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Kakao Roundup #2

March is here! And we’re here to bring you the latest in Kakao news, including our latest online-to-offline (O2O) business venture.


Mar. 10th KakaoTalk and KakaoStory are back-to-back winners in the Korea Brand Power Index (K-BPI)

Highlight: The Korean Management Association Consulting announced the results of their annual K-BPI survey, and both KakaoTalk (mobile messenger) and KakaoStory (social networking service) topped their respective categories for the 2nd consecutive year.


Mar. 8th KakaoTaxi to utilize extensive driver network to aid police search efforts

Highlight: Kakao will team up with the Kyunggi Province Police Agency for a new program where law enforcement will send descriptions of suspects and missing persons to KakaoTaxi’s 210,000 affiliated drivers.

KakaoTaxi to provide police with social security information (Korea Times)


 Feb. 29th Mobile parking app Park Here is Kakao’s latest O2O investment

Highlight: Kakao acquires Parking Square, which services Park Here, an app that provides information on 5,000 parking lots in Korea.

Kakao seeks larger offline presence (Korea Herald)


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