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Worker confronts M&S chief over 'poverty wages' | Society | The Guardian
Gewinnbeteiligung & workers rep on board of directors!? Like in Germany. Especially in customer facing ops! It's not just about price, its also customer service! customer experience. acquisition (word of mouth, net promoter score - vs - getting foot-fall up through sales and deals) customer engagement. customer retention and empowerment - to make the better choice to shop where people are treated well, paid well, and shared economic interest (environment, ecology, sustainability, local economy and jobs (multiplier effects)). Compelling people to make a mindful and conscious choice, day to day and for the long-term! Differentiate, don't fight with Amazon and big grocery retailers for price, sales, deals. That war you lost already because you can't win that way (bc of them having deeper pockets, shareholders which look away since ever in case of Amazon, and it is their identity; why ppl shop there), new business, away from Amazon, Tesco & ASDA. And especially Lidl and Aldi.
CEO  pay  living  wage  minimum  wage  Service  Sector  Jobs  Niedriglohnsektor  Zero  Hour  Contract  Contractor  Workers  Union  Trade  Union  John  Lewis  Gewinnbeteiligung  Soziale  Marktwirtschaft  HR  human  resources  recruiting  recruitment  people  management  team  management  neoliberalism  neoliberal  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  customer  experience  customer  empowerment  customer  retention  Retail  brick  and  mortar  business  e-commerce  Amazon  Branding  brand  awareness  customer  acquisition  Blue  Ocean  differentiate  differentiation  PR  spin  doctor  reframing  framing  marketing  Positioning  Proposition  Core  Product  Proposition  ecommerce  pure  play 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Snapchat: Neue Bezahlfunktion erlaubt Zurückspulen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ true north of Leaders of Snapchat and Tinder ??? creating a two class app, paying for convenience and privilege?! ] Snapchat lebt von Flüchtigkeit: Fotos und Videos verschwinden nach dem Ansehen. Jetzt kassiert die Chat-App diese Funktion. Für 99 Cent gibt es drei Wiederholungen. Auch die Flirt-App Tinder nimmt Geld fürs Zurückspulen. //&! youtu.be/1CbP0gxvWWw - Consumer products need to stay fresh (in consumers mind, word of mouth, discussion, hello we still exist). Snapcash, pay for replay, ... ... Twitter lacked staying fresh (new product release cycle slowed down bc of internal stuff ...), Tinder, Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp (utility (less is sometimes better) vs entertainment (differentiation)), WeChat, Line, Kik, ... Tumblr (slow ... bc of internal and tech was slow w Android/iOS app), Reddit (ouch).
Snapchat  Tinder  business  model  pageviews  native  advertising  advertisement  advertising  friction  frictionless  constraint  artificial  constraint  authentic  authenticity  Leadership  vision  mission  True  North  CEO  Product  Design  Core  Product  Value  Proposition  creation  intangible  Value  Proposition  added  community  community  management  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  Gary  Vaynerchuk  consumer  Twitter  Facebook  Instagram  Facebook  Messenger  WhatsApp  WeChat 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
More evidence that Snapchat needs to just kill Discover already
>> bit.ly/15SfOfU &! bit.ly/1M6Khcb &! bit.ly/1uxEz6s (( Discover wants to be Newsfeed ala Facebook without 'Liking' a page (BEING FED ... uhhhh, so TV/Radio/Newspaper. You don't discover, you are being fed.), but curated, and first foray into introducing ads (figuring out a business model) ... and not opting to go/experiment w native ads (Snaps pushed to users, ala Superbowl ads! at around half the price point of Superbowl ads? Why not. With a tight grip on quality, storytelling, authenticity, ... sure can't scale it very much. And not the ultimate money machine at first.) )) --- vs --- Gary Vaynerchuks opinion on it - bit.ly/1zBUCYm &! bit.ly/1XSVS2L - argues if programming is good (content being the variable) people will go there repeatedly vs their website or own app. // BUT is Discover too far removed from Snapchat being Snapchat (medium is the message) itself and thus friction. Bc of no empowerment, engagement, experience the original medium has! Stapled on non-native feature.
