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With 9 Short Words, Google Just Made a Stunning Announcement That Will Change Everything You Think About Google | Inc.com
"By the way, one of the many things Facebook did to combat the rise of Google+? 

It bought a scrappy photo-sharing social network that had started at basically the exact same time as Google+, with just two coders who at first attracted total of $500,000 in investment, built their app in just eight weeks, and wound up millions of users overnight.

You might have heard of it. It's called Instagram."
history-computer  history-business  google-plus  facebook  news  2018  obsolete-discontinued-abandoned  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  companies-instagram 
october 2018 by daguti
The Long Story Behind Karelia's New Logo | Karelia Software
Developer's app is integrated into MacOSX, Steve Jobs tells the developer that's just the way it is, but the developer keeps on and learns that the quick, nimble nature of a small business can beat the Fortune 500.

"Because we are a small company, we are nimble — much more so than a Fortune 500 company or a bowl of petunias."
Apple  history-computer  history-business  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath 
april 2018 by daguti
How Google Maps knows about traffic - Business Insider
In this case Waze is the "Goliath" I'm referring to because it was so much better than Google Maps/Navigation, but I know... Google's a Goliath, too. But my point is that an app that was that much better could be replaced by one that was sub-par simply by improving the latter over and over and over again. Never give up.
google-maps  gps  google  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath 
november 2015 by daguti
I dropped Dropbox and you should too
david-vs-goliath = Dropbox had the head start but Google Photos can't from behind and beat it soundly
dropbox  storage-cloud-or-online  analysis  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath 
october 2015 by daguti
From 'Worst to First': As Z100 Turns 30, the New York Station Still Serves the Pop Universe - The Hollywood Reporter
Wow, I never knew Z100 (100.3FM) started from such humble beginnings. .... building-personas = Aside from the "hacks" that Scott Shannon put together (which were visionary and very much predicted the crazy things that would happen in social media 30+ years later), I find it interesting that at that time, no one had yet realized that you could put together a radio station that had multiple genres. People like Blondie, but they also like Michael Jackson, etc. But programmers were blinded by the fact that genres is how you section off radio stations. They didn't yet look at psychographics and realize that even though "energetic music" might not have existed as a genre, a large segment of the population was just looking for that -- not necessarily rock or disco or pop or whatever. .................. Also see this audio "Z100's First Day Sign On" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lck_uPrTVoA
motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  history-music  strategy  marketing-tactics--shocking-or-weird  marketing-tactics--hacks  marketing-tactics--ideas  marketing-tactics--building-personas 
april 2015 by daguti
Camera Maker Leica Survives the Digital Shift - WSJ
Leica survived the digital shift and now has a lucrative niche making retro digital cameras. Way to differentiate!
photography  camera  paradigm-shifts  paradigm-shifts-changing-an-old-industry  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath 
march 2015 by daguti
Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job — The Message — Medium
david-vs-goliath = Not that anyone was fighting Google on this, but if they had been, here's proof that they would have won if they had stuck it out. ... update: Just realized that The Internet Archive (archive.org) has been doing this since 1996, 2 years before Google was founded. ............ business-culture = "As it turns out, organizing the world’s information isn’t always profitable. Projects that preserve the past for the public good aren’t really a big profit center. Old Google knew that, but didn’t seem to care. The desire to preserve the past died along with 20% time, Google Labs, and the spirit of haphazard experimentation."
history-related-to  history-computer  google  warnings  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  business-culture 
february 2015 by daguti
Google pulls plug on Glass, but the idea lives on | ZDNet
