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The tech industry has cut a Google’s worth of jobs in the past 12 months
bigger companies, more profitable products, with less people. // “It would be wrong to assume that increased job cuts are a sign of weakness in the tech sector,” Challenger, Gray & Christmas CEO John Challenger said in a statement. “The simple fact is that the industry is going through a transformation and companies either have to shift their focus or risk extinction. We will always need technology, but how we interact with it, as well as where and when we interact with it, are changing rapidly.” //&! http://recode.net/2016/04/19/intel-chipmaker-mobile-earnings-restructuring/ - Intel missed the mobile revolution. Now it faces its day of reckoning.
Silicon  Valley  Unicorn  Instagram  WhatsApp  productivity  Software  Eats  The  World  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Software  Revolution  Software  Development  Slack  Facebook  profit  maximisation  profit  maximization  winner  take  all  IBM  Intel  Microsoft  Salesforce  antitrust  overhead  cost  center  AWS  cloudcomputing  Cloudstorage  Netflix  Amazon  Azure  Google  Cloud  Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  Oracle  Mobile  Creative  scalability  scaling  scale  Snapchat  Twitter  Apple  automation  robotics  AI  artificial  intelligence  3D  printing  autonomous  cars  self-driving  cars  labour  market  job  market  skill  gap  skills  gap  homescreen 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
What do people in Cornwall think about Brexit? - BBC Newsnight
farmers would go bankrupt if they would not have agricultural subsidies from Brussels. and since 2000, (2000-2014) 888m has been put into Cornwall (regeneration). and a further 400m is planned to be put in more till 2020 (2014-2020).
Brexit  UK  deprivation  tourism  poverty  poverty  trap  globalisation  globalization  Deindustrialization  deindustrialisation  redistribution  City  of  London  economies  of  agglomeration  economies  of  scale 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Squarespace and the love of optimizing constraints - Small Empires - YouTube
- hire so other people can solve problems, you don't have to do everything! when you wait too long, you get into a need, into a pressure situation you've created by waiting to hire people to help solve problems, do xyz. and bc of that you may compromise and hire because it would be great right now if that person would do it anyway, even if you have doubts about fit, character, values, ...
Single  Founder  Founders  Co-Founder  co-founders  Start-Up  lesson  scale  scaling  HR  hiring  human  resources  recruiting  recruitment 
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.
subscription  model  business  model  advertising  Principle  consumer  product  Facebook  freemium  pageviews  scale  economies  of  scale  economics  of  abundance  marginal  cost  digital  economy 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
What Uber and Airbnb Are Up Against in China - YouTube
- China specific leader for business, native boots on the ground! - min 9 - youtu.be/WcnYafrqdMc // playbook is different from country to country, and very different from western world to asia or Africa or Latin America! because of very different consumer, culture, regulation, politics, ... --- need local partners! period. experienced boots. and lots of handshakes.
Uber  China  linkedin  AirBnB  SoftBank  Asia  expansion  global  trade  playbook  scale  scaling 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC TV chief warns of US threat after big-money Amazon deals | Media | The Guardian
>> iPlayer needs to become an international subscription business. and leverage the BBC brand (sought after and trusted, it's the last public crown jewl that actually can compete in a global market! Channel 4 or ITV can't. ) // “Their model is built on having global rights and we have got to respect that. They are a very smart, impressive bunch of people,” Cohen said. “The key thing we look at more and more is the impact of global competition rather than just in the UK where very big companies can distribute their content around the world. That is a very big challenge.”
distribution  model  BBC  British  Broadcasting  Company  Netflix  HBO  cable  provider  Amazon  Amazon  Prime  on-demand  convenience  friction  frictionless  user  experience  economies  of  scale  scale  globalization  globalisation  digital  economy  digital  content  Television  TV  The  Wars  content  discovery  content  distribution  user  generated  content  competition  competitiveness  IP  intellectual  property  differentiate  differentiation  Branding  brand  awareness 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
People are underestimating Snapchat just like they underestimated Facebook - Vox
In fact, almost every one of today's big internet companies — Yahoo, Google, Facebook, and Twitter — faced similar skepticism in their early years. Back in 2007, Kara Swisher (who now runs Re/code which, like Vox.com, is part of Vox Media) expressed astonishment that Facebook could be worth $15 billion. A year before that, a Slate headline read "$1 Billion for Facebook? LOL!" (Facebook is now worth $260 billion.) [....] A company's early ad revenue just doesn't tell us anything interesting about its long-term earnings potential. It takes a while for a company to hire a sales team, settle on an effective advertising format, and build awareness among potential customers. [...] But while it might take time for Snapchat to build a successful advertising program, there's little doubt that it will be able to. Every day, 100 million people open up the Snapchat app. As long as that's true, advertisers are going to be willing to pay top dollar to reach them.
