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Börsenpläne von Spotify: Der Sound der Zocker
Eine Milliarde Dollar (880 Millionen Euro) leiht sich der Musikdienst laut "Wall Street Journal" bei Finanzinvestoren und der Großbank Goldman Sachs. Spotify verspricht den Geldgebern neben Zinszahlungen auch Anteile am Unternehmen. Wie viel Spotify zahlen muss und in welcher Größenordnung Anteile den Besitzer wechseln, hängt davon ab, wann die Schweden an die Börse gehen. Mit jedem Halbjahr, in dem das Start-up die Erstemission herauszögert, wird es jedenfalls teurer.

Das macht den Deal hochriskant für Spotify: Von Profitabilität ist der Dienst weit entfernt, 2014 fuhr der Dienst einen Verlust von 162 Millionen Euro ein. Die neuen Schulden könnten das Unternehmen in einen ruinösen Strudel von schrumpfenden Geldreserven, drückender Zinslast und immer mieseren Börsenaussichten reißen. [...] [ M&A out of question ] &! bit.ly/1MYHBK4 &! on.recode.net/1oo4GQ1
Spotify  IPO  growth  round  Private  Equity  Goldman  Sachs  liquidation  preferences  termsheet  Box  Aaron  Levie  Apple  Music  Apple  Google  Inc.  Google  Play  Music  Google  Play  Amazon  Prime  Amazon  M&A  Soundcloud  Deezer  Rdio  Pandora  Microsoft  Venture  Capital  Unicorn  business  model  subscription  model  freemium 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Could this be George Osborne's last Budget?
In any case, the Out campaign has begun to look as much like an internal Tory party putsch as a principled fight for sovereignty and a better economic future. Those who always mistrusted Cameron and Osborne, regarding them as closet Blairites rather than the true heirs to Thatcher, sense their time has come. By the summer, the Tory high command could look completely different. [...] [Budget2016] more of an exercise in pre-election showmanship than the traditional post-election downer of renewed fiscal discipline and supposedly desirable economic reform. [still] For Osborne, the goal of a balanced budget by the end of the parliament must remain sacrosanct. [...] Don’t risk our economic recovery, will be his underlying message [...] for Cameron and Osborne, this is once more a fight for political survival. //&! ind.pn/21mctLh &! bit.ly/1QJWpjD - If Britain votes against Brexit and the economy stays strong he may yet be the next Prime Minister //&! bit.ly/1Rb24m1
Brexit  nasty  party  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  Tories  Conservative  Toff  Establishment  Westminster  Boris  Johnson  power  play  Whitehall  No  Representation  budget2016  austerity  Career  Politicians  general  election  2020 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Life and death in the App Store | The Verge
[ land grab and winner takes all environment, the long-tail is not what it was supposed to be promised by some ] 'the app store resembles now a lottery' [...] Today, profiting from the App Store most often requires a mix of in-app purchases, subscriptions, and advertising. [...] Meanwhile, a fatigue is setting in among customers. There are now more than 1.5 million apps in the App Store (Android users have 1.6 million to choose from), but by 2014, the majority of Americans were downloading zero apps per month. And it turns out people simply don’t use most of the apps they do download. According to ComScore, the average person spends 80 percent of their time on mobile devices using only three apps.
appstore  Apple  App  Store  Google  Play  Platform  iOS  Android  business  model  SME  SMB  long-tail  mobile  homescreen  Silicon  Valley  self-publishing  publishing  2.0  e-book  YouTube  filter  bubble  Soundcloud  noise  curation  content  curation  curator  editor  Google  News  Google  Search 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
SoundCloud to seek more funding in 2016 - FT.com
SoundCloud will need to raise more money in the next 12 months to stay in business, according to the music streaming service’s latest financial statements. The lossmaking company, which has 175m monthly listeners, reported that in the year to the end of December 2014 it made a loss of €39m on revenues of €17m. KPMG, SoundCloud’s auditor, said in the report that the need for additional funding represented “a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt on the company’s ability to continue as a going concern”. However, SoundCloud said that its directors were “confident” in their ability to raise sufficient equity funding this year to continue operating ... //&! It's hard to make money when the average revenue per user is just 11 cents. - http://bit.ly/1PQ5fgG //&! bit.ly/1QbVPOD //&! Competition is running circles around them! - bit.ly/1mwH3Uy //&! bit.ly/1oa9nhd //&! On Business Model & that it failed to sell itself to Twitter for 1bn - bit.ly/1orhLJ6
Soundcloud  ARPU  creative  destruction  Apple  Music  Pandora  Google  Play  YouTube  Spotify  business  model  pageviews 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Episode 064 — Disrupting Trump by ExponentFM
37:00 - people go to amazon. pipe of stuff // same w Netflix - pipe of entertainment / front door of entertainment // cost free, marginally no cost to expand // key is now discovery! // but suppliers have no choice. cost pressure. // aggregation theory // differentiation only from being irreplaceable. unique. focused. narrow. avoid go out of way of commoditization. price is dead. newspaper itself has been fractured, broken up. // amazon is default for consumers. // how would you build a business that fit into amazon? that still makes you successful? differentiate to the point where you get a direct connection to the consumer! << custom to order quote paintings and other!? Want to compete in a completely new arena! where things are not scalable. where people can't compete on price with you. no "low-end focus" // winner take all effects - monopsony - size leverage to command conditions. // 1:12:00 find a niche
Amazon  Prime  e-commerce  Netflix  economics  of  abundance  abundance  marginal  cost  long-tail  subscription  model  subscription  publishing  2.0  digital  publishing  self-publishing  newspaper  Print  is  Dead  Etsy  Marketplace  commodity  business  commoditization  differentiate  differentiation  Gary  Vaynerchuk  Start-up  of  You  lesson  advice  Retail  pure  play  oligopoly  oligopol  competitive  competitive  advantage  competitiveness  monopsony  Brand 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Nasty Gal Layoffs Hit 10 Percent of Staff | Re/code
Online fashion retailer Nasty Gal has laid off 10 percent of its staff, as the purveyor of edgy women’s clothing cuts costs amid an uncertain financing and retail environment. CEO Sheree Waterson told the company in an email that the cuts were necessary as the “market in which we operate is changing, both in retail broadly and apparel specifically.” Nineteen employees across several departments were let go. Nasty Gal also laid off some staff in 2014. The layoffs underscore the difficulty mature e-commerce startups can encounter as they transition from being a hot new brand to the long slog of building a more traditional retail business. In short, building a retail brand is really hard and technology can only afford you so many shortcuts along the way. Online beauty brand BirchBox announced layoffs of 15 percent of its staff last week, as startups in e-commerce tighten belts as investors become more wary of unprofitable growth.