"Glass was a product plagued by problems right from the start, from the $1,500 price tag (despite the bill of materials for the parts being only a little over $150), the initial limited release, to the goofy look. However, the most controversial feature of Glass was the front-facing camera. It seems that there were no shortage of people who didn't like cameras being in their faces."
google  google-glass  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  fail  news  2015 
january 2015 by daguti
The fracking ban that comes into effect on Tuesday in the heart of Texas may never have happened at all, if industry had not insisted on fracking beside a local hospital, a children’s playground, and the 100-year-old farmhouse that was Cathy McMullen’
Although it's good that this ban is going into effect, it just goes to show that you can get away with a lot -- but when you start getting greedy (insisting on fracking beside a hospital and playground when there are millions of other places you could do it and not be noticed), you get your just rewards.
energy-fracking  capitalism-greed  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath 
december 2014 by daguti
Big media companies suddenly seem terrified of Netflix – and they should be. : technology
motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath = Netflix & Amazon came outof nowhere to be serious competitors to established TV & cable networks. In the article, it also mentions Rupert Murdoch's misstep with Myspace, which is a "David & Goliath" with regards to Myspace & Facebook.
broadband  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  paradigm-shifts-changing-an-old-industry  companies-netflix 
november 2014 by daguti
Thriving in an Amazon world. How Half Price Books is defying the trends shaking the bookstore industry. : books
ideas-stolen = See the comments by Darkenmal, MaceOfBass and triksterx regarding free digital copy with purchase of physical copy. ................................ capitalism-done-right = Towards the end of the Fortune article, in the paragraph where she mentions convincing REI to create a location across the street.
amazon.com  books-related-to  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  ideas-stolen  business-models--pricing-models  capitalism-done-right 
october 2014 by daguti
Google Starts Ranking ISPs Based on YouTube Performance | DSLReports, ISP Information
Great strategy employed by Netflix/Google. With the ISP's recent victory in the net neutrality battle, Netflix and Google have preemptively (before ISPs have used their newfound power) started grading them so the public can see what performance will be like before they decide on an ISP. Excellent strategy.
motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  strategy  netneutrality  bandwidth 
january 2014 by daguti
Mystery of $100 bills stashed in stores solved: It's a radio promo - TODAY.com
david-vs-goliath = Great example of not letting your small and local presence be a detriment, but an asset -----------------> "Having a live and local radio station with live on-air talent that live and work in our community means that we can be connected to our listeners on a personal and immediate level."
motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  viral  local-content 
september 2013 by daguti
Google Buzz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
david-vs-goliath = When Google released Buzz, everyone thought Twitter would fall, but within about 2 years, Buzz was scrapped and Google came out with Google+, a Facebook competitor.
history-computer  google  google-buzz  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  obsolete-discontinued-abandoned 
june 2013 by daguti
Microsoft vs. Apple: The History Of Computing [Infographic]
david-vs-goliath = Microsoft was the evil emipire until somewhere around the early/mid 2000s. Apple was the little guy, imbued with nobility and pluck. As of 2010/11 or so, Apple's iPhone division ALONE is worth more than all of Microsoft. Just goes to show that even giants can stumble.
history-computer  visualization  apple  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  microsoft 
june 2013 by daguti
10 small brands with corporate owners- MSN Money
Not exactly the prototypical David vs Goliath, but in this case, the "David" was big enough to warrant being bought out instead of stomped on.
june 2013 by daguti
How GoPro Created a Billion Dollar Empire
In a decade of its existence, the GoPro doubled in sales every year to become the number one best-selling camera in the world.
startups-going-legit  startups-i-would-have-bet-against  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  strategy  frameworks-for-business  business 
april 2013 by daguti
Why Legos Are So Expensive — And So Popular : Planet Money : NPR
It's always possible to win. You just have to be creative.


