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Börsenpläne von Spotify: Der Sound der Zocker
Eine Milliarde Dollar (880 Millionen Euro) leiht sich der Musikdienst laut "Wall Street Journal" bei Finanzinvestoren und der Großbank Goldman Sachs. Spotify verspricht den Geldgebern neben Zinszahlungen auch Anteile am Unternehmen. Wie viel Spotify zahlen muss und in welcher Größenordnung Anteile den Besitzer wechseln, hängt davon ab, wann die Schweden an die Börse gehen. Mit jedem Halbjahr, in dem das Start-up die Erstemission herauszögert, wird es jedenfalls teurer.

Das macht den Deal hochriskant für Spotify: Von Profitabilität ist der Dienst weit entfernt, 2014 fuhr der Dienst einen Verlust von 162 Millionen Euro ein. Die neuen Schulden könnten das Unternehmen in einen ruinösen Strudel von schrumpfenden Geldreserven, drückender Zinslast und immer mieseren Börsenaussichten reißen. [...] [ M&A out of question ] &! bit.ly/1MYHBK4 &! on.recode.net/1oo4GQ1
Spotify  IPO  growth  round  Private  Equity  Goldman  Sachs  liquidation  preferences  termsheet  Box  Aaron  Levie  Apple  Music  Apple  Google  Inc.  Google  Play  Music  Google  Play  Amazon  Prime  Amazon  M&A  Soundcloud  Deezer  Rdio  Pandora  Microsoft  Venture  Capital  Unicorn  business  model  subscription  model  freemium 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
The Information's 411-10/23 "Blood Feuds" by The Information Podcasts | Free Listening on SoundCloud
11:30 // science is hard. stupid. and a non-consumer product. duh. //&! HYPE CYLCE - on 5 magazine covers and not even public! because she is, as female science-based founder/ceo a rarity and it sells papers >> on.recode.net/1PcJ8zW - Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes’s Five Best Cover Story Appearances, Ranked
Theranos  Hype  Cycle  Silicon  Valley  Elizabeth  Holmes  Steve  Jobs  Leadership  vision  visionary  missionary  Trope  messaging  message  PR  spin  doctor  Mark  Zuckerberg  credibility  glass  cliff  glass  ceiling  gender-based  discrimination  gender-based  harassment  Venture  Capital  B2B  Box  Aaron  Levie  B2C  Google  Inc.  Google  Search  communication  TOS  EULA  consumer  product  Protection  23andme  Tesla  Motors  Elon  Musk  journalismus  journalism  investigative  journalism  Amazon  disruption  disrupting  markets  Uber  Travis  Kalanick  Jeff  Bezos 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Larry Lessig’s campaign to run as the “Referendum President” & restore representative democracy - YouTube
min 7 campaign finance and party / politician finance - voucher system (tax free, out of your tax, financed by all tax payers, distributed across all). give it to the party and politician/candidate u think will represent u. does what you think is right. 1 man one woman one (voting right 16), company got a voucher. no lobby org got vocher. its the people. // GroKo Germany election Merkel partied in Berlin in-front of her party. No in-front of the people. // 100bn in corporate subsidies per y in USA alone statistic via Kato Institute (liberal think tank) // the internet is both the best it possibly can be and the worst it possibly can be // Americans have no capacity to admit to their mistakes. // &! youtu.be/48OtjHGpcIQ - Referendum Candidate Lessig Would Consider Biden as VP
lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  presidential  election  2016  Politics  reform  No  Representation  Career  Politicians  inequality  Super  Rich  1%  post-capitalism  crony  capitalism  Wall  Street  shared  economic  interest  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  Paul  Mason  Jeremy  Corbyn  Elizabeth  Warren  Robert  Reich  GroKo  TTIP  TTP  CETA  NAFTA  climate  change  GFC  bank  bailout  Super  PAC  Generationengerechtigkeit  fairness  sovereign  debt  crisis  babyboomers  accountability  transparency  political  theory  social  contract  subsidies  subsidizing  Surveillance-Industrial  Complex  surveillance  state  Orwellian  Jim  Crow  military–industrial  Internet  Privacy  Net  Neutrality  Privacy  human  rights  Whistleblower  Chelsea  Manning  Edward  Snowden  Julian  Assange  NSA  Five  Eyes  interest  groups  interestgroups  vested  interest  GCHQ  USA  UK  Secret  Courts  FISA  Court  FISAAA  Wikileaks  BND  deceiving  Drone  Strike  Drone  Warfare  Zivilgesellschaft  Zivilcourage  Bürgertum  civil  liberty  civil  courage  civil  society  civil  rights  Gesellschaft  Wegwerfgesellschaft  climate  crisis  economic  damage  capitalism  exploitation  Iraq  War  9/11  False  Flag  Torture  War  on  Terror  aspirational  economic  F 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Ross Mayfield and Mark Suster on maintaining focus as a SaaS startup
early on resource constraint - focuses on product, and saying no. // feature creep - can't be all things to all people! anti-bloat. KISS. user friendly, no tour needed for on boarding. << making an product intuitive. // Aaron Levie said he said no to many clients.
