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European Parliament rejects amendments protecting net neutrality | The Verge
The new legislation allows the creation of internet fast lanes for "specialized services" and lets ISPs offer so-called "zero-rating" products — i.e. apps and services that don't count toward monthly data allowances — without restrictions. Critics of the legislation say that the latter loophole will allow big internet companies to favor certain services in commercial deals. (For example, an ISP could agree with Apple to make Apple Music "zero-rated," leaving rival music streaming services at a disadvantage.)
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
UK's most expensive city facing 'catastrophe' - BBC News
shortage of supply = unaffordable = nobody can afford to live there, work there, study there. or have to commute from out of town for 1 hour or more. // this is not only a problem in Oxford. NHS Grampian has problems of recruiting because unaffordable house prices and rents pushed up by Oil Industry and the lack of new housing. Same for teaching jobs. // all the while building companies make pumper profits and even skirt around the edges to lower the ratio of social and affordable housing they have to provide with each new big project. its in their interest, if prices were to fell, they would make less money. so they build not enough to keep up with demand at all. and not enough so each new builds profit rises because of risen demand and people willing to pay more for the same house or flat from previous year or two or three despite no real improvement in the build technically/energy efficiency wise/or architecture wise - modern, wide open, big windows. //
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
What's going on in UK manufacturing? - BBC News
Manufacturing abt 10% of UK output. The rest of the production industries: mining, quarrying, gas, electricity, water and sewage account for another 5%. The service sector accounts for 79%, with construction making up the final 6%. In the last decade, manufacturing grew gradually from 2005 to 2008, at which point it took a dive in the financial crisis in common with the rest of the economy. It recovered from 2010 until the start of 2012 and has been pretty volatile since then. The sector is still below its pre-crisis peaks, unlike the service sector, which is well above its pre-crisis level. [...] the sector had been "stunned by a triple combination of a sharp slowdown in consumer spending, weak business investment and stagnating export order inflows". But most of the big headlines have been about one sector: steel [ energy price not competitive & bust of commodity prices blown up by ZIRP, NIRP & QE ] [ why not lower energy prices for all!?] & bit.ly/1hPrPrn &! bbc.in/1jRMjRF
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Casey Neistat's Guide to Filmmaking - YouTube
learning by doing. practical skills. semi-instant feedback. // tim ferriss and other writers; its about bleeding. putting yourself out ther naked and raw. // storytelling, relating! RELATING! Interestingness. And share it in a way that is interesting (time limit <10min, cut/edit, graphics, mobile friendly (lenght 10min, no fluff, red line from start to finish, IMMER AUF DEM ROTEN FADEN.) // &! here comes everybody // Story is Golden. << The King. Everything else serves the king. //&! EXPERIMENT, TRY, TINKER AROUND WITH THE EDIT. MARGINAL GAINS - youtu.be/nq9yz77r3zA - 5:40 - experience and good judgement does come with practice, practice and practice. And being open to mistakes and failure. They are part of practicing a craft. &! << WALK YOUR OWN PATH TO DISCOVER AND YIELD >YOUR OWN< STYLE *casey neistat - youtu.be/8hr2Isqsxxs - thus become unique. average comes from taking a given path others plotted to teach; 'The Dummies Guide' to editing. storytelling. lighting. cinematography.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
The other generation rent: meet the people flatsharing in their 40s | Money | The Guardian
Number of flatsharers aged 45-54 has risen by 300% in five years, figures show, amid soaring house prices, especially in London [...] Photographer Alex Forsey, 44, is typical of the new generation of flatsharers in their 40s. He recently moved into a house in Clapton, east London, with three other people in their 20s to 40s. He said: “The most affordable one-bed flat I was shown was £1,200 a month, and it was worse than a squat. The agent tried telling me it was a bargain.” //&! ability to get interest only loan is unbelievable.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Zumper: One-Third Of San Francisco’s Rent Is Attributable To VC Funding | TechCrunch
[capital efficiency?] // the other 1/4th is bidding up via credit bubble riches, diversification. other 2/4ths from planning restriction and natural biz cycle of sv //&! http://www.thebolditalic.com/articles/7266-an-open-letter-to-anyone-moving-to-san-francisco-for-a-tech-job - For context, people are right to be angry; shit is certainly fucked up. Since 2010, rents have risen by 40%, and eviction rates have risen by 38%—two rapid changes that have had very visual consequences all across the city. Much of SoMa, for instance, looks like an elephant graveyard. Sidewalks look like the surface of the moon; alleys are littered with broken glass; and streets are strewn with sleeping persons and human shit. All of this can be observed from in the shade of the brand-new office buildings and luxury condos that now line the streets everywhere east of 4th Street. [...] those who move to San Francisco and don’t engage with the community dilute and adulterate San Francisco’s sense of character.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: Good news! B rounds have doubled in value over five years!
