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Movinga vs. Movago – wer ist hier das Copycat? | Gründerszene
German start-ups copy each other now ... It's not the Samwer Brothers anymore, they have already lots on their existing plate (made up of copycats). Add the credit bubble, public market distortions and free cash that is flushing around put into seed rounds, as enabler. #Facepalm // smart heads, small opportunist ideas, x for y locally here in z.
Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  copycat  Samwer  Brothers  2015  credit  bubble  hunt  for  yield  distortion  Private  Market  Silicon  Valley  Germany  culture  Failure  stigma  entrepreneurship  wantrepreneur  execution  creative  destruction  disruption  disrupting  markets  counter  culture 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Gary Vaynerchuk | USC Entrepreneur Talk | 2015 - YouTube
// I am an HR dictator. Don't be a dick like Steve because Steve was a dick and was successful and this icon that died a tragic death. << wantrepreneur. // its about having a product/market fit and executing well! it's what you do with it. //
Gary  Vaynerchuk  wantrepreneur  entrepreneurship  Start-up  of  You  entrepreneur  advice  lesson  HR  human  resources  corporate  culture  corporate  values  long-term  Legacy  CEO  Leadership  recruiting  recruitment  self-actualization  self-awareness  hunt  for  yield  2015  Silicon  Valley  irrational  exuberance  hubris  panic  execution  Product/Market  Fit 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Episode 647: Hard Work Is Irrelevant by NPR's Planet Money
Patty McCord helped create a workplace at Netflix that runs more like a professional sports team than a family. If you're not up to scratch, you're off the team. Is this the future of work? [ its not long-hours, its about output, ... can you do it in 4-day vs 5-day week? ] [ essential employees only ] [ output (results) more valued than input (hours in the office) ]
Netflix  Amazon  corporate  culture  corporate  values  HR  human  resources  hiring  people  management  team  management  Jeff  Bezos  Reed  Hastings  productivity  execution  Office  Politics 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
What to Make of Amazon's Work Practices? | Bothsides of the Table
It’s best encapsulated in a famous Jeff Bezos quote, “You can work long, hard or smart, but at Amazon.com you can’t choose two out of three,” [...] Try working at Goldman Sachs, [...] You think it’s different at any of the top consulting firms? [...] You see organizations like these thrive on large pools of some of the country’s best and brightest graduates that trade off 2-5 years of work experience under extreme pressure in exchange for skills, experiences & relationships that will last a lifetime. [Accelerated Learning] [...] Think its a cake walk working @ any of the countries top law firms? [...] Should we do an article on what it’s like to be a medical resident? How abt working in the US military? Chief of Staff for a major political figure? What abt a top athlete in the NFL or NBA or even part of the coaching staff. Think they dont have work/life balance challenges in a field theyve chosen to work in? [#Top 100 of X vs avg white- or blue-collar worker ] [what u optimize for?]
Silicon  Valley  Amazon  Jeff  Bezos  HR  human  resources  hiring  recruiting  recruitment  people  management  team  management  corporate  culture  corporate  values  Start-up  Start-up  of  You  career  advice  career  ladder  accelerated  learning  White-collar  Worker  average  Failure  Blue-collar  Worker  Workers  Union  benefits  perks  Google  Microsoft  beyond  workplace  drama  workplace  work  environment  environment  SME  SMB  Germany  culture  work  life  balance  well  being  chronic  stress  happiness  index  elite  athlete  elite  sports  war  for  talent  ID  Tour  of  Duty  Reed  Hastings  Netflix  Reid  Hoffman  linkedin  Intel  Apple  life  lesson  life  hacker  Gary  Vaynerchuk  Hustle  advice  lesson  4-day  work  week  TeamTreehouse  Ryan  Carson  Facebook  Twitter  Dick  Costolo  productivity  focused  Focus  execution  entrepreneurship  Founders  Success  competitive  competition  competitiveness  knowledge 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
An Analysis Of Zirtual’s Reality And The Perils Of Debt | TechCrunch
[ SEC filings show it wanted to raise lots more money ] Think about the implications of this for a moment: we know the company wanted $2.75 million in June, and got most of it. But we also know that 35 days later, Zirtual had been looking for another $3 million, and only got $650,000. That is a meaningful shortfall, an 80% difference between the money they needed and the money they got. [...] In fact, you might have concluded they were in for some kind of serious financing and operational problem weeks in advance [ talked also in Jason's interview that they still have legacy customers who cost them too much but are sort of still keep on: book 'hard things about hard things'], when you connect the fairly clear dots between two attempts to raise capital within a month of each other, and which are increasingly unsuccessful. [...] We’re not talking about an equity financing here, we’re talking about debt. [...] debt is a harsh mistress, especially for a startup tech company.
