to last, it can’t afford to dawdle.