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‘The City’, by Tony Norfield - Banking as seen from the belly of the beast
[ current account deficit only affordable (thus also living standards) bc of City of London ] This is a man who writes without irony about “financial parasitism”. In The City: London and the Global Power of Finance, he seeks to document just how the UK and the US extract their pound of flesh from the rest of the world by dominating the financial flows that make international trade possible.

He argues that London’s leading role in foreign exchange trading, derivatives and overseas lending is an extension of its imperialist past. Creating complex financial products and charging for them has enabled the sector to requisition for the UK and London — and, of course, bankers themselves — a disproportionate share of the benefits of global trade. [...] [ extracting value from around the world channelling it back ] &! Novara Media interview - bit.ly/297c6D3
Brexit  City  of  London  banking  business  investment  banking  current  account  deficit  GBP  derivatives  financial  product  financial  services  Global  Finance  British  Empire  Imperialism 
june 2016 by asterisk2a
Keiser Report: Sovietization of capitalism (E723) - YouTube
BIS 100% of private debt and finance sector larger than 3.9% of economy bad ... and siphoning off talent from more productive fields of work. And finance favours lending to property and land (low productivity). [...] financial products (derivatives) do not help economy. is just a financial product, fee collection. rentier! rent-seeking behaviour! fees fees fees. (JP Morgan, 89% of profits, see interview) [...] QE reflated asset prices/share prices! // In the second half, Max interviews David Graeber about his new book, The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Money: The Too Big to Fail Edition by Panoply Media
Neil Irwin, author of The Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire, joins hosts Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil of mathbabe.org, and Slate’s Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann. This week is all about Neel Kashkari of the Minneapolis Fed's new solution for our too-big-to-fail banks. //!& breaking up has complexity ... financial-industrial complex! //
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Mervyn King: new financial crisis is 'certain' without reform of banks | Business | The Guardian
The former Bank of England governor says in his new book that imbalances in the global economy makes a crash inevitable [...] GFC was the fault of the financial system, not individual greedy bankers, in his new book, The End Of Alchemy: Money, Banking And The Future Of The Global Economy [...] “Without reform of the financial system, another crisis is certain, and the failure ... to tackle the disequilibrium in the world economy makes it likely that it will come sooner rather than later,” Lord King wrote. [...] global central banks were caught in a “prisoner’s dilemma” - unable to raise interest rates for fear of stifling the economic recovery, the newspaper reported. [... blame] broken financial system. [...] failure of a system, and the ideas that underpinned it, [...] “Only a fundamental rethink of how we, as a society, organise our system of money and banking will prevent a repetition //&! dailym.ai/21tPG5y
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Die Macht der Finanzkonzerne - Wie Blackrock mittels Geld die Welt regiert - YouTube
extraction of fat. no skin in the game. // Privatisation of housing stock - social and affordable, anglo saxon capitalism style; profit maximisation, dividends. // after Goldman Sachs the new vampiresquid // no skin in game; get money for speculation from pension funds, other investors, mutual funds. << that is the system! // nur wer geld hat, kann es vermehren. // nearly no governance, no guidelines regarding sustainability, ethics, transparency, morals. // no regulation = big profit and exploitation, corruption, bribery.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Matt Taibbi: Mitt Romney and the Looting of America (1/2) - YouTube
https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heuschreckendebatte // companies turned into financial instruments. // fictionalisation of economy // >> money spend (debt) on hostile takeover/LBO/MBO/M&A are tax deductible! << = invest in debt, rather than equity! & carried interest is only taxed at 15% max. still can reduce it w deductions xyz. // !!! NO SKIN IN THE GAME !!! Nassim Taleb //
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Politicking: Matt Taibbi on America's 'Injustice System' - YouTube
worship culture of success. [...] jail is for poor people. [...] securities fraud go jail free w fine, and do benefit/welfare fraud, go straight to jail! // For Profit Bail System - on YouTube Vice Channel. //&! Matt Taibbi, "The Divide" - youtu.be/k4CohXkdR0w //&! Matt Taibbi: Minding the Wealth Gap - youtu.be/KiRe1PK3zkM //&! Too Big To Fail, Too Big To Jail: Matt Taibbi, Bernie Sanders Town Hall 2013 - youtu.be/d-nh8DYJvlM //&! Matt Taibbi: The Conspiracy To Destroy Our Pensions - youtu.be/ZIDfyfXDGME //&! Matt Taibbi explores US criminal injustice with Bill Maher - youtu.be/uS9LHBPTM7A //&! The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap (w/ Matt Taibbi) - youtu.be/iFl-o7qJHaY
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
What Really Caused the Crisis and What to Do About It - YouTube
"There are not perfect markets, and there is no perfect planner. [...] we will never arrive at perfect solutions. [...] market will never allocate perfectly ... [...] market will always tend to lend to property and land, and less into productive means (businesses = risk of 100 loss, land or property ... you have a loss when you sell it. << China, UK ) [...] not all credit is good credit. [...] need for macroprudential policy to dampen bubbles bc rate hikes could dampen normal non-speculative area of economy. ie loan to value limits [...] interest rate setting is blunt hammer that people though is the magic wand along the line of self-regulation, free market, neoliberalism and trickle-down [...] GFC can be traced back to the 60-70's - macroecon + micro with absurd assumptions (ie rational expectations, equilibriums, no bubbles) & math & pure theoretical base (no empirical analysis ie of what banks really do ie greed) = makes job of economist as policy advisor real easy.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Vickers warns over weaker bank safety buffers - BBC News
[ no skin in the game ] The man charged with leading an inquiry into the future safety of Britain's banks has said Bank of England plans are not strong enough. Sir John Vickers, who led the Independent Commission on Banking (ICB) said: "The Bank of England proposal is less strong than what the ICB recommended." In a BBC interview, he added "I don't think the ICB overdid it." The Bank of England declined to comment. Specifically, it is the plans to make sure that banks have enough capital that Sir John has questioned. Capital is considered vital to a bank's safety, as it serves to protect it from sudden losses. It comes in many forms, but the most common is funding from shareholders, who expect a hefty return on the risk they are taking. The backdrop to this news is the current slump in bank share prices across Europe. Since the start of the year, European banking stocks have lost a quarter of their value. //&! bit.ly/1Xs0Bac
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Fred Block: The Tenacity of the Free Market Ideology - YouTube
Fred Block discusses his book “The Power of Market Fundamentalism,” which extends the work of the great political economist Karl Polanyi to explain why free market dogma recovered from disrepute after the Great Depression and World War II to become the dominant economic ideology of our time. // wo state role there would be no market system. // need social democracy in complex diverse society - representing people // freedom in complex diverse society = free of hunger and economic uncertain & freedom of nonconformity - protections, no marginalisation, no economic punishment // social democracy and free market are both Utopias // Thatcher & Co blaming State for malaise! nobody likes technocratic arguments, leaves public out, thus was able to make big return. // wealth creation through efficiency route takes more work and capital than predation (rentier/rent seeking) - ie relaxing fuel efficiency savings regulation for Detroit back in the days // trust that state can support innovation
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Jan Kregel: The Continuing Risk of Derivatives - YouTube
The other common feature that Kregel notes is that the major objective of active, global financial institutions no longer is the maximization of profits by seeking the lowest cost funds and channeling them to the highest risk-adjusted return. Rather, they are most interested in maximizing the amount of funds intermediated in order to maximize fees and commissions, thereby maximizing the rate of return on bank capital. This means a shift from continuous risk assessment and risk monitoring of funded investment projects that produce recurring flows of interest payments over time, to the identification of riskless "trades" that produce large, single payments with as much of the residual risk as possible carried by the purchasers of the package. The upshot is that most derivative packages mask the actual risk involved in an investment and increase the difficulty in assessing the final return on funds provided.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Prosperity brings new diseases to Brazil - BBC News
[ most successful export of USA/western world ] Is Brazil destined to be the fattest country in the world? Better healthcare means things like child mortality and deaths from many infectious diseases have fallen drastically. But prosperity has brought with it new diseases - diabetes and heart disease are on the rise, as Ben Tavener reports from Sao Paulo.
