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"I love making videos more than anything. When you're churning out sheer quantity there's no time to dwell. You just post." @CaseyNeistat
because YT algo demands it to elevate you // "I take it very seriously, I don't mess around. I love every second and my typical edits take 3-6 hours in post production." //&! "I have friends who do daily vlogs that shoot and edit directly from their cell phones. That's amazing!" //&! "I created @bemeapp because I wanted a platform to share video without self-consciousness. It's a way to share honestly." //&! "My office is a sanctuary. It's organized chaos that makes it functional. I'm more productive in my studio than anywhere else" //&! //>> Hollywood and other regular players, off the internet, is no place to take risks.
Casey  Neistat  YouTube  content  discovery  content  distribution  Piracy  bootleg  content  consumption  content  economy  content  creator  content  strategy  Vlog  Vlogging  Entertainment  storytelling  Selbstdarstellung  Selfie  Beme  Farm  creator  creative  constraint  creative  content  creative  craft  creative  destruction  creative  expression  creative  resistance  creative  surplus  Social  Media  Clickbait  Linkbait  Reality  TV  television  Selbstfürsorge  mobile  homescreen  Entertainment  Industry  Escapeism  Escapism  original  content  original  programming  Netflix  Amazon  Prime  Hollywood  HBO  ZDFneo  BBC3  iPlayer  geo  blocking 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Tesco knowingly delayed payments to suppliers - BBC News
Tesco "knowingly delayed paying money to suppliers in order to improve its own financial position", the supermarket ombudsman has found.
Tesco  corporate  strategy  accounting  scandal  white-collar  crime  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Paris Klimagipfel: Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma investieren Milliarden in saubere Energie - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Ratan Tata, Jack Ma: Einige weltbekannte Superreiche und 20 Staaten setzen den Ton für die Klimaverhandlungen in Paris. Sie wollen Milliarden in saubere Energie für Entwicklungsländer investieren. // Wenn Gates und Bezos es ernst meinen, heatten sie schon lange ihre Unternehmen auf "CARBON NEUTRAL" strategie geschickt. //&! bit.ly/1NWM8wf
Positioning  capitalism  Opportunism  opportunist  COP21  crony  capitalism  climate  change  global  warming  corporate  governance  Jeff  Bezos  Bill  Gates  carbonfootprint  carbon  tax  carbon  trading  scheme  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  short-termism  underinvestment  renewable  energy  fossil  fuel  hypocrisy  corporate  strategy  corporate  media  corporate  welfare  corporate  scandal  corporate  social  responsibility  corporate  culture  corporate  values 
november 2015 by asterisk2a
Volkswagen announces £750m spending cuts to fund product revamp | Business | The Guardian
VW division head promises to focus on electric and hybrid vehicles and revamp diesel cars and vans following emissions scandal
corporate  strategy  electric  car  VW  conglomerate  Volkswagen  corporate  scandal  Abgas-Affäre  restructuring  corporate  culture  status  quo  corporate  values  Leadership  vision  mission  Tesla  Motors  Toyota 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
VW lost the plot. But that’s the danger when business lacks social moorings | Will Hutton | Comment is free | The Guardian
VW’s existential crisis has revealed the weaknesses inherent in western economies. Change must now happen [...] Despite a vast R and D budget, VW is far from a leader in the electrical car or hybrid market. Mr Winterkorn’s bonuses were based on his capacity to deliver production, jobs and profits: environmental sustainability or engaging with wider stakeholders did not get a look-in. [...] Capitalism, in short, may have boundless creative and innovative energy – but it also has boundless ways to go wrong. Intriguingly, recent work by a group of researchers at Harvard and the London Business School compared 90 American companies that took sustainability seriously with 90 who did not. Over 18 years the 90 committed to sustainability delivered annual financial returns 4.8% higher than the other 90.
