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Google search chief Amit Singhal looks to the future - BBC News
For more than a decade, boxes have helped Google dominate search - both the rectangle on its home page and the web browser address bars that send users to its results.
personal  assistant  Google  Search  Google  Inc.  Google  Now  on  Tap  Siri  Apple  Cortana  Microsoft  Facebook  Messenger  Amazon  Prime  Amazon  convenience  friction  frictionless  Silo  augmented  intelligence  AI  artificial  intelligence  Big  Data 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple's Ad-Blocking Apps Gaining Popularity - YouTube
"this is an arms race." //&! bit.ly/1iRx5vN //&! bbc.in/1LpAn4D - However Mr Arment withdrew his app after just two days and offered those who had bought it a refund.
ad-block  iAd  Safari  iOS  Platform  Silo  AdBlock  Content  Blocking  user  experience  UI  UX  friction  Chrome  publishing  2.0  business  model  pageviews  web  publishing  mobile  web  phablet  subscription  model  Google  Inc.  Facebook  Twitter  Apple  App  Store  Google  Play  ad-blocking 
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
Apple Gets Hardcore About Its Hobbies | TechCrunch
[from version 1 to 2, 3, 4 ] The iPad wasn’t versatile enough for business. The iPhone camera wasn’t sharp enough for photographers. And none of Apple’s products were fast enough for die hard gamers. Until today. [ more and more extension of you, part of you, you, ... unthinkable to live without it ... remote control for your life, that thing where your life happens now, partially on the screen/inside. away from the gadget factors which still had friction. now less and less friction. ]
Apple  iPad  iPhone  iOS  technological  progress  Apple  Watch  technological  history  Technology  mobile  homescreen  Escapeism  productivity  Entertainment  utility  society  Steve  Jobs  Gesellschaft  Wearable  computing  friction  frictionless  quantified  self  digital  economy  digital  self 
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
Gillmor Gang: Dog Days | TechCrunch
the personal assistant is the new smartphone! can't live without it once you (technology; augmented intelligence and artificial intelligence) mastered it. // GoButtler in Germany. And Operator in SV - http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/22/the-request-network/ - << both take a cut/commission fee. Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Facebook could have it as features. Just as Facebook can have Meerkat as feature, for the celebrities. And the personal assistant - will be JUST A FEATURE - on your phone. iOS, Android ... & Facebook's 'empire' Platform to keep you inside Facebook continuing scrolling that god damn newsfeed. // // noise is lower on FB newsfeed (learning algorithm - your personal filter bubble) vs Twitter and vs RSS. ... Google News is a different thing. // // &! and there is a business in manual (editor, personal brand, leader) content curation/editing as well as in algo (Newsfeed)
Facebook  M  Facebook  Messenger  personal  assistant  technological  progress  AI  augmented  intelligence  artificial  intelligence  Google  Now  on  Tap  Siri  Apple  Spotlight  Google  Search  Google  Inc.  Apple  Microsoft  Cortana  Amazon  Google  Now  convenience  frictionless  friction  GoButtler  Amazon  Echo  feature  Platform  Silo  iOS  Android  Windows  10  Newsfeed  on-demand  noise  filter  bubble  Twitter  RSS  Signal  vs.  noise  pollution  digital  economy  The  Content  Wars  attention  span  attention  graph  digital  marginal  cost  economics  of  abundance  contextual  discovery  Programmatic  Content  user  generated  curation 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Everything You Need To Know About iOS 9’s New Content Blockers | TechCrunch
Ben Thompson: Apple Enables Ad-Blockers - http://exponent.fm/episode-048-an-exhausting-week/ --- is apple nudging content providers to point people to the native app?! as mobile web gets better!? and bandwidth and coverage better!? --- under the cover of Privacy and user experience! --- with the exception of its own ad-network iAD, sure. // what a move. // &! The adblocking revolution is months away (with iOS 9) – with trouble for advertisers, publishers and Google - bit.ly/1UfXjsT &! bit.ly/1MxoHge // &! Apple, has made Content Blocking “official”, ad-supported publishing business models are in trouble. [...] [PAGEVIEWS as business model] Too many sites are just echo chambers, they rewrite news releases, add strong adjectives and adverbs, and a bit of spin. [news is free, analysis and perspective not] - bit.ly/1Fe6u0D //&! tcrn.ch/1UCagrA - Begun, The Mobile Ad-Blocking Wars Have [...] increasing bloatware of online advertising. &! tcrn.ch/1O0VcoI << ad business model not working!!!
AdBlock  iOS  Safari  Apple  iAd  Platform  user  experience  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  perma-cookie  cookies  tracking  advertisement  re-targeting  advertisement  targeting  Apple  App  Store  mobile  web  HTML5  corporate  strategy  corporate  media  PR  public  relations  spin  doctor  Silo  TOS  EULA  corporate  culture  corporate  values  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  ecosystem  Facebook  content  blocker  business  model  pageviews  journalismus  investigative  journalism  journalism  BuzzFeed  Huffington  Post  AOL  Yahoo!  Page  Rank  Google  News  Google  Search  publishing  2.0  newspaper  newspapers  paywalls  paywall  subscription  model  freemium  Print  is  Dead  jeffjarvis  Vox  Washington  Post  Insider  Linkbait  linkbaiting  click  bait  Clickbait  NYT  NYTimes  New  York  Times  Pando.com  PandoDaily  Facebook  Instant  Articles  The  Economist  Financial  Times  The  Guardian  Android  Google  Chrome  Google  Inc.  AdSense  AdWords  pre-roll  Programmatic  Programmatic  Advertising  Outbrain  mobile  ads  native  content  marketing  MoPub  Flurry  Zero  Rating  Wireless  Carrier  ISP  Net  Neutrality  Adobe  Flash  customer  experience  friction  frictionless  commodity  business 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
YouTube as you know it is about to change dramatically | The Verge
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10139266 // Would you pay to avoid ads on YouTube? [...] According to multiple sources, the world’s largest video-sharing site is preparing to launch its two separate subscription services before the end of 2015 — Music Key, which has been in beta since last November, and another unnamed service targeting YouTube’s premium content creators, which will come with a paywall. Taken together, YouTube will be a mix of free, ad-supported content and premium videos that sit behind a paywall.