B Round! doubling down on (to a certain point) proven ideas as they move to make themselves solid/viable (building business model & continued growth if not even putting some more gasoline on the fire with a B Round - allocation of resources). thus there is competition thus bidding up in a private market. BUT BUT also reflects the rising cost! Rising cost to grow, the war for talent to scale, and the cost in said hubs/ecosystems where the talent are already working on scaling other companies, where rent is sky high and space rare to expand office, ops, ramp up head count, ... // why, on a side note!, ? because global ZIRP, NIRP, QE, hunt for yield, FOMO, property speculation, alternative asset management and allocation (newly minted paper millionaers) have bid up prices in metropolitan and hot cities by credit bubbles around the world. bc financial markets are global, thus your allocation/diversification is global, not limited where ur home addr is. adding to volatiliy too bc of froth!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Bumper payouts for housebuilding executives as market booms | Business | The Guardian
Two of Britain’s largest housebuilders, Berkeley Group and Persimmon, could hand out about £1bn to their top executives and managers in pay and bonuses over the next six years, boosted by strong UK house prices and government-subsidies for home-buyers. Tony Pidgley, founder and executive chairman at Berkeley, is expected to face tough questions on Tuesday at the group’s shareholder meeting near its headquarters in leafy Cobham, Surrey, after it emerged last month that his pay package last year was worth £23.3m. [...] Meanwhile, executives at Persimmon, the UK’s largest housebuilder, also have a Berkeley-style incentive scheme that is one of the most generous to be found at a London stock market-listed firm. [...] Berkeley’s share price has risen more than 40% since the election of a Conservative government in May, [...] [bonuses] “entirely based on short-term performance”. [...] return on equity[.][ < KPI, what gets measured gets done ] &! bbc.in/1KE0jut - Barratt Homes profits +45%
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
We’re gonna need a bigger round...
After 15 years of staggering declines, the cost of building a company in San Francisco is rising sharply // prohibitive! diluting too much too early. // China and other BRIC paper millionaers divesting into property speculators, around the world. every city that has seen substantial price appreciation +10-20% over last +5 years // hot money from monetary policy, excess reserves, flushing around the globe //
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Government-backed egg lobby tried to crack food startup, emails show | Business | The Guardian
USDA official joined American Egg Board in planning to ruin Hampton Creek, Silicon Valley firm that created plant-based egg alternative and Just Mayo // nyti.ms/1LDafUR &! bit.ly/1QaVE1U &! on.fb.me/1hFul3F // &! redd.it/3k8fy0 - Want to Make Enemies Fast? Try Inventing a Vegan Egg //&! youtu.be/2oTp-C5lT0Y - US Government Conspiracy Against Vegan Eggs & Mayo! //&! FDA Threatens Just Mayo For Making Egg-Free Mayo - youtu.be/KcvvYjZyKAk //&! The GREAT EGG CONSPIRACY: Lies, Corruption & Kevin Bacon - youtu.be/IsgDwSvkJdM //&! NOBODY HAS BEEN FIRED!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Pando: In the Valley, pre-seed is a meme. In New York, it’s a necessity
// cost of entry? // unable to make it happen? // Can't you write software from anywhere? // problem, heavily diluted early on approaching A/B, traditional shops don't like the cap table of pre-seed, angels, seed, accelerator & Micro VC's already owning ~+40% ... you come to a traditional A/B shop and not one of the existing investors is actually leading the round or committed in paper do double down? // // from a financial perspective/investment/math --- in the PRIVATE MARKET thrown under the bus by NIRP, QE, hunt for yield and FOMO (looking for their female unicorn or own Zuck) everyone can run 100 burger stands with unlimited/stellar returns in their spreadsheet model (bc cost of capital being 0 or negative). Despite the deflation of price of software & hosting (marginal cost, economics of abundance), Talent got bid up heavily (+200k/y in LA by Snapchat) in certain cities (SV, NY, London) // &! Steen Jakobsen - youtu.be/fnp5ETnKylU - min 16 avg guy does not have access to credit!