corporate  state  corporate  media  crony  capitalism  capitalism  post-capitalism  B-Corp  corporate  strategy  corporate  values  corporate  social  responsibility  corporate  culture  corporate  governance  corporate  tax  rate  VW  conglomerate  Volkswagen  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  short-term  automotive  autoindustry  mainstreet.org  bank  bailout  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  industry  pharma  subsidies  subsidizing  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  revolving  door  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  oversight  transparency  accountability  CEO  pay  Leadership  mission  vision  mercenary  PR  spin  doctor  marketing  Positioning  brand  awareness  Branding  carbonfootprint  carbonemission  emissions  climate  change  global  warming  bottom  up  self-regulation  regulation  regulators 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
FED Impact on Tech: Bloomberg West (Full Show 9/18) - YouTube
16:40 - how to consume amazon offerings!? via their platform, silo. closed. drm. // distribution model - for prime - lock-in - convenience - less friction. // "Kids don't care much about quality." // taking share of media consumption. // compelling offering - music, series, streaming, e-commerce, gaming, ... // it's not about entry point to access, lowering the price point of entry for the consumption device and the subscription of amazon prime in aggregate - and lock the consumer in. the aggressive price is an attack strategy (opening up/diversifying the price point) of the distribution model to grow the prime business. //
Amazon  Amazon  Prime  distribution  model  subscription  model  business  model  marginal  cost  Kindle  Tablet  phablet  iPad  Platform  DRM  Hardware  Entertainment  utility  Amazon  Dash  Button  e-commerce  pure  play  Escapeism  Gaming  Netflix  Apple  Music  Spotify  HBO  original  programming  Top  Gear  House  of  Cards  Television  TV  cable  provider  iPad  Pro  differentiate  differentiation  business  strategy  Cash  Cow  Jeff  Bezos  AWS  market  share  Walmart  Jet.com  monopsony  duopoly 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
What I Learned This Week About Tim Cook’s Apple | Re/code
[ always along the motto: extension of you, part of you. The new Apple under Jobs was NOT an overnight success! It build on its differentiation, strong base, a cult, a Tribe, 1000 True Fans, and build on it stride by stride. Most capitalistic company out of SV, no counter-culture out of largest corp on world. & can pull of iAd coup because it has monopsony! & Duopoly w Android. ] Many people love Apple, others despise it. But, even without Jobs, it cannot be ignored. There simply is no other company that combines such a high-quality hardware line with such well-regarded software platforms. A faltering Samsung has the former, but not the latter. A strong and admirable Google has the latter, but not the former. If you didn’t believe that before, this week’s event made it crystal clear, with once-bitter rivals like Microsoft and Adobe showing up onstage to boast about how well their products worked with new Apple hardware and software. [ sw & hw iteration = leverage comp advantage ]
Apple  iOS  Hardware  commodity  business  commoditization  Android  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Software  Google  Inc.  Samsung  HTC  Lenovo  LG  Apple  TV  iPhone  Apple  Watch  Steve  Jobs  Tim  Cook  aspirational  product  PR  spin  doctor  public  relations  Positioning  marketing  public  image  status  symbol  status  anxiety  materialism  consumerist  consumerism  zombie  consumer  socioeconomic  status  social  status  emerging  middle  class  Platform  Silo  Apple  App  Store  Google  Play  R&D  Research  STEM  Microsoft  Nokia  Motorola  Adobe  Satya  Nadella  Leadership  vision  mission  differentiate  differentiation  Selbstdarstellung  Luxury  crony  capitalism  capitalism  post-capitalism  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  counter  culture  Silicon  Valley  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  iAd  Siri  AdBlock  personal  assistant  competitive  advantage  corporate  strategy  long-term  view  Tribe  Cult  1000  True  Fans  brand  awareness  Branding  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  monopsony  duopoly  antitrust 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Everything You Need To Know About iOS 9’s New Content Blockers | TechCrunch
Ben Thompson: Apple Enables Ad-Blockers - http://exponent.fm/episode-048-an-exhausting-week/ --- is apple nudging content providers to point people to the native app?! as mobile web gets better!? and bandwidth and coverage better!? --- under the cover of Privacy and user experience! --- with the exception of its own ad-network iAD, sure. // what a move. // &! The adblocking revolution is months away (with iOS 9) – with trouble for advertisers, publishers and Google - bit.ly/1UfXjsT &! bit.ly/1MxoHge // &! Apple, has made Content Blocking “official”, ad-supported publishing business models are in trouble. [...] [PAGEVIEWS as business model] Too many sites are just echo chambers, they rewrite news releases, add strong adjectives and adverbs, and a bit of spin. [news is free, analysis and perspective not] - bit.ly/1Fe6u0D //&! tcrn.ch/1UCagrA - Begun, The Mobile Ad-Blocking Wars Have [...] increasing bloatware of online advertising. &! tcrn.ch/1O0VcoI << ad business model not working!!!
AdBlock  iOS  Safari  Apple  iAd  Platform  user  experience  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  perma-cookie  cookies  tracking  advertisement  re-targeting  advertisement  targeting  Apple  App  Store  mobile  web  HTML5  corporate  strategy  corporate  media  PR  public  relations  spin  doctor  Silo  TOS  EULA  corporate  culture  corporate  values  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  ecosystem  Facebook  content  blocker  business  model  pageviews  journalismus  investigative  journalism  journalism  BuzzFeed  Huffington  Post  AOL  Yahoo!  Page  Rank  Google  News  Google  Search  publishing  2.0  newspaper  newspapers  paywalls  paywall  subscription  model  freemium  Print  is  Dead  jeffjarvis  Vox  Washington  Post  Insider  Linkbait  linkbaiting  click  bait  Clickbait  NYT  NYTimes  New  York  Times  Pando.com  PandoDaily  Facebook  Instant  Articles  The  Economist  Financial  Times  The  Guardian  Android  Google  Chrome  Google  Inc.  AdSense  AdWords  pre-roll  Programmatic  Programmatic  Advertising  Outbrain  mobile  ads  native  content  marketing  MoPub  Flurry  Zero  Rating  Wireless  Carrier  ISP  Net  Neutrality  Adobe  Flash  customer  experience  friction  frictionless  commodity  business 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
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 ...