YouTube  AdBlock  paywalls  paywall  subscription  model  Music  Streaming  friction  frictionless  user  behaviour  content  creator  digital  economy  digital  content  Facebook  Video  Newsfeed  Facebook  Tumblr  Video  Yahoo!  Patreon 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Howard Stern Just Sent Ad Blocking Mainstream. — Verses From The Abstract — Medium
mass market = commodity business = zero marginal cost/economic of abundance = low quality = value only short-term &! https://soundcloud.com/ianschafer/howard-stern-on-ad-blocking - UPDATE: This is the App Store trending searches on the morning of Wednesday, August 26th. There is definitely a Stern effect: [...] Heck, if Howard Stern can convince people to buy Squatty Pottys, he can convince them to install ad blocking extensions. Are ads even the future of advertising? Let’s figure out what the future actually is while we still have some runway. In the meantime, let’s make advertising that actually provides value to people while we still can. // // native, brand awareness, not annoying, value creation - added value, shared economic interest ads !!!
AdBlock  The  Content  Wars  business  model  pageviews  subscription  model  freemium  native  advertising  branded  advertorial  digital  economy  digital  digital  artist  creator  commodity  business  commoditization  News  24-hour  cycle  journalismus  investigative  journalism  journalism  paywalls  paywall  critical  mass  mass  market  marginal  cost  economics  of  abundance  user  behaviour  mobile  homescreen  Appification  Platform  Silo  snacking  utility  Entertainment  Escapeism  friction  frictionless  value  creation  added  value  shared  economic  interest 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook Built a ‘Personal Assistant’ Inside Messenger | Re/code
Facebook has a new, A.I.-powered Siri-like assistant tool in Messenger. It's called "M," and it's the company's latest effort in a battle with Google, Uber and others to be the artificial intelligence leader in Silicon Valley. // FB got AI lab in France, got money to invest, to diversify from other Messaging platforms - tcrn.ch/1N1rTSF &! tcrn.ch/1JCfs8Q --- can productise it! your personal assistant, for shopping - convenience - no clicking, not tapping, - M takes care of buying that item you saw in your stream. --- also keeps people inside Facebook! instead of leading them out to the shopping site/product site/... --- also expanding the category/vertical of the messenger you use. --- // // &! http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/28/8677147/google-now-on-tap-announced // &! tcrn.ch/1idSz5R
Google  Now  Siri  Apple  Spotlight  Google  Search  Google  Now  on  Tap  Android  iOS  Facebook  Messenger  augmented  intelligence  artificial  intelligence  personal  assistant  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  AI  automation  Big  Data  Google  Inc.  Apple  Facebook  Platform  Silo  Cortana  Microsoft  Line  Kakao  Talk  Viber  Google+  WhatsApp  SMS  WeChat  Newsfeed  Facebook  Instant  Articles  on-demand  convenience  differentiate  differentiation  vertical  category  friction  frictionless  Kik 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Staff Exodus, Pressure From Microsoft, Apple Hit Google Now | Re/code
According to multiple sources, their initial vision of Now — as a mobile assistant tailored to particular users — works best living on the mobile operating system, not within search. Also, Google is a political place and search is Congress. Big, necessary, stodgy. [...] “‘Look, I’ve got a lot on my plate. Chrome and Android are my top priorities. Google Now is not on that. I can’t fight that battle for you.’” [...] Apple, for its part, looks prepared to launch a competitor to Now on Tap. With its proactive assistant and spotlight search, the Apple entry could elbow Google out. // // Amazon released a (SW/HW)PA for the living room, Apple got Siri & just recently launched its own integrated search engine called "Spotlight" & Google released Google Now (voice activated search in response to Siri) and at last Google I/O, Now on Tap [ Now on Tap will solve app developers’ nagging issue with discovery. ] And FB just came out w an assistant product for Messenger. // &! bit.ly/1JYeNCT
Google  Inc.  Google  Google  Search  Android  Google  Now  augmented  intelligence  Siri  Apple  iOS  Sundar  Pichai  personal  assistant  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Big  Data  user  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  Facebook  Messenger  Platform  convenience  on-demand  user  behaviour  friction  frictionless  voice  recognition  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone  Smartphone  Facebook  Appification  Silo  content  discovery  discovery  distribution  model  App  discovery  Apple  App  Store  Google  Play 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC TV chief warns of US threat after big-money Amazon deals | Media | The Guardian
>> iPlayer needs to become an international subscription business. and leverage the BBC brand (sought after and trusted, it's the last public crown jewl that actually can compete in a global market! Channel 4 or ITV can't. ) // “Their model is built on having global rights and we have got to respect that. They are a very smart, impressive bunch of people,” Cohen said. “The key thing we look at more and more is the impact of global competition rather than just in the UK where very big companies can distribute their content around the world. That is a very big challenge.”