heart  disease  western  lifestyle  obesity  epidemic  obesity  childhood  obesity  pre-diabetic  diabetes  metabolic  syndrome  chronic  diseases  high  blood  pressure  cancer  diet-related  disease  public  health  policy  public  health  emerging  middle  class  aspirational  aspirational  product  WHO  western  diet  sedentary  lifestyle  Brazil  BRIC  chronic  low-grade  inflammation  Arthritis 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Udacity Marks 1,000 Graduates from Online Education ‘Nanodegrees’ | Re/code
“I direct my work not towards what I’m best at, but where there’s impact,” Thrun said. “If you can build a self-driving car, that’s great. But if you can teach people to build a self-driving car, that’s even better.” // along the lines of great minds with small ideas (yet another consumer-entertainment-escapism product).
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The Information's 411-10/23 "Blood Feuds" by The Information Podcasts | Free Listening on SoundCloud
11:30 // science is hard. stupid. and a non-consumer product. duh. //&! HYPE CYLCE - on 5 magazine covers and not even public! because she is, as female science-based founder/ceo a rarity and it sells papers >> on.recode.net/1PcJ8zW - Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes’s Five Best Cover Story Appearances, Ranked
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Seth's Blog: Selling like Steve
Average stuff for average people is getting ever more difficult to sell. If that's all you've got, get something else.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Cornel West and Richard Wolff talk about Capitalism and White Supremacy - YouTube
individualism tends to capitalism (each their own coloured widget) vs individuality of the individual. don't mistake the one for the other and you can't achieve the same happiness and well-being with just individualism because it is also based on constant consumption. // what people leave out of socialism and the pundits decry over it. is democracy. democratic socialism. // Plutocracy is undercutting its ability to survive! Problem, the system will take us down with it. // We got ecological catastrophe on our doorstep. Nuclear catastrophe. And Capitalisms catastrophe. //&! Ceased all power and rendered the citizen powerless. This is no capitalistic democracy. This is crony capitalism. - Chris Hedges June 8, 2015 - youtu.be/iA41ggsdeXE - capitalism has no internal constraints. remove external constraints & it will see & use everything (private free market enterprise) as replaceable & commodity w a price (even the planet): the environment, workers health. &! non-violent revolution!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Why too much choice is stressing us out | Life and style | The Guardian
From jeans to dating partners and TV subscriptions to schools, we think the more choices we have the better. But too many options create anxiety and leave us less satisfied. Could one answer lie in a return to the state monopolies of old?
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The blame for distorting our view of women doesn’t lie just with advertisers | Lucy Mangan | Comment is free | The Guardian
If we objected strongly enough to warped views of female bodies, women would take our custom elsewhere. But we keep buying the brands that offend us [...] But the lack of change in this area suggests consumers are not changing their spending habits. And as most of the consumers of the brands and products these advertisers are selling to are women purporting to hate this kind of thing, we have a conundrum: why are we still doing this? Why aren’t we putting our money where our mouths are? And then, obviously, in further solidarity taking our mouths off for a pizza somewhere? [...] Asking, or compelling by legislation, advertisers to do this runs counter to almost every prevailing ideology and trend. It asks that moneymaking ventures act for the greater good instead of the bottom line. It asks government to chip away at a cornerstone of the free market. It conceptualises women as hapless victims of intangible forces.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: It’s Jack Dorsey’s ego, not Moments, that will sink or save Twitter
And Tuesday’s launch of Moments also gave us a hint at how the story is going to develop next. The launch was timed to make Dorsey appear the fast moving architect of a product that had actually been in development for nearly a year. Dorsey was to get the credit for Moments, for good or ill. And it worked. Publication after publication hailed Dorsey as fast moving, and positioned Moments as “his” bet on transforming the company. As if we’re all to believe the entire thing was imagined and coded within 24 hours of Dorsey arriving at his new desk. All of the above can be summed up in one word: Ego...
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Bank of England may cut rates, says chief economist - BBC News
Softening employment figures and weakening surveys on manufacturing and construction output suggested growth in the UK could slow in the second half of the year and inflation might not pick up as expected. Furthermore, problems in emerging markets could be a drag on UK growth and the headwinds from those economies were unlikely to abate any time soon, Mr Haldane added. //&! In a wide-ranging speech that called on central bankers to think more radically to fend off the next downturn – including the notion of abolishing cash – Haldane warned the UK was not ready for higher borrowing costs. He described recent events in Greece and China as "the latest leg of what might be called a three-part crisis trilogy."
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september 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.
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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).
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
How Microsoft Lost Its Mojo: Steve Ballmer and Corporate America’s Most Spectacular Decline | Vanity Fair
Lost decade under Ballmer, the sales guy. Sales guy is not the right guy 2 make a dent into the universe. //&! JULY 2012 Microsoft’s Downfall: Inside the Executive E-mails and Cannibalistic Culture That Felled a Tech Giant - vnty.fr/1OU6xUN //&! NOVEMBER 2014 The Empire Reboots - vnty.fr/1FZ4mJd //&! bit.ly/1isyHfL //&! Bill & Ballmer not on speaking terms - on.mash.to/1isyFED cnet.co/1KcO02M //&! Steve Ballmer talks LA Clippers, Satya Nadella & Microsoft. Just dont ask him abt Gates - ind.pn/10mLbMH //&! read.bi/1Lw4zXs // &! Start-up advice/lesson is that you have to have a true north to be long-term relevant, big enough to be seemingly inexhaustible! Yahoo! NO. AOL. NO. Twitter. Still Debating it internally, reflective of nobody being the true leader with true leadership capabilities, everyone cooking & suggesting spices. Facebook. YES. LinkedIn. YES (economic graph). Amazon. YES. Zappos. YES. RocketInternet. NO. Google. YES. Foursquare. YES. Tumblr. NO. Reddit. YES. HBO. YES.