Nasty  Gal  Branding  Brand  e-commerce  Retail  pure  play  Amazon  brick  and  mortar  business  squeezed  middle  class  discretionary  spending  disposable  income  USA  consumption  consumer  debt  household  debt  credit  card  debt  car  loan  student  loan  debt  student  loan  Bubble  low  pay  low  income  Precariat  precarious  work  eBay  zombie  consumer  Primark  status  symbol  status  anxiety  consumerist  consumerism  secular  stagnation  debt  servitude  retirement  pension  scheme  401k  fiscal  policy  austerity  monetary  policy  reflate  reflation  economic  history  recovery  job  creation  Service  Sector  Jobs  emerging  middle  class  western  world  credit  BRIC  emerging  market  Frontier  Markets 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Amazon: Onlinehändler bis zu 400 stationäre Buchläden - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ options for customers to collect, and for Amazon to send via courier ] Interessant ist allerdings die Reaktion des Onlinehändlers, wie das "Wall Street Journal" berichtet: Ein Amazon-Sprecher habe die Äußerungen Mathranis nicht kommentieren wollen - dementierte sie also auch nicht. Würde Amazon tatsächlich bis zu 400 Buchhandlungen eröffnen, bekäme der bisherige Marktführer Barnes & Noble in den USA ernsthafte Konkurrenz. Landesweit kommt der auf 640 Filialen.
convenience  Retail  e-commerce  pure  play  brick  and  mortar  business  Amazon  monopsony 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Sainsbury's to 'future-proof' with £1.3bn Argos deal - BBC News
Sainsbury's aims to "future-proof" its business with the £1.3bn offer to buy Argos owner Home Retail Group.
M&A  e-commerce  Retail  brick  and  mortar  business  pure  play  Online  Shopping  Tesco  ASDA  Walmart  Amazon  Sainsbury 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Robert Caro talks to Evan Davis about Lyndon B Johnson & power - Newsnight - YouTube
distrust in politics started with Vietnam // you better bring the public along with you. if you have concealed something. in the end you will fail. // Lyndon B. Johnson - LBJ >> Q&A: Historian Robert Caro - youtu.be/Gcm0WY6LKYw &! Robert Caro: Understanding Power (Full Length Version) - youtu.be/_MZInSqcksg //&! The Art of Political Power, with Robert Caro and William Hague - youtu.be/rQHGZTFpTEw //&! Biographer Robert Caro Lecture at Davidson College - youtu.be/MF3rNSMbsa0 //&! Robert Caro: Understanding Power (Full Length Version) - youtu.be/_MZInSqcksg //&! Presidency of LBJ - youtu.be/kjlXSPMzbNU
credibility  gap  Career  Politicians  political  economy  political  theory  Politics  abuse  of  power  authenticity  authentic  trust  distrust  trustagent  history  book  Play  accountability  transparency  democracy 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
L2 Insights: Amazon Search Visibility - YouTube
pay to play // celebrity endorsements // Amazon to Brands: Work With Us or We Will F*ck With You - youtu.be/o_uVpVTUwtk
Amazon  long-tail  Social  Media  e-commerce  pure  play  Google  Search  brick  and  mortar  business  marketing  advertising  advertisement  Amazon  Search  Platform  TOS  Newsfeed  Facebook  Online  Shopping  Google  Shopping  algorithm  SEO  Big  Data 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Spotify Shrinks Music Download Sales, Fights Piracy – Study | Re/code
Is Spotify shrinking the music business, by giving people a good reason not to buy music anymore? Or is Spotify helping the music business, by giving people a good reason not to steal music anymore? Yes! That’s the conclusion from a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research this month. [...] The nice thing about the study is that it manages to bolster both Spotify’s main argument to the music industry for the past few years — if you don’t let us distribute your music, and get some money for it, the pirates will do it and you’ll get none — and the music labels’ primary worry about streaming — there’s no way we’re going to sell enough subscriptions to replace albums and single-track sales!
Spotify  Music  Industry  The  Content  Wars  Entertainment  Escapeism  mobile  homescreen  Smartphone  mobile  first  Pandora  YouTube  Google  Play  Amazon  Prime  Apple  Music  business  model  subscription  model  discovery  distribution  curation  curation  curator  editor  editorial  digital  economy  digital  digital  publishing  publishing  2.0  Artist  digital 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC Radio 5 live - In Short, Branson: Treating addicts with 'decency' saves them
Policy Making for Super Rich, 1%, vested interest and interest groups & Industry (capitalism) >> bit.ly/1eX3wC2 - [ First it was Big Sugar in USA that put Political pressure (will withdraw funding) on WHO to withdraw new & much low added sugar intake/nutritional guidance. Now this with the UN. Who are Policy Makers anyway? Are there any characters at these institutions? - bit.ly/1kmEDHJ & bit.ly/1GnMUoH & bit.ly/1cSYi7O & bit.ly/1MBJPy3 "Food Politics" & 1.usa.gov/1jyOCJQ ] // Richard Branson "somebody seems to have got to the UN, either a country or somebody worried about their job." The report by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime report allegedly said that there has been "millions of unnecessary arrests and that criminalising people for drugs is unnecessary and harmful." "They had basically come around to the realisation that treating people with decency is how you wean people off drugs". // UN denies Branson claim - bit.ly/1XeWLBp //&! bbc.in/1GP0EDC
UN  United  Nations  addiction  War  on  Drugs  Legalisation  decriminalisation  decriminalization  alcohol  abuse  drug  abuse  prison–industrial  complex  mandatory  minimum  sentences  substance  abuse  corruption  Politics  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  Policy  Makers  democracy  nanny  state  vested  interest  interest  groups  bribery  corporate  scandal  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  crony  capitalism  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  trust  distrust  trustagent  abuse  of  power  Play  character  Greed  white-collar  crime  morality  ethical  beliefs  ethics  bottom  up  USA  public  health  public  health  Big  Sugar  food  industry  capitalism  social  contract  political  theory  Super  Rich  1%  agriculture  industrial  agriculture  macroprudential  monetary  fiscal  corporate  welfare  subsidies  subsidizing  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  corporate  state  corporate  media  Politics  manufactured  consent  Polarisation  propaganda  populism 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Jakob Augstein über VW, WM und deutsche Werte - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Die Vergabe der Fußball-WM 2006 nach Deutschland war nach SPIEGEL-Recherchen mutmaßlich gekauft. Was sind die Vorwürfe, wie sind die Reaktionen? Unsere wichtigsten Beiträge im Überblick. - bit.ly/1W2ui4J // Schwarze Kasse, Schuldscheine, ... bit.ly/1RUioEb //&! adidas - bit.ly/1PEpT2S - der Fall zeigt, wie eng die Bande zwischen dem Fußballverband und seinem Ausrüster sind. "business of sport."