Snapchat  Facebook  Mark  Zuckerberg  Evan  Spiegel  Social  Media  Google  Twitter  context  business  model  economies  of  scale  scale  pageviews  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  advertisement  Google  Search  Google  Inc.  Yahoo!  Yahoo  Y!  monopoly  differentiate  differentiation  utility  mobile  homescreen  daily  habit 
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.
Unicorn  SAAS  Slack  DropBox  Box  Venture  Capital  Silicon  Valley  growth  round  2015  KPI  metrics  accounting  user  churn  customer  retention  upselling  customer  acquisition  CAC  Decacorn  on-demand  convenience  Marketplace  business  model  user  acquisition  Product/Market  Fit  Share  Economy  middleman  scale  economies  of  scale  FOMO  hunt  for  yield  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  burn  rate  runway  Homejoy  Net  Promoter  Score  consumer  product  business  product  B2C  B2B 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Atari founder Nolan Bushnell on why life is 'a game' - BBC News
After his breakout success in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Mr Bushnell made several missteps that eventually led to some entrepreneurial failures and financial ruin. "When I was 35, I was insufferable. I thought I could do no wrong and I got really sloppy," [...] He chalks the creation of Atari up to a bit of good luck: "I was probably the only electrical engineer that understood television, and understood the coin-operated game business [from the amusement park] in 1969," he says. [...] Mr Bushnell also emphasises that the popularity of Atari's games was primarily due to his ability to find and hire talented, creative workers, including one you may have heard of - Steve Jobs. "I've always valued passionate employees over anything else, [...] But Mr Jobs, like a lot of his earlier employees, had passion and as a result, "was an extremely hard worker". // talks about internal leadership - youtu.be/fxIN9J3Vcv4
Atari  entrepreneur  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  people  management  Leadership  passion  mission  vision  management  scale  scaling  hiring  Failure  intrinsic  motivation  identity  identification  Tribe 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Question: How Do You Get Enough Experience to Apply for Programming Jobs? - YouTube
How jobs are advertised/written out (specs) is wide reaching. You can not be ever the perfect fit for any. HR (it at best qualified technical recruiter) doesn't really know how to communicated that and the manager always likes to have the best possible pool to choose from ... // enough has been written about how hiring/HR/diversity(from lots of vectors, not just gender) IS BROKEN - http://techcrunch.com/search/hiring#stq=hiring&stp=1 // // still there is a problem with ppl without university degrees/college degree (tech) being especially scrutinized (doing not good in interviews) having done 'just' couple of MOOCs/and Certificates "Quereinsteiger." // &! Rejection for Tech Professionals "you can't fail as long as you keep moving forward" - youtu.be/KG_WeQjuseU
HR  human  resources  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  scaling  scale  career  advice  career  ladder  programmers  Programming  Software  Development  webdevelopment  Developer  developers  Quereinsteiger  Failure 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Red Hat Used by NSA Spies, SELinux Possibly Bypassed
Sam Varghese today wrote that "the NSA runs its XKEYSCORE program for the most part on Red Hat Linux servers." The report he sourced said, "The sheer quantity of communications that XKEYSCORE processes, filters and queries is stunning. Around the world, when a person gets online to do anything there's a decent chance that the Internet traffic her device sends and receives is getting collected and processed by one of XKEYSCORE’s hundreds of servers scattered across the globe." They have hundreds of servers collecting over 20 terrabytes of data a day (and that's an old estimate). They employee a search engine much like Googles to search for key words, phrases, and whatever. // &! bit.ly/1ROfjZZ - Richard Stallman 'basically' has no problem with the NSA using GNU/Linux // https://www.nyse.com/quote/XNYS:RHT
NSA  surveillance  state  military–industrial  complex  Surveillance-Industrial  Intelligence  Agency  scaling  scale  FOSS  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  ethical  machine  moral  beliefs  ethical  beliefs  ethics  corporate  governance  corporate  values  corporate  state 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Homejoy Is Shutting Down At The End Of The Month | TechCrunch