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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
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Consumed: How We Buy Class in Modern Britain: Amazon.co.uk: Harry Wallop: 9780007457106: Books
[ abuse of human condition, evolution ] he argues that our social standing in today's society is no longer determined by the accent you speak with, the school you attended, or your parents. Rather, it is determined by the food we eat, our choice of holiday destination, the clothes we wear, the size of the TV we sit in front of, and whether you use a plug-in air freshener or a smelly candle. // &! Enough: Breaking Free from the World of Excess Paperback (2009) by John Naish // &! No Logo by Naomi Klein //&! The Tyranny of Choice - Renata Salecl //&! The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less - Barry Schwartz //&! The Art Of Choosing: The Decisions We Make Everyday of our Lives, What They Say About Us and How We Can Improve Them - Sheena Iyengar // &! Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (Greg McKeown) // &! September 2015 Wish list // &! essentialism, simplicity, minimalism, minimalismus, and tim ferriss >> decision fatigue
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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 ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
More evidence that Snapchat needs to just kill Discover already
>> bit.ly/15SfOfU &! bit.ly/1M6Khcb &! bit.ly/1uxEz6s (( Discover wants to be Newsfeed ala Facebook without 'Liking' a page (BEING FED ... uhhhh, so TV/Radio/Newspaper. You don't discover, you are being fed.), but curated, and first foray into introducing ads (figuring out a business model) ... and not opting to go/experiment w native ads (Snaps pushed to users, ala Superbowl ads! at around half the price point of Superbowl ads? Why not. With a tight grip on quality, storytelling, authenticity, ... sure can't scale it very much. And not the ultimate money machine at first.) )) --- vs --- Gary Vaynerchuks opinion on it - bit.ly/1zBUCYm &! bit.ly/1XSVS2L - argues if programming is good (content being the variable) people will go there repeatedly vs their website or own app. // BUT is Discover too far removed from Snapchat being Snapchat (medium is the message) itself and thus friction. Bc of no empowerment, engagement, experience the original medium has! Stapled on non-native feature.
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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!!!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: Blue Apron and the rise of the non-demand economy
[ trading money 4 convenience, on-demand, no planning (no personal overhead, that thing you have 2 plan & be reminded of 2 go after work 2 grocery store with that list.), & TIME. IF YOU HAVE THE MONEY. New Friday Night in (not w pizza, Chinese take out) for the better paid. You think you deserves, deserved to treat yourself, even during the week 2-3 times. Because you worked so hard and are so busy. It's not a mass market, utility thing. Period. It also sprouted so many kind of these things, because the money was there (2010-12-13-14-15). and SV and NY is hot bed of them, because of so much more disposable income available. But go into America. The picture looks very different. The opposite. People trying to make ends meet. Not just America but rest of western world! The actual macro of America did not justify those valuations and the money and the amount of these start-ups. SV/NY/Seattle distored the picture, does distort pictue of rest of America labour market! ] //&! bit.ly/1hUTTdS
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Modern Storytellers: Gary Vaynerchuk and Casey Neistat - YouTube
>> always on record. thus being consistent, you, authentic, key to sustainability. everyone is the PR agent for themselves. // bullshit detectors have become hyper-refined. // - have to open yourself up to it, as requirement, to be radically honest, vulnerable, see Brene Brown. // also, have to leave money on the table! << going for the marathon! not the sprint. not profit maximisation. go for legacy. willingness to say no, knowing when to say no because it would be short-term optimisation. // keeping values/guiding principles/mission/vision with growing team - is about success of your leadership team/exec team (Eventbrite gal talked about this in yc talk, surprised about internal champions/leaders). // [AD PRODUCT FOR CLOSETPHILE AND OH HI THERE WORLD!] attention graph/span: what brings value to ppl?! ads should bring, have to bring value! its not about reach/pageviews. its about attention. being part. creating value!!! also not add friction - ie pre-roll ad. normal ads steal time!
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Rifkin on the Fall of Capitalism and the Internet of Things - YouTube
// good and services - commoditisation - near priceless. // mass market becomes zero marginal cost business - commodity! thus have to differentiate ie through freemium/premium/subscription model! two tier. // attention span - news is free, ppl are satiated quiet often with free news, that they don't pay for premium products (except niche) like analysis&perspective & brand pull. have to add more value to core value prop and intangible value - like community & leadership // every consumer can become a prosumer //
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
#TOA Interview with Fred Wilson & Brad Burnham of Union Square Ventures - YouTube
mi 32 - lack of adoption of SV model: no politics, execution, results driven, value creation, accepting Failure as outcome (culture of Stigma in EU and Germany) // min 36 - oh hi there world - buy into the company! a partner, strategic joint venture. shared economic interest, own platform by publishers! // miss-allocation of capital ! // hard things about hard things - Pivot, layoff vs running out of money not finding product/market fit & traction // early on its only hunch & gut based. // #TOA15: ¨Are the Germans Unable to Disrupt?¨ with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer SE) - youtu.be/YyuJmAtZQis - its abt value creation, value add, redesigning of value, chains, product, data. Big corps cant disrupt itself. especially not by committee. Legacy companies unlikely 2 survive bc of patterns 2 stick 2 the conventional & fail than fail with unconventional & look like a fool (risk aversion, Failure in the public eye). Book "Silicon Valley: Was aus dem mächtigsten Tal der Welt auf uns zukommt"
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
#TOA15 Interview with Amit Karp, Ciaran O’Leary, Felix Petersen and Robin Wauters - YouTube
Very connected, fluid, enabled by infrastructure & networking. &! youtu.be/JvQaHXGgeYQ // &! youtu.be/7s6C4OJ04Rc - #TOA15 Interview with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer) - Germany good at incrementalism. A to B. Industry not willing to disrupt itself, give away existing shrinking pie - for bigger pie. unwilling to break up and upwards (value add) existing products/processes/value chain (legacy) for better. << Axel Springer digital ventures (VC arm). &! #TOA15: ¨Are the Germans Unable to Disrupt?¨ with Christoph Keese (Axel Springer SE) - youtu.be/YyuJmAtZQis --- its about value creation, value add, redesigning of value, chains, product, data, ... big corps can't disrupt itself. especially not by committee. Legacy companies unlikely to survive because of pattern to stick to the conventional and fail, than fail with unconventional and look like a fool. (risk aversion, Failure in the public eye) -- book -- "Silicon Valley: Was aus dem mächtigsten Tal der Welt auf uns zukommt"
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Appeal of Membership by Innovation Hub | Free Listening on SoundCloud
Are media giants like Netflix, Amazon, and Spotify the vanguards of a new economy? Authors Robbie Kellman Baxter and John Warrillow explain the rise of the subscription model. // advertising only cuts it at scale, and then you actually sell your users data/privacy to target them and you go down the rabbit hole to improve the ad product to get better rates thus the user is the product you sell to the advertiser - in the first place, not the product itself that is free to use, for the consumer.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Vergecast 168: Really good codeine - YouTube
min 46 // Instagram increased res for square format, now allowing all photo formats (vertical and landscape, after user hacked the square format - putting in landscape or portrait photos with borders - to make it square) vs what it was and was not and what it only offered on release day. "the great equaliser." all had the same tool, limitations, options, ways to express, make photos more interesting. thus it showed off some specific creative you (how to use your phone camera), not your skill and experience with Photoshop, lighting, photo school rules - that can set you apart. Instagram was a small, limited, enhanced window you your world, to that moment - captured. And now like Social Media. It is being gamed. Exploited. Abused. For specific commercial and or personal purpose. // Instagram was sort of, lucked out, with not being something for everyone. No it has become that thing that can be used by everyone - for their purpose. Follows it being primed for advertisers ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: A good problem to have: Andy Dunn and Phil Libin talk about the difficult decision to fire themselves
At the beginning of your company when you are always a couple of months away from going out of business and every crisis is an existential crisis, because all you’re trying to do is optimize for staying alive. That is the happiest and simplest time in your company… everything else is in the good problem to have category, which is like “Good news, you’re kind of successful that’s why you’re having it. Bad news is it’s more stressful than anything else before.” &! As a founder your instinct is to put something new in the world... you start a company because you are irreverent. You start a company because you want to create something out of nowhere, and the paradox is that if you are successful with that, and then a job evolves from an act of creativity and irreverence. Focus and execution and scaling become equally important as [creativity and irreverence]. You have to ask yourself am I a fit for what the job requires?
