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Secret’s Demise and Uber’s Next Potential Acquisition by The Jay & Farhad Show
Jay Yarow (Business Insider) talk abt Secret’s demise; Google Ventures partner compares failed startup Secret to 'a bank heist' - bit.ly/1h9RZFc &! Google Ventures partner sort of apologizes for comparing one of his portfolio companies to a 'bank heist' - bit.ly/1NQsFyI // 2012-mid 2015 Environment: FOMO! // @StartupLJackson - startupljackson.com/post/118338084025/secret-financing - "Their big issue was that they were Silicon Valley famous before product-market fit, which meant the failure was public and the hype cycle inescapable. That may have been their fault, may not have been. Journalists can sort that out. Other founders: don’t ever do this." what other names/co come 2 mind, being Hyped, feeding the hype & failing very publicly!? Kevin Rose - Digg, Dennis Crowley fights not to fail publicly with Foursquare, Twitter post-IPO, FriendFeed in its own way, ?Photo? 40m no product, Bebo post-AOL acquisition, Consumer Products are inherently hard and luck based. Path.
Secret  Venture  Capital  Google  Ventures  FOMO  Silicon  Valley  ethical  machine  termsheet  Whisper  anonymity  pseudonym  Trend  Hype  Cycle  Yik  Yak  Beme  Casey  Neistat  Dennis  Crowley  foursquare  Digg  Kevin  Rose  consumer  product  Product/Market  Fit  Bebo  AOL  Twitter  Friendfeed  Path  Dave  Morin  Friendster  StudiVZ 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
A defense of Dave Morin | PandoDaily
[1bn consumer apps are more rare than lottery winners. period.] But despite it all, he just didn’t win. It’s crushing evidence of just how hard it is to build the next huge consumer Internet sensation. Mock Morin all you want, but pre-launch Google valued Path higher than it likely is valued today. If he was wrong to believe he could build the mobile Facebook, so were some of the smartest people in the Valley. So what did Morin do so wrong? Some parts of his thesis were right, but exact manifestations of that thesis weren’t. People were longing for a mobile social network focused on photos. People were longing for a Facebook-other. Just not the one he created. You can never predict how products will resonate. Did he focus too much on pleasing Valley early adopters while Snapchat and Whisper were resonating with teens, and Whatsapp largely got its legs through an international audience? Perhaps. [ Hypothesis; what do u believe what others dont believe
Dave  Morin  Path  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  consumer  product  Design  Product/Market  Fit  Minimal  Viable  MVP  hypothesis  Appification  Snapchat  Instagram  Whisper  Yik  Yak  Secret  single-use  app  mobile  homescreen  user  behaviour  attention  span  Kevin  Rose  Silicon  Valley 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Authors@Google: Sarah Lacy - YouTube
39:25 "most sceptical about" not doubling down on success after building it for lean/being frugal. // 44:30 Larry Ellison stil at the helm of his company (Oracle). + Intel (3 Founders). Everyone else got thrown out (ie Apple, Steve Jobs). Larry Ellison can handle market/wall street/etc etc ... vs ... Kevin Rose and Ev Williams and other product guys who do want to do cool things and not manage a company and people and product teams. << Consumer Product oriented vs technology/enterprise oriented. // min 50 history has it that public internet company darlings never stayed darling for more than 4-5 years. Get addicted to barbie doll metrics/vanity as a consequence steer the company off a cliff instead of driving it/risking it, to a certain extent, into the fog of disruption and growth. deferred gratification. // &! twitter.com/pkedrosky/status/585862202751520768 - When a public growth company stalls, it almost never recovers. (Study from 1955 to 2006.) hbr.org/2008/03/when-growth-stalls
Digg  Kevin  Rose  book  Silicon  Valley  dotcom  dot.com  Marc  Andreessen  PayPal  Mafia  PayPal  Larry  Ellison  Oracle 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Kevin Rose’s New App Tiiny Lets You Share Little Photos That Disappear In 24 Hours | TechCrunch
https://twitter.com/samfbiddle/status/510206257035476993 >>> Valleywag's @samfbiddle "imagine how sycophantic ur scene has to be in order to think making another ephemeral image app is a good idea http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/11/kevin-roses-new-app-tiiny-lets-you-share-little-photos-that-disappear-in-24-hours/ ..." +++ 24hrs later >>> http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/12/tiiny/ "Rose tells me Tiiny is “a two-fold experiment in minimalism, both in how we interact with each other — less choice, less friction, less megapixels" +++ https://medium.com/@kevinrose/meet-tiiny-our-first-project-23069bb4ae8f
Kevin  Rose  Silicon  Valley  culture  frictionless  friction  minimalism  simplicity 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
What the hell is happening at Google Ventures? | PandoDaily
allow people to save face and continue relationships with existing investments, while preventing anyone on the outside from guessing what’s really going on. It’s possible the phasing out Rose and relocation to a non-investing role for Siegler is all a wild coincidence of timing. But this much we know: At its core venture capital — particularly seed investing — is still a people business. Startups want one of two things in a venture firm. They either want dumb, deep pockets or a committed partner they know they can count on for advice, hiring help, and future funding. With the revolving door of departures, Google Ventures has solidly put itself in the first camp — at best. >> #save-face #soft-landing-aka-acquihire #its-nothing-personal #its-business || [...] Either way, this is horrible news for Google Ventures and their portfolio companies, marking effectively the third reboot of the partnership in just five short years.
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Path’s kiss of death compliment: “It’s hugely popular in Indonesia!” | PandoDaily
[+ Raising Too Much Money for a too small product and market!?] It may be the beginning of the end for a company that was once offered $125 million to sell to Google – in a high priced acquihire – less that six months into its existence and before the company even launched. [...] So, what went so wrong? The answer seems to be a combination of poor execution, an excessive focus on design over utility (not to mention differentiation), and a keeping up with the Joneses desire to spend lavishly. [...] The company has always been a reflection of Morin, including his obsessiveness over design and his proclivity for spending. For example, Path reportedly built its team with a designer to developer ratio of 1-to-2, as compared to an industry average that is likely closer to 1-to-20 (or even lower, although precise figures are hard to come by). [[ ~ Spending for the wrong means to an end. ~ ]] [[ ... Inside the bubble that is the Valley and the Fetish ... ]]
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
The Secret Shame of an Unacquired Techie -- Daily Intelligencer
[via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=7559540 ] She was the only female at her company, a designer who had been with the start-up from the beginning and had overseen its design and marketing, yet had gotten left out when the company was sold to Google for its workers, in what's known as an acqui-hire. "I feel like my world just ended," she wrote. The thread quickly became the talk of Silicon Valley. It was seeming proof that even within the happy-go-lucky world of tech start-ups, there are winners and losers, and more often than not, the losers in situations like these are the designers, who are more likely to be female than their engineer counterparts, and whose "soft" skills are seen as less valuable than coding chops. [The] start-up decided to sell itself to Google as a last resort, after failing to find traction in the market. [FOR G IT IS A public nightmare!]
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april 2014 by asterisk2a
Will Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley Finally Get It Right? | Fast Company | Business Innovation
It's a compelling prospect: If Google has built a $294 billion business based on your explicit searches, Foursquare's bet is that the data behind your implicit intent are just as lucrative. [...] If you check in at Walgreens, should we show you an ad for toothpaste? We're not sure," he says. "Does that dilute the experience?" [...] And Crowley is well aware of what's become of him: His identity is his company; he is only as mature as it is. "I've thought about it for a while, and to me it's like I've got to close this chapter in my life before I can go on to the next one,"
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february 2014 by asterisk2a

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