tcrn.ch/1CO0OOU / 7:10 $VC subsidized early business. Could not get 2 cash flow even. Lets not speak of cash flow positive. // If u dont have a cash flow even/positive business, u are dependent on $VC 2 keeping it afloat. If u dont have massive growth, VCs like 2 see & not hitting ur milestones & ur still not able 2 turn the business arnd towards cash flow even. Ur dead in the pan. AND 4 digital only consumer & entertainment products, scale is important +10m users. Because then only advertisers might ... might consider placing an add/natively if the conversion & engagement metrics are attractive. Advertisers & brands cant spread resources thin across 1000 apps. Its overhead & waste in ops. That is why BIG like TV (still), Daily Paper/Magazine (still) and FB (owning +70% of Social) are the MAIN HUBS. >> THUS [Freemium] the Free On Phone Version 4 closetphile (wont cost u much except dev) & the Customer paying 4 Cloud Convenience,Security, more features (ie analytics). &! bit.ly/1CSygUA
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  on-demand  convenience  scale  economies  of  scale  Venture  Capital  burn  rate  runway  business  model  closetphile  wardrobemalfunction  freemium  Homejoy  added  value  value  creation  Perception  Silicon  Valley  Unicorn  speculative  bubbles  speculative  speculation  Appification  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone  irrational  exuberance  Rocket  Internet  Uber  Lyft  customer  acquisition  customer  acquisition  cost  customer  retention  customer  lifetime  value  SAAS  Postmates  Service  Sector  Jobs  1099  Economy  uncertainty  self-employment  Niedriglohnsektor  Niedriglohn  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  commodity  business  commoditization  price  sensitive  price  insensitive  price  sensitivity  behavioral  economics  behavioral  finance  status  symbol  status  anxiety  socioeconomic  status  social  status  craigslist  sustainable  sustainability  metrics  KPI  Circa  Share  Economy  marketshare  unit  economics 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
bethanye Blount Velocity NY 2014 Keynote: "Build a Better Unicorn..." - YouTube
>> lot has already been blogged about how hiring for STEM is somewhat broken - http://techcrunch.com/search/hiring#stq=hiring&stp=1 // because of existing stakeholder look and talk the same and have the same education background. living in their own created bubble. prejudice against everything that is not them. --- thats what I read into the satus quo description. // &! &! OSCON 2013: Laura Weidman Powers, "Diversity in the Innovation Economy" - youtu.be/7HWKXUNrL8g &! youtu.be/oAzW1EmpxLA
Software  Development  HR  human  resources  Leadership  management  people  management  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  scaling  economies  of  scale  hiring  hiring  process  pattern  matching  pattern  recognition  gender  bias  selection  bias  confirmation  bias  bias  Privileged  privilege  male  privilege  Silicon  Valley  diversity  Women  in  Tech  STEM  gender-based  discrimination  gender  politics  gender  policing  gender  inequality  straight  white  male  white  male  privilege  ethnic  minority  minority  black  minority  asshole  culture  brogrammer  corporate  culture  jock  culture  Campus 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
One Year In, CUPS Is Serving Coffee Through 170 NYC Shops - TCTV News | TechCrunch TV
[OpenTable ( https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/opentable ) for Coffee ] Vertical Niche Google !!! on your phone, and will try to unite Indie coffee shops and give them economies of scale, leverage, to buy resources ie milk // can also help facilitate loyalty programs across different stores via subscription // http://techcrunch.com/2015/07/09/sweet-sweet-caffeine/ - https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/cups
marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  Starbucks  economies  of  scale  mobile  phone  mobile  homescreen  user  behaviour  friction  frictionless  Appification  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Indie  Movement  Hype  Cycle  individuality  individualism  Selbstdarstellung  status  anxiety  Coffee  OpenTable  Yelp!  convenience  on-demand  Google  Search 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
The frustrating, no-win "Goldilocks Zone" of seed deals
