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The Myth of Valley DoucheBaggery - John Battelle's Search Blog
But I think our industry culture is moving far faster than the writers at Silicon Valley might wish to believe. I think we’re seeing the rise of a new culture, one that rejects arrogance and the founder worship which breeds it. Inevitable outliers aside, the Valley and technology culture I experience every day in my work at NewCo is one of passion, sweat, earnestness, and good intentions. Sure, we all fuck up. And sure, the press (especially, not surprisingly, the press in New York) has a field day when someone does. But by and large, the teams making companies like Slack, LiveRamp, Medium, Earnest, MetroMile, Lyft, Okta, Pinterest, and hundreds more are damn fine people, and they are dedicating their lives to making something that creates positive change – a product or service that makes the world a better place (even if it’s in a small way). [...] When you’re facing existential threat, our tolerance for douchebaggery in the name of making more money at any cost, ....
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
More evidence that Snapchat needs to just kill Discover already
>> bit.ly/15SfOfU &! bit.ly/1M6Khcb &! bit.ly/1uxEz6s (( Discover wants to be Newsfeed ala Facebook without 'Liking' a page (BEING FED ... uhhhh, so TV/Radio/Newspaper. You don't discover, you are being fed.), but curated, and first foray into introducing ads (figuring out a business model) ... and not opting to go/experiment w native ads (Snaps pushed to users, ala Superbowl ads! at around half the price point of Superbowl ads? Why not. With a tight grip on quality, storytelling, authenticity, ... sure can't scale it very much. And not the ultimate money machine at first.) )) --- vs --- Gary Vaynerchuks opinion on it - bit.ly/1zBUCYm &! bit.ly/1XSVS2L - argues if programming is good (content being the variable) people will go there repeatedly vs their website or own app. // BUT is Discover too far removed from Snapchat being Snapchat (medium is the message) itself and thus friction. Bc of no empowerment, engagement, experience the original medium has! Stapled on non-native feature.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
People are underestimating Snapchat just like they underestimated Facebook - Vox
In fact, almost every one of today's big internet companies — Yahoo, Google, Facebook, and Twitter — faced similar skepticism in their early years. Back in 2007, Kara Swisher (who now runs Re/code which, like Vox.com, is part of Vox Media) expressed astonishment that Facebook could be worth $15 billion. A year before that, a Slate headline read "$1 Billion for Facebook? LOL!" (Facebook is now worth $260 billion.) [....] A company's early ad revenue just doesn't tell us anything interesting about its long-term earnings potential. It takes a while for a company to hire a sales team, settle on an effective advertising format, and build awareness among potential customers. [...] But while it might take time for Snapchat to build a successful advertising program, there's little doubt that it will be able to. Every day, 100 million people open up the Snapchat app. As long as that's true, advertisers are going to be willing to pay top dollar to reach them.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Snapchat Solicits Longer Content By Ditching Tap-And-Hold-To-Watch | TechCrunch
bit.ly/1NAmQWu "he's showing that he can make practical decisions that benefit the Snapchat users, even if it means losing something that was fundamental to Snapchat's product itself." // But doesn't he give up the 'attention grab/focus' feature for long-form content and thus also loosing share of the snacking %' !!?? long-term we will see what Snapchat will become and be eventually worth. Because it won't be a Facebook. It could turn out to be a Twitter with problems in monetisation (turning a profit and meeting growth stage investors expectations - current valuation ... at IPO and post-IPO one, two years on.) Gary might be right about putting yourself out of business than letting the other guys do it for you. But Snapchat (Mr Spiegel) may have been forced to abandon its 'differentiation' in order to meet valuation expectations by appealing to a broader potential user base to use it more, like to read news & consumer other types of content than Snapchats ( P2P or B2C versions ).
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Snapchat boss deletes all his tweets - BBC News
[ An attempt for free PR & new user growth bump!? Is growth multiple (m/m q/q) shrinking!? This is certainly a one off growth hack. ] // Snapchat chief executive Evan Spiegel has deleted every tweet he has ever written, as part of his latest push to help publicise the mobile app that wipes posts after a few seconds. "He likes to live in the present," Snapchat told the Wall Street Journal. And he was attempting to show that "ephemeral media" had a powerful role to play in modern communications. Mr Spiegel also launched a low-quality YouTube video to explain with paper and pen how his social network worked. [ Analyst ] "You don't see [Facebook's] Mark Zuckerberg or Sheryl Sandberg tweeting much." [...] Vodafone recently revealed 75% of the instant-messaging traffic on its UK network was down to the mobile app. [...] "Snapchat is now hiring its own team of journalists," "It is becoming a content-distribution platform." // on.wsj.com/1Gf59pA bit.ly/1GYycEs on.mash.to/1JSoLqL
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel: What Is His Endgame? - YouTube
"This is fucking hard." << coming from a person from a very well off background, education, circle of friends. << never faced a wall he had to break through or make it happen by his own. // currently crowned winner at the 'SNACKING media entertainment game on the mobile phone.' // "Snapchat is doing something very important in the world right now." LOL // real question is can they scale advertising (ie turning a profit or be cash flow positive) till the time runs/road runs out to the IPO ... ie having to accept termsheets for a growth round not in their favour. Without loosing one eyeball. Pinterest seems to struggle and is tip toeing into the waters.
Snapchat  Evan  Spiegel  attention  span  distraction  attention  user  behaviour  mobile  homescreen  mobile  phone  mobile  first  Entertainment  WhatsApp  Instagram  Newsfeed  Facebook  Pinterest  user  engagement  user  experience  Silicon  Valley  IPO  scale  scaling 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Exclusive: Snapchat COO Emily White to Depart Ephemeral Messaging Phenom | Re/code
straight white privileged (entitled) male??? and raising money in a rolling fashion, and rolling in cash ( http://techcrunch.com/2015/03/11/snapchat-500-million/, ... it's not a demonstration stability internally, and he looks like throwing money round - bc he had to pay her and others to leave. Period. // vs syaing it is smart money that helps the product and company ... year right, an Oil Prince will help your App ... &! Alibaba's (China) investment is more of a intelligence gathering venture - http://techcrunch.com/2015/03/12/this-is-more-than-a-crush/ &! story via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9200210
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
Snapchat and Spiegel’s Interesting Call on the Hong Kong Demonstrations | TechCrunch
@EvanSpiegel on why @Snapchat chose not to make an 'Our Story' for the Hong Kong protests: 'One of my pet peeves over time is how the technology industry has tried to sell counterculture. It’s tried to sell the revolution. We’ve been really resistant to doing this' || WRONG. Hypocrisy. Selling a pro-democracy movement as counterculture is wrong. it's deceitful. Snapchat and it's investors only hold open the door for China. As long as they don't upset the Chinese regime, they can operate in the future in China. Apps that went "against the China's regiem politics" were shut out of this country, +1bn potential users. It wouldn't be in line with the fiduciary responsibility (to its investors) that Evan Spiegel/Snapchat has to operate along.
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october 2014 by asterisk2a

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