"The company tried to argue in court that no other company had the legal right to make stacking blocks that look like Legos.

"That didn't fly," Robertson says. "Every single country that Lego tried to make that argument in decided against Lego."

But Lego did find a successful way to do something Mega Bloks could not copy: It bought the exclusive rights to Star Wars. If you want to build a Death Star out of plastic blocks, Lego is now your only option.

The Star Wars blocks were wildly successful. So Lego kept going — it licensed Indiana Jones, Winnie the Pooh, Toy Story and Harry Potter.

Sales of these products have been huge for Lego. More important, the experience has taught the company that what kids wanted to do with the blocks was tell stories. Lego makes or licenses the stories they want to tell."
business  toys  children  startups-going-above-and-beyond  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  creativity  business-models 
december 2012 by daguti
Burrito battle: Taco Bell vs. Chipotle - 1 - - MSN Money
While I hate Taco Bell and, in general, companies that "copy" (i.e. Blockbuster and Redbox to Netflix's original model) this story shows me that it's possible to make changes that can affect the market in a big way.
food  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  startups-going-above-and-beyond 
december 2012 by daguti
Kim Dotcom now a “real life James Bond villain” in latest Megaupload dot bombshell | Naked Security
Don't know if I even like the guy, but with the deck stacked against him, he's definitely gotten quite a bit of his way.
copyright-trademark  copyright  2012  news  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath 
september 2012 by daguti
How underdogs can win : The New Yorker
I hate to give Mike H credit, but he always said "Don't play their game."
From the article:
"What happened, Arreguín-Toft wondered, when the underdogs likewise acknowledged their weakness and chose an unconventional strategy? He went back and re-analyzed his data. In those cases, David’s winning percentage went from 28.5 to 63.6. When underdogs choose not to play by Goliath’s rules, they win, Arreguín-Toft concluded, “even when everything we think we know about power says they shouldn’t.”"
motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  people-malcolm-gladwell  strategy 
september 2012 by daguti
Digg Is Being Rebuilt From Scratch And Needs Your Help
Also see the link I bookmarked on Sept 6, 2011... DIGG was recently purchased for a mere $500,000... Oh how things change: I remember the days when Reddit was begging users for donations to stay alive and DIGG was a gobble-necked turkey bastard, swimming in piles of cash.
history-business  history-computer  startups-getting-acquired  2012  news  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  companies-digg  companies-reddit 
july 2012 by daguti
SETT is now Live on Tynan.com - TYNAN
motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath = I was thinking about how this new blogging style could end up taking over many popular blogs... and how Wordpress is going to respond by either including the features in the next release after they hear about it or how someone is going to create a plugin...

and it made me realize that even though we see things as the height of civilization, they all have an Achilles Heel. We just need to ANALYZE the situation, DISCOVER their weaknesses, BUILD a product that capitalizes on those failures and UNDERSTAND that it will take time to overtake the incumbent.

more blog posts on this:
http://tynan.com/sett-video (includes a video)
wordpress  alternatives  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  paradigm-shifts  tools  blogging 
june 2012 by daguti
What's America's Most Engaging Social Network? You'll Be Surprised
motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath =
"The secret to Tagged’s success? A pivot Tseng and co-founder Johann Schleier-Smith made around the beginning of 2008.

The longtime friends started Tagged in 2004, at the time angling it to be a Facebook-like social network for high schoolers. Eventually, however, Facebook expanded beyond a closed college network and allowed anyone over the age of 12 to join.

“We took a hard look and decided we weren’t going to win,” Tseng says. “But we had found out a lot of our users were actually using Tagged to meet new people, so that led us to pivot into a new space called ‘social discovery,’ where people use sites to make new social relationships.”"
social-networks  strategy  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath 
may 2012 by daguti
New Nokia Chairman Sees No Need For Strategy Shift
motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath = When Nokia was on top of the cell phone world, Apple came out of nowhere and dominated. Keep in mind that this was not the Apple we think of today... Remember when Carlos and I used to make fun of Shiffman for liking Apple? That's the Apple we're talking about...

And if by chance this ends up turning around and Nokia emerges victorious, it could be another "david vs goliath" story to study and learn from.
motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  paradigm-shifts  cellphone 
may 2012 by daguti
Hip Hop Don’t Stop: Rap Genius Aims To Explain…Everything | Betabeat — News, gossip and intel from Silicon Alley 2.0.
Great example of how a small startup site is doing something different to compete with (and beat), older, more established sites...
startups  strategy  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  motivation-for-me 
april 2012 by daguti
Here is why Facebook bought Instagram — Tech News and Analysis
motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath = A new tag to highlight situations where it seems like a flea is up up against a juggernaut... and how they were successful by sound strategy.

The relevant part of this particle is the section "My translation" where Om Malik explains that Instagram attacked Facebook's Achilles Heel by attacking mobile photo sharing. Because Facebook considers itself a desktop company and has never invested heavily into mobile. Their mobile apps actually suck.
analysis  strategy  motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  motivation-for-me  startups-getting-acquired 
april 2012 by daguti
Reddit vs Digg : Reddit now leads the way [Stats] | Social media and web news - Dumb Little Blogger
At one point, Digg was many times larger than Reddit. I remember a point even when Reddit had to ask members for donations because they were on the verge of failing. Now Digg's traffic is way down and Reddit is the clear (current) winner.
motivation-for-me-david-vs-goliath  business  analysis  fail  companies-digg 
september 2011 by daguti

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