Snapchat  Snapchat  Discover  Evan  Spiegel  Facebook  user  generated  content  Facebook  Instant  Articles  Newsfeed  Twitter  LinkedIn  Pulse  The  Wars  noise  pollution  noise  Signal  vs.  content  curation  curation  algorithm  Platform  TOS  user  experience  user  engagement  customer  empowerment  customer  experience  mobile  homescreen  user  behaviour  creative  content  creator  ProAm  creator  creating  creativity  value  creation  utility  Escapeism  Entertainment  Smartphone  added  value  Core  Product  Proposition  Proposition  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  business  model  pageviews  advertising  advertisement 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Episode 30: Felix Salmon by Product Hunt
Everyone should be doing something lefty. The internet was abt that. Now its everyone wants 2 be big. Optimised. Cool things come out of waste, wasting times, free time, ... eureka effect. Lefty things are not optimised. // "We build a fucking great bridge." Nobody did back then seismic modeling. They just build a fucking great bridge that actually can carry twice the lanes/traffic, you can just put a 2nd deck on it with another 6 lanes. << build 4 prosperity. not optimised. THUS lesson, build ur business that way, 4 prosperity, pay money if u want 2 used it. Dont optimise 4 anything specifically. // Oldest Companies are still family owned. Not pressures by Wall Street 4 growth & profit. "No one is happy being profitable." "You wind up taking risks, eventually falling on your face." #growth-fetish // Venture Capital wants an exit. U put urself in that corner & have fiduciary responsibility. // If u own category/vertical u can sort of set price! & 46 oh hi there world, own platform!!!
Silicon  Valley  closetphile  social  entrepreneurship  Internet  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  of  You  life  hacker  life  lesson  philosophy  Felix  Salmon  Wall  Street  crony  capitalism  post-capitalism  capitalism  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  David  Heinemeier  Hansson  bootstraped  bootstrapping  bootstrapped  native  advertising  friction  frictionless  value  creation  Core  Product  Proposition  values  corporate  values  corporate  culture  Proposition  intangible  value  added  value  personal  values  counter  culture  advertisement  advertising  pre-roll  ad  micropayment  micropayments  Bitcoin  Dogecoin  brand  awareness  branded  content  e-mail  marketing  referral  marketing  attention  span  attention  graph  Twitter  oh  hi  there  world  Facebook  Instant  Articles  Apple  Newsstand  Apple  News  Google  Search  Newsfeed  Facebook  RSS  Platform  TOS  EULA  24-hour  cycle  business  model  pageviews  BuzzFeed 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Modern Storytellers: Gary Vaynerchuk and Casey Neistat - YouTube
>> always on record. thus being consistent, you, authentic, key to sustainability. everyone is the PR agent for themselves. // bullshit detectors have become hyper-refined. // - have to open yourself up to it, as requirement, to be radically honest, vulnerable, see Brene Brown. // also, have to leave money on the table! << going for the marathon! not the sprint. not profit maximisation. go for legacy. willingness to say no, knowing when to say no because it would be short-term optimisation. // keeping values/guiding principles/mission/vision with growing team - is about success of your leadership team/exec team (Eventbrite gal talked about this in yc talk, surprised about internal champions/leaders). // [AD PRODUCT FOR CLOSETPHILE AND OH HI THERE WORLD!] attention graph/span: what brings value to ppl?! ads should bring, have to bring value! its not about reach/pageviews. its about attention. being part. creating value!!! also not add friction - ie pre-roll ad. normal ads steal time!