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
How Segment Models Growth for Two-Sided Marketplaces
a marketplace is the hardest thing to pull off, especially consumer.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why has Apple broken its vow of silence? - BBC News
re-pricing // would Steve Jobs have done thing?! Not back then. But this time is different. This time, Apples future growth is in China, India, emerging market, emerging middle class of the developing world with western aspirations - consumption (type patter, meat and fancy electronics with a recognisable brand behind it (so ppl can put you into the category of 'made it' - status anxiety)., not in the western world with new products. And I think he took this as an opportunity to transmit that and his confidence into the future for apple - through those lines, 'sent to a worrying investor.' Apple is one of the richest, most valuable things America got. America (Apple) has confidence into the future to sell to the emerging middle class. As much as warren buffet believes in the industrial future strength, re-emergence, to make products affordable/competitively through cheap energy that USA has access now. // &! bit.ly/1JjFsXx talking abt Apples exposure 2 China & Co. Reliant on.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Complaints about banks’ packaged accounts soar to 1,000 a week | Money | The Guardian
Barclays disclosed on 29 July that it was putting aside £250m, and the following day Royal Bank of Scotland said it was lifting its provision to £307m. Lloyds and Bank of Scotland have the Silver and Platinum packaged accounts, which cost £9.95 and £17 a month respectively, while NatWest and RBS have Select Silver and Select Platinum, costing £10 and £16 a month. But packaged accounts have long been criticised by many commentators – consumer organisation Which? labelled them a “useless financial product” – while customers have complained they were “unfairly pressured” into signing up to an account they did not need. Others have said to the ombudsman they were told they could not have the mortgage or loan they wanted unless they also took out a packaged account. [...] The ombudsman service has now revealed it is receiving around 1,000 new complaints a week.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Billion-Dollar Valuations Don’t Matter | TechCrunch
I recently heard a story about one VC pushing a company to drive their burn up from $1 million a month to $2.5 million. Unfortunately, an inefficient sales force will always come back to bite you in the butt. We typically think of 60 percent as the benchmark for a healthy performing sales organization. Anything less and you don’t have a repeatable model. [ avc did write about that you need to find product/market fit, traction, self starter, great net promoting score, without spending marketing/advertising/pr ] [...] The goal of every entrepreneur and VC for that matter should be to build sustainable and scalable businesses. The only way to do that is to focus on the metrics that truly matter. The companies that nail many, if not all, of the above criteria will be the ones that make it to the finish line, and the balance will be wandering through the forest looking for someone to feed them.
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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
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Secret’s Demise and Uber’s Next Potential Acquisition by The Jay & Farhad Show
Jay Yarow (Business Insider) talk abt Secret’s demise; Google Ventures partner compares failed startup Secret to 'a bank heist' - bit.ly/1h9RZFc &! Google Ventures partner sort of apologizes for comparing one of his portfolio companies to a 'bank heist' - bit.ly/1NQsFyI // 2012-mid 2015 Environment: FOMO! // @StartupLJackson - startupljackson.com/post/118338084025/secret-financing - "Their big issue was that they were Silicon Valley famous before product-market fit, which meant the failure was public and the hype cycle inescapable. That may have been their fault, may not have been. Journalists can sort that out. Other founders: don’t ever do this." what other names/co come 2 mind, being Hyped, feeding the hype & failing very publicly!? Kevin Rose - Digg, Dennis Crowley fights not to fail publicly with Foursquare, Twitter post-IPO, FriendFeed in its own way, ?Photo? 40m no product, Bebo post-AOL acquisition, Consumer Products are inherently hard and luck based. Path.
Secret  Venture  Capital  Google  Ventures  FOMO  Silicon  Valley  ethical  machine  termsheet  Whisper  anonymity  pseudonym  Trend  Hype  Cycle  Yik  Yak  Beme  Casey  Neistat  Dennis  Crowley  foursquare  Digg  Kevin  Rose  consumer  product  Product/Market  Fit  Bebo  AOL  Twitter  Friendfeed  Path  Dave  Morin  Friendster  StudiVZ 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Timothy Caulfield: Cult of Celebrity - YouTube
Timothy Caulfield: Are Celebrities Bad for Your Health? - youtu.be/2dJRhxypCak (Part 1), Author of "Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash" // value of celebrity has increased. vs scientists/white-worker. easiest (illusion) of social mobility/income mobility & illusion of it being a job, that there is a market, demand. social media helps people project themselves! u can become famous. Famous 4 almost doing nothing! << seems easily attainable. trophy kids (just showing up) aka millennials. &! Scams emerge taking peoples money, exploiting their desperation! Lowest social mobility/gini coefficient = USA&UK = highest interest in celebrity! Other OECD countries like Scandinavian countries is remarkably lower! // vs. Talent Code. Its work. Putting in the hours. And not binge watching House of Cards. << Gary Vaynerchuk. Eat the dirt. Fill white spaces. Hustle. Self-awareness (strength-weaknesses). & Exploit ur luck. No Plan-B.