Instagram  differentiate  differentiation  photo  app  constraint  artificial  constraint  community  philosophy  Facebook  Newsfeed  Social  Media  Selbstdarstellung  Celebrity  of  You  Beme  community  management  Twitter  Product/Market  Fit  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  category  vertical  consumer  management  experience  user  hack  strategy  Snapchat  Vine  YouTube  expression  creative  content  creator  digital  content  user  generated  content  The  Wars  Multimedia  Periscope  Meerkat  barriers  to  entry  cost  of  entry  meritocracy  meritocratic 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Delivering Alphabet: Bloomberg West (Full Show 8/11) - YouTube
>> Google's business ventures is under attack. :: Search (via vertical search in form of appification), Advertising (Social Media - FB eating pies), Appification, mobile homescreen (appification), // And the future of Google (future Google product, new cash cow) is not related to Search. very probably! thus, Alphabet Inc. to enable them to run Google Inc. (Search and Android) better and find/build/develop the next cash cow (autonomous car, Nest, anti-ageing (Calico), ...) // higher level situational awareness - as is can't be the future. // optimal capital allocation -sensible-common-sense-best bets, complimentary and moonshots (a mix) // "expand opportunity." //
Alphabet  Inc.  Google  Inc.  Sundar  Pichai  Larry  Page  Sergey  Brin  business  strategy  long-term  view  long-term  thinking  SWAT  Wall  Street  business  investment  Focus  focused 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
E-Commerce is a Bear — Medium
Only two start-ups have properly challenged Amazon over the past decade: Zappos and Diapers. [...] Having spent time with Tony Hsieh and Alfred Lin, the leadership duo who built Zappos, and Marc Lore and Vinit Bharara, the founders of Diapers, I can tell you: these are intense competitors who recognized the best outcome was to join forces with the industry leader. So if Amazon is the low cost winner of selling brands online, if they are acquiring their best competitors, and if their everyday low prices are available to the entire country via a mechanical turk algorithm which is guaranteed to beat you, how do you compete? [...] [ eBay pure p2p marketplace ] [...] This next generation of e-commerce companies is as much about what you exclude as what you include. // &! only up for grabs (Amazon model) is in the developing world & emerging market - for entrepreneurs - & only possible double digit returns for investors. and the battle has already begun ... since like 05/09 China/India ...
e-commerce  Amazon  eBay  commodity  business  commoditization  differentiate  differentiation  vertical  category  Jet.com  business  model  subscription  model  distribution  model  discovery  Google  Shopping  commerce  Retail  Walmart  brick  and  mortar  business  Online  Shopping  mall  USA  Europe  Zalando  emerging  market  Developing  World  emerging  middle  class  consumer  choice  consumerist  materialism  consumerism  zombie  consumer  Etsy  Marketplace  Platform  Honest  Co.  Bonobos  Warby  Parker  Nasty  Gal  Branding  Zulily  flash  sale  Gilt  Groupe  ModCloth  Birchbox  corporate  strategy  business  strategy  closetphile  Rent  the  Runway  Zappos  tradesy  pure  play  Nordstrom  Macy's  H&M  Primark  Zara  Fast  Fashion  Fashion  Industry  ASOS  John  Lewis  Marks  &  Spencer 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
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
Larry Page says he wants his fortune to go to Elon Musk. Alphabet is the next best thing. - Vox
Big minds with small ideas. = current Silicon Valley. Old Silicon Valley was counter culture. // you will fail anyway, why not fail with something audacious. really. no fluff. no padding. no spin. ... hard science. facts. global problems that affect us all. pollution, global warming, energy efficiency, waste, democracy, health (sick population), ... // don't fear failure.
Elon  Musk  crony  capitalism  capitalism  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  Google  X  Alphabet  Inc.  Google  Inc.  Tesla  Model  S  renewable  energy  Larry  Page  Sergey  Brin  philanthropy  corporate  social  responsibility  corporate  culture  corporate  strategy  zombie  corporations  corporate  values  corporate  governance  shared  economic  interest  mainstreet.org  economic  growth  trickle-down  economics  technological  progress  impact  vision  mission  Silicon  Valley  counter  culture  wantrepreneur  entrepreneurship  society  incrementalism  incremental  Failure 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
No, Google’s new “Alphabet” structure is really nothing like Berkshire Hathaway - Quartz
Page pledges to “rigorously handle capital allocation and work to make sure each business is executing well.” That would be very Buffett-like, but the types of businesses Alphabet has under its umbrella definitely aren’t. They’re speculative money losers with no clear future, as opposed to Berkshire’s signature cash generators. [...] Unlike Berkshire, Google doesn’t have clearly and publicly articulated criteria for acquisitions, and little experience (and possibly interest) in buying and integrating big, mature, money-making businesses. One of Berkshire’s major advantages is that it manages to pay a lower price for businesses as it offers prestige, a long-term home, and a history of giving management autonomy. Alphabet doesn’t yet offer that. Berkshire headquarters and subsidiaries are also marked by an obsession with frugality, while Google is known for its free cafeteria and extravagantly designed headquarters. But there’s hope its new CFO is bringing some discipline.