Zirtual  burn  rate  runway  Venture  Capital  fundraising  operations  operation  convertible  note  debt  cash  flow  cash-is-king  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  CEO  CFO  financial  literacy  accounting  accountability  execution 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Access To Startup Skills Threatened By U.K. Visa Review | TechCrunch
[ unable to move fast, execute fast ] Startups of course rely on filling vacancies by bringing skills from abroad — given it may be the only way to obtain relevant expertise when you’re working in such nascent areas. [...] According to the MAC’s call for evidence, the proposed changes being considered by the government include some potentially radical measures — such as: significantly raising the salary threshold; restricting which job roles are eligible; and removing the right for dependents of visa holders to be able to work in the U.K. [ salaries threshold, NHS already cried out loud foul as many foreign nurses would have to leave it threshold would be set at about 34-35 minumum earnings. ] [...] “The majority don’t… and several of the respondents said it’s already too complicated and expensive for us to go through that process,” he notes. [...] “populist politics” could pose a threat the U.K.’s digital economy [... quality of life in London less than in other US cities ...]
skill-biased  technological  change  UK  London  Start-up  Scene  ecosystem  skills  gap  job  market  labour  market  Supply  and  Demand  Demand  and  Supply  borderless  flat  world  HR  human  resources  hiring  lesson  advice  scaling  work  visa  immigration  productivity  output  gap  STEM  industrial  policy  David  Cameron  Tories  Conservative  Party  general  election  2015  election  campaign  promises  UKIP  sentiment  populism  propaganda  education  policy  European  Union  talent  pool  Europe  Scene  war  for  talent  Makers  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  competitive  competitiveness  competitive  advantage  competition  execution  digital  economy 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Twitter Loses Two Employees Focused On Growth And Discovery | TechCrunch
30% gone already Only 9 of the 13 @Twitter execs that presented at their Nov 2014 analyst day are left $TWTR
Twitter  Leadership  vision  mission  execution  people  management  Dick  Costolo  jackdorsey 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Microsoft Shakes Up Its Leadership And Internal Structure As Its Fiscal Year Comes To A Close | TechCrunch
bit.ly/1SoZYvO // Some of its most senior executives are departing, and the company is shifting internal teams in what the company described as a change to better match its personnel to its strategy, according to a memo published both internally and externally by its CEO, Satya Nadella. It’s worth noting that Microsoft is coming up on the end of its fiscal year, making the changes not particularly temporally surprising. Still, the internal reshuffling is notable as it helps underscore how the software company is working to change to face a rapidly evolving market. In its memo, Microsoft said that the changes will help it build at a faster pace, and improve engineering alignment. For a company known in the past for having fractious internal units, the changes are interesting as they appear to be designed to combat its infamous discord. // &! tcrn.ch/1MMqqvF (writing down Nokia hw asset acquisition eventually)
Microsoft  MSFT  Satya  Nadella  management  execution  Leadership  CEO  business  model  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  marginal  cost  economics  of  abundance  Google  Apple 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Jeff Clavier insists there’s no Series A Crunch | PandoDaily
It wasn’t that VCs were going to do fewer Series A deals than they have in the past. It was because there was a limit to how many more Series A deals the industry could do in a given year, since most VCs only do one to two deals per year. The explosion of incubators, angels, and seed funds meant there would be thousands more companies [ <100's with serious traction, seriously ] vying for those one or two yeses per partner per year. [...] [...] Clavier pushes his companies to raise ginormous seed rounds– way more than they think they want. He’ll routinely talk an entrepreneur who just wants to raise $750k into more than doubling that. Cynics could say this pushes an entrepreneur to give away more ownership at a higher early price and have less control, but the logic is that seeds are the only place where there’s a glut of money and you don’t have to prove a lot to get it. Load up while you can. That gives the company enough room that it can hit momentum .... & bit.ly/1ask6Np
Silicon  Valley  Venture  Capital  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Seed  Round  traction  execution  A  Round 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Enthusiasm vs. Action — Medium
Everybody wants to know the secret to launching a successful business. And, more often than not, any entrepreneur will have the inner dialogue that goes a little something like this: should I be all out there, enthusiastic, getting the word out? Or should I be nose to the grindstone, pay attention to the details, don’t look up? Enthusiasm or action? The truth is, you absolutely need both. I know a lot of people with massive amounts of enthusiasm, but they can’t execute dick. Then, there’s the other side. People that can execute As on every paper, but without that passion, that bravado or fire, they’re only able to get limited return on that investment of execution. // https://medium.com/@garyvee/the-age-of-the-introvert-entrepreneur-13dab9a8f529 "We are in the glory days of the introverted entrepreneur. Because of technology, there are so many ways to build a company now, talk to people and make connections in the business world; all without leaving your desk."