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Paul Mason: what they're not telling you about housing - YouTube
- Tories isn't brave enough to stop the one way bet. Electorate preferential to those who actually vote, voted them in and are spared of most of the austerity. babyboomers and pensioners. // add Generation Rent + Student Loan Debt (Bubble) + low interest rate environment to inflate debt away + low yield for savings mean higher principle each year to put in means less discretionary spending + secular stagnation in the western world (Globalisation + Software eats the world) equals wage stagnation equals less spending power and savings power. ... ... it is a Disaster in the making, in-front of our eyes. Only those who inherited will be ok. otherwise, social mobility goes down, inequality up, ... making yourself means making hard choices (ie no kids), and bettering yourself by your own means impossible, when the whole system conspires against you.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Vergecast 168: Really good codeine - YouTube
min 46 // Instagram increased res for square format, now allowing all photo formats (vertical and landscape, after user hacked the square format - putting in landscape or portrait photos with borders - to make it square) vs what it was and was not and what it only offered on release day. "the great equaliser." all had the same tool, limitations, options, ways to express, make photos more interesting. thus it showed off some specific creative you (how to use your phone camera), not your skill and experience with Photoshop, lighting, photo school rules - that can set you apart. Instagram was a small, limited, enhanced window you your world, to that moment - captured. And now like Social Media. It is being gamed. Exploited. Abused. For specific commercial and or personal purpose. // Instagram was sort of, lucked out, with not being something for everyone. No it has become that thing that can be used by everyone - for their purpose. Follows it being primed for advertisers ...
Instagram  differentiate  differentiation  photo  app  constraint  artificial  constraint  community  philosophy  Facebook  Newsfeed  Social  Media  Selbstdarstellung  Celebrity  of  You  Beme  community  management  Twitter  Product/Market  Fit  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  category  vertical  consumer  management  experience  user  hack  strategy  Snapchat  Vine  YouTube  expression  creative  content  creator  digital  content  user  generated  content  The  Wars  Multimedia  Periscope  Meerkat  barriers  to  entry  cost  of  entry  meritocracy  meritocratic 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Tech Stocks Rebound: Bloomberg West (Full Show 8/25) - YouTube
15:53 - you can build sw companies everywhere else. cost of living out of control as well dampens quality of life and standard of living. // lower burn rate, more time, more runway to find traction (product market fit) beyond MVP,
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
'Affordable' shared ownership flat in Hackney on the market for £1m | Money | The Guardian
>> Edinburgh is expensive too. Then comes Glasgow as option. But Manchester better because of start-ups already there and MediaCity UK-BBC and Northern Powerhouse initiatives.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Bank of England: Bitcoin is "Harder Money" than Gold Due to Deflation – Bitcoin Magazine
During a presentation on digital currencies entitled “Old Money, New Money,” Andy Haldane, Chief Economist & the Executive Director of Monetary Analysis and Statistics of the Bank of England and his team stated that “Digital currencies are ‘harder money’ than a gold standard” because “sustained adoption [of bitcoin] would see ongoing deflation.” [...] 2 million UK adults do not have bank accounts and 2.5 billion people in the world have no access to financial services, said Haldane. However, given the estimate that 80% of the world’s population will own a smartphone within 5 years, Haldane believes that many could turn toward digital currency to store their savings. // &! bit.ly/1U0UYMM - Enabling New Internet Applications (no transaction minimum, no transaction fee) // &! W3C toEstablish Online Payment Standards - bit.ly/1Nye7py - Internet pioneers such as Ted Nelson, Marc Andreessen & Berners-Lee himself thought that the Internet should have a built-in framework for micropayments.