Alphabet  Inc.  Google  Inc.  Berkshire  Hathaway  warrenbuffet  Warren  Buffet  business  strategy  corporate  strategy  corporate  culture  corporate  values 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Alphabet Is More Than Just a New Name | Re/code
Shareholders Don’t Like Moonshots. [...] Organizing as a Conglomerate Makes a Lot of Sense While Google’s CEOs say the new entity will never be a “consumer-driven business,” it’s quite likely that subsidiaries like Android or YouTube could turn out that way. By changing not only it name, but also by reorganizing in a substantial way, Google will change the way the market perceives it. Because they have their hands in many different pots, conglomerates are traditionally seen as more stable investments than technology or advertising companies. Being a conglomerate also makes it much easier for Google to continue growing its business through acquisitions and spinoffs.
Alphabet  Inc.  Google  Inc.  Google  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  conglomerate  business  strategy  Organizational  behavior  corporate  culture  corporate  strategy  Don't  be  evil  HR  human  resources  hiring 
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
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
Fear Trumps Greed in Silicon Valley as Some Venture Firms Hedge - Bloomberg Business
[... high ops cost associated w SF/Palo Alto ... fancy office (and expensive (rarefied) developers from Google or Facebook) in SF as a sign of success while burning +2m per year at least with no cash flow in sight ... and with all consumer products being free and hoping to finance themselves in the future with advertising ... ] Some VCs are urging their companies to build a rainy day fund to ensure their survival. [...] It’s a constant battle deciding whether to invest in a potentially lucrative deal, said Philadelphia financier Rudy Karsan: “Greed versus fear.” [ Softbank Capital just last week came out publicly with a shift in strategy, to invest now ONLY in proven winners, at slightly premium to get in (and with preferred liquidation preferences in writing), &focus resources on those portfolio companies ... than to compete in a crowded, distorted, muggy, in transparent, very speculative (with lots of ifs and luck and bet on CEO to execute well) A-, B- (and C-Round) market. ]
Silicon  Valley  burn  rate  runway  cash  flow  cash-is-king  hunt  for  yield  distortion  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  growth  round  SPV  war  for  talent  Private  Market  Private  Equity  Hedge  Fund  Mutual  Fund  bubble  USA  Fed  Taper  asset  bubble  asset  allocation  Angel  Investor  Seed  business  model  advertising  VC  Venture  Capital  Greed  FOMO  bubble  speculative  bubbles  speculative  speculation  SoftBank  Capital  IPO  NASDAQ  A  Unicorn  Decacorn  termsheet  liquidation  preferences  exit  strategy  M&A  acquisition  acquihire  acqui-hire  business  cycle  business  plan  business  investment  business  confidence  consumer  confidence  leverage  debtoverhang  irrational  exuberance 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Microsoft Will Never Give Up On Mobile | TechCrunch
It has other bullets left [shooting at mobile] in the chamber including Windows 10 and the cross-platform mobile apps too. Whatever happens, Microsoft can ultimately never walk away from mobile because giving up would essentially be ceding a massive portion of the future of computing, and it simply can’t afford to do that. [...] Microsoft wanted to go after phone market share in the long term, and selling Windows at its old price points would limit broader Windows 10 adoption, eroding at the company’s larger value proposition of having one platform across all your devices. Put another way, the company is foregoing some identifiable revenue to prop up Windows mobile. [ diminishing price of Software! is one big mover in tech for the next years coming, see SAAS & PAAS + consulting and on-site with OpenSource and Subscription Plan Model using SW through browser. ] &! wrd.cm/1eNXKr4 The Death of the PC Has Not Been Greatly Exaggerated
Microsoft  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  Android  iOS  Windows  10  user  behaviour  Google  Apple  mobile  computing  phablet  Tablet  mobile  strategy  corporate  strategy  technological  progress  Windows  Phone  business  model  Open  Source  SAAS  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Free  Software  commodity  business  commoditization  differentiate  differentiation  Branding  public  perception  GNU  Platform  Open  Platform  business  strategy  economics  of  abundance  marginal  cost  cloud  paradgimshift 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Telling British tourists to flee Tunisia rewards terrorism | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | The Guardian
The security hysteria of politicians such as Philip Hammond, our foreign secretary, is the only thing that poses an ‘existential threat’ to Britain [...] ritain has imposed economic sanctions on Tunisia. These are in retaliation for that country’s failure to prevent what the prime minister calls an “existential threat to Britain” from so-called Islamic State terrorists. The head of London’s police, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, declared earlier this week that the Tunisia killings meant it was “highly likely” that there “could” be a terrorist attack on London. These responses are outrageous. They play directly into the hands of terrorists, awarding them added glory in their own eyes for their original attack and offering similar publicity to other lunatics eager for martyrdom. &! bit.ly/1IPXSCt &! bit.ly/1eObyBS
UK  War  on  Terror  ISIS  al-Qaida  GCHQ  MI5  MI6  Intelligence  Agency  Foreign  Intelligence  propaganda  military–industrial  complex  manufactured  consent  fear  anxiety  society  corporate  strategy  surveillance  state  Orwellian  media  conglomerate  Lügenpresse  transparency  accountability  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  affairs  policy 
july 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
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
Atari: Game Over #1 - YouTube
http://youtu.be/_MT_msVoRAg &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NW6OP4ccsNk - min 20 'ATARI committed suicide by trying to sell another 10m units into an already saturated market (with little innovation, new ground breaking hw model). It could sell more stuff, had all this inventory and huge staff (expenses) that ate up less and less cash flow till it ran into a loss of 500m in its last year. During its heyday, corporate boggle heads ran the shop, who were not interested into investing and pushing the envelope and risking a little (known risks, curtailed/mitigated) ... didn't need to risk the shop. ... But after all it was the beginning of the home entertainment that are now video games. And history has shown, that the innovator (first out of the door) does not always win the whole game/industry. See modern Silicon Valley examples in MySpace, Bebo, Friendster, .... Atari also was a corner stone of Silicon Valley of today; casual and a meritocracy (if you exclude gender & minorities).
