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E-Commerce is a Bear — Medium
Proprietary pricing (flash sales)
Proprietary selection (highly selective 3rd party selections, with a strong community aspect)
Proprietary experience (subscriptions, rentals, etc.)
Proprietary merchandise (own brand)
startups  amazon  ecommerce 
8 days ago
Dollar Shave Club: How Michael Dubin Created A Massively Successful Company and Re-Defined CPG — Medium
Offer highly-differentiated products with high product margins (In DSC’s case, value and convenience were the differentiators and their product margins are very high. Avoid product categories that can be Amazoned.)

Invest only in zero-sum markets (A customer buying your product means they stop buying your competitor’s products. This is clear for DSC, but often lacking in apparel categories, for instance.)

Choose categories where incumbents sell only through retailers and have no direct relationship with their actual customers

Choose categories where incumbents overly depend on broadcast advertising

Choose categories where the CEOs of the incumbents are professional CEOs, not founders (thus are far less-likely to cannibalize existing businesses and adopt new business models)

Look for products and services which gather usage data and utilize machine learning to improve over time
startup  ecommerce 
8 days ago
Cryptomator: Free Cloud Encryption for Dropbox & Others
Free client-side encryption for your cloud files.
Open source software: No backdoors, no registration.
privacy  encryption  opensource  cloud  dropbox  security 
10 days ago
Japanese-Style Entrepreneurship: An Interview with Softbank’S CEO, Masayoshi Son
I came up with 40 new business ideas—everything from creating software to setting up hospital chains, since my wife’s father is a doctor and has a hospital. Then I had about 25 success measures that I used to decide which idea to pursue. One success measure was that I should fall in love with a particular business for the next 50 years at least. Very often, people get excited for the first few years, and then, after they see the reality, they get tired of the business. I wanted to choose one that I would feel more and more excited about as the years passed.

Another factor was that the business should be unique. That was very important to me. I didn’t want anyone else doing exactly the same thing. A third was that within 10 years I wanted to be number one in that particular business, at least in Japan. And I wanted to pick a business where the business category itself would be growing for the next 30 to 50 years. I didn’t want to choose a sinking ship.

I had all those measurements, about 25 in all, and 40 new ideas. I took a big sheet of paper, and I drew a matrix and put down scores and comments for each. Then I picked the best one, which turned out to be the personal computer software business. That was the start of Softbank.
startups  business  softbank 
11 days ago
HappenApps
programmer's notebook
notebook  apps 
22 days ago
Announcing the Kit Partner Program — TeamKit
Automatic monetization for creators with the Kit Partner Program
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23 days ago
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a peacock in red hook, brooklyn.
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24 days ago
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new york after a good rain
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28 days ago
An Exercise in Foresight – Jordan Kong
The five year exercise

Imagine it’s five years from now and your company is a massive success. you’ve got a fantastic product, you’ve achieved market leadership, and everyone else is trying to catch up. What decisions helped you get there?

Now imagine the same five years have passed, but this time your company is struggling. You failed to live up to your original vision. Your product has stalled. You’re backed into a corner. What choices led to that moment?

These two questions are the opening exercise in a strategic planning technique that Larry Summers — the economist and former Treasury Secretary — led the team at Square through recently. The process sparked important discussions about choice, risk and foresight.
startups  psychology  life 
28 days ago
Twitter
that dreamlike backyard at widow jane's
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29 days ago
Twitter
My girl had a stroke three weeks ago – her second. She's started writing about it:
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5 weeks ago
sleuthing by diana hardeman
My girl had a stroke three weeks ago – her second. She's started writing about it:
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5 weeks ago
Twitter
Beauty vlogger tech must-haves –– featuring Kit big time! thanks !
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5 weeks ago
Havana — Medium
“Havana”, a photo essay by yours truly.
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5 weeks ago
Benesse House (Oval). — Medium
That time I spent the night at the Benesse House Oval with my camera.
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5 weeks ago
Naoshima — Medium
I just published “Naoshima”
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5 weeks ago
Tadam
Simple Pomodoro timer that stays out of your way and lets you get work done
mac  osx  productivity  tools 
6 weeks ago
Twitter
What does it mean to become a creator on and what's in (k)it for you?
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6 weeks ago
Twitter
excited to be working side-by-side with again
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6 weeks ago
Twitter
YES DOT COM!

this made our day at ! – our goal is to save you time and make sure you get the best thing for you
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6 weeks ago
Twitter
needed to get away somewhere for a think — on a Sunday
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6 weeks ago
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look out the window, see two planes land simultaneously
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6 weeks ago
Twitter
HERE LET ME LINKIFY THAT FOR YOU
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7 weeks ago
PixelBlock - Chrome Web Store
PixelBlock is a Gmail extension that blocks people from tracking when you open/read their emails.
PixelBlock is an Gmail extension that blocks email tracking attempts used to detect when you open/read emails. PixelBlock displays a 'red eye' when it finds and blocks a tracking attempt inside of an email you're reading.
chrome  gmail  email  privacy  tracking 
7 weeks ago
UglyEmail - Chrome Web Store
Ugly Email is a Gmail extension that allows you to see if the email is being tracked before opening it. It seamlessly integrates with Gmail.

Ugly Email safely sniffs through the emails in your inbox and exposes the emails that are being tracked. Every tracked email is marked with the "evil eye" so you can easily identify them.
chrome  gmail  privacy  tracking 
7 weeks ago
Chiaroscuro - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chiaroscuro in art is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. It is also a technical term used by artists and art historians for the use of contrasts of light to achieve a sense of volume in modelling three-dimensional objects and figures.
words  language  photography  art  light 
7 weeks ago
Twitter
my favorite one still continues to be the one of the Ukrainian Parliament
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7 weeks ago
World’s Largest Professional Network | LinkedIn
"The internet is still at the beginning of its beginning" – You are not too late with your ideas
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7 weeks ago
Encryption software to secure files in the cloud | Boxcryptor
Fast and easy encryption
Available for all cloud storage providers
Secure cloud use on all platforms
Zero Knowledge encryption
Free for private use
cloud  privacy  security  storage 
7 weeks ago
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