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- Venture Capital - This Week in Venture Capital - Mark Jeffrey, CEO of ThisWeekIn - YouTube
Brad Feld, Fred Wilson, Suster - bothsidesofthetable.com - Blogs, + Quora, ... Mark Suster "execution tends to win." talking about copycats and me too start-ups, get an introduction from existing/past portfolio companies. Hustle. It's unacceptable not to be able to figure out how to get access other than in a straight line via email on persons homepage. || people now, with lower barrier of entry - MVP, - ppl wanna see product. + PLUS + financial models !!! business model / plan - the economics. - have a plan for the basics of the company ~2-3 quarters into the future while keeping the vision in mind.
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Deck  pitch-deck  pitch  elevator  pitch  pitching  pitch  execution  creativity  Hustle  authentic  Venture  Capital  seedround  seedfunding  angelinvestor  openangelforum  angel  list  open  angel  forum  TheFunded  sales  focus  focused  Chutzpah  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  business  model  businessplan  businessmodel  business  plan  businessmodels 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
The week ahead: Avoiding the issue - YouTube
Min 2:30. Nadella more practical (and more charging ahead, opportune, taking chances) than dogmatic - as Balmer was/is. Nadella breaking with the past of Microsoft business behaviour, which was dogmatic. Microsoft too slow to be first to the market, bc too big. Thus got to use its size and leverage and existing customer base ... to catch-up, to take at least some market share and growth of market X.
Satya  Nadella  Microsoft  stevebalmer  Steve  Balmer  mobilephone  Tablet  Apple  Microsoft  Office  Android  Nokia  strategy  businessmodel  businessmodels  Bill  Gates  Google  Facebook  Skype  Yahoo!  Yahoo 
march 2014 by asterisk2a
Yahoo’s Sales Head Brody Takes His First Tumblr by “Living the Dream” | Re/code
It is all very adorkable, although now I assume he will be getting with the selling of the ads on said site now that he gets how it is used. >> ie paid content, partnerships, ads, banner ads, ... the most stupid, quick buck.
yahoo!  Yahoo  Tumblr  business  model  businessmodel  businessplan  business  plan  advertisement  advertising  banner  ads  Adsense  ads  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  Start-Up  exitstrategy  exit  strategy  freemium 
march 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Is Hollywood's blockbuster model broken?
The irony is that Spielberg almost singlehandedly invented the blockbuster genre. When his film Jaws was released in 1975, Hollywood realised that making a few big-budget films a year that appealed to the masses was more lucrative than making dozens of smaller ones, and a business model was born. Since then budgets have soared and artistic merit has taken a back seat. [...] After a wave of acquisitions in the 80s and 90s, the six "majors" that dominate global box office are now parts of massive media conglomerates. They have found ways to both boost profitability of their films and mitigate the risks associated with making such huge investments. [...] The first thing the studios have done is spread the risk by getting dozens of smaller production companies to invest alongside them, reducing their exposure to a potential flop.
Steven  Spielberg  Blockbuster  copyright  copyright  infringement  Hollywood  Entertainment  conglomerate  mainstream  media  media  conglomerate  revenue  stream  ROI  Gary  Vaynerchuk  social  media  360-music-contract  Music  Industry  Porn  business  model  businessmodel  commodity  business  commoditization  entrepreneurship  entrepreneurial  entrepreneur  book  lowest  common  denominator  crowd-pleasers 
december 2013 by asterisk2a
Facebook setzt jetzt auf klassische Werbung - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Facebook Design Relaunch: Aus einem Player mit einem notorisch manipulierbaren Werbemodell könnte so die potentiell reichweitenstärkste Anzeigenplattform der Welt werden. >> http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21698765 >> http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/facebook-huebscht-sich-fuer-werbung-auf-a-887539.html
businessmodel  targeted  advertising  marketing  social  media  advertisement  advertising  fraud  socialnetworks  YouTube  Twitter  Faceboo 
march 2013 by asterisk2a
Announcing an audacious proposal | Dalton Caldwell
The advertising-supported monoculture

“The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks.” - Jeff Hammerbacher, fmr. Manager of Facebook Data Team, founder of Cloudera

[...]

I want a real alternative to advertising hell… I would gladly pay for a service that treats me better.