Don’t do party rounds. Raise as much as you possibly can so you don’t get crunched. Don’t raise money from just seed funds. Don’t raise money from just big name VCs unless you know you’ll breakthrough, and then absolutely do. And actually you never know that, so nevermind. Oh, and good luck rationalizing all of this advice, first timers. [...] TL;DR version: Large VC firms may do lots of seed deals but each partner will only do one to two Series A deals a year. So basic math tells you it’s a game of survivor. Most of the seed deals will not get a Series A from that firm. The concern is if you don’t quite make the cut, is the signal so bad to other VCs that you are worse off than if you never raised that, say, $200k from a big name VC to begin with? [ not every product consumer or b2b will not be a 500m/1bn dollar company, thus it's not worth it to raise risk capital and just grind it out!? at a sustainable pace, putting back in what you earned. ] &! bit.ly/1HjO13v
Seed  Round  Party  Round  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Angel  Investor  Micro  VC  Venture  Capital  Series  A  seedround  seedfunding  traction  business  model  Silicon  Valley  economies  of  scale  pageviews  Unicorn  valuation  speculative  bubbles  speculative  speculation 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Reddit Alternatives: Where Will Ellen Pao’s Detractors File Out?
“Everytime I’ve been with a community, whether it be a Usenet group, or forum, or Digg, or Reddit, once it becomes popular, it attracts new people that don’t absorb the culture or share the same attitudes as the founding members. After a time, it gets worse and worse until, well, this happens. Hopefully it won’t befall this community or Voat or whatever new site takes the mantle of Reddit, but it almost always does in the end, people, sorry to say, just aren’t very nice in large groups, you add money/politics/special interest into the equation as well, and it just makes it doubly terrible.” // &! http://www.wds.co/3-contact-center-lessons-reddits-revolt/ - 1. Don’t underestimate how invested your agents are in what’s going on / 2. Ensure that everyone’s following the North Star / 3. Prepare for tomorrow’s CSR / [...] The lesson: your agents will increasingly become your brand advocates, [...] Ensure you#re always following the same north star, or risk a very public meltdown.
Reddit  community  community  management  Leadership  business  model  communication  management  user  generated  content  YouTube  Twitter  Pinterest  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  scaling  scale  Ellen  Pao  Alexis  Ohanian 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Reddit Moderators Are Locking Up The Site’s Most Popular Pages In Protest | TechCrunch
Reddit [...] is going through a serious revolt right now. The moderators behind a number of the most popular subreddit pages on the site — which are crucial to Reddit’s traffic and appeal — have made their communities private, thus shutting them off from the wider internet and new users, in protest at the departure of a key Reddit staffer and ongoing poor communications. // [...] [ One deleted Quora answer cited differences between Victoria Taylor & management to push more commercial AMA's (branded native content/advertising) and video (as revenue pillar), especially the latter running contrary to nature of Reddit. It being text). To sack Taylor without notice or transition period, shows how NOT deep involved upper management are in Reddit Mod Community. Especially the lack of tools, support & communication both ways - claims. & then the high horse type response from Ohanian is the kicker. Its like theyve asked for it. 'The straw that broke the camels back.' ] &! redd.it/3c0idl
Reddit  management  branded  content  native  advertising  community  community  management  HR  human  resources  business  model  Alexis  Ohanian  Ellen  Pao  Leadership  communication  user  generated  content  YouTube  Twitter  Pinterest  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  scaling  scale 
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
NOVA | The Great Math Mystery - PBS - YouTube
Is mathematics our physical world because it can only be describes in mathematics? Physics and its fundamental constants [#] (ie speed of light, sound, gravity, ...). Is mathematics the essence of the universe? // Lesson for Engineering & Programming min 48:30 :: "Engineers live in the domain of the approximate. We are fundamentally interested in the practical. So, frequently we make approximations. We cut corners. We omit terms and equations to get things that are simple enough to suit our purposes and meet our needs. [...] For us engineers we don't get paid to do things right. We get paid to do things just right enough." *Adam Steltzner, NASA (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