status  symbol  status  anxiety  social  status  socioeconomic  status  celeb  celebrity  celebrity  culture  of  You  Media  materialism  faux  fake  Selbstdarstellung  Selbstfürsorge  gossip  culture  gossip  Tabloid  western  society  social  society  sociology  Television  reality  scripted-reality  Psychology  Famous  dehumanisation  human  progress  Kim  Kardashian  humanity  Personal  Brand  Millennials  American  Dream  social  mobility  income  mobility  Gini  coefficient  aspirational  aspirational  product  Fashion  Industry  beauty  standard  beauty  beauty  sickness  Selfie  exploitation  book  Gary  Vaynerchuk  Success  Middle  Class  White-collar  Worker  Blue-collar  Worker  inequality  income  inequality  talent  Start-up  of  You  Hollywood  Music  Industry  Entertainment  Industry  Seth  Godin  generationy  education  policy  gender  inequality  social  comparison  social  study 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Don’t Be Apple | TechCrunch
[ pendulums swing ] Put another way, Apple may be more benevolent than Amazon, Facebook, Google, or Microsoft — but it is also more dictatorial than any of those. Benevolent dictators are wonderful until suddenly they aren’t. You may trust Apple not to abuse the power it wields (and if you think that power is trivial or meaningless, consider just how much of our lives are orchestrated by and through our pocket supercomputers nowadays, and how they could be used against us.) Heck, despite my criticisms, I trust today’s Apple not to abuse that power. But I would vastly prefer that they didn’t have it at all — or that they at least gave users the option to sever the tether to Cupertino. “Trust, but verify,” as Ronald Reagan once said. [...] It may seem silly to criticize a fantastic company that makes superb products and delights its users on the basis of an abstract philosophical dispute. ...
Apple  Platform  TOS  EULA  trust  trustagent  distrust  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  Trend  iOS  Android  Apple  App  Store  App  Store  proprietary  software  Open  Source  Google  Positioning  aspirational  product  marketing  ecosystem 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Growth vs Retention – AVC
"Retention was clearly bad, and that’s what killed us" [...] [...] This all comes back to stepping on the gas before finding product market fit. You might think you have product market fit and so you scale up your hiring, your marketing, your sales, and your capital raising and spending. But if you can’t retain a healthy percentage of your users past ninety days, you don’t have product market fit yet and all the investment you make in your business is just money down the drain. So focus first on your 90 day retention numbers and make sure to nail them and prove you have product market fit. Then scale. // find natural/organic marketing - advertising - instead of building a non-product related cost center like sales, marketing, and advertising. short-cuts like these don't fix the product per se.
user  churn  customer  acquisition  Product/Market  Fit  MVP  user  acquisition  business  strategy  product  strategy  strategy  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  burn  rate  runway  Homejoy  distribution  model  discovery  content  distribution  content  discovery  Net  Promoter  Score  word  of  mouth  Tribe  1000  True  Fans  UI  UX  user  experience  user  engagement  customer  experience  customer  retention  customer  service  SAAS  marketing  growth  round  cost  center  short-term  view  short-term  thinking  feedback 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The New Tech CEO Archetype – AVC
I believe that product is the heart and soul of tech companies, it is where it all comes together. You can’t build a great company without great products (or great people). So it’s heartening to me to see that the next generation of technology leaders is coming from product management. I think that bodes well for those companies and the tech industry in general. // learned from past mistakes, putting COO, finance guys, pure MBA managers, or else in the CEO role of Tech Companies *Yahoo! anybody? after all in a new world that is being build, its about the product and thus the user (experience) [UI UX product strategy, and thus companies strategy alignment]. And not about purely sales and marketing (stuffing products down the throat of companies that the end users hate (and the manage hates as well because staff are complaining and lost productivity), but the procurement manager (or CIO) got a great deal on and got a raise). << that was so 90's and the first decade of the 2000's.
CEO  Leadership  consumer  product  multi-product  company  product  management  product  strategy  Silicon  Valley  Wall  Street  Technology  business  product  SAAS  bottom-up  Slack  Box  DropBox  long-term  view  long-term  thinking 
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
LinkedIn Founder Revealed - Member of the Paypal Mafia, He's an Entrepreneur & Venture Capitalist - YouTube
// fail fast to move on to the next thing to try out, put your craftsmanship towards. // launch MVP, can be, should be embarrassing, then iterate. if it isn't embarrassing. you launched too late and developed too much inside your own bubble and ideas about what it could be ... and scratching only product/market fit and core product value prop and value creation. because you don't have the feedback from users and numbers. // see Guy Kawasaki expanding it to - 1:07:30 "MVVVP" Minimal Viable Valuable Validating Product. Viable (sustainable) (valuable, does the world need another fashion blog?) (what does it validate about your vision) - youtu.be/eF3ETXzVm-g
Reid  Hoffman  linkedin  Lean  Start-Up  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  of  You  PayPal  Peter  Thiel  iteration  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: Lessons from the startup graveyard
The startup grim reaper is time. Money buys you time; burn rate takes it away. // & avc - investing money into distribution before MVP/Product/Market Fit (traction, great net promoter score, word of mouth, social media sharing, email sharing, steady self-runner) is a waste. why pour gasoline on a non-existing fire, down the drain, never recoverable, no ROI!?!?
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  burn  rate  runway  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  Minimal  Viable  Product  traction  user  churn  user  acquisition  customer  retention  customer  acquisition  Net  Promoter  Score  word  of  mouth  Social  Media  KPI  OKR 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Episode 49: The Shortest Interview With Jenny Lee From GGV Capital by analyseasia
8:00 don't innovate for innovation sake, R&D in the lab is only R&D. address real world problem, issue that is bothering you and you can't stand it any more that nobody is doing something about it. add value, is it of value, people coming back every week, month. are you creating more value than you take!? productise the solution. build a big or small sustainable company around it. // you are the first customer, you are solving your problem! // 10:00 the mobile super computer, connectedness, big data, relevance, targeted ... apps (appification) destructing traditional verticals, ... always on. platform offers new business models, enabled by scale and network effects, ... and convergence of different tech ( IoT in store connected to store e-commerce solution - user stores app )
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  Product/Market  Fit  vertical  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  Appification  mobile  phone  Venture  Capital  Asia  entrepreneurship 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple car clues emerge from letter to test facility - BBC News
Apple's vice-president Jeff Williams said earlier in the year that the car is the "ultimate mobile device" - a space you'd assume Apple would be desperate to be in. The question is the extent of what they are building. Are they, as some have said, intending on creating an entire Apple-made car? Or are they perhaps content with providing sophisticated software for already-established car makers to use in their vehicles? Car makers are understandably keeping a close eye on things. Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne told the BBC earlier this year that Apple's pursuit of the car market would be highly disruptive.