Wertegesellschaft  VW  Volkswagen  DFB  business  of  sport  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  Wall  Street  crony  capitalism  capitalism  Gesellschaft  Super  Rich  1%  Germany  values  corporate  values  corporate  culture  personal  values  Soccer  World  Cup  IOC  Olympics  Doping  national  interest  Greed  abuse  of  power  Machtspiele  Machtgehabe  Play  adidas  corporate  scandal 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Spare Me Your Sh*tty Advertising - YouTube
"advertising business model doesn't make sense." for publishers! Business insider makes 50cent per user per year. ARPU. OUCH! It's like worse than brand awareness banner advertising. They recently started long-form reports to buy on vertical/topics like gigaom did. // news is free. analysis isn't (in-depth, maybe personal brand, industry standing (like TechCrunch turned out to be: worked for it many long nights for years. and then it all came crashing down rather quickly because the figure-head overstretched himself and wasn't in it for the long-run to do it as independent business) ... but don't to cottage cheese Wall Street a-like factory). // &! We are on the eve of war of ad blocking/content blocking: The End of Advertising as We Know It - youtu.be/KFe3YOlRlRs
subscription  model  business  model  Retail  e-commerce  Amazon  Prime  convenience  pure  play  brick  and  mortar  business  Jet.com  Amazon  publishing  2.0  journalismus  paywall  pageviews  BuzzFeed  Insider  New  York  Times  NYT  NYTimes  Der  Spiegel  The  Guardian  ARPU  advertisement  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  CPM  Facebook  Big  Data  ad  targeting  Programmatic  Content  Programmatic  Advertising  PandoDaily  Pando.com  The  Information  24-hour  news  cycle  The  Content  Wars  discovery  distribution  noise  noise  pollution  curation  curation  curator  creator  digital  contextual  Niche  Content  marketing  advertorial  paid  user  generated  branded  Newsfeed  Upworthy  Google  Search  ad  blocking  Google  Inc.  Apple  iOS  Android  AdBlock  blocking  Platform  Silo  TOS 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
American Apparel: a trip from the height of cool to lows of bankruptcy | Business | The Guardian
[ your edgy and PR storm/press differentiation can become a liability to future growth especially if you use that kind of marketing to grow, clickbait is not sustainable. stupid. should have stayed private and nimble! wall street and the numbers call it a bluff of the founder, cant be bigger & more than it was pre-ipo. no growing endlessly as edgy brand ] American Apparel has faced growing competition in the US from cut-price overseas competitors such as H&M, who have effectively replicated the brand’s fashion for a lower price. [...] recorded a loss for ten consecutive quarters, which was unsustainable given its debts. [...] American Apparel is the country’s biggest manufacturer of clothing and it is based in downtown Los Angeles. The company claims to pay experienced factory works more than $30,000 a year, compared with $600 a year for workers in Bangladesh factories. [...] we are taking this step to keep jobs in the US, and preserve the ideals for which the company stands.”
American  Apparel  Fashion  Industry  Manufacturing  Branding  brand  awareness  differentiate  differentiation  USA  Fast  Fashion  commodity  business  commoditization  Retail  pure  play  e-commerce  Wall  Street  IPO  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  mainstreet.org  fiduciary  responsibility  Venture  Capital  entrepreneur  entrepreneurship  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  marketing  PR  advertising  advertisement 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Thrillist and JackThreads Raise $54 Million, Split Into Separate Companies | Re/code
In an interview with Re/code on Tuesday, Lerer revealed that Thrillist, his lifestyle media business for dudes, and JackThreads, his e-commerce site for young guys, are splitting into separate entities, with a new CEO taking over at JackThreads. Lerer positioned the arrangement as a way for the businesses to focus solely on what they do best and allocate investment dollars as they see fit. “At a certain point, these businesses have each become living, breathing creatures, and to share a source of food is not the most productive,” he said.
e-commerce  pure  play  digital  content  contextual  content  content  marketing  branded  content 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Worker confronts M&S chief over 'poverty wages' | Society | The Guardian
Gewinnbeteiligung & workers rep on board of directors!? Like in Germany. Especially in customer facing ops! It's not just about price, its also customer service! customer experience. acquisition (word of mouth, net promoter score - vs - getting foot-fall up through sales and deals) customer engagement. customer retention and empowerment - to make the better choice to shop where people are treated well, paid well, and shared economic interest (environment, ecology, sustainability, local economy and jobs (multiplier effects)). Compelling people to make a mindful and conscious choice, day to day and for the long-term! Differentiate, don't fight with Amazon and big grocery retailers for price, sales, deals. That war you lost already because you can't win that way (bc of them having deeper pockets, shareholders which look away since ever in case of Amazon, and it is their identity; why ppl shop there), new business, away from Amazon, Tesco & ASDA. And especially Lidl and Aldi.