distribution  model  BBC  British  Broadcasting  Company  Netflix  HBO  cable  provider  Amazon  Amazon  Prime  on-demand  convenience  friction  frictionless  user  experience  economies  of  scale  scale  globalization  globalisation  digital  economy  digital  content  Television  TV  The  Wars  content  discovery  content  distribution  user  generated  content  competition  competitiveness  IP  intellectual  property  differentiate  differentiation  Branding  brand  awareness 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
How To Get 1 Million Subscribers - YouTube
meritocracy, democratic, egalitarian. anyone who has interest, can find it. u will have an audience, even it is just 1. either they like it, share it & come back. or they leave u alone. // Beme, remove the aspect of creation. the friction. the cognitive cost. the overhead. a process to follow. a tutorial or how to listicle to read. to Google or to ask. >> Product developers & investors should think about the cognitive cost of their products. The cognitive cost very often can be much higher than the financial cost. Products with a low cognitive cost are those where the technology fades away and dont require a consumers ongoing attention. bit.ly/1Nz0veO // "Don't make me think." << book, UI UX mantra. // Photo-filter-app vs photo-editing-app vs video-editing-ai-augmented-intelligence-app that have popped up. podcasting. EDM // what has lots of overhead & sometimes really disappointing user experience? Skype, Windows, FriendFeed, Twitter?(niche compared 2 FB). Q&A youtu.be/6xVdM0QJq6Y
Casey  Neistat  freedom  of  expression  expression  creative  destruction  Beme  Vlogging  vlog  YouTube  Vine  Instagram  Periscope  Twitch  justin.tv  Qik  writing  Video  mainstream  filter  bubble  editor  Reddit  4chan  storytelling  Music  Industry  Indie  Music  Hollywood  content  discovery  content  distribution  distribution  model  TV  Reality  TV  scripted-reality  television  painting  digital  economy  digital  content  marginal  cost  economics  of  abundance  critics  Artist  graphic  artists  digital  cognitive  cost  friction  frictionless  Product/Market  Fit  MVP  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  consumer  product  UI  UX  user  engagement  user  generated  content  user  experience  user  churn  hook  customer  empowerment  customer  experience  customer  retention  customer  acquisition  Podcast  podcasting  Platform  content  creator  The  Wars  Snapchat  SMS  WhatsApp 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: The more we Tinder, the more things stay the same
- there is no perfect out there. - The Darkest Truth About Love - youtu.be/fNy5umFAnDo // its the easiest non-scariest thing to do, to swipe. to judge. without anybody know who and why you judged, in your own privacy. vs. in public, picking a person, facing possible rejection and embarrassment. // << “I’m on Tinder, Happn, Hinge, OkCupid,” Nick says. “It’s just a numbers game. Before, I could go out to a bar and talk to one girl, but now I can sit home on Tinder and talk to 15 girls—” - vnty.fr/1KTucX7
sociology  Online  Dating  Dating  Psychology  Tinder  OkCupid  Match.com  humanity  Love  Alain  de  Botton  philosophy  Millennials  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  user  behaviour  friction  frictionless 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
800-Pound Publishing Gorilla Facebook Barges Back Into Blogging With “Notes” | TechCrunch
Facebook’s advantage is its distribution. The same weapon it’s used to barge into web publishing with Instant Articles and video hosting with its auto-play clips could help it invade blogging. It’s similar to how LinkedIn used its natural traffic to launch a professional-minded publishing network. People will write where they get an audience. If that’s Facebook, they’ll publish there. And while Twitter doesn’t discriminate, showing every post to everyone, Facebook’s filtered feed shows you what it thinks you’ll actually consume [and what's in their best own interest, keeping you on FB, favouring native content of link-out content]. [ step by step, FB is productizing - offering more to advertisers how to reach their user base, leverage its huge user base, Big Data, users data, the ceiling for FB earnings is far off! and thus its market cap (valuation). could nearly double again from its 250bn. it doubled in 5 years from IPO slump. ] // &! wrd.cm/1Pw2v5w
Appification  App  Store  Google  Play  Apple  App  Store  Facebook  Messenger  Facebook  Instant  Articles  Facebook  Newsfeed  The  Content  Wars  discovery  distribution  algorithm  Silo  Platform  TOS  Twitter  linkedin  Facebook  Notes  Wordpress  self-publishing  publishing  2.0  digital  publishing  publishing  YouTube  Tumblr  medium.com  Blogger  Blogging  noise  noise  pollution  Signal  vs.  differentiate  differentiation  Google  Content  native  advertising  native  friction  frictionless  branded  e-mail  marketing  e-mail  marketing  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  ad  targeting  Big  Data  user 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Amazon’s Dash Buttons Hint at a Future of Interface-Free Shopping | Re/code
[ Amazon / Jeff's mantra, obsess over the customer and invent in the name/for the customer, dash button is just the next sensible common sense iteration of their frequent item subscription option during check-out (re-order in 1-2-3 months automatically) and their Prime Membership Subscription (free shipping) >> convenient, on-demand, frictionless, no need to think about it, nothing annoying. it's incremental, but it is an improvement. what is not incremental is printing it at your home - Star Trek replicator style, that is 3D printing - what it promises to be. ] There are a couple different ways to look at Amazon’s Dash Buttons. The first, and most obvious, is that they are a gimmick. But these buy buttons also support a shopping experience that involves almost zero interaction, whether that means browsing store shelves (IRL!) or tapping a touchscreen to browse and buy virtually.
e-commerce  Amazon  friction  frictionless  Jeff  Bezos  multi-product  company  pure  play  user  experience  user  behaviour  on-demand  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  convenience  augmented  intelligence  3D  printing 
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
Bürodesign: Office Snapshots zeigt Arbeitsplätze weltweit - SPIEGEL ONLINE
bit.ly/1MHRiQT officesnapshots.com // designed by designers VS designed & input by employees (see Joel Spolsky comment abt what office programmers & every employee would like (input and accommodating their needs! the individual(s) & the team(s) & the companies) // &! Google Startup Lab workshop: Workspace design youtu.be/j0wM_NIXUYY // &! Robert Grudin youtu.be/9XInkz_XcEo Design & Truth "Good design is the material image of mental health. Design can reintegrate our character & fulfill our awareness. We follow good design to discover what is good in ourselves." // &! Design Rules - Interior Planning youtu.be/kdh08cVW8Os // &! Frank Wilczek "A Beautiful Question: Finding Nature's Deep Design" youtu.be/q_1ApbLzJAg // << inspo: melting the company, the people, and the outside (city) into a somewhat identifiable always re-refreshing concept, identity, recognizable, regionally sourced! & adding value 2 local economy: make space 2 provide ~15% subsidized freelance/smb office space.
interior  interior  design  officespace  Office  Politics  work  environment  workplace  beyond  workplace  drama  Inspiration  architecture  architect  productivity  Collaborative  collaboration  well  being  chronic  stress  friction  frictionless  workplace  design  beauty  Art  shared  experience  offline  experience  shared  economic  interest  cooperation  sharing  value  creation  ecosystem  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  4-day  work  week  6-hour  work  day  happiness  index  perks 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC iPlayer 'watched by more than 60 million people outside the UK for free' | Media | The Guardian
Research finds more than 38 million people in China are using VPNs or proxy servers to watch BBC shows – and could be a useful source of revenue
iPlayer  BBC  geo  blocking  British  Broadcasting  Company  friction  frictionless  user  behaviour 
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
Online pirates could face 10 years in jail - BBC News
The proposed measures are mainly targeted at the distributors of pirated content - the people creating copies of movies, sometimes before release, and uploading them to be downloaded by thousands upon thousands. It's not, the police are clear to point out, aimed at small-time downloaders - although there are other ways and means to prevent that too. The consultation phase will likely turn heated. Internet rights groups will question the influence Hollywood and the music industry has over the day-to-day operations of the police - after all, industry bodies, funded by top studios and record labels, have paid for staff to work in police stations with the sole brief of investigating copyright crime. They'll also say the way to "solve" online piracy is to offer affordable, flexible ways to consume new film and music - not jail terms.
