Upstream

Upstream in the news, and media interviews with our executive team.

  • Aug 2018

    Secure-D findings featured in O Globo

    Leading Brazilian newspaper O Globo reports on Upstream’s Secure-D findings and how smartphones being sold to consumers in Brazil come with pre-installed malware, which collects their personal information, depletes their mobile data allowance and triggers fraudulent subscription charges to their pre-paid credit, without their knowledge or consent.

  • Jul 2018

    Upstream’s Secure-D carrier-grade platform featured in The Wall Street Journal

    The Wall Street Journal builds upon exclusive findings from Upstream’s Secure-D platform to uncover how cheap Android smartphones sold in emerging markets around the globe come with pre-installed malware, that harvest users’ personal information and attempt to sign them up for paid digital services, without their knowledge or consent.

    Want to learn more about Secure-D?
    Read all about our Secure-D findings here

  • Apr 2018

    Upstream Co-founder & Chairman of the Board, Marco Veremis invited as a keynote speaker at Equifund event

    Building upon Upstream’s story, Marco Veremis shares insights into entrepreneurship, the opportunities of globalisation, and how to build outward-looking global tech companies.

  • Apr 2018

    Upstream featured in South EU Summit news portal

    Watch the exclusive interview given by Guy Krief, Upstream’s CEO, sharing insights into Upstream’s track record of success and the company’s pivotal role in the present mobile internet revolution in emerging markets.

  • Mar 2018

    Upstream CEO, Guy Krief, featured on CNBC

    Guy Krief shares with CNBC’s “Marketing. Media. Money” show how enabling mobile commerce for the next 3 billion consumers in emerging markets requires a very different approach to that in developed markets.

  • Nov 2017

    A boost for Africa m-commerce

    Upstream showcased in European Investment Bank’s blog space for how the company is shaping the digital services m-commerce landscape in Africa.

  • Sep 2017

    Upstream showcased for its mobile digital services in Africa and the value its end-to-end platform creates for mobile operators

    Balancing Act Africa, a leading provider of online content, interviews Guy Krief, Upstream’s CEO, around the mobile solutions and digital content relevant for consumers in emerging markets.

  • Jul 2017

    Upstream’s new CEO Guy Krief in the industry’s Movers & Shakers

    Upstream’s recent organisational restructuring with new CEO, CTO and Chairman of the Board has been covered by Mobile Marketing in their weekly Movers & Shakers column, among other global giants, like Deloitte and Isobar. The column features the hottest hires and movements in the industry.

  • Jun 2017

    Could emerging markets serve as Apple’s new growth frontier?

    Apple’s iOS and iPhone are celebrating 10 years since their first release and the tech world is considering what the future holds for the tech giant.
    Upstream’s 2017 Emerging Markets Digital Services report, conducted by Ovum, suggests there is a new opportunity over the next decade in emerging markets for Apple and other tech giants. Findings from Upstream’s report have been featured in a Total Telecom article offering insight as to how the next 10 years may look for Apple’s flagship device.

  • Apr 2017

    Upstream showcased for its mobile commerce model and how to effectively reach consumers in emerging markets

    Upstream has been included in a special series by the Application Resource Centre (ARC), highlighting technology trends in payments, e-commerce and big data. Kostas Kastanis, Head of Strategy at Upstream, is featured, explaining Upstream’s pivotal role in the digital ecosystem and how it offers a mobile commerce enablement platform for digital services, essentially sitting at the crux of three groups: mobile network operators, content/service providers and consumers.

  • Apr 2017

    Upstream CTO Massimo del Vecchio featured in TechTarget

    TechTarget, a leading provider of online content for technology buyers and decision makers, highlights Upstream’s collaboration with Applause for meeting the breadth of local testing coverage required across geographies, technologies, and real-world business scenarios. The article by Valerie Silverthorne, Senior Technology Editor, features insights from Massimo del Vecchio, Upstream’s CTO, around the importance of local testing in the QA process for safeguarding the customer experience when delivering digital services in emerging markets, whilst simultaneously improving the time to market.

  • Mar 2017

    Prime time to review Amazon’s approach to video in developing markets

    Upstream CEO & Co-founder, Marco Veremis, discusses the challenges that video titans, such as Amazon and Netflix, encounter when trying to make the most of the opportunity available in emerging markets. While Amazon seems to have grasped the need to adjust content to reflect local preferences, the brand’s universal price scheme and limited billing options highlight some of the common challenges western content-led brands face, when taking steps to expand into emerging markets.

  • Feb 2017

    Upstream named a Ruban d’Honneur recipient in the ELITE Award for Growth Strategy of the Year

    Upstream has been named a finalist and Ruban d’Honneur recipient, in the 2016/17 European Business Awards sponsored by RSM.  The distinction recognises Upstream’s strong growth and operating excellence, in line with the core values of the European Business Awards: success, innovation and ethics. The competition’s elite panel of independent judges, which includes leading business figures, academics, entrepreneurs, thought leaders and political leaders, has selected Upstream as one of Europe’s 110 most dynamic and exciting businesses and, more specifically, as one of 10 finalists, across Europe, in “The ELITE for Growth Strategy of the Year” category.  This year, the European Business Awards engaged with over 33,000 organisations, from 34 countries.