Apple  Car  Apple  Google  X  autonomous  self-driving  cars  user  experience  Tesla  Motors  aspirational  product 
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% ]
e-commerce  SAAS  B2B  consumer  product  digital  economy  pure  play  brick  and  mortar  business  ICT  OECD  economic  growth  trickle-down  economics  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  SME  SMB  Mittelstand  shared  economic  interest  ecosystem  flat  world  globalization  globalisation  global  trade  borderless  outsourcing  Policy  Makers  error  folly 
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.
technological  history  technological  progress  Technology  ARM  Qualcomm  Xbox  Microsoft  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone  phablet  user  behaviour  snacking  Entertainment  Escapeism  customer  experience  consumer  product  consumer  choice  consumer  consumerism  consumerist  attention  span  TV  Television  Wireless  Carrier  Apple  Google  Android  iOS  Facebook  Twitter  The  Content  Wars  Silicon  Valley  App  Store  Apple  App  Store  Google  Play  Windows  10  GNU/Linux  Linux 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Has Apple Been Poaching Fashion Execs? | Fashion-Tech | BoF
Apple does not fight on Windows nor Google (Android) turf. It created (fact) a new category. Redefined the category of the Gadget, of the Phone. Of the Laptop. Of the Workstation. This (newest phone/better technology) is not just for the Geeks or Nerds. This is a status symbol you are seen with every day (Apple Watch, iPhone, MacBook (2015 version) at the Coffee shop and elsewhere). That person made a deliberate concious or not decision to buy the Apple product at that price. -vs- GNU/Linux or Windows or Android whatever for the same basic utility at a much affordable price. Who ever came up with that should be highlighted in the next Apple Book about Apples chapter post-Jobs.
Apple  aspirational  product  status  symbol  war  for  talent  commodity  business  commoditization  technological  progress  Branding  brand  awareness  communication  PR  public  relations  status  anxiety  zombie  consumer  marketing  Apple  Watch  iPhone  China  advertisement  advertising  Android  Microsoft  Windows  10  iOS  capitalism  socioeconomic  status  social  status  Steve  jobs  stevejobs  Middle  Class  squeezed  Sozialer  Abstieg  soziologie  sociology  Psychology  differentiate  differentiation  Blue  Ocean  category  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  of  You  career  ladder  career  advice  Google  GNU/Linux  Linux 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Addressing Concerns Over Apple’s iPhone Growth | Re/code
Analysis: Android manufacturers (mostly Asia based) can't compete eye to eye with iPhone quality because they don't have the money for R&D and talent in design/UI/UX. &! Just to make the R&D/talent aspect for the hard things that are hard: hardware. Apple Patents New Liquidmetal Techniques For Manufacturing ( tcrn.ch/1TjN6uS ) vs. Xiaomi buying patents for "Patent War Chest to Launch in U.S." ( bloom.bg/1CG3s9S ) And even Microsoft and Apple make money off Android device sales because of patents (patents for technology, inside Android devices, that Microsoft or Apple own). // Apple's aspirational product - status anxiety - vs - Free. Downside with Free Of Android being a Privacy Sinkhole. & underfunded Android HW manufacturers vs only, marginally LG, Samsung, Lenovo who have other businesses. But hardware itself was turned into commodity business! // HTC trade below book value (12/08/15) - bit.ly/1JULi5t &! wrd.cm/1MkhnUw // &! Fragmentation - bit.ly/1q4iXyk
Android  Patent  patents  Apple  iOS  differentiate  differentiation  Google  R&D  Microsoft  Windows  10  iPhone  consumer  product  consumer  choice  consumer  aspirational  product  commodity  business  commoditization  Branding  Samsung  HTC  LG  Motorola 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
HTC Is Now Essentially Worthless (And Insecure) | TechCrunch
bloom.bg/1WbUffA // Internet hyperbole (and financial analysis) have rendered HTC, a once high-flying mobile brand, essentially valueless. In short, the company is trading below cash on hand. So if you bought all HTC stock, the company would have to pay you, the buyer, to take it over. This means the company’s factories, stock and brand are worth nothing, at least on Wall Street. [...] However, the modern phone marketers like Samsung and HTC only want to sell flagships – big, tentpole phones that lend themselves to big marketing budgets and fancy commercials. [...] When your only competitor is also ostensibly the most expensive phone on the market, there is little value in highlighting your cheapest models. [...] Now it’s iPhone and everyone else. The cell phone buyer’s market is saturated. Even the upgrade cycles have grown longer. In short, people are holding onto their expensive phones longer or buying wildly cheap ones. There is no middle ground. // PS Biggs is Apple Fan Boy
HTC  Android  iOS  Apple  Google  Samsung  LG  Blackberry  Motorola  Microsoft  Windows  10  Nokia  commodity  business  commoditization  technological  progress  differentiate  differentiation  business  model  Fire  Phone  Cyanogen  consumer  product  product  strategy  marketing  strategy  Xiaomi 
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
Celebrity lifestyles for sale | Life and style | The Guardian
It started with Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop – now everyone from Zooey Deschanel and Reese Witherspoon to Lena Dunham is selling you their way of life [...] Did this have a bearing on how they then responded to the way the story unfolded across the media? This is the less quantifiable benefit of the celebrity lifestyle brand: the emotional yank of feeling as if you’re part of a community, albeit one trying hard to sell you sunglasses. To be a fan today is to constantly be sold to, but also to constantly be questioning and scrutinising the celebrity’s choices. Fans are “polytheistic”, says Auerbach. “They have more choice and want to ‘follow’ a range of celebs who appeal to different parts of their personalities.” The aspirational foodie on Instagram, the interiors on Pinterest, the “sassy” motherhood blogger, the feminist tweeter. “It’s less about individual stars,” Auerbach adds, “and more about constellations.”
celebrity  culture  celeb  celebrity  of  You  Selbstdarstellung  gossip  culture  gossip  Tabloid  Glossy  Magazine  self-publishing  Social  Media  Personal  Brand  business  model  diversification  differentiate  differentiation  e-commerce  Start-up  of  You  identification  aspirational  aspirational  product  identity  sociology  status  anxiety  status  symbol  socioeconomic  status  status  capitalism  exploitation  philosophy 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
It’s fast, global, engaged and influential – so why isn’t Twitter flying? | Technology | The Guardian
Meanwhile, in the past year around 450 people have left the company, according to a study by the Financial Times. That constitutes about 12% of the firm, and includes senior figures. The loss of existing staff is always a worry in a San Francisco tech company: rivals will offer signing bonuses and options on stock that are likely to grow in value, rather than enduring Twitter’s stock-market rollercoaster. [...] Dorsey’s appearance on the results conference call last week was in effect an audition for the job. “We need to do three things. One, we need to ensure a more disciplined execution. Two, we need to simplify our services to deliver Twitter’s value faster. And three, we need to better communicate our value,” he said briskly. He also acknowledged that mismatch between fame and usage. [...] But he notes that user growth still lags, and that “engagement” – how often people who have created an account use it – remains far lower than Facebook’s.
Twitter  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  business  model  MAU  Core  Product  Value  Proposition  creation  Value  Proposition  added  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  Silicon  Valley  counter  culture 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Ross Mayfield and Mark Suster on maintaining focus as a SaaS startup
early on resource constraint - focuses on product, and saying no. // feature creep - can't be all things to all people! anti-bloat. KISS. user friendly, no tour needed for on boarding. << making an product intuitive. // Aaron Levie said he said no to many clients.