Content  Piracy  friction  frictionless  copyright  infringement  copyright  RIAA  MPAA  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  UK  ISP 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
One Year In, CUPS Is Serving Coffee Through 170 NYC Shops - TCTV News | TechCrunch TV
[OpenTable ( https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/opentable ) for Coffee ] Vertical Niche Google !!! on your phone, and will try to unite Indie coffee shops and give them economies of scale, leverage, to buy resources ie milk // can also help facilitate loyalty programs across different stores via subscription // http://techcrunch.com/2015/07/09/sweet-sweet-caffeine/ - https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/cups
marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  Starbucks  economies  of  scale  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  user  behaviour  friction  frictionless  Appification  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Indie  Movement  Hype  Cycle  individuality  individualism  Selbstdarstellung  status  anxiety  Coffee  OpenTable  Yelp!  convenience  on-demand  Google  Search 
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
Google and blogs: “Shit.” – Marco.org
Landscaped changed dramatically ~2009/10 forward for blogs/content creators. >> blogs have to be now niche, focused, regular content w engagement (due to algos/ranking), ... // "If you want traffic, Google’s arc makes clear to publishers, you’re going to have to pay for it." Include Facebook. Include Twitter (Promoted Tweets). Include Snapchat (Discover, Linkedin (Pulse). >> All gained sized, thus noise, people gaming the system, ... thus owner changes rules and system for his/her advantage and gain (profit maximization). // // even content curators (by hand) can be 1/2 noise. And the summaries are just shorter bouts of noise to scan through (medium.com, Mahalo) - its like joining the dark force. // Things come and go in waves/trends; thus the next wave/trend could be self-published long-form niche content partially free (The Information, ebooks, Pando) which are remarkable (Seth Godin) // snacking is SO western lifestyle, even for information/news - is lowering productivity/focus
Google  Search  Newsfeed  Twitter  content  discovery  content  distribution  Blogging  blogosphere  blog  blogs  techmeme  HuffPo  Huffington  Post  Social  Media  Tumblr  filter  bubble  email  BuzzFeed  SEO  SEM  Google  News  YouTube  Signal  vs.  Noise  pollution  Linkbait  linkbaiting  Clickbait  click  bait  distraction  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone  user  behaviour  friction  frictionless  tl;dr  Blogger  Platform  TOS  Wordpress  long-tail  1000  True  Fans  AdSense  DoubleClick  Snapchat  linkedin  engine  content  curation  differentiate  differentiation  Seth  Godin  24-hour  cycle  addiction  Listicle  Appification  snacking  western  lifestyle  book  Information  Diet  productivity  publishing  2.0  publishing  RSS  bookmark  Silicon  Valley  exploitation  sociology  psychology  FOMO  YOLO  life  lesson  life  hacker 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
LukeW | Designing for Large Screen Smartphones
Bottom Positioning of hamburger/menu item ... " Facebook found in recent testing that a bottom tab bar solution in their iOS app also improved engagement, satisfaction, and even perception of speed." // form implies function - holding phone and navigating w thump that reaches max to the half way across the screen comfortably, implies that function buttons/menu has to be in the lower half and or bottom of screen // plus in options to flip order (of function icons) from left to right for left handed people?!
Phablet  Tablet  UI  UX  user  experience  friction  frictionless  usability  design 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook Launches In-App Purchase Install Ads | TechCrunch
Facebook is combining its lucrative app install ads with deep linking so a specific in-app purchase page opens once the app downloads. The result is a powerful new tool for direct marketers that sell products and services through apps. Direct marketing is popular on the web where users can see an ad for a specific product and quickly open it in a new browser tab to make a purchase. But on mobile if a merchant sells through an app, it first must convince people to download their app, then hope customers follow through by digging into the app for the purchase highlighted by the ad. Facebook is now letting deep linking handle that last chore instead, which could increase conversion rates to the point that app install ads and direct marketing can be one and the same. - http://techcrunch.com/2014/11/30/like-advertising-a-needle-in-a-haystack/ &! http://pando.com/2015/05/08/facebook-makes-an-ad-related-announcement-consumers-shouldnt-hate/
Facebook  deep  linking  marketing  advertisement  app  install  conversion  friction  frictionless  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone  Twitter  Google 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
The Future Of Marketing Automation | TechCrunch
A key contributor to the current state of marketing automation is the fact that its roots stem from email blasting. As these systems layered in landing pages and forms, web activity data [tracking ie Chartbeat], triggers, etc. over time, they became bloated from trying to do too much and began to over-promise and under-deliver. [...] A Lack of Automation in Marketing Automation The biggest problem is that these rules are hard-coded to specific user actions based on an aspirational understanding of what constitutes a good lead, versus based on what the data says. [...] Rather than trying to house everything in one monolithic marketing automation system, tomorrow’s platforms will be more intelligent and thinner, plugging in many smaller specialized applications. They’ll use a wealth of data to deliver relevant recommendations across your key customer touchpoints.
e-mail  marketing  marketing  content  marketing  lead  generation  Sales  Funnel  SAAS  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  landingpage  tracking  Chartbeat  advertisement  re-targeting  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  complexity  friction  machine  learning  deep  learning  augmented  intelligence  Big  Data 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook News Feed Reprioritizes Your Real Friends Above Pages | TechCrunch
combat falling usage & engagement!? VS bit.ly/1by0vvx pay-to-play // FB turned from keeping up with the lifes of their friends (young demographic), into clickbait distraction & time wasting machine. Other platforms emerged 2 hang digitally with ur friends that are way more simplified (tuned down 2 1 usage; Appification) with much less bells & whistles & complexity/depth & distraction vs hooked). Thus the defensive acquisition of WhatsApp, Instagram & fork-out of Messenger. They saw Snapchat as a vector of attack bc of the appeal of ephemeral in todays 'always on record' products. Where VR is bet that is maybe even 10 years out 2 come finally 2 full fruition; mass market adoption (like the phone). Crossing the chasm. // Not even 10 years old & other people attack FBs weaknesses &are winning. But what FB got going for it, another 10 years is, the usr base as advertising victims (targeting&re-targeting) enabled by masscollection via Facebook-button. &log-in used in Apps.