SAAS  Box  Aaron  Levie  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Focus  Product/Market  Fit  Core  Product  Value  Proposition  Value  Proposition  management  experience 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Box Joins The Establishment | TechCrunch
Conclusion You join the establishment by degrees. When Box first landed its deal with General Electric — which you’ve likely heard of, since the firm brings it up just about every other word — and certainly its public offering was also a key moment of maturation. But the establishment truly embraces you when it doesn’t look at you as a challenge, or at least not all the time. Instead, it’s when the establishment wants to leverage your technology and customers to help themselves. And for Box, that time is now.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Silk Road Prosecutors Ask Judge to 'Send a Message' In Ulbricht Sentencing | WIRED
[ politics involved ] Ahead of Ulbricht’s sentencing Friday, prosecutors in his case have sent the judge a 16-page letter asking that Ulbricht be given “a lengthy sentence, one substantially above the mandatory minimum.” And one of the reasons for that harsh sentence, the Department of Justice attorneys argue, is to “send a clear message” to anyone who would follow in Ulbricht’s footsteps and create the next Dark Web drug market. [...] “Although the Government has achieved some successes in combating these successor dark markets, they continue to pose investigative challenges for law enforcement,” reads the letter. “To the extent that would-be imitators may view the risk of being caught to be low, many are still likely to be deterred if the stakes are sufficiently high.” That argument ignores plenty of studies that show that long prison sentences don’t tend to deter crime. // &! bit.ly/1PVEvgk &! youtu.be/BvC9oDlT8mM &! youtu.be/weN0yyTSk4I
Aaron  Swartz  Silk  Road  Justice  System  cyber  crime  cyber  war  USA  UK  Career  Politicians  Dark  Web  darknet  Unrechtsstaat  NSA  GCHQ  Five  Eyes  surveillance  state  Orwellian  mandatory  minimum  sentences  on  Drugs  presidency  barackobama  FBI  CIA  Ross  Ulbricht 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Aaron Levie (Box): The First $250m in ARR - YouTube
IPO growth-stage party round, Investors work understanding SAAS business, but do not understand it 110%. "Our growth is dependent on the level of investment (sales, marketing) we put into, we have no head ceiling. [...] Investors go, after explaining for 30 minutes, from IBM cash flow investors to a16z type doubling down [invest more in user acquisition due to lock-in and LTV for SAAS. [...] Box's disruption playbook via lots of layers/stacks (integrated, worry free) for enterprise; loss prevention, security, search, clouds storage, audit & compliance (ie HIPPA). [...] Marrying a frictionless consumer experience best practices (phablet, smart phone, tablet, desktop) with Enterprise 2.0/SAAS feature set, enabling lift of productivity and connectedness. Turning themselves into a strategic layer for Fortune 500 companies and ousting Oracle, IBM and MSFT (legacy infrastructure, see Sony hack). Box is pitching a modern architecture, not just cloud. [...] Building what customer asks for.