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  execution  introvert  Social  Media  growth  hacker  growth  hacking  marketing  Net  Promoter  Score  word  of  mouth 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Bootstrapping Is The New Seed | TechCrunch
With a 10 percent startup success rate, the decision to bootstrap means that your plan of execution needs to be as tight as possible. // Focus - Build something people want (fix your internal need) - Know Your Customers Better Than Anyone Else (Feedback loop w customer, 1000 true fans, delighting them every time and exceeding their expectations) - Build a Predictable Lead-Gen Channel (analytics) - Know How Much You’re Worth (there is a price point for every product to sell much and make much and to sell less and still make much, it also reflects on your worth, and also if cheap invites certain kind of customers. Tim Ferriss talks about this in one of his podcasts. Pricing.)
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Lean  Start-Up  execution  bootstrapped  bootstraped  bootstrapping 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook Finds Strength As A Family, Not An App | TechCrunch
The subtext of Zuck’s “family” quote is that one app can’t do everything. On mobile, people want lean, purpose-driven experiences. Cramming everything into a one-size-fits-all can make it slow and bloated. But when you’re talking about trying to connect every human on earth, a singularly focused app alone can’t possibly meet the diverse needs of a diverse population. Zuckerberg explained “We’re building this family so we can offer unique, world-class experiences for every way that people want to share.” --- // add as user behaviour slash trait "convenience." // ie Instagram releasing separate app for photo collages. // Facebook Messenger as Platform - have ppl not learned to build their business on other ppls lawn? Ok for established businesses and own domain and standalone product and to be on Messenger only to reduce friction, ... still double edged sword.
Appification  single-use  app  mobile  first  user  experience  UI  UX  frictionless  friction  Don't  make  me  think  word  of  mouth  Net  Promoter  Score  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  user  behaviour  user  churn  attention  span  Facebook  convenience  Instagram  focus  execution  noise  distraction  Platform  TOS  Facebook  Messenger 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Building entrepreneurship - YouTube
Note: Start-ups (with traction) can be the cheapest real-world MBA for undergrads with some business/job experience at an established firm. // Business Schools still have to sell themselves.
MBA  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  execution  Business  School 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Aaron Levie | Box | USC 2014 Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year - YouTube
min 36 - being a CEO. fill your weaknesses with confidants. self-awareness. << make your company successful. recruit the people that are great at x domain. make sure things are cohesive (mission, vision << product strategy) and execute execute execute!!! Still, operate Start-up like, have the structure, ... see Spotify ( https://labs.spotify.com/2014/03/27/spotify-engineering-culture-part-1/ &! tcrn.ch/1eJXzM2 ) &! Buffer " In 2015 we switched to a new organizational structure inspired by Frederic Laloux's Reinventing Organizations. This new structure eliminated the need for managers, bosses and formal hierarchy." &! &! min52 execution, always on, constantly (re-)calibrate, do the smartest things with your time (limited resources) &! (RoL) Return on Luck, exploit your luck & presented opportunity. exploit & maximise = execution. Uber wasn't the first! &! 1:05:00 spend money on contractors that do one off stuff that you are not able to do at a certain quality
Box  Aaron  Levie  scaling  management  people  management  product  management  project  management  Leadership  CEO  organisational  behaviour  organizational  behavior  HR  human  resources  learning  curve  growth  mindset  execution  decision  making  team  management  business  management  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
To build a billion-dollar company, stick with your founding CEO
Investment firm Atomico has come out with its first quarterly update to the research it published last October. Its data suggests you’re better off having (and sticking with) your founding, tech-savvy CEO.