Gary  Vaynerchuk  Casey  Neistat  storytelling  Selbstdarstellung  status  anxiety  Social  Media  authenticity  authentic  Selbstfürsorge  Start-up  of  You  Branding  Personal  Brand  Brand  communication  community  management  attention  span  attention  oh  hi  there  world  closetphile  business  model  pageviews  value  creation  Core  Product  Proposition  intangible  value  Proposition  corporate  values  added  value  value  values  values  shared  economic  interest  lesson  advice  differentiate  differentiation  noise  pollution  noise  distraction  user  behaviour  lilwrld  advertisement  advertising  native  advertising  branded  content  content  marketing  advertorial  Programmatic  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  celebrity  culture  of  You  Vlog  Vlogging  shared  experience  shared  perspective  user  generated  content  actions  change 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Rifkin on the Fall of Capitalism and the Internet of Things - YouTube
// good and services - commoditisation - near priceless. // mass market becomes zero marginal cost business - commodity! thus have to differentiate ie through freemium/premium/subscription model! two tier. // attention span - news is free, ppl are satiated quiet often with free news, that they don't pay for premium products (except niche) like analysis&perspective & brand pull. have to add more value to core value prop and intangible value - like community & leadership // every consumer can become a prosumer //
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
#TOA Interview with Fred Wilson & Brad Burnham of Union Square Ventures - YouTube
mi 32 - lack of adoption of SV model: no politics, execution, results driven, value creation, accepting Failure as outcome (culture of Stigma in EU and Germany) // min 36 - oh hi there world - buy into the company! a partner, strategic joint venture. shared economic interest, own platform by publishers! // miss-allocation of capital ! // hard things about hard things - Pivot, layoff vs running out of money not finding product/market fit & traction // early on its only hunch & gut based. // #TOA15: ¨Are the Germans Unable to Disrupt?¨ with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer SE) - youtu.be/YyuJmAtZQis - its abt value creation, value add, redesigning of value, chains, product, data. Big corps cant disrupt itself. especially not by committee. Legacy companies unlikely 2 survive bc of patterns 2 stick 2 the conventional & fail than fail with unconventional & look like a fool (risk aversion, Failure in the public eye). Book "Silicon Valley: Was aus dem mächtigsten Tal der Welt auf uns zukommt"
Europe  Start-Up  Scene  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Failure  incrementalism  incremental  value  creation  added  value  Core  Product  Proposition  intangible  value  Mittelstand  SME  SMB  Proposition  Venture  Capital  oh  hi  there  world  Fred  Wilson  London  Scene  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  book  ecosystem  distortion  asset  allocation  Germany  Europe  industrial  policy  Revolution  2.0  STEM  3D  printing  Software  Is  Eating  The  automation  automotive  Big  Data  Robotics  business  consumer  disrupting  markets  disruption  creative  destruction  Pivot  Product/Market  Fit  traction  self-awareness  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  Lean  Start-Up  timing  Internet  Privacy  Privacy 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
#TOA15 Interview with Amit Karp, Ciaran O’Leary, Felix Petersen and Robin Wauters - YouTube
Very connected, fluid, enabled by infrastructure & networking. &! youtu.be/JvQaHXGgeYQ // &! youtu.be/7s6C4OJ04Rc - #TOA15 Interview with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer) - Germany good at incrementalism. A to B. Industry not willing to disrupt itself, give away existing shrinking pie - for bigger pie. unwilling to break up and upwards (value add) existing products/processes/value chain (legacy) for better. << Axel Springer digital ventures (VC arm). &! #TOA15: ¨Are the Germans Unable to Disrupt?¨ with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer SE) - youtu.be/YyuJmAtZQis --- its about value creation, value add, redesigning of value, chains, product, data, ... big corps can't disrupt itself. especially not by committee. Legacy companies unlikely to survive because of pattern to stick to the conventional and fail, than fail with unconventional and look like a fool. (risk aversion, Failure in the public eye) -- book -- "Silicon Valley: Was aus dem mächtigsten Tal der Welt auf uns zukommt"
Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  ecosystem  Venture  Capital  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene  Germany  Mittelstand  SME  SMB  incrementalism  incremental  disruption  creative  destruction  Blue  Ocean  innovator  innovation  competitive  competition  competitiveness  competitive  advantage  BMW  FinTech  autonomous  car  self-driving  cars  Exportweltmeister  Audi  Manufacturing  Industrial  Revolution  2.0  policy  STEM  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Robotics  automation  Platform  Marketplace  Big  Data  book  added  value  value  creation  banking  Core  Product  Proposition  Proposition  intangible  value  cost  of  ownership  Industry  Tesla  Motors  Apple  Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  Silicon  Valley  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  outsider  economic  history  Wall  Street  short-term  view  short-term  thinking  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  commodity  business  commoditization  Failure  culture  stigma  3D  printing  Siemens  SAP  automotive 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Adobe study finds there are 198 million adblocking users, growing 47% YoY and that the advertising industry will lose $21bn in 2015. : technology
>> advertisers have no to add value ... One Redditor writes: "Don't loose more money and time to complain about it, you have to adapt your distribution systems, price and mainly your product quality to attract more paying customers."