Facebook  Newsfeed  WhatsApp  Instagram  Snapchat  Facebook  Messenger  user  behaviour  Appification  single-use  app  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  user  experience  Mark  Zuckerberg  multi-product  company  attention  span  friction  frictionless  Signal  vs.  Noise  pollution  distraction  filter  bubble  advertisement  targeting  Programmatic  Advertising  advertisement  re-targeting  advertisement  marketing  Social  Media  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Uber Co-Founder’s Startup ‘Operator’ Will Get You What You Want | TechCrunch
[The up-market version of Google Search for those with the disposable income. SV/SF, NY, London, all mega cities/hubs; of $ and innovation/disruption. because people with very much disposal income know, time is a non-refundable resource while cash-flow, when earning +100k/y (above US middle class), is a sort-of refundable/replenishing resource. When guys buy pricey escort girls for the experience and convenience. People will eventually spend $ on services for pure convenience & the bragging rights to afford it. And the phone becomes, truly, the remote control of your life.] Operator’s app acts as an inbox of your requests, which each live as message threads. To start a new request, you just type in what you want and send it. [...] it’s likely that Operator will be able to handle more than just deliveries, such as some personal assistant tasks.
Google  Search  Magic  Operator  convenience  Silicon  Valley  on-demand  status  anxiety  status  symbol  socioeconomic  status  social  status  Service  Sector  Jobs  Services  Industry  economy  customer  user  experience  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  friction  frictionless 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
3 biggest misconceptions about the music industry and Jay-Z’s Tidal (which is doomed anyway) | PandoDaily
But the reason most artists are not compensated properly for their work has been the same since the advent of recorded music: Record labels. According to a report from the audit firm Ernst & Young, record labels net 45.6 percent of the revenue created by streaming music. The supposedly evil, greedy platform itself — which in this particular study was limited to Spotify and Deezer — only takes home 20.8 percent. After 16.7 percent is taken out for taxes, that leaves 10 percent for songwriters and publishers, and 6.8 percent for artists. And even if Tidal makes users pay (upwards of $20 for the highest sound quality!) artists will still have the same shitty record deals and see the same shitty ratios they’ve had for decades. [...] Even as Spotify has grown its total user base, the number of paid subscribers has held steady at only 25 percent. [ future is to divorce content discovery & distribution from revenue/income streams, bc digital is commodity! ] &! TC Rant Video tcrn.ch/1BYSfL2
Music  Industry  360-music-contract  Indie  Music  content  creator  Pandora  Tidal  Spotify  Deezer  Rdio  iTunes  Apple  Beats  freemium  business  model  content  discovery  content  distribution  digital  artist  digital  content  digital  economy  convenience  frictionless  friction  commoditization  commodity  business  economics  of  abundance  abundance  marginal  cost  Age 
april 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
|LIVE NOW| Meerkat Raises $12M From Greylock At A $40M Valuation | TechCrunch
We’re told by sources that Meerkat has now topped 300K users total, more than 200K of which come from the iOS app. On Thursday, The Information reported that Meerkat was in talks with Greylock Partners, and shortly after Business Insider’s Alyson Shontell and Steven Tweedie confirmed discussions, as well as a $40 million pre-money valuation. // and it doesn't even take long till ppl build features on top of it - that meerkat can build itself given time ... http://techcrunch.com/2015/03/22/katch-meerkat/
attention  attention  span  Meerkat  Snapchat  frictionless  friction  Twitter  TOS  Platform 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
App Submissions On Google Play Now Reviewed By Staff, Will Include Age-Based Ratings | TechCrunch
- via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9218191 // is Web 3.0 a move out of native apps to actually usable >HTML5 applications? ... some time in the future? // see Web 2.0 Origin - http://pmarchive.com/no_such_thing_as_web_20.html - it was a conference. // thus Web 3.0 could be the follow-up of 2.0 because of the fallout dev community and companies have had with Apple and Google?! // Isn't it a thing that you shouldn't build your empire on other peoples lawn?! >> ie Uber, WhatsApp, etc. &! on the other side, Apple and Google don't want to upset the cart full of Apples. Wondering what they would come up with to maximise profit ... in the future. They will too, be made obsolete eventually (Google Play and Apple App Store), with technology. Period. Making true mobile apps for the web. &! !& http://pando.com/2015/03/17/google-will-now-screen-android-apps-before-theyre-released-to-the-play-store/
Apple  App  Store  Google  Play  Platform  TOS  Google  Apple  Appification  single-use  oligopoly  oligopol  Windows  10  Microsoft  Blackberry  Android  iOS  HTML5  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  Deep  Linking  Silo  CSS3  user  experience  UI  UX  Native  App  Web  3.0  Silicon  Valley  frictionless  friction  Tim  Berners-Lee  Open  Platform  Open  Source 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - People not talking to each other
"Smartphones have made everyone seriously dull" claims the man who took this series of intriguing images. The street photographer - who goes by the name of Babycakes Romero - calls the set the Death of Conversation. [...] See some of the images below - or click to see more, and hear his personal observations as to why people are so keen to jump into a virtual world of "computer cuddles".