Bitcoin  deflationary  deflation  fiat  currency  fiat  money  monetary  policy  Gold  Standard  economic  history  FinTech  underbanked  emerging  market  Developing  World  W3C  micropayment  micropayments  payment  payment-system  payments  PayPal  Braintree  Stripe  Amazon  Google  Google  Wallet  creditcard  oligopoly  oligopol  banking  crisis  banking  fractional  reserve  banking  financial  market  barriers  to  entry  cost  of  entry 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Gründer-Interviews: Was London kann und Berlin nicht hat | Gründerszene
Auch sie hält es für wahrscheinlicher, nach San Francisco zu ziehen als zurück nach Deutschland. Eine Zeit lang habe sie zwar Jobs bei Startups in Berlin gesucht – aber niemand habe genug Geld gezahlt. Für ein Unternehmen mit einer starken Idee hätte sie das vielleicht in Kauf genommen, sagt sie. Aber: „Ich hatte damals den Eindruck, dass viele Startups in Deutschland nicht international skalierbar sind, oder sein wollten, und habe deshalb schnell das Interesse verloren.“ [...] Am Ende war Berlin der Standort, wo wir am meisten Entwicklungspotenzial gesehen haben.“ Es sei spannend, dass das Startup-Ökosystem in Berlin noch relativ jung ist [...] lobt die noch „sehr junge“ Berliner Szene. Die deutsche Stadt habe wahrscheinlich das „am schnellstwachsende Ökosystem Europas.“ Er ist überzeugt: „Wir werden hier sicherlich bald das Zentrum für Internet-Startups in Europa sein.“ [ copycats and wantrepreneurs chasing small ideas ]
Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene  copycat  Silicon  Valley  FinTech  cost  of  living  cost  of  entry  burn  rate  runway  war  for  talent  quality  of  life  living  standard  standard  of  living 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Why I'm Moving My Business From San Francisco to St. Louis | Need/Want
// one VC/Angel said, its not that you run out of money, you run out of time to find the magic that makes things for your product work, MVP, Product/Market Fit, that kick up in net promoter score, that multiple in q/q growth, etc etc. // If you’re trying to bootstrap, being based in San Francisco is awful. [ Same with London and New York followed by LA and Seattle. ] Cheap cities are startup friendly. [ don't opt for Edinburgh, if go to Glasgow or Manchester (which got already a small start-up scene plus Media City, Salford) ] We’re an internet company. We don’t need to be tied to a specific location. Hiring remote and having a distributed work force is far cheaper than hiring locally and making everyone come into an office. // &! bit.ly/1EvpTcY
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Hawaii Bans Non-Compete and Non-Solicit Clauses in High-Tech Employment | Hacker News
A really good book to read on the subject is AnnaLee Saxenian's Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 (http://www.amazon.com/Regional-Advantage-Culture-Competition...). It discusses why Route 128 failed while Silicon Valley flourished. A major part is that under California law, non-competes are not enforceable in California. As people moved freely between competing companies, their ideas, information, and best practices traveled with them. The diffusion of good ideas gave the region as a whole a competitive edge.