Venture  Capital  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Leadership  Vision  execution 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
DLD15 - What Matters Most in Startup Success (Bill Gross) - YouTube
timing, execution, idea. ... funding is no differentiator as business model. if you have customer demand for your idea (product/market fit) then you can use one business model of the shelve. good timing can crossover with product/market fit - ie come up with something people all the sudden need (ie extra income renting out bed, driving on the weekend and evenings). // timing - is the market really ready (reach/penetration)?! ie Oculus Rift (VR) is not yet mass market compatible. rise of casual gamer, ... mainstream media wrote about it when the market sort of peaked (3-5 break out hits hit mainstream usage. ie your mom). // longer version - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZS-NCSJ9Zo
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Product/Market  Fit  differentiation  differentiate  execution  focus  focused  timing  burn  rate  runway 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC Sport - World Cup 2014: Brazil cracked up, says Germany's Joachim Low
w/o Thiago Silva, Luiz was incapable 2 pickup Leadership role, commanding, directing, organising the game. It wasnt just Neymar missing. It was a team w/o leadership. Youve got 11 world players on both sides. But a team w/o a leader, vision, direction, playbook is a incomplete team. A house of cards that was the Brazilian Team, (many around 1-2 key players - philosophy) fell apart. http://bbc.in/1mHpAHB + http://bbc.in/U39yeN "Scolari bounded off the team coach wearing a white "Forca Neymar" baseball cap while captain David Luiz and goalkeeper Julio Cesar held up his number 10 shirt during the national anthem. Fine sentiments perhaps, but also a sign of overwrought emotions, of the pressure of playing without their superstar and the doubts that exposed. The constant hugging and team bonding smacked more of insecurity and posturing. Germany in contrast were cold, clinical, magnificent." http://bbc.in/1znN7l3 http://bit.ly/1oix4ML + "the trophy doesnt say great team, it says 'winners.'"
leadership  Passion  elite  sports  elite  athlete  Soccer  Brazil  Argentina  Germany  Scolari  vision  capital  skills  practical  skills  practical  skill  set  communication  team  management  management  weakness  weakest  link  people  management  execution  discipline  playbook  Personal  game  plan  accountability  responsibility  Luiz  Felipe  Scolari  pressure  peer  pressure  expectations  courage  sport  psychology  psychology  performance  performance  anxiety  Competition  competitive  gaming  competitive  competitive  advantage  competitiveness  comparative  advantage  self-belief  self-awareness  Soccer  World  Cup  philosophy  Italy 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Is everything we know about what makes a good VC just wrong? | PandoDaily
Still, I’ve heard that idea — operational experience as the mark of a great investor — countless times in the past twelve months. As a founder, I resonate with everything everyone says about good and bad investors on an emotional level. I used to think entrepreneurs were too whiney about interfering board members and VCs. Guys, they gave you millions of dollars to build your dream with no obligation on the downside should you completely blow it and lose it all! You think they shouldn’t have a say in the company? But I get it now. I can’t tell you how times in the past two and a half years I’ve said the words “easier said than done.” The worst conversations are ones where investors say something like: “Have you thought about hiring a world class sales guy?” [...] THERE IS NO 'apply this' PLAYBOOK. [VC's & Co are in THE SERVICE BUSINESS. Entrepreneurs are their customers. LPs ar their shareholders.]