CEO  pay  living  wage  minimum  wage  Service  Sector  Jobs  Niedriglohnsektor  Zero  Hour  Contract  Contractor  Workers  Union  Trade  Union  John  Lewis  Gewinnbeteiligung  Soziale  Marktwirtschaft  HR  human  resources  recruiting  recruitment  people  management  team  management  neoliberalism  neoliberal  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  customer  experience  customer  empowerment  customer  retention  Retail  brick  and  mortar  business  e-commerce  Amazon  Branding  brand  awareness  customer  acquisition  Blue  Ocean  differentiate  differentiation  PR  spin  doctor  reframing  framing  marketing  Positioning  Proposition  Core  Product  Proposition  ecommerce  pure  play 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
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
FED Impact on Tech: Bloomberg West (Full Show 9/18) - YouTube
16:40 - how to consume amazon offerings!? via their platform, silo. closed. drm. // distribution model - for prime - lock-in - convenience - less friction. // "Kids don't care much about quality." // taking share of media consumption. // compelling offering - music, series, streaming, e-commerce, gaming, ... // it's not about entry point to access, lowering the price point of entry for the consumption device and the subscription of amazon prime in aggregate - and lock the consumer in. the aggressive price is an attack strategy (opening up/diversifying the price point) of the distribution model to grow the prime business. //
Amazon  Amazon  Prime  distribution  model  subscription  model  business  model  marginal  cost  Kindle  Tablet  phablet  iPad  Platform  DRM  Hardware  Entertainment  utility  Amazon  Dash  Button  e-commerce  pure  play  Escapeism  Gaming  Netflix  Apple  Music  Spotify  HBO  original  programming  Top  Gear  House  of  Cards  Television  TV  cable  provider  iPad  Pro  differentiate  differentiation  business  strategy  Cash  Cow  Jeff  Bezos  AWS  market  share  Walmart  Jet.com  monopsony  duopoly 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
What is Angela Ahrendts doing at Apple? - Fortune
“She motivates people. She inspires people. And she is the sort of person who wants to see things succeed as a team. It’s a rare quality.” [...] Ahrendts believes the key to the company’s future is not just marvelous products, but also engaging and energizing its nearly 100,000 employees, 60% of whom now work in retail division. “If you’re going to employ people anyway,” she says, “why not make them the differentiator? They’re not a commodity.” Now that there are 459 Apple stores in 15 countries, many people have their first Apple experience inside a store—a first impression that could forever tarnish the brand if it’s not good. “Burberry was about building a relationship,” she says. “But it was always about selling an amazing product that you would have forever. Apple is just a deeper relationship with a much broader constituency. Because it’s everybody.” // apple positioned itself just above everyone else it competes w [having a margin!], but not too far up to be douchy, off-setting
Angela  Ahrendts  Retail  brick  and  mortar  business  Apple  aspirational  product  marketing  user  experience  pure  play  e-commerce  Tim  Cook  user  engagement  customer  experience  UI  UX  CEO  Leadership  people  management  team  management  customer  service  customer  acquisition  customer  user  acquisition  user  churn  communication  Positioning  Value  Proposition  added  creation  emotion  advertisement  advertising  status  anxiety  community  community  management  R&D  STEM  Research  IP  intellectual  property  differentiate  differentiation 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
What I Learned This Week About Tim Cook’s Apple | Re/code
[ always along the motto: extension of you, part of you. The new Apple under Jobs was NOT an overnight success! It build on its differentiation, strong base, a cult, a Tribe, 1000 True Fans, and build on it stride by stride. Most capitalistic company out of SV, no counter-culture out of largest corp on world. & can pull of iAd coup because it has monopsony! & Duopoly w Android. ] Many people love Apple, others despise it. But, even without Jobs, it cannot be ignored. There simply is no other company that combines such a high-quality hardware line with such well-regarded software platforms. A faltering Samsung has the former, but not the latter. A strong and admirable Google has the latter, but not the former. If you didn’t believe that before, this week’s event made it crystal clear, with once-bitter rivals like Microsoft and Adobe showing up onstage to boast about how well their products worked with new Apple hardware and software. [ sw & hw iteration = leverage comp advantage ]
Apple  iOS  Hardware  commodity  business  commoditization  Android  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Software  Google  Inc.  Samsung  HTC  Lenovo  LG  Apple  TV  iPhone  Apple  Watch  Steve  Jobs  Tim  Cook  aspirational  product  PR  spin  doctor  public  relations  Positioning  marketing  public  image  status  symbol  status  anxiety  materialism  consumerist  consumerism  zombie  consumer  socioeconomic  status  social  status  emerging  middle  class  Platform  Silo  Apple  App  Store  Google  Play  R&D  Research  STEM  Microsoft  Nokia  Motorola  Adobe  Satya  Nadella  Leadership  vision  mission  differentiate  differentiation  Selbstdarstellung  Luxury  crony  capitalism  capitalism  post-capitalism  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  counter  culture  Silicon  Valley  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  iAd  Siri  AdBlock  personal  assistant  competitive  advantage  corporate  strategy  long-term  view  Tribe  Cult  1000  True  Fans  brand  awareness  Branding  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  monopsony  duopoly  antitrust 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
What Do The App Store, PlayStation 2 And The Roman Empire Have In Common? | TechCrunch
usage of apps # declining, app fatigue vs settlement after the euphoria and overload. ?!
Apple  App  Store  Google  Play 
september 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
E-Commerce is a Bear — Medium
Only two start-ups have properly challenged Amazon over the past decade: Zappos and Diapers. [...] Having spent time with Tony Hsieh and Alfred Lin, the leadership duo who built Zappos, and Marc Lore and Vinit Bharara, the founders of Diapers, I can tell you: these are intense competitors who recognized the best outcome was to join forces with the industry leader. So if Amazon is the low cost winner of selling brands online, if they are acquiring their best competitors, and if their everyday low prices are available to the entire country via a mechanical turk algorithm which is guaranteed to beat you, how do you compete? [...] [ eBay pure p2p marketplace ] [...] This next generation of e-commerce companies is as much about what you exclude as what you include. // &! only up for grabs (Amazon model) is in the developing world & emerging market - for entrepreneurs - & only possible double digit returns for investors. and the battle has already begun ... since like 05/09 China/India ...
e-commerce  Amazon  eBay  commodity  business  commoditization  differentiate  differentiation  vertical  category  Jet.com  business  model  subscription  model  distribution  model  discovery  Google  Shopping  commerce  Retail  Walmart  brick  and  mortar  business  Online  Shopping  mall  USA  Europe  Zalando  emerging  market  Developing  World  emerging  middle  class  consumer  choice  consumerist  materialism  consumerism  zombie  consumer  Etsy  Marketplace  Platform  Honest  Co.  Bonobos  Warby  Parker  Nasty  Gal  Branding  Zulily  flash  sale  Gilt  Groupe  ModCloth  Birchbox  corporate  strategy  business  strategy  closetphile  Rent  the  Runway  Zappos  tradesy  pure  play  Nordstrom  Macy's  H&M  Primark  Zara  Fast  Fashion  Fashion  Industry  ASOS  John  Lewis  Marks  &  Spencer 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
What will the future of commerce look like? - YouTube
At this year's Brainstorm Tech conference, Leigh Gallagher sits down with Jet.com CEO Marc Lore, Revel Systems CEO Lisa Falzone, and Instacart CEO Apoorva Mehta.