Smartphone  social  beings  social  science  socialising  distraction  vulnerable  vulnerability  rejection  frictionless  friction  making  conversation  social  skills 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Pomplamoose 2014 Tour Profits (or Lack Thereof) | PandoDaily
[A] new paradigm for professional artistry. We’re entering a new era in history: the space between “starving artist” and “rich and famous” is beginning to collapse. YouTube has signed up over a million partners (people who agree to run ads over their videos to make money from their content). The “creative class” is no longer emerging: it’s here, now. We, the creative class, are finding ways to make a living making music, drawing webcomics, writing articles, coding games, recording podcasts. Most people don’t know our names or faces. We are not on magazine covers at the grocery store. We are not rich, and we are not famous. We are the mom and pop corner store version of “the dream.” If Lady Gaga is McDonald’s, we’re Betty’s Diner. And we’re open 24/7. We have not “made it.” We’re making it. [...] Relevant Passion Content vs Interesting Content (Gossip, Celeb, 24/7 News Cycle (C&P Re-Posts & Repackaged ala HuffPo) ... in an age of FB Newsfeed & Co. for discovery. &! bit.ly/1Aqw2ZJ
Mobile  Creative  Mobile  Creatives  Music  Industry  Entertainment  Industry  Hollywood  Indie  Music  Indie  Games  YouTube  business  model  pageviews  content  creator  paid  content  digital  content  content  Newsfeed  Facebook  Twitter  content  discovery  content  distribution  Platform  Huffington  Post  NYTimes  mass  culture  Massenmedium  Bild.de  virality  The  Wars  Viral  copywriting  destruction  creativity  Artist  digital  Signal  vs.  Noise  frictionless  friction  attention  span  Generationy  Millennials  print-is-dead  Print  is  Dead  Google  News  Google  Search  newspapers  SME  SMB 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Millennials, not Mumsnet: Younger women and the 2015 election
Radio One DJ Gemma Cairney, 29, said that for many of her generation, politics was a "complete other world", which many could not even get up the energy to feel let down by. Many were in debt - which created a whole new reason not to register to vote. "They are afraid to register because that means the bailiffs know where they live," she said. But what can politicians do to appeal to "millennial" voters? [...] Sexism in the male-dominated corridors of power was highlighted by columnist Ms Gordon. She said she had once been called a "slut" to her face by an MP who went on to become a minister. "You have to sweep that culture out," she said - and using quotas to get more women into Parliament was one way to do it. [...] About 22% of MPs are women - "20% of us is not enough", she said. "I think it's quite damaging for democracy."
No  Representation  voter  turnout  general  election  2015  UK  lost  generation  youth  unemployment  Politics  political  economy  Career  Politicians  Toff  Establishment  Privileged  Policy  Makers  Lobbying  lobbyist  lobby  austerity  public  awareness  public  perception  generationy  babyboomers  Millennials  inequality  gender  inequality  Gini  coefficient  Patriarchy  Democratic  Process  democracy  sexism  Misogynie  misogyny  engagement  friction 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Amazon to deliver to customers via local post offices
[+50% ppl not at home during usual delivery hours due to work] - The addition of the Royal Mail Local Collect "click and collect" facility means Amazon will have 16,000 pickup locations in the UK. Existing locations include "Pass my Parcel" newsagent and convenience stores, Collect+ stores and Amazon lockers at train stations. Customers can select their preferred pickup location during the checkout process on Amazon's website, and present identification at the post office branch to receive their parcel. "This is a good thing," said Lindsay Mackie, an expert on Royal Mail from the New Weather Institute. "Royal Mail needs to open up to be convenient for customers," she said.
Amazon  frictionless  friction  customer  service  UK  customer  experience 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
Knowing when to pivot | WSGR Startup Basics - YouTube
>> iterated on the idea - http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/17/classpass-lands-12-million-series-a-led-by-fritz-lanman-hank-vigil/ "At launch, the company was originally centered around logistics, allowing users to discover new classes, complete with reviews, pricing info, and schedules, and then sign up to attend these classes. Turns out, paying per individual classes (no matter how easily you can discover them) was too much of an obstacle to users. [... >>> ...] Classtivity Pivots To Subscription Model So You Actually Work Out. [...] Turns out, finding a class isn’t as difficult as actually going to a class, which is why most fitness-based business models revolve around packages. That said, Classtivity is today pivoting to offer the same access to fitness classes with a brand new business model."
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Pivot  Lean  Start-Up  iteration  frictionless  friction  discovery  offline  experience  shared  experience  user  experience  business  model  curation  curator  niche  specialization  ClassPass  Payal  Kadakia 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Codenamed “Moments”, Facebook Has Built An App For Super-Private Sharing | TechCrunch
... FB trying to pair down use cases into single apps for single use cases instead of offering the many options and thus UX/UI complexity of Facebook.com or standalone Facebook App. If one has to explain and or show, users start to abandon the ship ... +++ !!! http://pando.com/2014/09/17/facebook-is-reportedly-getting-back-to-what-it-does-best-with-new-moments-app/
Facebook  Privacy  Path  Social  Network  Twitter  user  experience  shared  experience  delightful  UI  UX  frictionless  friction  user  hack  user  churn  Platform  mainstream 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Kevin Rose’s New App Tiiny Lets You Share Little Photos That Disappear In 24 Hours | TechCrunch
https://twitter.com/samfbiddle/status/510206257035476993 >>> Valleywag's @samfbiddle "imagine how sycophantic ur scene has to be in order to think making another ephemeral image app is a good idea http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/11/kevin-roses-new-app-tiiny-lets-you-share-little-photos-that-disappear-in-24-hours/ ..." +++ 24hrs later >>> http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/12/tiiny/ "Rose tells me Tiiny is “a two-fold experiment in minimalism, both in how we interact with each other — less choice, less friction, less megapixels" +++ https://medium.com/@kevinrose/meet-tiiny-our-first-project-23069bb4ae8f
Kevin  Rose  Silicon  Valley  culture  frictionless  friction  minimalism  simplicity 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Why Apple Pay Will Hurt PayPal | Re/code
[ A commoditization drives down prices/charges. Credit Card Companies will in the future charge less or gobble up maybe Stripe (Visa or other one) as people link up their bank account with one or more online/mobile payment options and leave credit cards at home, or as early adopters might do - get even rid of credit cards. as ur phone is your wallet. ] 3. PayPal is now battling both Apple and Google for real estate on the checkout pages of mobile apps. PayPal has history on its side, but Apple and Google arguably have greater affection from consumers. If payment buttons from Apple and Google proliferate, PayPal’s button suffers. PayPal and Braintree see their button as a way to convince app makers to use their system. But that system has lost its unique place within the world of app payments with Apple Pay coming into the picture.
Apple  Pay  PayPal  Stripe  Braintree  Amazon  Google  Wallet  e-commerce  ecommerce  commoditization  commodity  business  credit  card  banking  user  experience  adoption  early  adopter  early  stage  frictionless  friction  Silicon  Valley 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
12 Questions With The CEO Of Thumbtack, Google Capital’s New $100 Million Bet | TechCrunch
Thumbtack is an online marketplace that helps connect all types of local service providers — think painters, wedding photographers, plumbers, tutors, therapists, and more — with potential clients. It works like this: People in need of a service provider provide Thumbtack with a summary of the work they need done or the type of service they’re looking for. Thumbtack then analyzes that request, and sources relevant local service providers who can then provide bids on the project. Thumbtack makes money by charging service providers a small fee for each bid. >> [Amazon is launching same offering, and Thumptack is a vertical for Google Search. Period. Just like indeed.com is a Vertical Search for Jobs than one could also do on a GENERALISED search engine like Google. Search is about knowing what to look for, key words. What is when the user doesn't know the keywords for things he is looking for? Shazam!]