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Venture  Capital  angelinvestor  openangelforum  angel-list  angelinvestors  VC  seedround  seedfunding  execution  Silicon  Valley  Palo  Alto 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
A fireside chat with Fred Wilson - YouTube
"We are in the service business, helping them being successful." VC guys - here to help you; council, scale, connect/network help, help where they can be helpful otherwise find the person who can help you with X (ie Chris Sacca seems to have special skill set that some companies can leverage for biz deals and negotiations - ie Uber [ http://youtu.be/iqUG2_cmZ6I ]). See a16z model; Operations Helpers (HR, Marketing, biz Dev.). That is where Angel Investors (single persons) and Seed Rounds lack value; the added value and the scalability (n+1 people behind VC company). In Finance School; the present value of the company is the future cash-flow (not necessarily profits), that is why companies who aimed for revenue growth are much more valuable than companies who aimed for margin. Term 'Investing in the future.' ;-) The future is uncertain by definition. Very uncertain. High risk, high potential returns. With given losers (losses non-leveraged, can't loose more than you've invested).
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Mark  Suster  Fred  Wilson  VC  Venture  Capital  Chris  Sacca  Angel  Investor  seedround  seedfunding  Twitter  Etsy  Dick  Costolo  indeed.com  execution  focused  focus  vision 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Yahoo Does A “Summer Cleaning,” Shuts Down Its Xobni Acquisition, Plus Other Under-Performing Products | TechCrunch
It’s not surprising for Yahoo to cut its non-performing products, as the company is trying to “further its focus” on core experiences – Search, Communications, Digital Magazines and Video – as it says today. This is also not the first time Yahoo has made the decision to eliminate items from its overly large lineup – it did the same in March and April 2013, today’s announcement also notes.
Yahoo!  Marissa  Mayer  focus  focused  execution 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Founder School with McKinsey - YouTube
growth can't be infinite in a finite world population. PERIOD. revenue 2x more worth for that margin - in terms of apples to apples company valuation. long-term thinking applies; we can later improve margins. lets focus on scale. market dominance/relevance. [...] getting over the 1bn figure is hard. Instagram. ... WhatsApp ... FB was overpaying (19bn) in order to have it, be relevant in that space, and not let it have anybody else. PERIOD. Was Strategic as Instragram was for Pictures (vertical). [...] Patent system is, can be, stifling in many ways. Because it serves as distraction from the Vision, the Product and the Execution. The current overall patent environment is prohibitive to innovation.
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  business  math  business  management  shareholder  value  stakeholder  value  valuation  scale  scaling  growth  hacker  economics  business  model  revenues  revenue  Silicon  Valley  long-term  thinking  short-term  thinking  customer  acquisition  customer  retention  monetization  monetize  monetisation  business  plan  stifling  execution  Vision  product  management  Product/Market  Fit  Design  multi-product  company  patent  trolls  innovation  stealth  patent  troll 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Founder School with Di-Ann Eisnor: How to Build a Billion-Dollar Business: Lessons from Waze - YouTube
great people that believe in the vision, less talk about vision - most of ur work week execute to let vision come to fruition. week by week, deal by deal, customer by customer, line of coder after line of code. [...] carmageddon; was luck. if you don't have it, you have to make it, engineer it. ie growth hacking; social sharing of relevant, valuable, contextual content ie via blog or other communication ways ('you are a content company, then/plus X - gary vaynerchuck'). exceptional cases - vial content, thought leaders, advocates - make your users advocates*, high profile people who are passionate about a topic might adopt and put always a good word in for your product ie guy kawasaki for canvas. *letting them take part of the journey in various ways - #engagement, #gamification. Min23 in; local quality curated ads as value added feature for user in line w value proposition. Learning to say no to everything that is not CORE to the VISION, the PRODUCT. + A brand as defensible advantage.
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  scale  scaling  execution  content  context  growth  hacker  Gary  Vaynerchuk  gamification  Waze  Di-Ann  Eisnor  leadership  vision  adoption  community  distraction  learning  to  say  no  Value  Proposition  Product  Design  management  Product/Market  Fit  consumer  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  frictionless  friction  viral  brand  brands  branding  competitive  advantage  comparative  advantage  comparative-advantage 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
eBay’s Magento to Shut Down Go Small Business Product | Re/code
Two of them targeted mid-size and large brands and retailers, while Go was aimed at small businesses. But according to several sources, Go never gained traction against competitors that included Bigcommerce and Shopify. In March, Magento cut dozens of employees in a move the company said was aimed at realigning the business to “focus more deeply” on its two products aimed at bigger businesses. It wouldn’t say at the time what that meant for its Go offering.