Science  mathematics  Fibonacci  Pi  STEM  Universe  Albert  Einstein  Pythagoras  Nature  Golden  Ratio  Programming  scaling  scale  engineer  engineering  programmers  NASA 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
The Backyard Effect: Finding The Secret Sauce For Growing An Entrepreneurial Ecosystem | TechCrunch
It may take some time to uncover, but every region has a secret sauce. I call it the Backyard Effect. It’s when a region embraces and connects its unique assets to foster startup success. // [ Berlin; natural growth better with some hands-off subsidies? Instead of heavy state subsidies that raise all, even the losers and not so good ... noise in the system. also reform in Germany; bankruptcy law/insolvency law and formation of start-ups (choice of business entity form - see US Delaware C corp - without the incentive and loopholes to avoid taxes) ]
economies  of  scale  economies  of  agglomeration  microeconomies  microeconomic  policy  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Silicon  Valley  Silicon  Alley  New  York  Start-Up  Scene  ecosystem  meritocracy  meritocratic 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel: What Is His Endgame? - YouTube
"This is fucking hard." << coming from a person from a very well off background, education, circle of friends. << never faced a wall he had to break through or make it happen by his own. // currently crowned winner at the 'SNACKING media entertainment game on the mobile phone.' // "Snapchat is doing something very important in the world right now." LOL // real question is can they scale advertising (ie turning a profit or be cash flow positive) till the time runs/road runs out to the IPO ... ie having to accept termsheets for a growth round not in their favour. Without loosing one eyeball. Pinterest seems to struggle and is tip toeing into the waters.
Snapchat  Evan  Spiegel  attention  span  distraction  attention  user  behaviour  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  mobile  first  Entertainment  WhatsApp  Instagram  Newsfeed  Facebook  Pinterest  user  engagement  user  experience  Silicon  Valley  IPO  scale  scaling 
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
economies  of  scale  economies  of  agglomeration  Industrial  Revolution  2.0  Start-up  self-employment  contractor  contract  Zero  Hour  Future  of  Work  Mobile  Creatives  Mobile  Creative  microVC  microEntrepreneur  labour  market  labour  economics  knowledge  worker  knowledge  economy  productivity  Share  1099  urbanisation  urban  planning  long-tail  Silicon  Valley  ecosystem  Apple  App  Store  Google  Play  Newsfeed 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Cloud HR Startup Zenefits Is Looking To Raise A Giant New Round Of Funding | TechCrunch
Aims 2 raise up2 $500M at $3B+ valuation; Zenefits prev said it expected $100M ARR by '15; expects GAAP rev of $50M+ this yr; prev raised $83.6M // Free SAAS, makes money by receiving commissions from insurers. [NEEDS SALES & MARKETING hires to sustain growth trajectory and justification of valuation multiple.] By the end of 2014, Zenefits had around 500 employees, according to sources, but that number is expected to quadruple by the end of 2015. Last year, the company said it wanted to hire around 1,300 employees over the next 3 years. [Capturing Marketshare USA/Canada - hitting it with the baseball bat.] // youtu.be/KporpXG0XK8 min6 direct marketing/e-mail/hustle/hands on sales pitch > COO/Accounting/HR // youtu.be/7KmjzfK3f38 min 11 Start-up struggle, figuring it out along the way but having a sense // (2015) youtu.be/8DwlS_6jLAo "Hyperscaling Inside Sales" &! YC W2013 application video - youtu.be/-S83fysRwn4
valuation  Silicon  Valley  Zenefits  HR  Unicorn  growth  round  enterprise  2.0  SAAS  SPV  business  model  customer  acquisition  user  churn  customer  churn  user  acquisition  marketing  Box  DropBox  Salesforce  ZenDesk  user  experience  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  operations  freemium  scaling  LTV  scale  human  resources  hiring  Core  Product  Value  Proposition  sales 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
The Apple Watch's Insanely Great Economics | WIRED