Amazon  Google  Services  Industry  service  economy  service  convenience  frictionless  friction  user  experience  frustration  free  delightful  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Vertical  optimisation  optimization  Thumbtack  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  plurality  marketplace  marketplace  inefficiencies  customer  experience  search  engine  Google  Indeed.com  Shazam 
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.
Amazon  Core  Product  Value  Proposition  creation  Value  Proposition  added  intangible  frictionless  friction  commodity  business  convenience  service  industry  disposable  income 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
Listen up, America: It’s time to start making mass transit free! - Salon.com
But where do the benefits of free ridership accrue, if not to riders themselves? To drivers, who enjoy less congested roads and free parking spaces? To local businesses, who reap the benefits of increased mobility and local spending power? To everyone, in the form of clean air? It’s not an abstract question when the bill comes due, and answering it has proven a formidable obstacle to cities, like San Francisco and Portland, that have studied the possibility of making transit free.
public  transportation  city  living  urban  planning  urbanisation  quality  of  life  frictionless  friction  Uber  service  economy  service  industry  convenience  unintended  consequences  complexity  incomplete  information  courage  Career  Politicians  Leadership  Vision  congestion  charge  London  NYC  New  York  Berlin  commuting  air  pollution 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
How To Save Books | TechCrunch
In theory authors can ask this already, of course, but there’s copious evidence that if you make paying for things even a little bit difficult, the vast majority of people will let that stop them. For this model to work, it would have to be built into the e-book platform itself: a call-to-action screen that pops up immediately after the last page of the book, and/or from time to time thereafter if ignored, and asks/allows the user to pay as much as they want in as little as one click. Think of the tip buttons in Square terminals. [...] While I don’t think much of the dinosaur publishing industry, I have no illusions about Amazon’s altruism either. If books are to thrive despite (or because of) that great leveling bulldozer called the Internet, then we authors need to leverage what books do that other media does not. It seems to me it would be worth at least experimenting with paying after reading, as counterintuitive as that may sound.
frictionless  friction  publishing  2.0  self-publishing  Music  Industry  Hollywood 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
The Down And Dirty History Of TMZ
“There’s no doubt: [Harvey] Levin absolutely changed the way celebrities function today.” TMZ has been responsible for breaking the biggest celebrity scandals of the last 10 years: effectively ending a 30-year career (Mel Gibson), tarnishing golf’s most sacred idol (Tiger Woods), and puncturing the pristine image of celebrity royalty (Solange Knowles attacking Jay Z). But it’s not just celebs: In 2009, it caught a bank spending millions of taxpayer bailout funds on a lavish party (Northern Trust), and, via spin-off TMZSports, instigated the $2 billion sale of an NBA team by applying the same surveillance to a racist owner (Donald Sterling) once reserved for the Hollywood stars and socialites.
TMZ  celebrity  culture  celebrity  gossip  culture  gossip  Tabloid  society  Glossy  Magazine  Internet  Signal  vs.  Noise  beauty  industry  beauty  standard  beauty  personal  values  Daily  Mail  Bild.de  corporate  values  corporate  culture  ethical  beliefs  moral  beliefs  human  progress  human  tragedy  frictionless  friction  phone  hacking  News  Corporation  newscorp  News  Corp.  rupertmurdoch  Rupert  Murdoch  Harvey  Levin  Hollywood  Entertainment  Entertainment  instant  gratification  Music 
july 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
advertorial  native  advertising  native  content  native  contextual  content  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  advertising  sponsored  content  promoted  content  NYT  NYTimes  attention  span  frictionless  friction  Social  Media  page  views  clicks  engagement  mobile  homescreen  Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest  Platform  Open  Platform  e-mail  Google  Yahoo!  Portals  Portal  search  engine  Internet  Forbes  publishing  2.0  self-publishing  BuzzFeed  UpWorthy  publishing  Wordpress  Tumblr  Signal  vs.  Noise  content  creator  content  curation  digital  content  content  distribution  micro  content  short-form  content  Niche  Huffington  Post  RSS  Newsfeed  algorithm  content  discovery  content  network  content  Age  digital  economy  digital  natives  value  creation  Proposition  Core  Product  Proposition  added  value  YouTube  Google+  Google  Google  News  user  hack  user  experience  customer  experience  experience  shared  experience  differentiation  differentiate 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
You gotta read this! — Maker’s Perspective — Medium
org - http://www.borthwick.com/weblog/2014/07/11/you-gotta-read-this-thoughts-about-reading-and-internet-media-use/ "And since publishers — news organizations — are thinking that we aren’t reading, many of them focus on simple topline metrics like uv’s, page views, shares and likes and don’t track or use engagement metrics to manage their business. Another bad loop. [....] [... the user divide ...] It seems like we have two opposing trends going on simultaneously. On one end of the curve rabid sharing is driving an attention cycle of seconds but on the other end people are reading and watching more. The social web has flattened web sites and made the home page irrelevant to many sites — simultaneously the shift to the phone/tablet and the mobile app internet is unbundling the web that we knew. The combination of these two trends is changing media and how we use and experience it."
Social  Media  attention  attention  span  instant  gratification  frictionless  friction  Product  Design  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  novelty  Consumerism  consumer  consumerist  engagement  user  experience  feedback  loop  feedback  intent  intention  advertising  advertorial  advertisement  impressions  metrics  long-form  short-form  content  throwaway  content  paid  content  digital  content  content  creator  content  curation  content  distribution  Niche  Signal  vs.  Noise  journalismus  investigative  journalism  BuzzFeed  shared  experience  experience  emotion 
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.