IPO  Box  Enterprise  2.0  SAAS  DropBox  Google  Drive  One  Drive  Microsoft  Google  Amazon  Cloud  Drive  Apple  iCloud  Spideroak  disruption  cyber  security  internet  security  IT  online  security  Salesforce  Aaron  Levie  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Box CEO Aaron Levie Talks IPO Delay And Growth Strategies | TechCrunch
He pointed to the recent Enterprise Key Management (EKM) announcement, which enables customers to control their own encryption keys. That takes Box out of the equation, which is just where any cloud company wants to be. If government or law enforcement comes knocking, Box can legitimately tell them they can’t share the company’s content because they can’t unlock the encryption. That move alone opened up whole new markets for Box, and it wasn’t a coincidence it announced a financial vertical package just a couple of weeks later. Financial services was a prime market they could attack armed with this type of functionality. [...] By tying Box’s destiny to ECM, he was moving into far more sophisticated enterprise software territory where companies needed a range of services including security, governance, workflow, metadata libraries and so forth.
Cloudstorage  Box  encryption  IPO  Aaron  Levie  differentiation  differentiate  productivity  Google  Drive  Google  for  Business  Dropbox  Microsoft  Google  Amazon 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Aaron Levie | Box | USC 2014 Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year - YouTube
min 36 - being a CEO. fill your weaknesses with confidants. self-awareness. << make your company successful. recruit the people that are great at x domain. make sure things are cohesive (mission, vision << product strategy) and execute execute execute!!! Still, operate Start-up like, have the structure, ... see Spotify ( https://labs.spotify.com/2014/03/27/spotify-engineering-culture-part-1/ &! tcrn.ch/1eJXzM2 ) &! Buffer " In 2015 we switched to a new organizational structure inspired by Frederic Laloux's Reinventing Organizations. This new structure eliminated the need for managers, bosses and formal hierarchy." &! &! min52 execution, always on, constantly (re-)calibrate, do the smartest things with your time (limited resources) &! (RoL) Return on Luck, exploit your luck & presented opportunity. exploit & maximise = execution. Uber wasn't the first! &! 1:05:00 spend money on contractors that do one off stuff that you are not able to do at a certain quality
Box  Aaron  Levie  scaling  management  people  management  product  management  project  management  Leadership  CEO  organisational  behaviour  organizational  behavior  HR  human  resources  learning  curve  growth  mindset  execution  decision  making  team  management  business  management  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Don't Be Awful: Rob McFeeley, Rick Bidgood and Paul Carr - YouTube
Startup mental health: “The stress which can be a positive force is also something which damages people.” ( bit.ly/1DKNUiQ ) " “You have people who are being hurt and people who are suffering. It doesn’t have to be like that. The stress which is part of doing the work, and can be a positive force is also something which damages people.” [...] Bidgood and his co-founder Rob McFeeley joined us at hour five of Don’t Be Awful to explain why tech companies need to change their thinking on mental health. They also talked about BluePeriod, the organization they created to “design solutions for mental and emotional health in the startup and technology communities.” &! &! http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2013/01/30/we-need-to-have-sympathy-for-those-with-depression-it-is-an-illness/ // &! &! tanglen meditation
Silicon  Valley  mental  health  mental  illness  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  burnout  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  suicide  Aaron  Swartz  public  awareness  public  image  prejudice  misperception  public  perception  public  health  public  health  policy  public  discourse  chronic  stress  Oxidative  stress  stress  meditation 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
President Obama Is Waging a War on Hackers | WIRED
war on whistleblower and investigative journalism. // "In next week’s State of the Union address, President Obama will propose new laws against hacking that could make either retweeting or clicking on the above (fictional) link illegal. The new laws make it a felony to intentionally access unauthorized information even if it’s been posted to a public website. The new laws make it a felony to traffic in information like passwords, where “trafficking” includes posting a link. [...] But they are blunt political solutions which reflect no technical understanding of the problem." // &! huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/20/obama-hackers_n_6511700.html &! entrepreneur.com/article/242099 &! america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2015/1/in-obamas-war-on-hackers-everyone-loses.html "Both steps would not only be ineffective at improving cybersecurity in any practical sense but also further empower the government to go after activists and journalists such as Barrett Brown,