How many billions has it cost in R&D to develop all the gobsmacking manufacturing techniques, all the software tricks and all the battery tech inside? The reason it costs so much less than a [high-end competitor] isn’t because it’s less well made. It’s because 700 million people have helped amortize Apple’s investment in it. Apple now seems hell bent on finding new ways to flex that muscle. [it started w the iPod, then iPhone, and on and on. extreme iteration on +3 components of product ie MacBook (March 2015); battery, fan less, 2 ports only, touchpad click imitation, keypad, low power retina. possible by owning the whole chain from start to finish, purpose build german cnc mills in china, whole manufacturing complexes build only to build Apple products. and thinking about the user experience and working backwards to the technology, not thinking about newest technology to add and making a gimmick out of it. being radical. "this is better 4u, no discussion.] &! on.mash.to/1B9iywv
Apple  iPhone  iPod  Apple  Watch  MacBook  manufacturing  scale  economies  of  scale  iteration  focus  user  experience 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
A Year Later, $19 Billion For WhatsApp Doesn’t Sound So Crazy | TechCrunch
Messaging is the center of mobile. Snapchat is raising at around a $20 billion valuation. And no one cares who owns apps. On February 19th, 2014, we didn’t know any of these things for sure. So when Facebook announced it would pay $19 billion to acquire WhatsApp — an app most American pundits had never used — it seemed ludicrous. Zuck had to be crazy, right? Wrong. Without WhatsApp, Facebook’s international situation would look a lot dicier. And if a competitor like Google acquired it instead, it could have been disastrous. Instead, Facebook possess the most popular messaging app, and has neutralized the biggest threat to its global domination of social networking. Why? Chat Is The Mobile Portal! [...] Its Stories feature has grown into a competitor to Facebook’s News Feed. And Discover could make it all quite monetizable if it gets popular. Snapchat is constantly cited as where teens are ditching your parents’ social network for.
WhatsApp  Snapchat  Instagram  Pinterest  Facebook  Twitter  Mark  Zuckerberg  Yahoo!  Google  Microsoft  SMS  Wireless  Carrier  MMS  Newsfeed  trend  trends  M&A  acquisitions  acquisition  scale  Tumblr  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  user  experience  user  behaviour  Phablet  AOL 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Anybody who can't make money off iPads or TUAW should get out of the money-making business | iMore
But just because AOL can't make money off a niche blog, that doesn't mean the niche blog is dead: It just needs to evolve. We might be looking at a future where niche blogs stay far away from multi-million dollar corporations, and find different forms of money-making apart from blanket advertising. Ben Thompson wrote a fantastic piece this morning on blogging's bright future that follows those lines: No, it's not scale that is the problem, but rather reach. I am, of course, acutely aware that there is a tradeoff when it comes to the subscription business model: by making something scarce, and worth paying for, you are by definition limiting your number of readers. Stratechery, though, serves a niche, and niches are best served by making more from customers who really care than from milking pennies from everyone.
bloggers  Blogger  Blogging  The  Content  Wars  Signal  vs.  Noise  filter  bubble  niche  Content  audience  1000  True  Fans  business  model  business  plan  economies  of  scale  scale  AOL  Yahoo!  interactive  paid  freemium  digital  long-tail  Gary  Vaynerchuk  creator  curation  distribution  discovery  native  branded  native  advertising  advertisement  advertising  marketing  micro 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
My Advice To Young People - The Awl
(( via http://pando.com/2015/02/12/how-silicon-valleys-counterculture-went-corporate-and-ruined-everything/ )) >> "And the new language that is so much about the money is attracting a certain different kind of personality types.” We’re seeing the same thing play out now in blogging — or to use its unfortunate modern moniker, “Internet content creation” — which has suddenly become massively lucrative. This week, the Awl’s Alex Balk, one of the earliest adopters of Writing Stuff On The Internet, immortalized this evolutionary cycle in a post called “My Advice To Young People.” He recommends that youngsters find a field (like blogging in the early 21st century) that nobody respects or cares about — that way, you can invent the rules and rituals to your liking. Just don’t be surprised when the same people who ridiculed you a decade earlier come in and ruin everything you helped build because they finally figured out how to make money off it."