Magento  squarespace  Amazon  ebay  e-commerce  Shopify  SAAS  focused  focus  execution  marketplace  plurality  Value  Proposition  Product/Market  Fit  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Google Ventures’ Bill Maris on Venture Capital in Silicon Valley | Re/code
The thing that reminds Maris of future success is 'great persistence' & the 'ability to focus intensely on a problem' ... [...] - Typical venture funds 'put a timeframe on innovation' w/ a time period VCs are expected to invest & return $ back to LPs; Maris says 'we’re not beholden to Silicon Valley economics'
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Product/Market  Fit  focused  focus  execution  Silicon  Valley  Venture  Capital  Google  Ventures 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
A Fireside Chat Jason Calacanis - YouTube
>> be short, sharp, compelling, have at least a mock-up if not better a MVP, or even better a product w traction. DONT ASK INVESTORS WHAT THE HAVE LEAST, TIME. ... and no dissing of unicorns (billion dollar exist, business),
Jason  Calacanis  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  focused  focus  execution  communication  Unicorn  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  Hustle  billion  dollar  exit  Venture  Capital  VC  angelinvestors  angelinvestor  seedround  seedfunding  traction 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
- Venture Capital - This Week in Venture Capital - Mark Jeffrey, CEO of ThisWeekIn - YouTube
Brad Feld, Fred Wilson, Suster - bothsidesofthetable.com - Blogs, + Quora, ... Mark Suster "execution tends to win." talking about copycats and me too start-ups, get an introduction from existing/past portfolio companies. Hustle. It's unacceptable not to be able to figure out how to get access other than in a straight line via email on persons homepage. || people now, with lower barrier of entry - MVP, - ppl wanna see product. + PLUS + financial models !!! business model / plan - the economics. - have a plan for the basics of the company ~2-3 quarters into the future while keeping the vision in mind.
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Deck  pitch-deck  pitch  elevator  pitch  pitching  pitch  execution  creativity  Hustle  authentic  Venture  Capital  seedround  seedfunding  angelinvestor  openangelforum  angel  list  open  angel  forum  TheFunded  sales  focus  focused  Chutzpah  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  business  model  businessplan  businessmodel  business  plan  businessmodels 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Tesla Opens Up Patents to Promote Electric Vehicles | Re/code
Elon Musk's legacy will not just be Tesla Motors and SpaceX. It will also be this, being concerned about the future, that the velocity of which the electric car spreads to the consumer around the world isn't steep enough in order to make a dent in the world ... in the world's carbon emission reduction / global warming. He puts the common and public good before profits and WallStreet. Knowing and banking on the Tesla Brand and still having the first mover advantage in 5 years. Elon Musk picks his fights really well. Marrying a capitalistic profit motive of a company that was on the brink of failure and the public good/common good of reducing carbon footprint of the world. Establishing, enabling industry standards. Preventing technological incompatibilities and silos. Trying to prevent consumer frustration and friction. This is Win-Win. If Wall Street tanks the Stock this Friday, we should all give up ... on Wall Street already. // http://onforb.es/1mNg7Jw
Tesla  teslamotors  Tesla  Motors  patent  patents  patent  troll  patent  trolls  Elon  Musk  focused  focus  execution  Open  Platform  carbonfootprint  carbonemission  Mission  Statement  crony  capitalism  industry  standards  technological  history  technological  progress  Consumerism  consumer  consumerist  frictionless  friction  technological  silo  silo  long-term  thinking  short-term  thinking  WallStreet  consumer  product  Design  moral  beliefs  morals  morality  Philosophy  public  good  public  transportation  ethical  ethics  corporate  governance  corporate  culture  corporatism  capitalism  ethical  beliefs  governance 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Why did it take so long for Windows to support a taskbar on more than one monitor? - The Old New Thing - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
Features do not exist in a vacuum, and decisions about features necessarily take into account the other features under consideration. For a feature to be adopted, it not only must be valuable enough in itself, but it almost must provide a better cost/benefit ratio than any other features under consideration. While the benefit of a multi-monitor taskbar is high, you have to scale it down by the percentage of users who would be able to take advantage of such a feature. I don't know the exact numbers, but I would hazard that fewer than ten percent of users use a multiple-monitor system on a regular basis, so any benefit would have to be ten times as great as the benefit of features that have broader use. + http://blog.eventjoy.com/post/87807448121/on-startups-how-we-develop-new-features-extremely-fast
Product  Design  management  Product  feature  features  Roadmap  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  execution  focused  focus  user  experience 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
LadyBits’ First and Last Year on Medium — LadyBits on Medium — Medium
https://medium.com/ladybits-on-medium || Ev & Biz bankrolling writers. ""A rare insight into Medium-the-terribly-run-magazine as opposed to Medium-the-impressive-publishing-platform + ""The most surprising part of the Ladybits story about working with Medium is that Medium offered terrible analytics + """Nobody knew where the money was coming from to pay writers." On working as an editor at Medium. + ""If you're wondering about the @Medium biz model, LadyBits' @arikia explains — just as she's walking out the door. + ""The best sign Medium is YouTube for text: contributors quitting over discovery and rev share! || +++ ppl talk about going so fast that you think you have nearly no control. otherwise you are not moving fast enough.