  • Jan 2017

    Why Latin America’s mobile advertising market is growing

    Upstream shares its expertise in Latin America with IDG Connect, providing insightful commentary into the types of digital services local consumers are looking for.

  • Jan 2017

    Upstream joins Deloitte event, to discuss the upcoming challenges and opportunities for scale-ups

    Upstream CEO & Co-founder, Marco Veremis, participated in Deloitte’s exclusive event, for selected technology driven scale-up companies, “Scaling up Greece and beyond”, and shared his views about the international expansion for scale-ups.

  • Jan 2017

    Upstream picks up National Champion certificate at European Business Awards 2016/17

    Upstream was proud to attend the National Champions Awards Ceremony, held at the British Ambassador’s Residence, in Athens. Our Chief Operating Officer, Andreas Petropoulos, received the “National Champion” Certificate, in recognition of Upstream being selected as a National Champion and being shortlisted in the European Business Awards, sponsored by RSM, to compete in the “ELITE Award for Growth Strategy of the Year” category. The European Business Awards reward and recognise business success, innovation and business ethics.

    Watch our video and vote for Upstream to become the National Public Champion of Greece!

  • Dec 2016

    Upstream signs growth financing agreement with European Investment Bank

    Upstream receives EUR 25 million in growth financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB), with the support of the EU budget guarantee under the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). The EIB’s financing will provide Upstream with long-term and stable capital to support its R&D activities and implement its growth strategy, further boosting the company’s expanding global operations.

  • Nov 2016

    Upstream at the “18th InfoCom World 2016 Conference”, in Athens

    Upstream participated in the 18th InfoCom World 2016 Conference, the biggest ICT & Media Conference in SE Europe. At the event, visitors had the opportunity to meet with Upstream’s delegation and hear how mobile operators and digital service providers can tap into the enticing $70bn digital opportunity in high growth markets.  As one of the event’s keynote speakers, Andreas Petropoulos, Upstream’s COO, shared insights around how key players in the m-commerce ecosystem can succeed, by partnering with appropriately versed m-commerce technology partners.

    Watch the video (Greek)

  • Oct 2016

    Upstream featured in special report: ‘Mobile Business’ distributed by The Sunday Times

    The Sunday Times has distributed a special report entitled “Mobile Business”, published by Raconteur, in which Upstream is featured, analysing how mobile operators can leverage their unique assets to tap into the $70 billion digital opportunity in emerging markets and why partnerships are the key.

  • Oct 2016

    Upstream at Ovum’s “Digital Futures 2016” event, in London

    Guy Krief, Upstream’s Chief Innovation Officer, joined a prestigious line-up of top digital industry experts at Ovum’s “Digital Futures 2016” event, in London. Hosted by Ovum, a market-leading research and consulting business, the event brought together the firm’s top analysts, alongside a number of key leaders from the Technology, Media and Telecommunications industry, in order to share their insights into the future market for digital service providers.  Speaking on a panel entitled “How to give consumers what they want and still make money”, Krief shared insights into how digital brands can effectively reach the next 3 billion consumers in high growth markets.

    Watch the video of the panel discussion

  • Sep 2016

    Over half of South Africans see Internet as human right

    Internet access is a crucial utility for consumers in emerging markets. It is not just about them being able to connect; it is also about them having the necessary speed to use the digital services that not only can amuse and entertain, but also have the potential to improve their lives. As featured in the 2016 Developing Markets Mobile Commerce Report, commissioned by Upstream, the categories consumers in South Africa would most like more digital services for are education, health, and lifestyle.

  • Aug 2016

    How brands can capitalise on the Olympics – Top 3 tips to a strong Olympics campaign

    Within the context of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Upstream CEO & Co-Founder, Marco Veremis, discusses why brands need to engage with consumers in emerging markets over their mobile devices, providing his top 3 related tips that brands should take into account.

  • Jul 2016

    Netflix’s quality downgrade threatens success in emerging markets

    Upstream CEO & Co-Founder, Marco Veremis, discusses the mobile connection challenges that consumers encounter when seeking to consume digital services from brands such as Netflix, and how these challenges can be addressed, particularly for the benefit of consumers in emerging markets.

  • Jun 2016

    Upstream organises an impressive company-wide event, to share its strategy for accelerating m-commerce in high growth markets

    The “Upstream 2018” event brought all employees from around the globe together, to share some of the proudest moments in Upstream’s 15 year history, highlight the company’s growth, its key capabilities and values throughout these years, as well as share our bold vision for accelerating m-commerce in high growth markets.

    Watch a short video of the main highlights:

  • May 2016

    Amazon eyes-up emerging markets for next growth opportunity

    Emerging markets offer digital brands like Amazon and Netflix a potential $70 billion market opportunity. As the findings of the 2016 Developing Markets Mobile Commerce Report, commissioned by Upstream, suggest, in order to capitalise on this digital opportunity, digital content providers need to understand and address the intricacies of each market and adjust their business and delivery strategies, accordingly.