AdBlock  advertising  business  model  friction  frictionless  pageviews  CPM  content  marketing  native  advertising  value  creation  Core  Product  Proposition  Proposition  added  value  user  experience  user  behaviour  attention  span  user  engagement  user  churn  customer  experience  customer  retention  customer  acquisition  brand  awareness  communication  PR  public  relations  marketing  advertisement 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
It’s fast, global, engaged and influential – so why isn’t Twitter flying? | Technology | The Guardian
Meanwhile, in the past year around 450 people have left the company, according to a study by the Financial Times. That constitutes about 12% of the firm, and includes senior figures. The loss of existing staff is always a worry in a San Francisco tech company: rivals will offer signing bonuses and options on stock that are likely to grow in value, rather than enduring Twitter’s stock-market rollercoaster. [...] Dorsey’s appearance on the results conference call last week was in effect an audition for the job. “We need to do three things. One, we need to ensure a more disciplined execution. Two, we need to simplify our services to deliver Twitter’s value faster. And three, we need to better communicate our value,” he said briskly. He also acknowledged that mismatch between fame and usage. [...] But he notes that user growth still lags, and that “engagement” – how often people who have created an account use it – remains far lower than Facebook’s.
Twitter  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  business  model  MAU  Core  Product  Value  Proposition  creation  Value  Proposition  added  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  Silicon  Valley  counter  culture 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Ross Mayfield and Mark Suster on maintaining focus as a SaaS startup
early on resource constraint - focuses on product, and saying no. // feature creep - can't be all things to all people! anti-bloat. KISS. user friendly, no tour needed for on boarding. << making an product intuitive. // Aaron Levie said he said no to many clients.
SAAS  Box  Aaron  Levie  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Focus  Product/Market  Fit  Core  Product  Value  Proposition  Value  Proposition  management  experience 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
The Traction Book: 5 Steps To Traction & Business Growth
product distribution is part of start-up failure, find and focus 2-3 great distribution channels - test hypothesis what channels should work - evaluate (measure), why or why not, ... figure out what works, [keep moving. if you stop moving, you will fail]. double down on what works. test, test, test. spend time - 50/50 - marketing/product early on. find a great distribution strategy! traction. have goals determin your action. without a goal you cant score. focus on activities that move you forward towards the goal. // Justin Mares, Co-Author, Traction, Startup Grind Ottawa - youtu.be/R3OxmLBIsRg &! Startup Metrics Toronto December 2014 - Justin Mares on User Onboarding - youtu.be/9HzNxCkHias
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
This is the Product Death Cycle. Why it happens, and how to break out of it
via bit.ly/1MEHKDc [ can't be everything for everyone ! Aaron Levie (Box, SAAS, Enterprise) in one interview said they did not go ahead with some clients ("Saying NO, is maybe even more important than saying yes.") because they wanted so much change, which would make further update to the whole system a headache/more cost than the client would bring in. ] // "The Product Death Cycle is tricky because it’s driven by the right intentions: Listen to customers and build what they want. People in the Product Death Cycle naturally believe that they are doing the right things, but good intentions don’t translate to good traction. Instead, ask “why?” over and over, to understand the root cause for lack of growth."
product  management  Officer  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  feedback  KISS  Leadership  vision  mission  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  Minimal  Viable  Design  product  experience  Core  Value  Proposition  friction  frictionless  communication  community  community  management 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Banner “Fraud” Doesn’t Matter | Hacker News
bit.ly/1Jb27sI "A Message from brand marketers to publishers [...] We use banners as little billboards now. We use them strategically as incredibly cheap repeat impressions for brand awareness. We know many people don’t see them, we know most people don’t see them. Thats okay. We use them accordingly & the cost has been adjusted down to make them a perfectly great buy even though most people dont see them. [...] It’s an indicator to us that you don’t get this by the fact you’re still always talking about clickthrough, which was kind of BS when you first sold it to us twenty years ago, and doubly the case now." [ CPM will go lower, fundamentals point in that direction, Social Media & other future forms of advertising will fill in the lower CPM rates overall. Thus pressuring business models reliant on pageviews even more 2 increase pageviews as the revenue average per pageview declines. Thus u have 2 question which consumer product (entertainment & else) business model do you choose!?