medium.com  Ev  Williams  Biz  Stone  Wordpress  publishing  2.0  self-publishing  qz.com  business  model  execution  project  management  YouTube  Revenue  Share  content  creator  digital  content  digital  artist  digital  economy  digital  natives  Women  in  Tech  communication  management  Start-Up  Playbook 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Apple’s Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine Interview Video | Re/code
min 54:35 - making Apple future proof. focus. culture. ... creating value with ordinary products via detail, brand, design, and less friction. Question is, will they make Apple a distinctive luxury tech brand because of the comoditisation of hardware, software & design. + Last sentence; Apple being able to move fast. How? With someone flat (less vertical than usual ;)), tightly woven - VPs, Execs and C-Suit??!! Is that a something for success!? Respecting each other and being also somewhat friends to sometimes hang out with?! Because everyone else on the outside is gunning for you, daily. Because you have the biggest target on your back of them all. Is that the sauce that will make them be able to turn the brand identity into a luxury tech one with big big margins everybody else dreams of? Being able to pull this off because of the detail, design, status symbol, frustration free tech?
Apple  business  model  Steve  Jobs  corporate  culture  people  management  project  management  detail  orientated  focused  execution  brand  brands  branding  commoditization  commodity  business  business  management  status  symbol 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
DLD NYC 14 - Winners/Losers in a Digital Age (Scott Galloway) - YouTube
Apple knows that competition is catching up faster and faster in terms of design and functionality etc etc. They hired 2 fashion people already (burberry and from LVHM). And to differentiate the brand further (price/status symbol - above middle class) and to keep selling it's Apple Products ... including wearables (Watch & Headphone) they hired those key people or b(r)ought them into the mothership. They could have long ago bought personal cloud storage companies and other stuff to add to its portfolio bla bla bla.... but that 'Software', you can't display - show off - walking around downtown manhatten. Wearables, phones, tablets - you can. ... Apple focuses on their core competencies - software like iTunes is only 2nd class, that is why it still doesn't stream. >> “They want Jimmy and they want Dre,” said the source. “He’s got fashion and culture completely locked up.” ( http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/22/apples-beats-deal-is-happening-and-its-a-dre-acquihire/ ) + !!! v=NP0P2BT0vTc !!!
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Path’s kiss of death compliment: “It’s hugely popular in Indonesia!” | PandoDaily
[+ Raising Too Much Money for a too small product and market!?] It may be the beginning of the end for a company that was once offered $125 million to sell to Google – in a high priced acquihire – less that six months into its existence and before the company even launched. [...] So, what went so wrong? The answer seems to be a combination of poor execution, an excessive focus on design over utility (not to mention differentiation), and a keeping up with the Joneses desire to spend lavishly. [...] The company has always been a reflection of Morin, including his obsessiveness over design and his proclivity for spending. For example, Path reportedly built its team with a designer to developer ratio of 1-to-2, as compared to an industry average that is likely closer to 1-to-20 (or even lower, although precise figures are hard to come by). [[ ~ Spending for the wrong means to an end. ~ ]] [[ ... Inside the bubble that is the Valley and the Fetish ... ]]
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
▶ Awe!thenticity: Mark Ecko at TEDxMidwest - YouTube
Mark Ecko "guts to the skin." + "School comes to you. [...] School is everywhere. [...] Don't lose the core, don't get distracted by the noise in the white wash. [...] Own it. [...] It's how you make people feel, not necessarily what you make (quality, means [$$$] to produce great quality product]. Evoking emotions and imaginations and connections and relational feelings. To relate." + Friends. Hold on to the word friend. Friend - to love. People are more like acquaintances or companion. Noise - filter it from inside out.