Amazon  Prime  Jet.com  Amazon  e-commerce  pure  play  Instacart  Retail  brick  and  mortar  business 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
How Microsoft Attacked the Beast who created Netscape, Mozilla Firefox & invested Skype - YouTube
Browser Wars back then. Smartphone wars are settles. iOS and Android. Everyone else is just niche or trying to be principles. // Start-up lesson/advice: When the big player can give out your "product" for free. They would. Don't play on other peoples turf and productise a feature ... for them. Sure they can't be everything to everyone and you can serve a niche, you are going to have to play by their rules their TOS. This thing where bright minds (educated) with small ideas (because they are easy) get burned over and over and over again. Human nature like irrational exuberance, hysterias and depressions. If you are dependable on a platform, on one kind of distribution model that is owned by another corporate (profit motive) and you are disruptive, pain in the ass, easily copyable,u are attackable on too many vectors. lots of risk. There was Microsoft. There was Facebook and Twitter. There was e-mail (gmail tab filters now & spam). // SWAT analysis vs high level situational awareness
Netscape  Marc  Andreessen  Microsoft  Bill  Gates  Silicon  Valley  Browser  Wars  TOS  Platform  EULA  iOS  Android  Apple  App  Store  App  Store  Google  Play  business  strategy  distribution  model  Twitter  Facebook  Zynga  Apple  competitiveness  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  business  model  business  plan  product  strategy  Amazon  Kindle  monopoly  monopsony  oligopol  Music  Industry  duopoly  Google  Google  Search  Google  Shopping  SWAT  analysis 
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
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Everything you think you know about the economy of the Internet is dead wrong - Quartz
Business-to-business digital commerce is ten times the size of the business-to-consumer space, according to the UN Commission on Trade and Development’s “Information Economy Report 2015.” Seventy-five percent of the economic value of the digital economy goes to traditional bricks and mortar businesses and not Internet companies. This is true worldwide, not just in developed economies. [...] [ ICT only employs 3% of labour market in Europe ] [ SME, SMB, Mittelstand critical for economies, not conglomerates and multinationals ] [ all the while the global digital economy is flat indeed ] [ Services have become big item number in GDP terms, and largest employer in # - 45% while non-services 23% ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple Enables Ad-Blockers - Episode 048 — An Exhausting Week | Exponent
26:10 - Apple Enables Ad Blocking in iPhone browser Safari, native option, no add-on needed. Nudge publishers/content providers to implement iAd (Apple's AdSense Product) on their sites (mobile sites) as alternative 2 all what is out there. Or 2 nudge mobile site owners 2 make native Apps!? Apple: 'its about the user experience' & respects users privacy (anti-Google and co jab) because it only uses the data available from the user on his phone/apple id. // bit.ly/1hB7VRC - People are seriously talking abt whether the iPhone's new ad blocking technology will destroy the web [...] "In a worst case scenario, this is Apple against the entire mobile publisher and advertiser ecosystem." [...] people are very concerned abt what Apple is trying 2 do. [...] Google is already losing 10% of its revenue 2 adblockers // &! bit.ly/1Lan20N // &! Monetizing your iOS apps with iAd (pdf) apple.co/1NeVPtf &! iAd is Apples on ad network service, even for native apps - bit.ly/1DFFpHg &! bit.ly/1PbkSfq
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The smartphone is the new sun — Benedict Evans
In this light, incidentally, Satya Nadella's suggestion that Xbox is no longer core was as interesting as the end of 'Windows Everywhere' (which I discussed here). Microsoft has been working on adding computing to TV since before phones even had screens. But it turns out that it's the smartphone, not the TV, that's  the centre of the experience, and the TV is dumb glass just as the mobile network is a dumb pipe.
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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
Google CFO Ruth Porat Brings Fiscal Discipline - Bloomberg Business
- hire of Porat makes doubly sense in light of restructuring for the future to Alphabet Inc. holdings // w competition left and right, change in landscape, Europe antitrust, failed Google X project, and other failed acquisitions and internal (new) product launches ... making people able to move in a new landscape. Google is now and has been now for some time, the target for everyone.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Google Creates New Company Called Alphabet, Restructures Stock - Bloomberg Business
[ Cracking under Wall Streets pressure ] The new structure [ holding company ] will give greater clarity into how Google invests in various ventures, including driverless cars, high-speed Internet service and health-related technologies. It also makes it easier to make any future acquisitions or potential divestments. [...] Sundar Pichai, Page’s deputy, will be promoted to become CEO of Google Inc., which generates the bulk of the company’s $60 billion in annual revenue. Omid Kordestani will transition from his role as chief business officer to become an adviser to Alphabet and Google. “Sergey and Larry will be able to allocate their time differently between the core and non-core businesses,” “You have Sundar focusing on the core business, and you will have Larry and Sergey kind of looking at the future growth businesses.” [...] [Larry Page] “Our company is operating well today, but we think we can make it cleaner and more accountable.” [ Google Inc. = Search worlds information. ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
As Amazon turns 20, investors grudgingly admit Bezos was right all along
Two weeks ago, Amazon had its 20th birthday. If the Prime Day sales Amazon offered by way of celebration left many underwhelmed, the occasion left little question about the amazing accomplishment of building not just the world's biggest ecommerce company but also what is perhaps its most successful retailer. A week later, Amazon ticked past a much more pedestrian milestone: its financial earnings report for the three months through June 2015. And if Prime Day was about how brilliant Amazon's past has been, the earnings report was notable for offering a glimpse into how bright the company's future looks. Which is to say, pretty bright indeed...
Amazon  Amazon  Prime  AWS  pure  play  e-commerce 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Amazon launches music streaming service in the UK - BBC News
- added value, net-net 0 if at scale, will cost them nothing, but creates added value to customers (perception), for their subscription model Amazon Prime. // However, there are some big holes in the Amazon Prime catalogue. The likes of Amy Winehouse, Abba, Katy Perry, Kanye West and Eminem - all part of the Universal Music Group - are unavailable at launch. Universal's artists were also unavailable in the US version of Amazon's service when it launched last year. At the time, The New York Times suggested the record company, which accounts for about a third of the global music market, was holding out over a royalty payments dispute.
Amazon  Prime  convenience  Google  Play  Apple  Music  Spotify  Amazon  Deezer  Rdio  Pandora  subscription  model  Music  Industry 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Beauty Product Subscription Service Birchbox Is Opening More Brick-And-Mortar Retail Stores | TechCrunch
The subscription business has 1 million subscribers in total, and while the company doesn’t share revenue numbers, recent estimates indicate the international retail business now pulls in $170 million per year. [...] Birchbox is now one of several e-commerce marketplaces that’s experimenting with engaging customers via offline promotions and pop-up shops over the summer holidays. Amazon, for example, earlier announced its Seattle-based “Treasure Truck” (though apparently ran into delays), and eBay also has been driving an Airstream trailer around the Hamptons and New York to connect shoppers with its various deals. // youtu.be/grU0xJ7JwLs - Scott Galloway on the Death of Pure-Play Retail & Impulse Buys
Birchbox  subscription  model  business  model  user  experience  offline  experience  user  behaviour  pure  play  e-commerce  ecommerce  Retail  brick  and  mortar  business 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Profile: Yanis Varoufakis, Greek bailout foe - BBC News
His eurozone colleagues, however, were not among his fans. In his first meeting with them on 11 February he refused to approve a common statement by the Eurogroup that implied Athens would seek an extension of its bailout. "Simple logic dictates that if you cannot even conceive the possibility of leaving a negotiation, then it is preferable never to enter one," [...] Mr Varoufakis had said he would "never, never, never" leave academia for politics. So what made him change his mind? People close to him told the BBC he felt he had a "moral responsibility" to accept the invitation of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. They also described him as a workaholic and ideologue, convinced of the failure of austerity politics. He is said to sleep very few hours at night. Experts warned not to expect an about-face under pressure from lenders. They said he would sooner leave politics than betray his beliefs.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple Music: Neuer Streamingdienst verschlägt der Konkurrenz die Sprache - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Es kommt wie erwartet, und doch ist die Branche in Aufruhr: Bei der Entwicklerkonferenz WWDC hat Apple seinen neuen Streamingdienst Apple Music angekündigt. Umfang und Art des Angebots dürften der Konkurrenz das Leben schwer machen. [...] Apple muss damit nicht reich werden Allerdings sind die Ausgangspunkte sehr unterschiedlich. Bei einem Umsatz von 1,3 Milliarden Dollar machte Spotify im vergangenen Jahr 197 Millionen Euro Verlust. Mit dem Geldverdienen klappt es also nicht einmal beim Marktführer so richtig. Und trotzdem wird das schwedische Unternehmen mit acht Milliarden Dollar bewertet. Für Apple aber ist es viel einfacher: Der kalifornische Konzern muss mit seinem Angebot gar kein Geld verdienen. Der iTunes Store und der App Store dienen in erster Linie dazu, Kunden an Apples Plattformen zu binden und damit den Verkauf der viel profitableren Apple-Hardware anzukurbeln. Genauso ist es auch mit Apple Music.