SAAS  Box  Aaron  Levie  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Focus  Product/Market  Fit  Core  Product  Value  Proposition  Value  Proposition  management  experience 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
The Traction Book: 5 Steps To Traction & Business Growth
product distribution is part of start-up failure, find and focus 2-3 great distribution channels - test hypothesis what channels should work - evaluate (measure), why or why not, ... figure out what works, [keep moving. if you stop moving, you will fail]. double down on what works. test, test, test. spend time - 50/50 - marketing/product early on. find a great distribution strategy! traction. have goals determin your action. without a goal you cant score. focus on activities that move you forward towards the goal. // Justin Mares, Co-Author, Traction, Startup Grind Ottawa - youtu.be/R3OxmLBIsRg &! Startup Metrics Toronto December 2014 - Justin Mares on User Onboarding - youtu.be/9HzNxCkHias
book  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  traction  growth  hacking  growth  hacker  viral  coefficient  Net  Promoter  Score  Product/Market  Fit  MVP  Core  Product  Value  Proposition  Value  Proposition  Minimal  Viable  Product  marketing  advertisement  affiliate  marketing  content  marketing  Lean  Start-Up  A/B  Testing  marketing  channel  distribution  strategy  conversion  user  acquisition  PR  public  relations  brand  awareness  user  engagement  user  generated  content  user  churn  customer  retention  customer  acquisition 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
#TOA14 Interview with Julie Meyer (CEO & Founder, Ariadne Capital) - YouTube
(1) why not to go to Palo Alto (2) money will find you if you are good enough/traction. // &! Enterprise Connect Presents: Raising Finance; Top Tips From Industry Experts (Highlights) - youtu.be/9Psgw5oJSMs // &! Lecture 9 How to Raise Money Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Parker Conrad - youtu.be/NJAKt1icZYs
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  traction  Focus  Product/Market  Fit  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  viral  coefficient  Net  Promoter  Score  network  effect  Venture  Capital  hunt  for  yield  Seed  Round  A  Round  Angel  Investor  London  Scene  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Networking 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
This is the Product Death Cycle. Why it happens, and how to break out of it
via bit.ly/1MEHKDc [ can't be everything for everyone ! Aaron Levie (Box, SAAS, Enterprise) in one interview said they did not go ahead with some clients ("Saying NO, is maybe even more important than saying yes.") because they wanted so much change, which would make further update to the whole system a headache/more cost than the client would bring in. ] // "The Product Death Cycle is tricky because it’s driven by the right intentions: Listen to customers and build what they want. People in the Product Death Cycle naturally believe that they are doing the right things, but good intentions don’t translate to good traction. Instead, ask “why?” over and over, to understand the root cause for lack of growth."
product  management  Officer  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  feedback  KISS  Leadership  vision  mission  MVP  Product/Market  Fit  Minimal  Viable  Design  product  experience  Core  Value  Proposition  friction  frictionless  communication  community  community  management 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Banner “Fraud” Doesn’t Matter | Hacker News
bit.ly/1Jb27sI "A Message from brand marketers to publishers [...] We use banners as little billboards now. We use them strategically as incredibly cheap repeat impressions for brand awareness. We know many people don’t see them, we know most people don’t see them. Thats okay. We use them accordingly & the cost has been adjusted down to make them a perfectly great buy even though most people dont see them. [...] It’s an indicator to us that you don’t get this by the fact you’re still always talking about clickthrough, which was kind of BS when you first sold it to us twenty years ago, and doubly the case now." [ CPM will go lower, fundamentals point in that direction, Social Media & other future forms of advertising will fill in the lower CPM rates overall. Thus pressuring business models reliant on pageviews even more 2 increase pageviews as the revenue average per pageview declines. Thus u have 2 question which consumer product (entertainment & else) business model do you choose!?
display  advertising  banner  ads  advertising  click  fraud  AdSense  pageviews  Google  Search  brand  awareness  billboard  user  experience  user  engagement  Social  Media  eyeballs  CPM  Google  commoditization  clickthrough  native  advertising  branded  content  marketing  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  Programmatic  advertisement  advertorial  business  model  business  cycle  business  confidence  consumer  confidence  SAAS  consumer  product  closetphile  long-term  view  long-term  thinking  sustainability  sustainable  Product/Market  Fit  Core  Value  Proposition  Value  Proposition  added  creation  Net  Promoter  Score  network  effect  viral  coefficient  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  subscription  model  subscription  productivity  aspirational  aspirational  product  mass  market  niche  Popular  Culture  Pop  Culture  click  bait  clicks  Clickbait  Linkbait  linkbaiting  Newsfeed  gatekeeper  impression  metrics  commodity  business  attention  span  user  behaviour  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  paradgimshift  uncertainty  Evernote  DropBox  paywalls  paywall 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: 1500!
[P]aying for our journalism directly [...] less dependent on pageviews[.] Weve long understood that there were two types of article on Pando: The ones you absolutely couldnt find anywhere else, and the ones you possibly could. It’s the first kind that, for good or ill, have built Pando’s reputation. These are the articles in which, to quote John Gruber, we “Pando the hell out of a story.” Uber, Secret, the Techtopus -- regular readers know the hall of fame. Likewise our long-form profiles of inspiring entrepreneurs, PandoMonthly event series, and curve-ball regulars like The War Nerd and Brad Jonas’ brilliant illustrations. [...] By contrast, although we always try to avoid publishing linkbait and pure opinion, some of the posts which on the previous model might have been great for search traffic or guilty clicks have fallen off a cliff under the new model. Further proof that the high-traffic snackable content that’s good for advertisers isn’t necessarily valued by readers.
Pando.com  PandoDaily  Sarah  Lacy  business  model  paywalls  paywall  journalismus  investigative  journalism  journalism  niche  pageviews  The  Content  Wars  value  creation  TechCrunch  Re/Code  The  Verge  Silicon  Valley  disposable  income  discretionary  spending  convenience  consumer  product  mass  market  product  management  Product/Market  Fit  freemium  Clickbait  Linkbait  linkbaiting  copywriting  click  bait  The  Information  noise  noise  pollution  Signal  vs.  attention  span  productivity  zombie  consumer  quality  long-form 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Reddit Is Tearing Itself Apart
via - redd.it/3bxua2 // &! bit.ly/1LMuYFb Reading some of the mods complaints and history, it seems Reddit management has a problem ... with management, internal communication and HR. plus a lack of leadership, vision, roadmap, plus lack of qualified engineers that help mods do their work, even thinks like approving pull requests for reddit opensource "Reddit Companion." All compounded by not making lots of money, instead using the round they've raised from A16Z to move to a more expensive office (see CEO yishan resigning over this move, and the stress of being the CEO of Reddit [meaning there is little deeper management structure and experience to fan out the work, responsibilities and stress.)!? << onforb.es/1IyJ5Mm // I think it is true if you describe internal reddit as still yet to grow out of chaos and daily little mistakes along the way that have start-ups with hockey stick growth!? Reddit is not ur usual Silicon Valley Start-Up. I has a very different story, thus problems.