Silicon  Valley  ecosystem  competitive  advantage  competitiveness  competitive  barriers  to  entry  cost  of  entry  economic  history  creative  destruction 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Creative young Brits are quitting London for affordable Berlin | World news | The Guardian
More and more burnt-out Londoners are embracing the laid-back cool – and much lower cost of living – of the German capital [...] Her decision to leave London was mainly a financial one. “I was working seven days a week and paying £800 for a shared flat in Lewisham. We kept moving further and further into south-east London, until I felt I needed to leave entirely. I’m part of a big exodus; I know many people who have moved from east London to south-east London and then to Berlin. [...] Agora is one of many “co-working hubs” that have sprung up in the city, created for the ever-growing startup community (by 2020 an estimated 100,000 jobs are set to be generated by Berlin startups). Agora is one of many expat bubbles, catering to the ever-growing number of digital nomads. [...] I was just exhausted all the time. You go home to your expensive flat, but end up just sleeping in it, and then go back to work. There’s just more time here.” [...] In London, its office work, bars, sleep, repeat.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Scottish fantasy sport firm FanDuel plans expansion - BBC News
>> London Expensive, Silicon Valley (SF, Mountain View, Palo Alto), NY prohibitively expensive to run a start-up out of solely. The next best cities are probably, in UK; Glasgow and Manchester. Edinburgh still more expensive than both and commuting is for most unavoidable. Keep in mind, (1) UK wide housing shortage - lowest rate of new builds over decades, and (2) also quality of life/health lower in noisy polluted over crowded London with the long commute, and (3) Aberdeen is 2nd most expensive city of UK, bc Oil drove up the prices.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC’s Peter Salmon: ‘Where do you want me to be? Milton Keynes?’ | Media | The Guardian
The increasing unaffordability of the capital is a boon for the BBC’s non-London outposts, Salmon says: “You can develop a career here and be on a starter salary, say £20-25,000, you could probably get a foot on the property ladder or rent in a decent part of town. Live the dream and live out in Derbyshire and travel in, or get a little flat in Manchester. A lot of younger people starting out who can’t afford London any more look to Salford and Media City. We really benefit from the negative side of London’s growth.”
Manchester  UK  London  BBC  British  Broadcasting  Company  cost  of  living  London  Start-up  Scene  affordable  housing  social  housing  cost  of  entry  barriers  to  entry  ecosystem 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Tech’s Privilege Barrier — The Information
Behind the articles we write about hot startups and funding rounds is a truth that needs a headline of its own: The technology industry is not as meritocratic as it may seem. For this column, I am focusing specifically on entrepreneurs, the people who found companies and beat the odds to turn them into something big. By many measures, the industry is incredibly fair with relatively few barriers to entry. You could, in theory, build the next Snapchat or WhatsApp with a good idea, a laptop and barely any capital. The reality is a little different. Rags to riches tales (like Steve Jobs or WhatsApp’s Jan Koum) get a lot of attention and certainly exist. But the “anyone can make something of himself” narrative ignores the fact that to go from idea to successful company you need a lot of other ingredients, ingredients where privilege helps a lot.
meritocracy  meritocratic  American  Dream  Silicon  Valley  social  mobility  income  mobility  Gini  coefficient  Privileged  male  privilege  white  male  privilege  straight  white  male  gender-based  discrimination  gender  bias  selection  bias  confirmation  bias  skill-biased  technological  change  USA  education  policy  racial  discrimination  ethnic  discrimination  social  discrimination  ethnic  minority  black  minority  minority  Toff  Establishment  Networking  career  advice  career  ladder  poverty  trap  inequality  barriers  to  entry 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Monica Lewinsky: The price of shame - YouTube
In 1998, says Monica Lewinsky, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become a constant. In a brave talk, she takes a look at our “culture of humiliation,” in which online shame equals dollar signs — and demands a different way.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
You Need To Be A Billion Just To Make A Million | TechCrunch