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
San Francisco’s independent retailers disrupt themselves to survive | PandoDaily
[ Don't compete directly with Amazon, price is not a long-term, sustainable business model ] “I was sitting next to a woman that I know, but who isn’t all that into comics. She told me that she didn’t really know where to begin, but if I would pick out a comic every month and send it to her, she would buy it. And a lightbulb just went off,” Hibbs said. Since then, he has purchased the domain graphicnovelclub.com and set out to do just that. For $20 a month, anyone in the world can sign up to receive the comic that Hibbs and his staff deem to be the best release that month. He’s also just set up a $15 a month graphic novel of the month club for kids. In addition to the book shipment, club members can attend or watch monthly book-club meetings, often featuring call-ins from the books’ artists and authors. [...] Each of these three businesses has built a devoted followings over many years, and occupies a cultural niche that comes preloaded with die-hard fandom.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Working hard or hardly working: Why everyone may be their own mini business in the future | PandoDaily
// He goes on to describe a world where anyone remotely comfortable with information technology has a 10x advantage over every one else. He went further, arguing we’ll see more and more $1 billion-plus companies built by four or five people. That’s something the venture world certainly doesn’t believe– nor do entrepreneurs as evidenced by current escalating burn rates. // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIXx617xVMo
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Eyeglass Retailer Warby Parker Valued at $1.2 Billion - Digits - WSJ
[ vertical/niche + brand + no pure play e-commerce but being an eTailer with 'experience stores'/'flag ship stores' + value add customer service that is part of the Brand too. ]. // >> Warby Parker is the newest unicorn - Warby Parker, the online retailer that allows people to try on hipster-framed glasses in their homes, has raised $100 million in funding at a $1.2 billion valuation. The round was led by T. Rowe Price and will be used to keep the company, which is not profitable, running. << // --- &! A fireside chat with Warby Parker's Neil Blumenthal - youtube.com/watch?v=embMMXMJEHk // &! Why Birchbox Co-CEO Katia Beauchamp envies Warby Parker - youtu.be/CHPWr7xjODw // &! Why Warby Parker s CEO dreams to head Ralph Lauren - youtu.be/h231oYa_zXI // &! Warby Parker's CEO on Disruption and Consumer Experience - youtu.be/7BFLO6RTr9o // &! tcrn.ch/1bizc7v
Warby  Parker  e-commerce  eTailer  Retail  brick  and  mortar  business  pure  play  Silicon  Valley  niche  Brand 
april 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/
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook Chief Product Officer: The Full Code/Media Interview | Video | Re/code
Facebook Is Talking to Publishers About Hosting Their Content "Cox says one of the challenges for publishers — including Facebook — is that reading on mobile is still a crummy experience. He believes Facebook can make it better. [...] min7-8ish >> people become singular individuals living in their own bubble ... because of Newsfeed ... it doesn't challenge people on their worldview nor world nor thinking." - on.recode.net/1LaHMlT // &! Big Players (FB, Twitter, Google - and their sister companies) are swallowing the attention on the home screen of the phone of the world, now they push for even more control and data over content; to host their works. There is no free lunch. Although FB says it is. In the end, the user pays for it through intrusive targeted advertising. &! on.recode.net/1BL6GI5 Nick Denton 'FB swallows the web and the homescreen.'
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women
Despite that discouraging fact, the two women spent their 20s deep inside the valley’s bro community—a culture that has been described as savagely misogynistic. In inverse ratio to the forward-looking technology the community produces, it is stunningly backward when it comes to gender relations. Google “Silicon Valley” and “frat boy culture” and you’ll find dozens of pages of articles and links to mainstream news articles, blogs, screeds, letters, videos and tweets about threats of violence, sexist jokes and casual misogyny, plus reports of gender-based hiring and firing, major-league sexual harassment lawsuits and a financing system that rewards young men and shortchanges women. &! &! http://www.ravishly.com/2015/01/29/glassbreakers-silicon-valley-women-newsweek &! http://techcrunch.com/video/apple-earnings-snapchat-discover-woman-in-tech/518628679/
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
My first and last time at the Crunchies — TheLi.st @ Medium — Medium
At the Crunchies, comedian T.J. Miller, a star of the show “Silicon Valley” (which I watch and love), threw out a bunch of playful zingers in his opening act. But then at one point, he engaged with a woman (Gabi Holzwarth) a few rows in front of me by calling her a “bitch”. She responded increduously, “Did you just call me a bitch?” He then said, “Bitch, Asians aren’t supposed to be this entitled in the U.S. … Is this bitch from Palo Alto?” The audience laughed nervously. I was so uncomfortable I wanted to leave, but of course I couldn’t given that our award was coming up. [...] At Crunchies I saw a woman get called a "bitch" onstage, then I did AOL TV & the host mocked me for being pale and made fun of my purse. [...] [ << Show of insecurity by taking the cheap road. Carlin was the last intellectual(?). ] &! bit.ly/1LUTHpj &! &! >> bit.ly/1kegniL - Reclaiming Critical Analysis: The Social Harms of “Bitch”
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Here’s how reporters are reacting to Snowden’s revelations | PandoDaily
The global surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden have caused journalists to change how they operate, question what the government knows about them, and consider abandoning investigative reporting, according to a survey from the Pew Research Center. A significant number of the journalists surveyed said they had changed their behavior, whether it’s how they store sensitive files (49 percent), how they communicate with other journalists (29 percent), whether they’ve reached out to a source (13 percent), or pursued a specific story (2 percent). Many are also convinced the government is gathering information about them. Some 64 percent of journalists believed intelligence agencies had “probably collected data” about them. (The other 36 percent, as “InfoSec Taylor Swift” joked, must not read the news.)