The disappointment of Web 2.0
Internet  leanstartup  Pivot  web20  Web  web2.0  Web  2.0  Platform  Digg  reddit  freemium  Wordpress  advertising  advertisement  businessmodels  businessmodel  Google  Facebook  Twitter 
december 2012 by asterisk2a
A Russian Star Rises in Silicon Valley - BusinessWeek
Since paying $200 million for 2% of Facebook last May, Milner has increased that stake to nearly 10%—worth perhaps $2 billion—by purchasing shares from early employees, according to two people familiar with the social network's ownership. On Apr. 19, DST took the majority of a $135 million financing round for Groupon, a Chicago-based site offering coupons for restaurants and museums. In December, DST was the biggest investor in a group that plowed $180 million into Zynga. Milner "is a trusted adviser," says Zynga CEO Mark Pincus, who says the Russian visits every month "to give input, but it's a soft touch."
facebook  groupon  zynga  markpincus  markzuckerberg  DST  ICQ  Aol  marcandreessen  businessmodel  warrenbuffet  YuriMilner 
may 2010 by asterisk2a
Twitter Gets More Features, and Competitors - NYTimes.com
“They’ve gone from a data play to a platform play,” said Jeremiah Owyang, a partner at Altimeter Group, a digital strategy consulting firm. “You’re seeing the same behavior that Facebook, Google and other online communities have done. This is a natural evolution of a Web company.”
twitter  growth  platform  ecosystem  businessmodel  startups 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Twitter CEO Ev Williams: Revenue Is A Feature
The revenue portion of Twitter becomes a significant feature,” he says.
twitter  businessmodel  advertising 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Twitter To Roll Out "Promoted Tweets": Initial Thoughts (Developing) - John Battelle's Searchblog
Again, we've seen this movie before, and the web is better for it.

Twitter is already open to anyone with an account and something to say. But only those with money can buy a Promoted Tweet. I look forward to the day when the system evolves to let pure capitalism work out its kinks in real time, through the Twitter universe. The key, to my mind, is the concept of resonance. If Twitter gets this right, only "good" ads will make it into our Twitter streams. That will force marketers to mind what they say when given the privilege of being inserted into our feeds. To think hard about adding value to the conversation that surrounds their brands.

And honestly, isn't that the kind of behavior we'd hope for?
twitter  advertising  ads  businessmodel  socialmedia  search  adsense 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
Case Studies in Freemium: Pandora, Dropbox, Evernote, Automattic and MailChimp
Don’t spend money on marketing, do offer flexibility and data exporting to eliminate buyers’ regret, make sure to capitalize on and value goodwill, and only charge for things that are hard to do. That’s what some startups say is the key to success in the freemium business. But the biggest reason the five presenters this morning at the Freemium Summit in San Francisco — Pandora, Dropbox, Evernote, Automattic (see disclosure at the bottom) and MailChimp — are doing well is because they have great products that people want. They’ve been able to get those products to a broad audience by using the freemium model — that is, offering a free service with the option to upgrade.

The fact was that Dropbox was offering a product that people didn’t know they needed until they tried, and “search is great for harvesting demand, not creating it,” Houston said.
freemium  Pandora  dropbox  evernote  entrepreneurship  businessmodel  monetization  startups  marketing  business  advertising  product  design 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Ev Williams: Twitter’s First Principle, “Be A Force For Good”
helping others succeed

EW: There are two types of entrepreneurs. What drives me is creating things that didn’t exist before. Your product or service should be at the end of the sentence: “wouldn’t it be awesome if…”

It’s creating new stuff versus extracting from old stuff. There are people who look at money as the goal versus the teams. I create businesses to make new things. It’s a fuel for creating more things in the world. I’ve been lucky to stumble upon things that have helped change the world.

Create something you want to exist in the world. Another is focus. Many people are trying to do a lot of things when they should be doing one thing. You may be wrong with whatever you’re trying out, but you’ll try other things.
twitter  entrepreneurship  evanwilliams  entrepreneur  entrepreneurial  advertising  advertisement  businessmodel  tuki 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Facebook’s Decision To Print Money Out Of Thin Air
To establish fraud team withing FB, is hard work, long, expensive, talent expensive.
>> thus the move to PayPal. They could have gone PayPal much more earlier ...
paypal  payments  facebook  security  businessmodel  google 
february 2010 by asterisk2a
The Rise of Business Populists - Bill Taylor - Harvard Business Review
Populism
"One of the most influential propositions in marketing," McGovern and her highly regarded coauthor (HBS professor Youngme Moon) wrote, "is that customer satisfaction begets loyalty, and loyalty begets profits. Why, then, do so many companies infuriate their customers by binding them with contracts, bleeding them with fees, confounding them with fine print, and otherwise penalizing them for their business? Because, unfortunately, it pays."
populism  apple  appstore  ipone  AT&T  contract  business  businessmodel 
february 2010 by asterisk2a
Small iPhone developer Tapulous sees big success | Reuters
IPhone app developer Tapulous says its sales have approached $1 million a month, providing fresh evidence of the growing success of start-ups designing programs for Apple Inc's mobile device.
iphone  apple  appstore  platform  industry  future  trend  businessmodel  entrepreneurship 
december 2009 by asterisk2a
Pop-Bestseller Black Eyed Peas: "Klar, die Plattenfirmen haben viel Mist gebaut" - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Nachrichten - Kultur
Will.I.am: Wenn ich wetten müsste, würde ich mein Geld auf die Plattenfirmen setzen. Nicht, weil sie in der Vergangenheit all die großen Künstler und Legenden wie Otis Redding vergewaltigt haben. Die Labels haben viel Mist gebaut, das ist klar. Aber dann muss man auch sehen, wie viele gute Dinge durch die Plattenfirmen entstehen konnten, die unser Leben bereichert haben: Michael Jackson, die Beatles! Ich weiß nicht, wer zukünftige Idole aufbauen und entwickeln soll, wenn nicht die Industrie.