Reddit  community  management  management  HR  human  resources  community  operations  Alexis  Ohanian  Ellen  Pao  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Leadership  team  management  product  management  people  management  business  management  project  management  business  model  communication  user  generated  content  YouTube  Twitter  Pinterest  scaling  scale 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Snapchat Solicits Longer Content By Ditching Tap-And-Hold-To-Watch | TechCrunch
bit.ly/1NAmQWu "he's showing that he can make practical decisions that benefit the Snapchat users, even if it means losing something that was fundamental to Snapchat's product itself." // But doesn't he give up the 'attention grab/focus' feature for long-form content and thus also loosing share of the snacking %' !!?? long-term we will see what Snapchat will become and be eventually worth. Because it won't be a Facebook. It could turn out to be a Twitter with problems in monetisation (turning a profit and meeting growth stage investors expectations - current valuation ... at IPO and post-IPO one, two years on.) Gary might be right about putting yourself out of business than letting the other guys do it for you. But Snapchat (Mr Spiegel) may have been forced to abandon its 'differentiation' in order to meet valuation expectations by appealing to a broader potential user base to use it more, like to read news & consumer other types of content than Snapchats ( P2P or B2C versions ).
Snapchat  snacking  attention  span  user  behaviour  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  valuation  Evan  Spiegel  product  management  consumer  product  Social  Media  Social  Network  Core  Value  Proposition  product  experience  Design  Minimal  Viable  Product/Market  Fit  Officer  differentiate  differentiation  Twitter  Facebook  business  model  Unicorn  speculative  bubbles  speculative  speculation  growth  round  Silicon  Valley 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Zuck Details How Artificial Intelligence Will Show You The Perfect Facebook Posts | TechCrunch
pushing the envelope to improve Newsfeed experience, to keep people on Facebook. Same with FB Instant Article. keeping people on FB. // thus ad dollars keep rolling if not even increase ... // their business model is keeping people on FB and clicking, wasting time and occasionally clicking a promoted post and or other ad.
augmented  intelligence  AI  artificial  intelligence  Newsfeed  algorithm  Facebook  Big  Data  analytics  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Facebook  Instant  Articles  user  engagement  user  experience  user  churn  product  management  Social  Media  curation  content  curation  curator  noise  Signal  vs.  noise  pollution  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  business  model 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
The Vergecast with Walt Mossberg and Lauren Goode - YouTube
14:30 - Apple always waits and plays to its strengths (exploitation) and plays the long-game. Not quarterly earnings. // iPhone hockey stick came with opening up the platform (the iPhone) with an App Store (mass market & long-tail) after 1 year after first release. // 17:30 Apple Music 21:20 human curation? tastemakers? // 43:00 Google might lose control of Android. See forks; Cyanogen, China (Xiaomi), FirePhone
Apple  Wall  Street  Silicon  Valley  aspirational  product  differentiate  differentiation  ecosystem  Platform  TOS  Apple  Music 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Are we seeing the end of the era for the 'super-jumbo'? - BBC News
[companies w national interests ie employment and something a politician can put himself in-front for a photo op ] Last year not a single airline placed an order for the world's two biggest commercial jets, the Boeing 747-8 and the double-decker Airbus A380. // &! Planes That Changed the World 3of3 Airbus A380 720p HDTV x264 AAC MVGroup org - youtu.be/AZsiAISEq7s - Docu by SBS (Australia). // Airbus is European consortium (National Interests (Europe) vs USA (Boing)) & once was maintaining the Concorde (Docu Condorde's history - youtu.be/MVcig2pi9qs). And also see Jumbo - The Plane that Changed the World (2014) by BBC - youtu.be/3i0BVOK-Qnc << Two Documentaries & the SBS one tell an interesting story abt commercial aviation history. Especially how lucky Boing was with hindsight being 22. You could certainly say that Boing was VERY LUCKY with the 747 (a internal 2nd class project), being an affordable&efficient long-haul air plane that the middle class can afford.
Airbus  Boing  USA  Europe  subsidies  subsidizing  consumer  product  middle  class  critical  mass  mass  market  business  model  corporate  strategy  business  strategy  differentiate  differentiation 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
How Beats Fools You Into Thinking Its Headphones Are High-End And Luxurious
http://bgr.com/2015/06/19/beats-by-dre-headphones-trick-illusion-luxury-premium/ - original source - https://medium.com/@BoltVC/how-it-s-made-series-beats-by-dre-154aae384b36 >> (1) Use of metal components to increase weight (2) [ seamless ala Apple, hiding that its being hardware, put together, from many small parts ] Minimal use of screws // HARDWARE IS HARD
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june 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]
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june 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.
Apple  Music  Apple  Spotify  Tidal  Pandora  Rdio  Deezer  Platdorm  Silo  aspirational  product  Branding  Brand  iTunes  Apple  App  Store  ecosystem  marginal  cost  margin  cash  cow  business  model  multi-product  company  freemium  subscription  model  commodity  business  commoditization  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Google  Play  Amazon  Netflix  differentiate  differentiation 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Marketing Is Not a Department
[ seth godin; being remarkable ] [ fix product first, make it remarkable first, otherwise (1) it is an uphill battle and (2) the other third falls through the cracks. ] "Every time someone uses your product, it's marketing. [...] No amount of marketing will save poor products. As I learned working in the music industry, "you can't polish a turd. [...] vanity metrics. You're only as good as the next time a customer uses your product and tells their circle of friends about it. No amount of brand marketing will help in this area. Brand marketing is a linear practice that made sense when communications were one-way. Emerging mobile media and social networks destroyed that outdated model over 8 years ago with the rise of Facebook and Twitter."
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
A defense of Dave Morin | PandoDaily
[1bn consumer apps are more rare than lottery winners. period.] But despite it all, he just didn’t win. It’s crushing evidence of just how hard it is to build the next huge consumer Internet sensation. Mock Morin all you want, but pre-launch Google valued Path higher than it likely is valued today. If he was wrong to believe he could build the mobile Facebook, so were some of the smartest people in the Valley. So what did Morin do so wrong? Some parts of his thesis were right, but exact manifestations of that thesis weren’t. People were longing for a mobile social network focused on photos. People were longing for a Facebook-other. Just not the one he created. You can never predict how products will resonate. Did he focus too much on pleasing Valley early adopters while Snapchat and Whisper were resonating with teens, and Whatsapp largely got its legs through an international audience? Perhaps. [ Hypothesis; what do u believe what others dont believe
Dave  Morin  Path  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  consumer  product  Design  Product/Market  Fit  Minimal  Viable  MVP  hypothesis  Appification  Snapchat  Instagram  Whisper  Yik  Yak  Secret  single-use  app  mobile  homescreen  user  behaviour  attention  span  Kevin  Rose  Silicon  Valley 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
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