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - GCHQ censured over sharing of internet surveillance data with US
UK surveillance agency GCHQ has been officially censured for not revealing enough about how it shares information with its American counterparts. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal said GCHQ failed until December 2014 to make clear enough details of how it shared data from mass internet surveillance. It was the IPT's first ruling against an intelligence agency in its 15-year history. The Home Office said the government was "committed to transparency". &! https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9008360 &! http://techcrunch.com/2015/02/06/ipt-nsa-gchq-ruling/ &! http://pando.com/2015/02/06/court-says-gchq-nsa-surveillance-programs-violated-human-rights-laws-but-theyre-all-good-now/
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Dicke Männer bekommen mehr Gehalt, dicke Frauen weniger - SPIEGEL ONLINE
KarriereSPIEGEL: Und für Frauen? Caliendo: Sie verdienen am meisten bei einem Body-Mass-Index (BMI) von 21,5 - einem Wert, der nach gesellschaftlichen Standards als attraktiv definiert wird. Mit diesem BMI verdienen Frauen bis zu zwölf Prozent mehr als übergewichtige Kolleginnen. Das gilt besonders für Berufe, in denen sie Kundenkontakt haben, zum Beispiel in der Gastronomie oder im Vertrieb. [...] Ja, für Männer gibt es offenbar einen Schlankheitsmalus, der auf Körperkraft beruht. Frauen bekommen dagegen einen Schlankheitsbonus, der auf physischer Attraktivität basiert. Bei ihnen geht der Effekt sogar noch weiter. [...] Das Körpergewicht wirkt sich bei Frauen nicht nur auf ihr Einkommen aus, sondern auch auf die Wahrscheinlichkeit, überhaupt einen Job zu bekommen. Das Risiko, arbeitslos zu sein, ist für übergewichtige Frauen größer als für schlanke.
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
How Much Does It Cost to Be Ambassador to Hungary? - Bloomberg View
n.pr/1AfA3NV &! The corruption here is multilayered. There is the corruption of governance and diplomacy, in which ambassadorships are sold to the highest bidder. And then there is a more subtle form of corruption, in which the people’s representatives are made to feel as if they must provide cover for the corrupt practices of the executive branch. Strangely enough, another of the Obama administration’s nominees for a crucially important ambassadorship, Max Baucus, the former Montana senator, provided a roadmap for truthfulness in the nominations process. Baucus, chosen to represent U.S. interests in Beijing, said, at his own confirmation hearing, “I’m no real expert on China.” He was confirmed by the Senate anyway. &! Google - Klüngel-Republik &! Networking wird von dem Volksmund häufig „Vitamin B“ genannt. &! Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission << money in elections, money buys politics, policy makers and votes. &! Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy bbc.in/1ldxBDT
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
The Responsive Enterprise: Embracing the Hacker Way - ACM Queue
The "Seven Aspects of our Culture," as described in a Netflix slide presentation (Values are what we Value; High Performance; Freedom and Responsibility; Context, not Control; Highly Aligned, Loosely Coupled; Pay Top of Market; and Promotions and Development) provides a crisp formulation of people-management values for a software-centric enterprise.4 Here is our take on four of Netflix's seven core values: [...] No company embodies the hacker culture better than Facebook, and CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg explained the idea eloquently in his letter to investors when Facebook filed for its IPO: "Hacker culture is also extremely open and meritocratic. Hackers believe that the best idea and implementation should always win—not the person who is best at lobbying for an idea or the person who manages the most people."10
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
War in Ukraine a Result of Misunderstandings between Europe and Russia - SPIEGEL ONLINE
One year ago, negotations over a Ukraine association agreement with the European Union collapsed. The result has been a standoff with Russia and war in the Donbass. It was an historical failure, and one that German Chancellor Angela Merkel contributed to. [...] But the impact of that fateful evening in Vilnius goes far beyond Ukraine's borders. Some 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and almost 70 years after the end of World War II, Europe is once again divided. The estrangement between the Russians and the Europeans is growing with Moscow and the West more inimical toward each other today than during the final phase of the Cold War. It's a reality that many in Europe have long sought to ignore. The story of the run-up to Vilnius is one filled with errors in judgment, misunderstandings, failures and blind spots. It is a chronicle of foreign policy failure foretold -- on all sides. &! &! ! youtu.be/akz3h1HAUj8 - Putin will sein Gesicht nicht verlieren.
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Bill Cosby defends silence over sexual assault allegations
newrepublic.com/article/120338/bill-cosby-rape-allegations-why-america-took-so-long-wake "No One Wanted to Talk About Bill Cosby's Alleged Crimes Because He Made White America Feel Good About Race" &! salon.com/2014/11/12/chris_rocks_poisonous_legacy_how_to_get_rich_and_exalted_chastising_bad_blacks/ "Respectability politics isn't new. But with Charles Barkley and Bill Cosby now joining in, here's why it's so toxic" [...] “I hide my money in books. Why? Because n–gers don’t read.” [...] It doesn’t matter how much debunking is done, because this strain of respectability politics is easy to comprehend, fits neatly into our racist system, and has the potential to be lucrative. [ Respectability Politics does apply too 2 Feminism; sex work, prostitution, Pornography, It-Girl. & Gay (femGay, ButchLez) & Transgender (Barbie, Plastic Look) &! bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30167914 "It follows allegations of paedophiles in positions of power and claims about attempts to cover up their actions."