Es geht um das Kuratieren von Musik, um die Entwicklung, die Formung und Betreuung von Künstlern. Im ganzen Internet gibt es keine Abteilung, die das im gleichen Maße leisten kann.
musicindustry  businessmodel  medienwandel  mediachange  music  apple  itunes  artists  360-music-contract  Will.I.Am  curation 
december 2009 by asterisk2a
Dan Froomkin: 'Playing it Safe' Is Killing the American Newspaper
A big part of the problem is that we're doing a really poor job of connecting buyers and sellers on our newspaper Web sites. Solving that problem should be the top priority for the folks on the business and technology sides of our business.
newspapers  businessmodel  journalism 
december 2009 by asterisk2a
Twitter And Facebook Turn Everyone Into An Affiliate Marketer
On the flip side, Twitter might not want to encourage this for fear of making teh spam problem even worse than it is
facebook  twitter  amazon  revenue  business  businessmodel  model  affiliate  affiliatemarketing  search  socialnetworking  socialgraph  markzuckerberg  social 
november 2009 by asterisk2a
For Twitter, Sharing Data With Google Would Be Suicide
The business promise is to create a new type of useful advertising for people that is consumed in the context of a new form of discovery—one that for the moment is unique to Twitter but, alas, not for long. If Twitter doesn’t pick up the pace at this moment in time and take the path leading to building a business, it will begin to destroy its value. By doing a deal that will give Google unfettered access to real-time results from Twitter in Google search, Twitter will effectively be giving up the fight and losing the war. For if consumers can get the same experience that is currently unique to Twitter on Google, why would they need to go to Twitter to search? If they don’t bring their intentions to Twitter search, then Twitter is not participating in the Economy of Intent and as such will diminish its value to the single-digit millions.
twitter  google  internet  economics  bing  facebook  future  revenue  model  businessmodel 
november 2009 by asterisk2a
The Inevitable March of Recorded Music Towards Free
DRM walls are crumbling. Music CD sales continue to plummet rather alarmingly. Artists like Prince and Nine Inch Nails are flouting their labels and either giving music away or telling their fans to steal it. Another blow earlier this week: Radiohead, which is no longer controlled by their label, Capitol Records, put their new digital album on sale on the Internet for whatever price people want to pay for it.

The economics of recorded music are fairly simple. Marginal production costs are zero: Like software, ...
music  drm  copyright  economics  musicindustry  businessmodel  business  reveue  model  360-music-contract  future 
november 2009 by asterisk2a
“360″ Music Deals Become Mandatory As Labels Prepare For Free Music
They may be slaves to the labels, but they have a chance (albeit a very small one) of becoming rich slaves, at least.
360-music-contract  music  business  future  revenue  model  businessmodel 
november 2009 by asterisk2a
Big Music Will Surrender, But Not Until At Least 2011
His response: It’s all part of a master plan. The labels fully understand that recorded music, streamed or downloaded, is going to be free in the future (we’ve argued this relentlessly). CD sales continue to decline by 20% per year, and the only thing that’ll stop that trend is when those sales reach zero. Nothing will replace those revenues.

No longer will the labels be tied to revenue limited to sales of master recordings – by then most or all artists will be under 360 music contracts that give the labels a cut of virtually every revenue stream artists can tap into – fan sites, concerts, merchandise, endorsement deals, and everything else.

What this means for us music consumers – don’t expect much to change for the next few years. But sometime in the next decade we’ll see a real renaissance in how music is distributed and consumed. And who knows, a decade after that we may have all forgiven the music labels.
music  industry  future  business  model  revenue  businessmodel  360-music-contract  contract  artists 
november 2009 by asterisk2a
Imeem Acquires Snocap
(since people don’t really pay for music any more).
music  myspace  snocap  businessmodel  revenue  model  imeem  freemium 
november 2009 by asterisk2a
Free Streaming May Soon Be History: Spotify Delays U.S. Launch, MySpace May Move To Pay Model
And that isn’t the only bad news. MySpace Music is “almost certainly” going to severely restrict free streaming to users, say multiple sources, and move to a paid model. “They are spending $20 million/month on streaming royalties, and that just isn’t sustainable,” said one source with knowledge of MySpace’s relationships with the labels. Other sources have said that MySpace’s royalty payments are much lower, but don’t deny that the service is a cash hole.
spotify  myspace  streaming  radio  advertising  music  freemium  revenue  model  businessmodel 
november 2009 by asterisk2a
While Rivals Jockey For Market Share, Apple Bathes In Profits
Apple made $1.6 billion in operating profit off of the iPhone in Q3. Nokia, meanwhile, made $1.1 billion. Let’s put this in perspective. Recent numbers suggest Nokia controls roughly 35% of the worldwide handset market. Apple? About 2.5%.

