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Drowning in venture capital, mobile startups are waging unsustainable price wars | PandoDaily
upside of this up-cycle/up-business cycle? everyone with a little bit of chops and a MVP with little bit of traction can get capital. Downside? Everyone spends their capital. Would never happen in a down cycle. Down cycles are great, you've got more time to build a great team, product and brand. .... "[L]ook at ecommerce 2.0 companies like Fab and EcoMom who blew millions in capital acquiring customers at unsustainable rates, hoping for some magic lifetime customer value to justify the spending. (It didn’t.) “There’s a tension between growing fast enough and having a disastrous bottom line,” Jeff Clavier, Founder of SoftTech VC, says. Clavier was an early investor in Fab, among others playing this game. “If you don’t have growth you’re stuck, but if you have growth with economics not viable in the long term, [you’re making] a real bet that you’ll be funded nevertheless.” [...] companies aren’t developing a sustainable business model. [Freemium works better with Software Product.]
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Apple’s Eddy Cue and Jimmy Iovine Interview Video | Re/code
min 54:35 - making Apple future proof. focus. culture. ... creating value with ordinary products via detail, brand, design, and less friction. Question is, will they make Apple a distinctive luxury tech brand because of the comoditisation of hardware, software & design. + Last sentence; Apple being able to move fast. How? With someone flat (less vertical than usual ;)), tightly woven - VPs, Execs and C-Suit??!! Is that a something for success!? Respecting each other and being also somewhat friends to sometimes hang out with?! Because everyone else on the outside is gunning for you, daily. Because you have the biggest target on your back of them all. Is that the sauce that will make them be able to turn the brand identity into a luxury tech one with big big margins everybody else dreams of? Being able to pull this off because of the detail, design, status symbol, frustration free tech?
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
DLD NYC 14 - Winners/Losers in a Digital Age (Scott Galloway) - YouTube
Apple knows that competition is catching up faster and faster in terms of design and functionality etc etc. They hired 2 fashion people already (burberry and from LVHM). And to differentiate the brand further (price/status symbol - above middle class) and to keep selling it's Apple Products ... including wearables (Watch & Headphone) they hired those key people or b(r)ought them into the mothership. They could have long ago bought personal cloud storage companies and other stuff to add to its portfolio bla bla bla.... but that 'Software', you can't display - show off - walking around downtown manhatten. Wearables, phones, tablets - you can. ... Apple focuses on their core competencies - software like iTunes is only 2nd class, that is why it still doesn't stream. >> “They want Jimmy and they want Dre,” said the source. “He’s got fashion and culture completely locked up.” ( http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/22/apples-beats-deal-is-happening-and-its-a-dre-acquihire/ ) + !!! v=NP0P2BT0vTc !!!
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
"The main thing that has caused companies to fail, in my view, is that they missed the future," - Larry Page At TED - Business Insider
"The main thing that has caused companies to fail, in my view, is that they missed the future," Page said. This is why Google is going full steam ahead working on a variety of projects.  "When we bought Android, it was small and I felt guilty working on it, but it was smart, it was the future," he said.
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
Sharp Drops After Saying Material Doubt on Survival - Bloomberg
SHARP and PANASONIC likely next candidates to fail (bankruptcy, reorganisation, splitting of assets). Their demise is partly to contribute not being able to stay in touch of technology trends. It is a dead end street to compete simply by price where ur products are just a commodity.

Same with Motorola and their cell phone business.
Same with Nokia and their cell phone business.
Same with RIM and their cell phone business.
Same w Kodak and photo business.

- But what makes it even worse for SHARP and PANASONIC is that they a Japanese companies, with Japanese Corp. ORG structures. Also see OLYMPUS.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2010/07/japanese_corporate_culture
http://www.cityam.com/forum/the-japanese-disease-how-its-corporate-culture-turns-disasters-catastrophes
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-biggest-problem-with-japanese-corporate-culture-lives-on-2012-9
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_management_culture
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november 2012 by asterisk2a

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