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january 2014 by asterisk2a
Staying Ahead of the Curve — The Entrepreneur’s Journey — Medium
RE: @garyvee @stunwin How do you stay ahead of the game? How do you strategize with your team? Any particular methods you use? [...] RE: Staying Ahead of the Curve Innovation isn’t a tactic. It’s a religion. It’s not a method, it’s a mindset. Everybody’s looking for tactics, but it’s more about religion. So the reason my team and I stay ahead is that we’re built to stay ahead. We value the ROI that comes from the time we spend researching and pondering and debating and playing. [...] We’re in the business of always trying to put ourselves out of business. [...] But when it call comes down to it, nothing trumps execution. When Vine came out, I spent many hours between 11pm and 2am playing and understanding. At the end of the day, those hours were taken out of leisure time, sleep, and preparing for projects. I knew that and I still allocated that time. On paper, that seems very counter-intuitive, but I understand that value, and if you want to stay ahead, you should, too.
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january 2014 by asterisk2a
▶ Genius Network® Presents: Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of Vaynermedia, interviewed by Joe Polish - YouTube
click through rate rock bottom. emerging platforms. + social media (work) is a marathon of investment. + attention span. + storytelling + extrovert + love the game (social media, internet - as a business) + legacy over currency + being right over the long-term + haters, hate - don't dismiss criticism. feedback. continue to critically think and keep executing. thus staying relevant. the marathon. + ad targeting + "Social Media is the only substitute for money. But it costs you time and knowledge." + Effort + Social Media is Word of Mouth @internet age + Infographics + have to work, effort / drive. Play xbox when your are well off. "I don't like complaining." + Social Media is sweet science. Marketing is hard, and it got harder. + "Marketing is applied Psychology." is Seduction. is Dating. + Freemium, giving away some content, luring them in. Content Marketing. MicroContent. Jab Jab Jab Ask. + Life gives to the giver and takes from takers.
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december 2013 by asterisk2a
Did AOL squander its chances with Bebo? - Telegraph
Indeed, worldwide there were only ever around 100 employees, barely any of whom were developers – a stark contrast to the engineering cultures at MySpace and Facebook. A source close to Bebo’s UK operations added: “The company was not that good at listening to user feedback, doing market research or beta testing. Too many resources were put into the AIM [AOL Instant Messenger] integration and not enough into keeping Bebo bug-free and keeping its core features up to date.”

According to Robin Hamman, the head of social media at social business consultancy Headshift: “Facebook stole Bebo's thunder by introducing applications that extended the usefulness of the service. MySpace too evolved by focusing on music as its niche. Bebo failed both to introduce a range of functionality to rival Facebook, or to find a niche beyond a demographic - a demographic which, as they grew older, moved away.”
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april 2010 by asterisk2a
Walmart Should Buy Netflix, Not Vudu, If It's Serious About Streaming Movies
The idea is that Walmart -- which is selling many of these devices, such as TVs and Blu-ray players, to consumers -- could keep its movie revenue intact as DVD sales and rentals gradually shift to digital. As a reader points out, Walmart already has good relationships with studios, which could potentially help it strike better streaming deals than its rivals.

The problem is that it's just going to take way too long for Walmart and Vudu to make a major impact here on their own, and as a result, this deal will likely be a failure.
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february 2010 by asterisk2a
The Only Chance For MySpace Is To Be Free Of News Corp.
A further concern is the fact that MySpace can’t offer lucrative stock options to employees, since they are a subsidiary of a public company. The best engineers won’t go anywhere near MySpace.

MySpace’s only hope, and I don’t think I’m exaggerating here, is to be spun off from News Corp. into an independent entity. They need an intelligent management structure (no co-presidents) filled with enthusiastic executives (who don’t trash the company in public) and they need a radical product plan. And they need to be private so they can give employees stock options.
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february 2010 by asterisk2a

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