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
Sexismus Aufschrei Ende des Schweigens? [NDR, HD, Doku, 2014. deutsch] - YouTube
"Bei Sexismus geht es um Hierachien und Macht" [...] "Sexism serves display of power and hierarchy. [...] Learned through social construct of being 'Man.'" - youtu.be/a7cn-8KyEuo &! Rassismus und Sexismus ab_bloggen! Vortrag Anna-Katharina Meßmer - youtu.be/To4YhC3KLlA &! youtu.be/iS4tMT9nKHc &! Die Braut haut ins Auge - Wie gleichberechtigt sind wir? | Klub Konkret | EinsPlus - "Wie gleichberechtigt sind wir eigentlich? Im Job, in der Gesellschaft, und in unserer Beziehung? 64 Prozent der deutschen Männer sagten in einer aktuellen Studie: „Es reicht mittlerweile mit der Gleichberechtigung!" Komisch nur, dass viele Frauen die Sache ganz anders sehen. Klub Konkret zieht Bilanz." youtu.be/EDvSjWRyL1Y &! Laurie Penny (book) und die Wut - Antikapitalistischer Feminismus - youtu.be/EqrPRwASZ4k &! Podiums-Diskussion: WEIBSBILDER. Das Bild der Frau in Medien und Öffentlichkeit - youtu.be/QjPLy-kJSqc &! youtu.be/gQNu0j9_K9w
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
On the Origin of Celebrity - Issue 5: Fame - Nautilus
"Why the obsession? Because we’re primates with vested interests in tracking social hierarchies and patterns of social affiliation. And celebrities provide our primate minds with stimulating gyrations of hierarchy and affiliation (who is sleeping with, feuding with, out-earning whom). [...] Why is rank so important to a baboon? For one thing, a stable dominance system is a huge social convenience—it insures bloody teeth and claws don’t reign each time a potential conflict arises." - via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8614040 &!&! http://nautil.us/issue/5/fame/homo-narrativus-and-the-trouble-with-fame "We think that fame is deserved. We are wrong. [...] These two traits—our compulsion to tell stories, and our bias towards the individual—conspire to ruin our intuitive understanding of fame. [...] There is no such thing as fate, only the story of fate." << via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8624002
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
Middelhoff-Prozess: Das Urteil geht uns alle an - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ Power Corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. ] Macht macht etwas mit Menschen. Das zeigt dieses kleine Experiment. Bereits kleinste Ansätze von Autorität über andere Menschen lassen uns rücksichtsloser werden und erzeugen die Illusion, über den Regeln zu stehen. Und je länger jemand Macht hat, desto größer ist die Gefahr, dass sie ihn deformiert. Mit dem gierigen Griff nach den letzten Keksen fängt es an. Und am Ende lässt man sich auf Firmenkosten per Helikopter zur Arbeit fliegen - weil man ganz selbstverständlich glaubt, das stünde einem zu. [...] Oft reicht für Machtmissbrauch bereits das kleine bisschen Einfluss, das wir auf unseren Partner, unsere Kinder oder auch nur unseren Hund haben.
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november 2014 by asterisk2a
Bundestag: Opposition will Ausschüsse für Bürger öffnen - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Der Bundestag will moderner und offener werden - doch wie ernst meint es das Parlament damit? Die Opposition plant jetzt eine Transparenz-Offensive: Die Bürger sollen grundsätzlich an allen Ausschusssitzungen teilnehmen dürfen.
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
The three lives of Blizzard Entertainment | Polygon
"The idea was to take all of the lessons that we learned from World of Warcraft [and start over] ... It turns out it’s still really complicated." [ ... ] One thing regarding Titan became clear: It wasn’t shaping up. [... Hearthstone ...] "Honestly, selling the game internally was one of our biggest challenges," Chayes says. "It felt very different to a lot of the people here. And rightly so! It just feels different. That evangelizing effort was always a big challenge for us." [...] "It’s the era we’re in," Metzen says. "In my house, most of the gaming is all tablets now. I can barely get the tablets out of my kids’ hands. We’re very confident PC developers. But I think given the way the world has changed, we need to be receptive to the idea that we need to follow what’s right for the products." [...] [>>!] steady stream of new content[.] [...] "unbounded creativity"[.]
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
European Investor Admits He Pestered Female Entrepreneur For Sex In “Deal” Email | TechCrunch
But the way tech investing works is that people tend to invest in people like themselves. The horrible laws of homophily, the tendency of individuals to associate and bond with similar others, mean that they inevitably prefer to invest in people like them, and the cycle continues. Men tend to invest in men. Yet tech is forming the world as we know it today. It pervades every part of our world and will do for rest of human history. And this is a world that women occupy. Women who have their own capacities and ambitions to succeed and to make their impact in their own way. [...] We have to work out what it means for men and women to work equally in this industry — since we have so few examples of women rising to the top. || 2nd girl @luciemontel / @geschehaas facebook.com/geschehaas linkedin.com/pub/gesche-haas/4/773/b59 || http://bit.ly/VHbD0c http://bit.ly/1tnKPPf http://bit.ly/1obLldz http://tnw.co/1AxSAW1 http://dailym.ai/1qqqmFj http://bit.ly/1tjEy80 +YC http://on.recode.net/YFCETT
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
What the hell is happening at Google Ventures? | PandoDaily
allow people to save face and continue relationships with existing investments, while preventing anyone on the outside from guessing what’s really going on. It’s possible the phasing out Rose and relocation to a non-investing role for Siegler is all a wild coincidence of timing. But this much we know: At its core venture capital — particularly seed investing — is still a people business. Startups want one of two things in a venture firm. They either want dumb, deep pockets or a committed partner they know they can count on for advice, hiring help, and future funding. With the revolving door of departures, Google Ventures has solidly put itself in the first camp — at best. >> #save-face #soft-landing-aka-acquihire #its-nothing-personal #its-business || [...] Either way, this is horrible news for Google Ventures and their portfolio companies, marking effectively the third reboot of the partnership in just five short years.
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race | TIME
via reddit - http://bit.ly/1oLANYC || Ferguson is not just about systemic racism — it's about class warfare and how America's poor are held back, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [...] According to a 2012 Pew Research Center report, just half of U.S. households are middle-income, a drop of 11 percent since the 1970s; median middle-class income has dropped by 5 percent in the last ten years, total wealth is down 28 percent. Fewer people (just 23 percent) think they will have enough money to retire. Most damning of all: fewer Americans than ever believe in the American Dream mantra that hard work will get them ahead. || + Krawalle nach Tod von Michael Brown: Obama schickt obersten US-Ermittler nach Ferguson - http://bit.ly/1mjvmKV http://bit.ly/1veMG9c || http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-28861149 - << no trust into investigation, into officials, ...
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Man Attacked, Knocked Unconscious for Standing Up for Women - YouTube
abuse of power, physical power. exerting dominance. ....'what else is she gonna do?' +++ !!! >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zwy5PEEa6U >>> should men who assault cis-women because they are cis-women be charged with hate crime instead of just assault, if the motive for the crime proved to be hate related (misogynistic, sexist)!!??
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Nick Hanauer: Beware, fellow plutocrats, the pitchforks are coming - YouTube
- history has it that the thriving middle class made USA. period. // --- and the future of work - needs investment! as capitalism, a flat world and software eats the world - eats up jobs (robots, automation, off shoring, outsourcing, outside advisory and contractors only (for everything that is not key) etc). >> thus education has got to change to be for the 21st century || + Eric Liu: Why ordinary people need to understand power --- http://youtu.be/Cd0JH1AreDw #civic #PowerPlay #AbuseofPower #illiteracyaboutpower #willfulignorance >> #participation #calltoaction #sharewhatyoudo +!+!+ http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/06/the-pitchforks-are-coming-for-us-plutocrats-108014.html +!+!+ http://billmoyers.com/2014/09/11/a-wealthy-capitalist-on-why-money-doesnt-trickle-down/
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