Running a successful business, instead of running for market share and product diversity!
apple  iphone  businessmodel  nokia  profit  business  leadership  product  products 
november 2009 by asterisk2a
Financial Times editor says most news websites will charge within a year | Media | guardian.co.uk
The Financial Times editor, Lionel Barber, has predicted that "almost all" news organisations will be charging for online content within a year.

Barber said building online platforms that could charge readers on an article-by-article or subscription basis was one of the key challenges facing news organisations.

"How these online payment models work and how much revenue they can generate is still up in the air," Barber said in a speech at at a Media Standards Trust event at the British Academy last night.

"But I confidently predict that within the next 12 months, almost all news organisations will be charging for content."
journalism  newspapers  paidcontent  content  revenue  businessmodel 
november 2009 by asterisk2a
Op-Ed Contributor - News You Can Endow - NYTimes.com
Today, we are dangerously close to having a government without newspapers. American newspapers shoulder the burden of considerable indebtedness with little cash on hand, as their profit margins have diminished or disappeared. Readers turn increasingly to the Internet for information — even though the Internet has the potential to be, in the words of the chief executive of Google, Eric Schmidt, “a cesspool” of false information. If Jefferson was right that a well-informed citizenry is the foundation of our democracy, then newspapers must be saved.

Although the problems that the newspaper industry faces are well known, no one has offered a satisfactory solution. But there is an option that might not only save newspapers but also make them stronger: Turn them into nonprofit, endowed institutions — like colleges and universities. Endowments would enhance newspapers’ autonomy while shielding them from the economic forces that are now tearing them down.
non-profit  journalism  newspapers  economics  business  model  businessmodel  payment  payments  micropayment  davidswensen  micropayments 
october 2009 by asterisk2a
Rescuing The Reporters « Clay Shirky
TURNING Newspapers/metros/ etc into non-profits - is inevitably connected to streamlining/right sizing them.
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For people who see newspapers as whole institutions that need to be saved, their size (and not the just the dozens and dozens of people on the masthead, but everyone in business and operations as well) makes ideas like Coll’s seems like non-starters — we’re talking about a total workforce in the hundreds, so non-profit conversion seems crazy.

Seen in that light, what’s needed for a non-profit news plan to work isn’t an institutional conversion, it’s a rescue operation. There are dozen or so reporters and editors in Columbia, Missouri, whose daily and public work is critical to the orderly functioning of that town, and those people are trapped inside a burning business model. With that framing of the problem, the question is how to get them out safely, and if that’s the question, Coll’s idea starts to look awfully good.
journalism  non-profit  newspapers  newspaper  business  businessmodel  model 
october 2009 by asterisk2a
Nonprofit Newspapers: Think Tank : The New Yorker
Nonprofit Newspapers

In the foreseeable future, it seems, there will be two kinds of nonprofit newspapers—those which are deliberately so and those which are reluctantly so. Ever since I left the Washington Post, in 2005—after twenty years there that included a stint in management—and particularly since I joined the nonprofit world at the New America Foundation and started learning about the management and fund-raising issues at tax-exempt organizations, I have been mulling over this idea: that only by turning the Post into a nonprofit trust and raising a university-size endowment to support the newsroom could the paper retain the vitality it requires to serve as a successful watchdog over our constitutional system. Now David Swensen, the chief investment officer at Yale, and Michael Schmidt, a financial analyst, have come forward with a similar argument.
journalism  newspapers  nonprofit  non-profit  newspaper  business  model  businessmodel  economy  finance  payment  payments  micropayment  micropayments 
october 2009 by asterisk2a
MediaWatch Monday:Non-Profit News Funding - We Need A Sustainable Business Model Not Handouts - SiliconValleyWatcher
... find a new business model for news journalism -- that's what Mr Hellman's money should be used for.
If we can develop new business models then everyone benefits, everyone can use the new business models.

I think the future of media will be a type of "Heinz 57" model in that it will rely on many revenue streams. It will be advertising, lead generation, affiliate marketing, virtual cash, events, and more.
---- REVENUE MIX ----

Finding a new business model for news and other media is the most important question about the future of the Internet. It is the Gordian knot of our times. Where is our Alexander?
entrepreneurship  funding  media  model  business  businessmodel  journalism  news  trend  revenue  advertising 
october 2009 by asterisk2a

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