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What I Learned This Week About Tim Cook’s Apple | Re/code
[ always along the motto: extension of you, part of you. The new Apple under Jobs was NOT an overnight success! It build on its differentiation, strong base, a cult, a Tribe, 1000 True Fans, and build on it stride by stride. Most capitalistic company out of SV, no counter-culture out of largest corp on world. & can pull of iAd coup because it has monopsony! & Duopoly w Android. ] Many people love Apple, others despise it. But, even without Jobs, it cannot be ignored. There simply is no other company that combines such a high-quality hardware line with such well-regarded software platforms. A faltering Samsung has the former, but not the latter. A strong and admirable Google has the latter, but not the former. If you didn’t believe that before, this week’s event made it crystal clear, with once-bitter rivals like Microsoft and Adobe showing up onstage to boast about how well their products worked with new Apple hardware and software. [ sw & hw iteration = leverage comp advantage ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
E-Commerce is a Bear — Medium
Only two start-ups have properly challenged Amazon over the past decade: Zappos and Diapers. [...] Having spent time with Tony Hsieh and Alfred Lin, the leadership duo who built Zappos, and Marc Lore and Vinit Bharara, the founders of Diapers, I can tell you: these are intense competitors who recognized the best outcome was to join forces with the industry leader. So if Amazon is the low cost winner of selling brands online, if they are acquiring their best competitors, and if their everyday low prices are available to the entire country via a mechanical turk algorithm which is guaranteed to beat you, how do you compete? [...] [ eBay pure p2p marketplace ] [...] This next generation of e-commerce companies is as much about what you exclude as what you include. // &! only up for grabs (Amazon model) is in the developing world & emerging market - for entrepreneurs - & only possible double digit returns for investors. and the battle has already begun ... since like 05/09 China/India ...
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Japan Exports Its Way to Irrelevance - Bloomberg View
[ Politicians as always will react with reactionary unimaginative policy, competing for the same pie. instead of enabling, supporting new pies to be created. ] But Abe needs to recognize, as China already has, that this is only the latest sign of a broader reality: Asia's old export model of economic growth no longer works. [...] All the stimulus BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda can muster won't change the worsening trajectory of the region's most-populous nation. That's why Abe needs to take a page from Beijing and focus more on creating new industries at home. [ the base of home grown new market/category/vertical also includes sound middle class to buy those products. demand at home. social safety net (security). and less inequality. progressive taxation. fight tax evasion/avoidance, monopoles, monopsonies, bribery, corruption. and politicians making policy for lobby. ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Is Spotify doomed because of Apple Music? No — Spotify’s been doomed from the start | PandoDaily
Spotify is really the only legitimate competitor left. But its fate, like that of every streaming music service, is also subject to forces outside of its control — forces that are guided by the three-headed hydra of Warner, Universal, and Sony. [...] Although Apple Music and Spotify’s paid tier offer perks that free subscriptions do not — namely, full mobile access and no ads between songs — the majority of users will not pay for something they can basically get for free, even if they miss out on a handful of features. The percentage of Spotify users who pay for the service bears this out, having held steady for years at only 25%. And this trend shows no sign of abating — according to the most recent figures, paid users as a percentage of the whole crept up a hair but still sits at only 26.7%. [rather spend limited disposable income (and time) on weed and other offline experiences (leisure activities) with friends. -VS- The time of u and ur buddy(s) listening 2 new vinyl release]
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Uber banned in Germany by Frankfurt court
http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/soziales/uber-und-airbnb-ethik-der-share-economy-a-988612.html "Dienste wie der Taxischreck Uber und der Bettenvermittler AirBnB stellen den Konsumenten vor schwierige ethische Abwägungen. Ist diese neue Kultur des Teilens jetzt gut - oder doch verwerflich? Vom Versuch, eine Haltung zu entwickeln. [...] Wenn Firmen andere Firmen mit besseren Produkten plattmachen, dann geht das schon in Ordnung. Wenn sie nur billiger als die Konkurrenz sind, weil sie auf Sicherheit und Hygiene pfeifen, dann ist das schon nicht mehr so sympathisch. Es erinnert vielmehr an Pferdefleischpanscherei und Hungerlohnfabriken in Kambodscha. [...] Die neuen Plattformen untergraben zudem das Arbeitsrecht. Wer über Dienste wie Uber und AirBnB seinen Lebensunterhalt bestreitet, dem droht eine prekäre Solo-Selbstständigkeit ohne Tariflohn, Arbeits- und Gesundheitsschutz. Reiner Hoffmann, der Chef des Deutschen Gewerkschaftsbunds, spricht von "moderner Sklaverei"." +!! bit.ly/1qxEsrt
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
On Google's new Search Algo Push/Update - Called Panda.
Lesson Learned. Don't build your business on other peoples platform. Even if it is search. Meaning if your business is primarily impressions/unique visitors coming in via search, or even Social Media (FB - newsfeed algo, Twitter - noise + search algo, Pinterest - search algo, Amazon - product search) ... then you have one more thing to worry about every day - because you can't fix it if they break it for you. +++ http://recode.net/2014/05/23/yes-google-punished-ebay-for-bad-seo-practices-but-it-wasnt-part-of-panda-update/
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Joe Gebbia - The Airbnb Story - YouTube
AirBnB is the ebay for places and experiences. Sharing is caring - you space. This kindness to open up you personal space to strangers ... magical moments can happen. Stories are written. Lives are changed. Still there is the 80/20 - there will always be bad eggs, say bad customers. And because national travel is vry affordable and people want to escape their walls on the weekend if they could afford and its users use it for niche items/services >> providing accommodation for events. Staying in someones place is very different than a hotel. a hotel is generic. every AirBnB is different. It is an experience. not only might you experience a new city, but you also experience someones life, how he or she or they live. Their view. Plus - this is the time of the Airbnb - experience services - because millennials favour experiences of commoditised consumer goods. and babyboomers want that cake too because of the youthification trend. only retrospective u see the pieces of the puzzle.
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april 2014 by asterisk2a
Celebrity Culture | Max Clifford | Oxford Union - YouTube
I Hate Celebrity Culture | Jack Gleeson | Oxford Union >> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKboLTwzFTs >> object of imitation >> quasi charisma >> like to imitated, to followed ... // imitation is pillar for western consumerism. // Das Versprechen von Status ist eines der wichtigsten Verkaufsargumente überhaupt. [Folglich die] Nachahmungstheorie des Kulturwissenschaftlers René Girard: Für ihn zählt der Drang von Menschen, andere in ihrem Verhalten zu imitieren, zu den Grundlagen der Zivilisation. [Und somit Grundstein der westlichen Konsumgesellschaft.] ( via http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/unternehmen/oekonomen-konferenz-hongkong-warum-wir-immer-mehr-wollen-a-892673.html ) // "Intersubjectivity: Rene Girard's Vision of Mimetic Desire and Economic Dynamics" ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eusHpPO0fI )
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february 2014 by asterisk2a

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