display  advertising  banner  ads  advertising  click  fraud  AdSense  pageviews  Google  Search  brand  awareness  billboard  user  experience  user  engagement  Social  Media  eyeballs  CPM  Google  commoditization  clickthrough  native  advertising  branded  content  marketing  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  Programmatic  advertisement  advertorial  business  model  business  cycle  business  confidence  consumer  confidence  SAAS  consumer  product  closetphile  long-term  view  long-term  thinking  sustainability  sustainable  Product/Market  Fit  Core  Value  Proposition  Value  Proposition  added  creation  Net  Promoter  Score  network  effect  viral  coefficient  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  subscription  model  subscription  productivity  aspirational  aspirational  product  mass  market  niche  Popular  Culture  Pop  Culture  click  bait  clicks  Clickbait  Linkbait  linkbaiting  Newsfeed  gatekeeper  impression  metrics  commodity  business  attention  span  user  behaviour  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  paradgimshift  uncertainty  Evernote  DropBox  paywalls  paywall 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Snapchat Solicits Longer Content By Ditching Tap-And-Hold-To-Watch | TechCrunch
bit.ly/1NAmQWu "he's showing that he can make practical decisions that benefit the Snapchat users, even if it means losing something that was fundamental to Snapchat's product itself." // But doesn't he give up the 'attention grab/focus' feature for long-form content and thus also loosing share of the snacking %' !!?? long-term we will see what Snapchat will become and be eventually worth. Because it won't be a Facebook. It could turn out to be a Twitter with problems in monetisation (turning a profit and meeting growth stage investors expectations - current valuation ... at IPO and post-IPO one, two years on.) Gary might be right about putting yourself out of business than letting the other guys do it for you. But Snapchat (Mr Spiegel) may have been forced to abandon its 'differentiation' in order to meet valuation expectations by appealing to a broader potential user base to use it more, like to read news & consumer other types of content than Snapchats ( P2P or B2C versions ).
Snapchat  snacking  attention  span  user  behaviour  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  valuation  Evan  Spiegel  product  management  consumer  product  Social  Media  Social  Network  Core  Value  Proposition  product  experience  Design  Minimal  Viable  Product/Market  Fit  Officer  differentiate  differentiation  Twitter  Facebook  business  model  Unicorn  speculative  bubbles  speculative  speculation  growth  round  Silicon  Valley 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Is Spotify doomed because of Apple Music? No — Spotify’s been doomed from the start | PandoDaily
Spotify is really the only legitimate competitor left. But its fate, like that of every streaming music service, is also subject to forces outside of its control — forces that are guided by the three-headed hydra of Warner, Universal, and Sony. [...] Although Apple Music and Spotify’s paid tier offer perks that free subscriptions do not — namely, full mobile access and no ads between songs — the majority of users will not pay for something they can basically get for free, even if they miss out on a handful of features. The percentage of Spotify users who pay for the service bears this out, having held steady for years at only 25%. And this trend shows no sign of abating — according to the most recent figures, paid users as a percentage of the whole crept up a hair but still sits at only 26.7%. [rather spend limited disposable income (and time) on weed and other offline experiences (leisure activities) with friends. -VS- The time of u and ur buddy(s) listening 2 new vinyl release]
Apple  Music  iTunes  Spotify  Soundcloud  subscription  model  business  model  Music  Industry  360-music-contract  Indie  Music  self-publishing  The  Content  Wars  attention  span  user  behaviour  snacking  Pandora  Deezer  Radio  8tracks  Tidal  YouTube  marginal  cost  economics  of  abundance  abundance  friction  frictionless  convenience  Netflix  disposable  income  offline  experience  shared  experience  Millennials  generationy  aspirational  product  Apple  status  anxiety  status  symbol  socioeconomic  status  social  status  commodity  business  commoditization  commodities  Media  mass  market  consumerist  consumer  product  antitrust  freemium  Venture  Capital  value  creation  Core  Proposition  Proposition  intangible  value  added  value  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Silicon  Valley  corporate  strategy  exit  strategy  business  strategy 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
DLD NYC 14 - Present Shock (Douglas Rushkoff) - YouTube