game  design  ATARI  game-mechanics  Games  Industry  gamedev  gamedesign  business  strategy  strategy  management  product  management  project  management  business  management  history  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Snapchat Outgrows The Friend Zone | TechCrunch
Social media giants who have come before, Facebook and Twitter, have followed the same evolutionary path, from personal messenger tool to powerhouse media network. // Seems like this is the only way consumer apps can finance themselves, sustainably. To offer other people your Platform and audience to distribute your content and or advertise with your content or product. But you depend (EPS, revenues, profits) on those to have good business and keep spending more and more money. Wall Street wants to see more and more and more .... /// &! http://pando.com/2015/01/27/snapchat-does-what-facebook-couldnt-get-publishers-to-trust-it-with-their-content/
Twitter  Snapchat  Facebook  Social  Media  Multimedia  Entertainment  utility  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  MySpace  business  model  business  strategy  Platform  TOS  Silo  content  distribution  content  discovery  The  Wars 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
Introducing Place Tips in News Feed | Facebook Newsroom
Facebook launches location-specific Place Tips for iPhone; appears at top of News Feed when user enters establishment; tapping displays friends' comments & photos related to business; also shows maps, restaurant menus, etc; viewing does not post to Facebook or reveal location; also testing w/ beacons in NYC // http://www.businessinsider.com/the-swarm-and-foursquare-backstory-and-progress-2014-10 >> "In late 2013, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley and his leadership team decided it was time to rethink things. If the company was founded today, what would the app look like? What would the experience feel like?" // &! http://taylordavidson.com/2014/apps &! http://features.en.softonic.com/why-single-use-apps-like-yo-could-take-over-your-smartphone
Facebook  geolocation  location  foursquare  Yelp  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  differentiation  differentiate  features  feature  Big  Data  Appification  Single-Use  App  unbundeling  user  experience  user  behaviour  user  acquisition  UI  UX  business  strategy  focus  focused  simplification  simplicity  product  management  Product/Market  Fit  product  experience  Design  Minimal  Viable  multi-product  company  Officer  discovery  curation 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - ECB unveils massive QE boost for eurozone
The European Central Bank (ECB) says it will inject at least €1.1 trillion into the ailing eurozone economy. The ECB will buy bonds worth €60bn per month until the end of September 2016 and possibly longer, in what is known as quantitative easing (QE). The ECB has also said eurozone interest rates are being held at the record low of 0.05%, where they have been since September 2014. ECB president Mario Draghi said the programme would begin in March. The eurozone is flagging and the ECB is seeking ways to stimulate spending. Mr Draghi said the programme would be conducted "until we see a sustained adjustment in the path of inflation", which the ECB has pledged to maintain at close to 2%. + bit.ly/1GCvd40 &! bit.ly/1Ci5DgR &! bit.ly/1unR0lf &! bit.ly/1JnpsDm
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january 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple Stores recruiting fashion/luxury experts ahead of Apple Watch debut | 9to5Mac
Apple Stores recruiting fashion/luxury experts ahead of Apple Watch debut — We've already seen how Apple is presenting the upcoming Apple Watch, which it calls its most personal device yet, as not just another technology device but also a piece of jewelry that the fashion world will be proud to embrace. // Apple really positioning itself into the upper market segment with watch. ... as hardware prices & manufacturing becomes something you can't compete on/with. it's a no-win-margin game, to compete nowadays with just-hardware. Apple marketing it's devices and brand (as well itself) as aspirational products. Starts from the physical stores, to the apple store (screening of apps for quality standards) to communication/pr/marketing, ... ends at internals, things you don't really see as average consumer, like the hw design where compromise is a word they don't use. et al. etc etc.
Apple  Apple  Watch  strategy  business  strategy  iOS  Android  Google  Microsoft  HTC  product  strategy  aspirational  product  product  management  Product/Market  Fit  product  experience  Design 
december 2014 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
What Facebook’s Messenger debacle says about the company… both the brilliant and the terrible | PandoDaily
But more to the point is what the whole thing says about Facebook. There are two important takeaways: One troubling and one impressive. One that speaks to the company’s greatest Achilles Heel as long as I’ve covered it, and one that speaks to its greatest strength. The first is just how much people distrust and are predisposed to dislike Facebook. [...] But the problem is Facebook is as synonymous with disrespecting your privacy today as Microsoft was for abusing it’s monopolist position in the post-Netscape days. [...] ADOPTION AND MOBILE HOMESCREEN // >> But right now, they are all on going parallel experiments that are ultimately competing to be the thing we open the most everyday when we are waiting in line, killing time, or want to shout out a video, photo or emoji to a pal.