Anti-Hacking  Legislation  presidency  barackobama  cyber  war  Whistleblower  investigative  journalism  journalism  journalismus  Barrett  Brown  Aaron  Swartz  STEM  Career  Politicians  policy  error  policy  folly  NSA  CIA  surveillance  state  Orwellian  free  speech  freedom  of  press  Information  wants  to  be  free  Pressefreiheit  Meinungsfreiheit  white  hat  hacker  free  press  Checks  and  Balances  Separation  of  powers  democracy  accountability  Political  Governance  corporate  oversight  abuse  of  power  Foreign  Intelligence  Five  Eyes  GCHQ 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Barrett Brown: Fünf Jahre Haft für Anonymous-Unterstützer - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[Bullying move and Example Case. A warning shot.] Mit dem Urteil gegen Brown, der zuvor für Titel wie "Vanity Fair" oder "The Guardian" geschrieben hatte, setzen die US-Behörden ein deutliches Signal an die Medien, so die Einschätzung von "Heise Online". Der Schuldspruch solle die Gefährlichkeit von Kontakten zu Anonymous verdeutlichen. In der Urteilsbegründung werde darauf verwiesen, dass sich der erste Verfassungszusatz zum Thema Meinungsfreiheit nicht auf die kriminelle Veröffentlichung von Links erstreckt. Brown selbst kommentierte das Urteil mit Galgenhumor. "Die US-Regierung hat heute entschieden, dass ich bei der Untersuchung des Cyber-Industriekomplexes so gute Arbeit geleistet habe, dass sie mich nun den Industriekomplex Gefängnis untersuchen lässt." &! https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/01/british-spy-agency-considers-journalists-threat-vacuums-their-emails << governance, oversight, accountability and investigative journalism at danger. &! bit.ly/1Bm0Qqf &! bit.ly/1CjfFzj
Hacktivism  Aaron  Swartz  Barrett  Brown  Anonymous  freedom  of  press  Pressefreiheit  Justice  System  barackobama  presidency  Law  &  Justice  investigative  journalism  NSA  cyber  war  GCHQ  Orwellian  State  Edward  Snowden  surveillance  governance  Political  encryption  accountability  oversight  UK  USA  Five  Eyes 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
Yesterday the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation... - Creative Commons
... see comments. also see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesla_Motors#Technology_sharing &! https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8654831 &! https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8685291 >> Nature makes all articles free to view (nature.com) "For those not in the know, Nature is THE journal to be in if you want to be successful in bioscience. It is peer reviewed, fairly exclusive, and they generally only publish game changer style science. If you are in science, and you get a first author Nature paper, your ticket is punched and you are about to have a moderately successful career."
Aaron  Swartz  Creative  Commons  research  Information  wants  to  be  free  knowledge  worker  knowledge  economy  knowledge  Tesla  Motors  Elon  Musk  21stcentury  Mobile  Creative  Mobile  Creatives  Collaborative  collaboration  Future  of  Work  patent  patent  troll  research  papers  education  policy  Public 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
danah boyd | apophenia » why I’m quitting Mendeley (and why my employer has nothing to do with it)
> Knowledge that is not proprietary - got to be free. < >> "Elsevier’s practices make me deeply deeply angry. While academic publishing as a whole is pretty flawed, Elsevier takes the most insidious practices further at each and every turn, always at the expense of those of us who are trying to produce, publish, and distribute research." + http://thecostofknowledge.com/
academics  knowledge  ethics  StudentLoans  formal  education  studentship  education  SOPA  academia  moral  dilemma  Student  Loan  Bubble  education  Aaron  Swartz  ethic  university  academic  publishing  Elsevier  moralhazard  scholarship  ethical  beliefs  higher  education  Mendeley  Danah  Boyd  library  Cost  of  studentdebt  universities 
april 2013 by asterisk2a
RIP, Aaron Swartz - Boing Boing
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Swartz The trouble of genius. > repeat of history, it isn't the same, but it rhymes. http://www.moodletter.com/GeniusMentalIllness.htm --- http://www.nytimes.com/1993/10/12/science/an-old-idea-about-genius-wins-new-scientific-support.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm "Why is it," Aristotle asked in the fourth century B.C., "that all men who are outstanding in philosophy, poetry or the arts are melancholic?" Three hundred years ago, the English poet John Dryden wrote, Great wits are sure to madness near allied; And thin partitions do their bounds divide," a sweet couplet that has since degenerated into the sorry cliche "There is a thin line between genius and madness." --- http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200705/genius-and-madness

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Aaron  Swartz  SOPA  Reddit  RSS  depression  mental  health  genius  History  mental  illness  PIPA 
january 2013 by asterisk2a

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