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  career  advice  bloggers  Blogger  Blogging  content  creator  digital  artist  business  plan  business  model  economies  of  scale  scale  unemployable  Balks  Law 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Sure Stripe has more cash, but does it have a path to exit? | PandoDaily
The problem with raising capital at nosebleed valuations is that the number of scenarios under which a positive outcome is possible becomes greatly diminished. By raising at $3.5 billion, Stripe, [... and Investors ...] — are betting that the company can exit at or above $7 billion. That’s a steep price and largely eliminates acquisition as an option. The list of potential acquirers is likely limited to Facebook, Google, Apple, eBay, Amazon, and Alibaba in the tech sector. On the financial side, there are the large banks and credit card companies. But it’s hard to see anyone ponying up $7 billion to acquire Stripe, which has yet to prove that it has a sustainable business or attractive margins. [...] Not every round requires a doubling valuation, and in this case, it may turn out that everyone involved would be better if more modesty was applied. [...] [ Merger of Square & Stripe as worst case scenario? ] [ & IPOs to forget - Box, Groupon, Zynga, HortonWorks ... ]
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
NASA: We're sending humans to Mars | Hacker News
It's not a matter of public/private indeed, it's a matter of size. The bigger an organization, the more dis-aligned individual and collective incentives become. In a start-up you can't afford to harm the enterprise in order to further your own interest: if you act parasitically you'll kill your host almost immediately. In a big company, you won't make a meaningful difference, neither positively nor negatively, so you may as well serve your own interests, irrespective of their effect on the whole company. Corollary: people who want to play corporate politics concentrate in big companies, because that's where you can do it with relative impunity. Big private companies offset this competitive disadvantage through economy of scales and/or lobbying; public services do it through taxes and monopolies. NASA isn't inefficient because it's public, but because it's huge. // &! on a different note. improving NHS by managed market approach!? offering choice = competition, w care&quality standards.
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
WhatsApp’s Jan Koum Has No Plans to Make Money (Video) | Re/code
Koum’s comments echoed what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said on numerous occasions: Revenue won’t be a priority for WhatsApp for the next few years. [...] For the time being, however, Zuckerberg and Koum are poised to wait. On Facebook’s Q3 earnings call Tuesday, Zuckerberg preached patience for WhatsApp. “Products aren’t really interesting as a business until they have a billion people using them,” he said.
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
This is how Google kills your app — Medium
via - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8510642 // don't build your business on other peoples platform, lessons from FB and Twitter as Platform. too many things you can't control. but will worry about every day ... total waste of bandwidth. ... it is still about Internet (caveat Net Neutrality and accessibility) and e-mail (caveat ie Gmail design and spam filters).
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Report: You can startup anywhere, but getting big happens more often in just a few markets | PandoDaily
In these secondary and tertiary markets, there’s also a lack of experienced talent in many specialized fields, like enterprise SaaS sales. During his PandoMonthly fireside chat, Chris Dixon noted that this problem hinders even New York and Los Angeles. In the Bay Area, companies can easily bolt on 50 or 100 employees with relevant experience from the last generation of companies, but elsewhere this option is not available, Dixon explained. It’s hard to overstate the impact that this level of experience and hiring speed can have on a company’s growth trajectory. [...] the data still shows that getting big is much more difficult outside of major startup hubs. While this picture of the national startup scene may be discouraging, it’s really just a reflection of the last 20 plus years of deal making, and innovation, and failure. Today’s successes are earned with yesterday’s blood, sweat, and tears. [...]