Douglas Rushkoff is an authority on the intersection of technology and culture. At DLD NYC, he introduces the phenomenon of presentism, the present shock and what it implies to be always-on. // human attention and time to extract value from and make profit from - eyeballs, pageviews --- 30 sec TV advertisement for 5 minutes is old shool, checking your notifications on your phone 200 times a day is normcore. as if the world would stop spinning if you don't. // Gaming / abusing the smart phone - the remote control for everyone life. not just remote control but also microscope and looking glass. // youtu.be/m4L1Sh8ojLY - Douglas Rushkoff - Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now | Interactive 2013 | SXSW
Career  Politicians  presentism  Millennials  generationy  gesellschaft  Protest  Partei  Protest  Party  Social  Media  attention  span  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  Notification  book  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  pageviews  shareholder  value  crony  capitalism  sustainable  sustainability  productivity  distortion  corruption  abuse  of  power  distraction  Focus  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  value  creation  Proposition  Snapchat  added  value  Core  Product  Proposition  user  behaviour  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Cloud HR Startup Zenefits Is Looking To Raise A Giant New Round Of Funding | TechCrunch
Aims 2 raise up2 $500M at $3B+ valuation; Zenefits prev said it expected $100M ARR by '15; expects GAAP rev of $50M+ this yr; prev raised $83.6M // Free SAAS, makes money by receiving commissions from insurers. [NEEDS SALES & MARKETING hires to sustain growth trajectory and justification of valuation multiple.] By the end of 2014, Zenefits had around 500 employees, according to sources, but that number is expected to quadruple by the end of 2015. Last year, the company said it wanted to hire around 1,300 employees over the next 3 years. [Capturing Marketshare USA/Canada - hitting it with the baseball bat.] // youtu.be/KporpXG0XK8 min6 direct marketing/e-mail/hustle/hands on sales pitch > COO/Accounting/HR // youtu.be/7KmjzfK3f38 min 11 Start-up struggle, figuring it out along the way but having a sense // (2015) youtu.be/8DwlS_6jLAo "Hyperscaling Inside Sales" &! YC W2013 application video - youtu.be/-S83fysRwn4
valuation  Silicon  Valley  Zenefits  HR  Unicorn  growth  round  enterprise  2.0  SAAS  SPV  business  model  customer  acquisition  user  churn  customer  churn  user  acquisition  marketing  Box  DropBox  Salesforce  ZenDesk  user  experience  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  operations  freemium  scaling  LTV  scale  human  resources  hiring  Core  Product  Value  Proposition  sales 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Gillmor Gang: Money for Nothing - Gillmor Gang | TechCrunch TV
min 42 // A Round is now a "post-traction" investment aka proven product & business model. A Round is an investment to scale it up, put it up a bunch of gears. // Keith Teare from chat.center (tcrn.ch/1IWFQ1X) people now doing pre-seed, seed, seed prime & bridge funding via existing investors; figuring out Product/Market fit, traction, funnel, etc. Now more than ever a hits driven business. // see also tcrn.ch/1c54UpN // Complexity of phenomenon - symptoms, causes and tangents; biases, selection bias, pattern matching, bidding up hot deals in the private market where the highest bidder will get the deal - irrationality of accepting those valuations and the founders Unicorn-status need, hunt for yield, trendy - the future, when doing 'hard things' becomes fashionable (ie Reality TV, TV Series & a shallow Channel 4's How To Be A Young Billionaire) then beware, negative yields for secure investments (bonds and corp debt), perceived 'conservative' value vs private bid up bubble potential.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple leaves PayPal out in the cold with an omission from its list of preferred Apple Pay payment platforms | PandoDaily
Add to that the fact that Apple, which has proven itself to be the world’s most formidable driver of headlines and consumer electronics trends, has told the world that Apple Pay is the greatest thing since sliced bread. It doesn’t even matter if it’s true. Anyone savvy enough to know the difference between this marketing spin and the truth likely doesn’t need PayPal to explain why its platform is as compatible and appealing as ever. What matters is that for the majority of merchants and consumers, Apple Pay will be the first payments product that they care enough to think about. Like the alpha girl in the popular clique at high school, Apple Pay is attempting to dictate who’s cool and who’s not. PayPal may say that it doesn’t care and that the tater tots are just as delicious in its corner of the cafeteria, but that will hardly ease the sting of this slight.