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Why Zillow Would Want to Buy Rival Site Trulia: Video - Bloomberg
One of those "Winner takes all." creations? - http://www.cnbc.com/id/101871614 || Together, the two will dominate the traffic for online home listings. Last month, Zillow reported 83 million users across both web and mobile Internet use, while Trulia reported 54 million – a combined 61 percent of total Internet users for the category, according to comScore. [...] Zillow’s goal, according to Mr. Rascoff, is to create a portfolio of real estate properties, becoming more along the lines of an IAC/InterActiveCorp. ( http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/zillow-to-buy-trulia-for-3-5-billion ) +++ http://pando.com/2014/07/28/can-the-zillow-trulia-merger-finally-disrupt-the-home-buying-process-brokers-should-be-terrified-to-find-out/
M&A  business  strategy  ZIRP  Zillow  Trulia  IAC 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Data collector or data protector? Google wants to keep the Web more secure with Project Zero | PandoDaily
Google’s commitment to degrading personal privacy might make it seem like a strange fit for something like Project Zero, which will inevitably help people keep some information private. But that misses the point of Google’s efforts to gain consumer trust. It doesn’t need to force its way into our digital houses; it’s already been invited in and told to make itself feel at home.
Google  marketing  brand  branding  language  Google  X  communication  PR  public  relations  internet  security  Privacy  Privacy  strategy  Consumerism  zombie  consumer  Protection  consumerist  consumer  oversight  transparency 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
DLD NYC 14 - Winners/Losers in a Digital Age (Scott Galloway) - YouTube
Apple knows that competition is catching up faster and faster in terms of design and functionality etc etc. They hired 2 fashion people already (burberry and from LVHM). And to differentiate the brand further (price/status symbol - above middle class) and to keep selling it's Apple Products ... including wearables (Watch & Headphone) they hired those key people or b(r)ought them into the mothership. They could have long ago bought personal cloud storage companies and other stuff to add to its portfolio bla bla bla.... but that 'Software', you can't display - show off - walking around downtown manhatten. Wearables, phones, tablets - you can. ... Apple focuses on their core competencies - software like iTunes is only 2nd class, that is why it still doesn't stream. >> “They want Jimmy and they want Dre,” said the source. “He’s got fashion and culture completely locked up.” ( http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/22/apples-beats-deal-is-happening-and-its-a-dre-acquihire/ ) + !!! v=NP0P2BT0vTc !!!
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Why your dinky little startup is worth billions of dollars - Quartz
Though companies hire trained futurists, technology is still moving to fast to predict where it will go. “Value has become an abstraction because we don’t really know what kind of product is going to make the most money,” Chayka writes. “We have no idea what kind of technology will dominate the commercial landscape over the next decade, let alone century.” For companies with as much money and as much to gain—and lose—as Google, Facebook, and Twitter, it’s better to be optimistic about hyped startups than to let them slip away. Of course, this means that they know some of their acquisitions will be duds and even those that aren’t will be expensive. But it’s worth more to them to stay ahead of the curve.
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april 2014 by asterisk2a
Joe Gebbia - The Airbnb Story - YouTube
AirBnB is the ebay for places and experiences. Sharing is caring - you space. This kindness to open up you personal space to strangers ... magical moments can happen. Stories are written. Lives are changed. Still there is the 80/20 - there will always be bad eggs, say bad customers. And because national travel is vry affordable and people want to escape their walls on the weekend if they could afford and its users use it for niche items/services >> providing accommodation for events. Staying in someones place is very different than a hotel. a hotel is generic. every AirBnB is different. It is an experience. not only might you experience a new city, but you also experience someones life, how he or she or they live. Their view. Plus - this is the time of the Airbnb - experience services - because millennials favour experiences of commoditised consumer goods. and babyboomers want that cake too because of the youthification trend. only retrospective u see the pieces of the puzzle.
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april 2014 by asterisk2a
Money talks: March 31st 2014 - YouTube
Nadella: ' Mobile first, cloud first.' - msft has to use its cash, and size and existing customer base - following trends. mobile and cloud. with ms office and windows and server os (business software) as its cash dog.
Microsoft  Satya  Nadella  business  model  business  strategy  technology  competitive  advantage  competitiveness  strategy  business  management 
april 2014 by asterisk2a
The week ahead: Avoiding the issue - YouTube
Min 2:30. Nadella more practical (and more charging ahead, opportune, taking chances) than dogmatic - as Balmer was/is. Nadella breaking with the past of Microsoft business behaviour, which was dogmatic. Microsoft too slow to be first to the market, bc too big. Thus got to use its size and leverage and existing customer base ... to catch-up, to take at least some market share and growth of market X.