Blue  Ocean  Uber  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  inefficiencies  value  creation  added  value  intangible  value  Proposition  Core  Product  Proposition  Lyft  Travis  Kalanick  Bill  Gurley  Venture  Capital  frictionless  friction  convenience  management  Product/Market  Fit  consumer  aspirational  experience  Product  Design  Vision  leadership  transportation  public  transportation  urbanisation  urban  planning  city  living  long-tail  longtail  long-term  thinking  long-term  view  hypothesis  incomplete  information  unknown  unknowns  complexity  unintended  consequences 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Elon Musk: How I'm Guaranteeing Tesla Model S Car - YouTube
- worth of purchase - a little Poker. Knowing that he got the better hand. a much better hand. he did his math. great move. bold move. vision. inspirational. leadership. ... end of interview 7 minute in talking about Nissan Leaf ... "we will never do a product that we don't 100% believe in." +++ UK Launch - http://youtu.be/K-uLAFb7GOg // talking about California and UK public transportation +++ // Justine Musk abt their pre-nups, mediation, divorce and other private accounts - http://jezebel.com/5637920/the-special-hell-of-being-a-starter-wife - http://www.marieclaire.com/sex-love/relationship-issues/millionaire-starter-wife ". I didn't want to be a sideline player in the multimillion-dollar spectacle of my husband's life. I wanted equality. I wanted partnership. I wanted to love and be loved, the way we had before he made all his millions." + http://jalopnik.com/5877243/elon-musk-unplugs-second-marriage-to-talulah-riley - "I think the foundation of love is virtue,"
Elon  Musk  Tesla  Model  S  Tesla  Motors  brand  brands  branding  Personal  communication  language  public  relations  PR  consumer  product  Consumerism  consumerist  consumer  product  management  Product/Market  Fit  multi-product  company  Wall  Street  Nissan  Leaf  Principle  Vision  leadership  aspirational  product  Design  product  experience  user  experience  customer  experience  experience  frictionless  friction  transportation  public  transportation  trophy  wife  Justine  Musk  partnerships  relationship  relationships  Intimate  relationship  postnup  prenup 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Drowning in venture capital, mobile startups are waging unsustainable price wars | PandoDaily
upside of this up-cycle/up-business cycle? everyone with a little bit of chops and a MVP with little bit of traction can get capital. Downside? Everyone spends their capital. Would never happen in a down cycle. Down cycles are great, you've got more time to build a great team, product and brand. .... "[L]ook at ecommerce 2.0 companies like Fab and EcoMom who blew millions in capital acquiring customers at unsustainable rates, hoping for some magic lifetime customer value to justify the spending. (It didn’t.) “There’s a tension between growing fast enough and having a disastrous bottom line,” Jeff Clavier, Founder of SoftTech VC, says. Clavier was an early investor in Fab, among others playing this game. “If you don’t have growth you’re stuck, but if you have growth with economics not viable in the long term, [you’re making] a real bet that you’ll be funded nevertheless.” [...] companies aren’t developing a sustainable business model. [Freemium works better with Software Product.]
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july 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.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Travis Kalanick of Uber - TWiST #180 - YouTube
MVP - minimal viable product, test of thesis; they rented a handful of cars with drivers in SF & build little app, the rest is history. make move to not have drivers but enable people to be drivers with income. Uber - elegance, design, ... this is now a brand, a status symbol. +++ on demand lifestyle, making magic happen via technology - employing STEM people. +++ could, because of supply liquidity, deliver, at premium, food to your door. +++ because of their technology, their platform, they either could licence out their problem solving platform (ie demand prediction - people just opening up the app - math is an operational cornerstone) to air transportation and or goods transportation. +++ Travis Kalanick at Startup School 2012 - http://youtu.be/rQ6GoY2_Ujw >> multi-product company - for different budgets. Operations, Scaling - one problem that needed solving, a Playbook for expanding from one city to the next. Changing how u live, over months. not decades, today's age.
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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
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Commentary: Uber’s $18.2B Valuation Is a Head Scratcher - Digits - WSJ
That’s a worthy mission, but the wrinkle is that Uber is entering what is essentially a frictionless market (for both drivers and riders) in which its services are a commodity. The company’s phenomenal growth so far (we don’t know the actual numbers, but doubling in revenue every 6 months is what Kalanick claims) has been built on the back of low-hanging fruit — expansion into new cities, particularly where taxi availability is low — and levels of dissatisfaction among taxi drivers that may be temporal. (When I asked drivers who had a particular loyalty to Lyft why they liked the company, they said they felt it treated them better in general.) In both respects, Uber’s growth is reminiscent of Groupon, and we know what happened to them.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Aaron Levie of Box - TWiST #224 - YouTube
min 35:40 - Freemium in the business space is even cooler than in the consumer space. min 39 - Marc Andreessen "how much do you need to win in this space? how fast do you need to grow, to win." [cost of customer acquisition (freemium, and or Bounty Model from Paypal) and retention]. and define what is winning, what scenario? what measure? ... key accounts long-term commitment? ad spend from key accounts? customer happiness - retention? resellers, dominating sales channels to a vertical of business type and SME/SMB's? min 53 - new playbook is now Get Big, then turn on revenue. disrupt the ecosystem/existing business model, winner takes all. min 54 - how you go from a small shop with profit to raising $+100m round telling than that they get multiples back in their investment, that comes when you live a time here in Palo Alto/Silicon Valley. (crunchbase.com/organization/box) + follow-up "having a playbook." + war for talent: 1 disenfranchised 2 ppl wnt 2 create value, 3 business model
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Dropbox Buys Bubbli, Will Integrate The 3D Photo Tech Into Its Photo Service | TechCrunch
DropBox turining itself into a data platform with all the imaginary auxillary apps and services you can think of. Being your storage place for everything and the gateways are apps, services and software. .... SMART. Very SMART. Documents. Pictures. ... Video and Audio Files next. Blogging Style Public documents w comments ... would be quiet a stretch but not impossible. ... >> Dropbox acquires Bubbli (iOS), a startup that built tech for people to capture 360° views w/ their phones; will integrate tech w/ @dropbox; raised $2M from August Capital - Link
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
EA’s Stock Is Riding High(ish) Again, but Did Titanfall Do Enough? | Re/code
That digital overtake last year was driven by growth both in mobile games like The Simpsons: Tapped Out and console games with microtransactions baked in, like the then-current soccer title FIFA 13. However, Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment pointedly declined to include microtransactions in its game, but will have some paid downloadable content starting this month.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Why Twitter Will Endure - NYTimes.com
By carefully curating the people you follow, Twitter becomes an always-on data stream from really bright people in their respective fields, whose tweets are often full of links to incredibly vital, timely information.
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