Apple  Apple  Pay  PayPal  marketing  positioning  Core  Product  Value  Proposition 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Facebook’s Snapchat clone Slingshot is more proof the company’s better at buying things than building them | PandoDaily
Facebook is actually just really bad at copying other companies. Its efforts to emulate Twitter and its public network have largely failed even though Twitter has proven itself more than capable of copying Facebook’s features. Its attempt to enter the mobile photo space fizzled, and it had to spend a couple hundred million dollars to acquire Instagram in 2012 before it could win that market. Facebook’s a great buyer and a poor copier. It’s just a matter of time before Facebook decides to put Slingshot out of its misery and sends it to the same graveyard that Poke, Camera, and its other failed products have gone to rest. Maybe then it will be able to write Snapchat a check that the company can’t refuse to cash; it’s probably not going to be able to beat the company, so it might as well do everything it can to join it, or at least bring it into the corporate umbrella it’s been holding up for Instagram for a few years now.
Facebook  Mark  Zuckerberg  Snapchat  Twitter  Core  Product  Value  Proposition  Instagram  Niche  Vertical  added  management  management  Wall  Street  corporatism 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
The most ridiculous quotes from NYMag’s feature on the future of Time Inc. | PandoDaily
That said, it hasn’t stopped Time from at least talking like a startup. The company’s CTO Colin Bodell, a former Amazon executive, sounds almost like a parody of a fail-fast entrepreneur, spouting off Silicon Valley koans to Sherman like, “I don’t care if it’s the janitor who comes up with the next big idea,” and “We know we have to iterate very, very fast.” [...] Time seems as confused on the editorial side of the company as it is on the business side. Ripp tells Sherman he brought in Pearlstine, a longtime staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal, because he understands the magazine’s “traditions.” And yet Ripp supports both native advertising (hell, who doesn’t these days) and, perhaps more troublingly, Forbes’ contributor model, which basically lets any hack publish under a Forbes byline no matter how compromised by special interests the writer is. [...] Time is talking the entrepreneurial talk, but not walking the walk.
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Twitter Pollutes The Timeline | TechCrunch
The specific change in how your Twitter timeline operates allows for the company to inject additional content into your feed from other users you don’t follow. This is in addition to promoted tweet advertising content — you still get that thrust into your feed too. Yesterday the company added the following paragraph to a Help Center page which details exactly how far it’s moving the goal posts here: Additionally, when we identify a Tweet, an account to follow, or other content that’s popular or relevant, we may add it to your timeline. This means you will sometimes see Tweets from accounts you don’t follow. We select each Tweet using a variety of signals, including how popular it is and how people in your network are interacting with it. Our goal is to make your home timeline even more relevant and interesting. +++ http://recode.net/2014/08/22/how-twitter-decides-what-to-place-in-your-stream/
Twitter  Facebook  Newsfeed  algorithm  algos  algo  algorithms  Signal  vs.  Noise  Timeline  Core  Product  Value  Proposition  utility  Wall  Street  shareholder  shareholder  user  experience  experience  customer  experience  shared  experience  mainstream 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
Amazon quickens push into tough local services market | Reuters
@amazon's local services to push into new markets, add services; currently offers assembly, installation & repair in NYC, LA, Seattle; cost of parts included in service price; marketplace will ultimately offer 'services from plumbing to babysitting'; co to take 20% of sales from insured & annually screened providers. /// [[Worry free added Service and Installation - Service and Convenience Industry.]] - In trials, Amazon has recommended services alongside relevant purchases online and providers are backed by its "A-to-Z" money-back guarantee.