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
Yahoo’s Sales Head Brody Takes His First Tumblr by “Living the Dream” | Re/code
It is all very adorkable, although now I assume he will be getting with the selling of the ads on said site now that he gets how it is used. >> ie paid content, partnerships, ads, banner ads, ... the most stupid, quick buck.
yahoo!  Yahoo  Tumblr  business  model  businessmodel  businessplan  business  plan  advertisement  advertising  banner  ads  Adsense  ads  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  Start-Up  exitstrategy  exit  strategy  freemium 
march 2014 by asterisk2a
Don’t Expect Facebook’s WhatsApp to Make Any Real Money for Years | Re/code
“By being a part of Facebook, it makes it so that [WhatsApp] can focus for the next five years or so purely on connecting more people,” Zuckerberg said. Were Facebook not to have acquired WhatsApp, he continued, the pressure would have increased on WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum to eventually “focus more on revenue models” and monetization over the near term, rather than on the company’s continued growth. [...] “I think by itself, WhatsApp is worth more than $19 billion. It’s hard to make that case today because they have so little revenue, but look at the messaging apps already out there,” Zuckerberg said, pointing to existing competitors like KakaoTalk, WeChat and Line, which are already monetizing (in some cases, quite successfully). [...] 70 percent of those returning to the app on a daily basis. Those levels of engagement are unheard of in Internet circles, and it’s why Zuckerberg and company were so taken by the fast-growing mobile app.
Facebook  WhatsApp  exitstrategy  exit  strategy  monetization  virtual  goods  virtualgoods  freemium  Start-Up  entrepeneurship  entrepreneurial  Social  Network  socialnetwork  Platform  KakaoTalk  WeChat  Line  Viber  Skype  Rakuten  ICQ  Messaging  Platform  Communication  Platform  Twitter  Instagram  Silicon  Valley  engagement  interaction  returning  user  KPI  message  app  message  application 
february 2014 by asterisk2a
Ev Williams on Twitter's Early Years | Inc.com
At the time, he said his rule is "do less," reflecting on the focus and restraint he and his fellow Twitter co-founders showed in the company's earliest days. Much of that interview was left on the cutting room floor. [...] "At Twitter, we had this mindset that we were going to do lots of different things. We probably would have moved on before there was any evidence of success. It didn't take off right away, and many of the most important things don't take off right away, they only take off after working on them for a long time and pursuing a vision that gets you to the essence of something, which is often only boiled down after lots of hard work and noodling on something... and maybe having doubts about it."
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october 2013 by asterisk2a
Amazon Profit Plunges; Shares Tumble - Bloomberg
The company is sacrificing profit margins in search of sales volume and market-share gains. Amazon will sell its Kindle Fire tablet for as low as $199, less than half the price of Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s cheapest iPad. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos is counting on revenue from digital music, books and movies to make up for selling the product at a loss -- estimated by IHS Inc. (IHS) to be about $10 per device.
Appel  Kindle  Amazon  strategy 
october 2011 by asterisk2a
Facebook Drives SecondMarket Broking $1 Billion Private Shares - Bloomberg
Second-Market’s most serious competitor is San Bruno, California-based SharesPost. Other rivals include Gate Technologies LLC in New York and Xpert Financial Inc. of San Mateo, California. Investment banks also buy and sell private- company shares for their clients, sometimes via SecondMarket. Venture-capital firms that want to buy or sell shares often use SecondMarket or its competitors, or trade informally among themselves and with employees or former employees of private venture-backed companies.

The Securities Act of 1933 restricts purchases of private- company stock to what it defines as “accredited” investors. In the case of individuals, that means people with a net worth of at least $1 million or $200,000 in annual income. In Coffee’s view, inflation has made the standards less meaningful.
“It allows the middle class to enter into a dangerous world of limited information and fluctuating liquidity,” he says.
investment  strategy  venturecapital  startup  VC  net-worth  income  speculation  economics  markets  liquidity 
may 2011 by asterisk2a
9 Women Cant Make a Baby in a Month
Those of us that espouse “lean startups” often do so from personal experience. We made mistakes ourselves that proved to us that you can’t make markets move faster than they inherently want to just by throwing more resources at them. Those of us that are willing to admit that we fawked things up in the first dot-com explosion and learned from our mistakes have the battle wounds to make more pragmatic decisions in 2011. It is encapsulated in one of my favorite quotes that I first heard from Bruce Dunlevie of Benchmark Captial,
“Good judgment comes from experience, but experience comes from bad judgment”
startup  entrepreneurship  experience  learning  trading  business  advice  curve  startups  strategy  venturecapital  2011 
march 2011 by asterisk2a
Apple Continues To Morph Into The Chocolate Factory. Expect Fewer Gobstopper Leaks.
Immediately following the iPad announcement, I wrote that the biggest news of the event may not have been the device itself, but rather that Apple was in control of building (or at least designing) the chip that runs it. While right now, this is iPad-only, it seems very likely that this chip (or some variation) will find its way into a future iPhone (maybe even the one coming this Summer). And if you listen to Steve Jobs’ own comment — “Apple is a mobile devices company” — it’s not hard to imagine a day where Apple is in charge of making the chips for its entire line of products.

Read more: http://techcrunch.com/2010/04/27/apple-intrinsity-a4-chip/#ixzz0mQT9fggu

Apples acqusition strategy (tech) is a competitive strategy
against all other coming Android devices.
apple  acquisition  technology  Google  microsoft  competitive  advantage  strategy  stevejobs 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Rumor: Apple Thinking About Buying ARM. iPhone Rivals To Sleep With The Fishes?