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
At Alibaba, the Founder Is Squarely in Charge - NYTimes.com
Alibaba, a company started out of Mr. Ma’s apartment in 1999, is now a technology colossus worth more than American stalwarts like eBay and Hewlett-Packard. Under his leadership, Alibaba has become not just the dominant force in China’s e-commerce but also a symbol of the country’s breathtaking economic rise. The company has 250 million active buyers in China, and its orders account for more than 60 percent of all package deliveries in China. [... Discussing the business structure ie Cayman Island entity & V.I.E. and risks for shareholders ...] +++ Most members of the group declined to comment. In an interview, Mr. Shen defended such deals, explaining that Mr. Ma had formed a circle of trust, something common in Chinese business. +++ Analysts say that forging alliances with the government is a vital part of doing business in China. Companies see it as a way to improve their chances of securing approvals and licenses. +++
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Silicon Valley has evolved -- it’s not about startups anymore | VentureBeat | Entrepreneur | by Armando Biondi, AdEspresso
The consequence? Silicon Valley is no longer the best place to start a company (unless you’ve already been living there for a while now, of course) because everywhere else is. And “everywhere else” is the rest of the world — with cheaper talent, lower cost of living, and good access to initial capital as well — but also the rest of the U.S. outside of the tech hubs. Whether that’s good or bad, I don’t know. But it’s something you need to be aware of. That has been my advice lately to a few people asking for perspective from a guy who comes from Europe but has spent the last few years in the Valley. It’s a wonderful place, but it’s a very challenging one also. So if you’re starting something today, DO NOT come to Silicon Valley right away. It’s less expensive, less risky, and probably easier to start somewhere else, due to less competition. +++ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8182828 San Francisco Office Rents Seen Topping Manhattan in 2015 (bloomberg.com)
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Founder School with McKinsey - YouTube
growth can't be infinite in a finite world population. PERIOD. revenue 2x more worth for that margin - in terms of apples to apples company valuation. long-term thinking applies; we can later improve margins. lets focus on scale. market dominance/relevance. [...] getting over the 1bn figure is hard. Instagram. ... WhatsApp ... FB was overpaying (19bn) in order to have it, be relevant in that space, and not let it have anybody else. PERIOD. Was Strategic as Instragram was for Pictures (vertical). [...] Patent system is, can be, stifling in many ways. Because it serves as distraction from the Vision, the Product and the Execution. The current overall patent environment is prohibitive to innovation.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Founder School with Di-Ann Eisnor: How to Build a Billion-Dollar Business: Lessons from Waze - YouTube
great people that believe in the vision, less talk about vision - most of ur work week execute to let vision come to fruition. week by week, deal by deal, customer by customer, line of coder after line of code. [...] carmageddon; was luck. if you don't have it, you have to make it, engineer it. ie growth hacking; social sharing of relevant, valuable, contextual content ie via blog or other communication ways ('you are a content company, then/plus X - gary vaynerchuck'). exceptional cases - vial content, thought leaders, advocates - make your users advocates*, high profile people who are passionate about a topic might adopt and put always a good word in for your product ie guy kawasaki for canvas. *letting them take part of the journey in various ways - #engagement, #gamification. Min23 in; local quality curated ads as value added feature for user in line w value proposition. Learning to say no to everything that is not CORE to the VISION, the PRODUCT. + A brand as defensible advantage.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - 'No wage rises' until jobless rate falls to 5% says MPC member
Martin Weale said there may be more spare capacity in the economy than policymakers had previously estimated. +++ Bank of England 'puzzled' by productivity gap - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-27857472 >> London Finance Centre Canary Wharf drove up productivity in the run up to the 2008 GFC :: UK workforce as a whole, lacking skills for the future, thus the productivity gap; Mobile Creative, Mobile Creatives, skill-biased technological change, knowledge worker, White-collar Worker, Blue-collar Worker. Year of Code is too late and a drop/tea-cup in the ocean. College needs to offer Computer Science Degrees (Technichal College), not just University. College's offers courses as "Beauty Technicians." Services Industry that does NOT scale. A locals hairdressers service can not be exported, sold and consumed in other countries. Period.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
FCC approves plan to consider paid priority on Internet
The proposal is not a final rule, but the vote on Thursday is a significant step forward on a controversial idea that has invited fierce opposition from consumer advocates, Silicon Valley heavyweights, and Democratic lawmakers. The FCC will now open the proposal to a total 120 days of public comment. Final rules, aimed for the end of the year, could be rewritten after the agency reviews the public comments. + http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/obama-pledges-net-neutrality-laws-if-elected-president/ "Obama pledges Net neutrality laws if elected president. The presidential hopeful says if elected, he'll prioritize enacting antidiscrimination rules for broadband providers during first year in office. Will others follow?" + http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/netzneutralitaet-in-den-usa-fcc-zum-zwei-klassen-internet-a-969678.html + http://www.economist.com/blogs/schumpeter/2014/05/fcc-s-net-neutrality-plan - Wheeler a former cable-industry lobbyist
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
The Bouncevlog (Castles, Friendly Security, and Shay's Interview) - YouTube
The cool kids in high school are now the cool kids on YouTube. ... Twitter, Fb, and YT and Google are internet commodities. Instagram, Gifs, Vine, ... are the new hip stuff to be on to create for. Tumblr seems to be in the middle. as does foursquare. ....
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march 2014 by asterisk2a

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