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Native advertising remains an awkward — but very necessary — mess | PandoDaily
http://bit.ly/1rRdtax "“We can buy page views… but we can’t buy time spent,” Segrist said, euphorically. The New York Times jumped “full force” into native 12 months ago, according to Tomich. “It’s been incredibly successful,” he said. “Success is limitless with this type of advertising.”" | http://bit.ly/1nZKdcB + http://bit.ly/1rzyfxM + http://bit.ly/1umjzEp + http://bit.ly/1zbHXYd + http://bit.ly/1rzJEMB "Facebook is no longer a social network. It’s the world’s most powerful news reader [...] I no longer go to the New York Times front page to start my day. I get there through the ‘side door.’ Facebook. [...] Facebook drives massively more referral traffic than Twitter, and publishers I’ve surveyed confide that the ratio can be as high as ten or twenty to one. [Even Pinterest comes before Twitter]" + http://bit.ly/1A0SAhX + http://bit.ly/1xbawCh
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Foursquare may be challenged, but Crowley’s job is not in jeopardy | PandoDaily
|| http://pando.com/2014/07/23/foursquare-is-dead-long-live-foursquare/ || To the latter first: Foursquare is mostly considered a failure because its hype was so great. But the company clearly has real value. With 50 million users worldwide and more data on their physical movements and social habits of these users that all but a handful of companies, it’s highly unlikely that Foursquare just goes away. As I wrote at the time of the Waze acquisition: …the data Foursquare is collecting on where people go and what they do is potentially more varied, rich, valuable and usable for different applications. That’s particularly the case when you factor in Foursquare’s API which is also used by Path, Instagram, Uber, Evernote, Garmin, Vine, Magellan, and – you guessed it! – Waze. [...] Selling or not selling is such a brutal decision — and I commend when entrepreneurs who don’t — because success even after a huge offer is still so uncertain. !! Pando Interview - http://youtu.be/17UnqwVvfSc !!
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Bill Gurley schools NYU professor: Uber will be 25x bigger than you think | PandoDaily
[ + long tail use cases and cases that seem in retrospect obvious but currently are foggy (ie owning a car in the city for ppl a luxury good), car ownership deemed inefficient/waste of money; when car is used only ~5% during the day and there are clearly cheaper and if not even more convenient options of daily transportation on offer. ] Gurley, who is one of the smartest and most articulate figures in all of venture capital (and who just happens to be an early Uber investor and board member) laid out a more than 4,500-word argument for why Damodaran underestimated the Uber opportunity by no less than a factor of 25. The Benchmark Capital partner was diplomatic, apologetic even, but that made his dismantling of the professor’s reasoning no less thorough.
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
The Story Of Whitney Wolfe Vs. Tinder
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Gillmor Gang: Pass the Buck - Gillmor Gang | TechCrunch TV (July 3rd, 2014)
Facebook feed a/b test - psychology/sociology study. Twitter product vision and leadership ... revenue/user ... history repeats itself; see Yahoo! - Wall Street fetish with GROWTH $$$: 'Either u get more users or more money per users. But we want to see the money!!!' << Unsustainable long-term, no long-term view. +++ where to post your content, types of content - intentions, where is the most and best engagement - ROI. +++ Linkedin's vertical content strategy to remain relevant (in an age where you are a media company and then X) and thus increase engagement and uniques and distribution. << adding value with this type of product - a product/feature adjacent to core product value proposition !!! Adding value to consumer - 99% free [do they have promoted content feature - paid content promotion?]
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
How Twitch’s Founders Turned an Aimless Reality Show Into a Video Juggernaut | Re/code
Shear said that part of what made the Truman Show-esque experiment work was that this time, the product was something its creators wanted for themselves. “If we had any success with Justin.tv, it’s because we were our own user,” he said. “We knew what was important because it’s stuff we wanted.” +++ http://recode.net/2014/05/18/why-a-youtube-twitch-marriage-makes-sense/
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july 2014 by asterisk2a

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