ARM architecture also is used in systems such as the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP, which are also iPhone rivals of a different fashion: in gaming. Basically, if Apple did this, and cut off the ARM (funny, no?) supply, it would be a Michael Corleone-type maneuver to take out its rivals.

Apple bought chipmaker PA Semi back in 2008. That acquisition led to the development of the A4 chip. But that acquisition also led to the departure of key team members from the PA Semi team, who left to form a new company, Agnilux, which Google just purchased. Yeah, this continues to get more and more interesting.
apple  google  mobile  technology  strategy  strategic 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Conan O’Brien Ventures Onto the Web to Promote His Tour - NYTimes.com
Sometimes, it seems, it is better to embrace an existing online audience than to try to create a new one.
“It’s the kind of change that only happens when it’s forced,”
strategy  online  web  audience  socialmedia  media  conanobrien  change  adoption  internet  television  twitter  campaign 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Will AOL and Demand Media’s Content Farm Strategy Prevail?
This is why folks like Slate’s Farhad Manjoo have ripped Demand Media to shreds, echoing the fact that its content is good enough to get indexed on Google’s search results but bad enough to induce users to click on a Google ad and go elsewhere (thereby generating revenue for Demand). That might actually have been one of the nicer things said about the company.

Online Content is Art and Science
Making sure it’s SEO friendly is also important, but in a world where content is shared through social networks, it needs to strike a chord with audiences, be it readers, listeners or viewers. Video, in particular, is not even really properly indexed on search engines, so an SEO-centric strategy might be useless to begin with. I’ve covered what makes video get discovered before.

But as much as venture capitalists don’t like to hear this, no amount of science will remove the art that is publishing, or the emotions that fuel marketing decisions.
ugc  aol  eHow  demandmedia  media  content  tuki  video  text  slate  strategy  monetization  blogging  SEO  production  publishing  publishing2.0  distribution 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Alan Mulally — Making Ford a Model for the Future - The Conversation - Harvard Business Review
Mulally understands that people crave coming to work at a company they can believe in. He has given Ford's employees a reason to feel good about themselves and proud of the company. Mulally made that possible by defining a simple, but powerful mission — to build higher quality, more fuel efficient, safer cars — that employees could rally around. "The more each of us knows what we're really contributing to," the more motivated and excited and inspired we are," he says.
culture  ford  alanmulally  management  strategy  business  lessons  lesson  leadership  advice  startup  turnaround 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
What Happens When Apple Passes Microsoft In Value? Yes, When.
Apple has soared past HP, Oracle, IBM, and most recently, Google, to move into the top five most valuable companies in the U.S.

Here’s the real problem for Microsoft though. If Apple does in fact pass Microsoft in market cap, I can see CEO Steve Ballmer losing it, and that could steal his focus away from what should still be considered his real enemy: Google. It is Google, after all, that is directly attacking the core Microsoft brands, Office and Windows, where the company makes practically all of its money. Google Apps and Chrome OS are meant to do two things: Kill Office and kill Windows.
apple  microsoft  google  IBM  oracle  HP  stevebalmer  strategy  strategic  strategy-making  business  mobile  product 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
A Conversation With Brad Garlinghouse, AOL’s President Of Consumer Applications
One of the things that I think is part of the change at AOL is an understanding and focus about what we are and what we are not. AOL isn’t confused about the idea, ‘hey, we’re trying to be a social network.’ We’re not. We’re trying to create more social experiences by partnering with players who are very, very good at what they do. I don’t think all our competitors have gotten that same message that, hey there’s some very powerful and very good at what they do players, and I mean, particularly Facebook and I think we take a point of view as evidenced through AIM that, great. How do we partner with Facebook? How do we help Facebook? And how does that help AIM and how does that help the user? Lifestream clearly is another example of that.

- looks like they do now take partnerships seriously -
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good bc as ecosystem grows, it becomes more important
to keep eyeballs as new properties and buildings rise to the sky
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AOL  change  management  strategy  strategy-making  turnaround  leadership  partners  partner  tuki 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Google and Partners Seek Foothold in the Living Room - NYTimes.com
For Google, the project is a pre-emptive move to get a foothold in the living room as more consumers start exploring ways to bring Web content to their television sets. Google wants to aggressively ensure that its services, in particular its search and advertising systems, play a central role.

“Google wants to be everywhere the Internet is so they can put ads there,” said one of the people with knowledge of the project.
google  intel  partner  business  googletv  socialmedia  internet  android  tv  strategy  strategy-making  strategic 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
YouTube - TWiTwitter #5 with Alana Joy
minute 20 ... ongoing.
tangible, measurable.
minute 38 ... branding.
twitter  tuki  gowalla  foursquare  gametheory  brand  branding  strategy 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Steve Ballmer’s Memo To Microsoft Staff: “We Must Move At Cloud Speed”
We need to be (and are) willing to change our business models to take advantage of the cloud.
cloudcomputing  microsoft  strategy  turnaround  stevebalmer  management  product  google  amazon 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
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