[ especially consumer apps being hit driven business, already, that can go out of fashion as quickly as they came, might be a flash in a pan like Secret & work only on the SV/SF ] Competition in the Valley has started reaching a new peak, with candidates demanding all kinds of accoutrements just to change jobs. But it’s not just recruiting that has become more challenging. Sales, marketing, public relations — essentially every task that a startup has to do is just more difficult today given this cutthroat environment. The only way to respond to the higher threshold has been to raise ever more capital, and earlier as well. We now have the rise of the “instant unicorn” that can raise hundreds of millions of capital in just the first months of a company’s existence. That means companies are already worth billions, before they may have made their first million dollars in revenue or gotten their first million users. That’s the new normal, and founders have to be ready to adapt.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
The Micro VC Shakeout | TechCrunch
NIRP, QE, hunt for yield and FOMO (on Silicon Valley) created the conditions for people from SV and around, to create a small fund! Period. mass of micro vcs, seed funds, accelerators and angels is a symptom. // people become fearless, ... warren buffet saying 'Be Fearful When Others Are Greedy and Greedy When Others Are Fearful' // VCs and Private Equity, for growth rounds, stab each other in the back to be in into the next Unicorn's growth round << Greedy
Venture  Capital  hunt  for  yield  barriers  to  entry  complexity  unintended  consequences  speculative  bubbles  asset  bubble  equity  bubble  bond  bubble  debt  bubble  NIRP  ZIRP  QE  asset  allocation  ecosystem  FOMO  Angel  Investor  Seed  Round  Accelerator  distortion  Unicorn  growth  Private  SPV  Wall  Street  bubble 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Tech Bubble? Maybe, Maybe Not | TechCrunch
6. Exit ratios are dropping = symptom of consolidation (big companies buying up other complimentary companies) // 4. High-end IPO valuations are rising dramatically &! 5. Late-stage financing is displacing exits = symptom of hunt for yield because of NIRP & QE and <5% in other sectors with a slow global economy and flattening of the world. /// The bottom line? If there is a bubble, it’s a different kind of bubble. And this makes sense, because the market and technology landscapes have changed dramatically in the last 15 years. Of course, companies will still fail, and with today’s huge valuations and the accompanying attention, those failures will seem even bigger and splashier. [ie fab.com & path & foursquare] // Taper might be on the horizon for USA, but not for Europe, UK and Japan. // it's a bubble when it bursts. and this time it will be an outside factor like 2008 was .. ppl should play it smart and keep the focus eliminating risks they can eliminate. // &! tcrn.ch/1HWxzHr
Silicon  Valley  speculative  bubbles  speculation  speculative  hunt  for  yield  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  flat  world  globalisation  globalization  borderless  cost  of  entry  barriers  to  entry  unintended  consequences  complexity  Taper  Abenomics  lost  decade  liquidity  trap  debtoverhang  sovereign  debt  crisis  deleveraging  Wall  Street  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Digitale Revolution: Die Deutsche Wirtschaft ist zu zufrieden - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Skepsis ist angebracht. Die Digitalisierung ist dabei, das Leben umzuwälzen. Wie die Wirtschaft funktioniert, womit wir unseren Lebensunterhalt verdienen, wie wir zusammenleben, wie wir denken, lernen und fühlen - all das ist einem epochalen Wandel unterworfen. Wer die Folgen dieser Zeitenwende vor lauter Selbstzufriedenheit unterschätzt, lebt gefährlich. Eine Studie der Oxforder Forscher Carl Benedikt Frey und Michael Osborne kommt zu dem Ergebnis, dass durch die digitale Revolution 47 Prozent der heutigen US-Arbeitsplätze gefährdet sind; in anderen westlichen Ländern dürften die Dimensionen ähnlich sein. [...] Denn die Digitalisierung führt bei vielen Gütern zu einem rapiden Preisverfall. Zwischen 2010 und 2014 wurden Mobilcomputer in Deutschland um 40 Prozent billiger, IT-Dienstleistungen um zwölf Prozent, Mobiltelefonieren immerhin um neun Prozent, wie das Statistische Bundesamt vorrechnet. [future of Hardware as a Service ...]
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
Verhandlungsposition zur Netzneutralität: Kompromisse sehen anders aus › Digitale Gesellschaft
Mit dem nun vorgestellten Entwurf kommt die Bundesregierung den Wünschen der Providerlobby weitestgehend entgegen. Er ist so abgefasst, dass nicht nur – wie immer wieder propagiert – Anwendungen wie Telemedizin und selbstfahrende Autos als Spezialdienste ermöglicht werden, sondern vielmehr beliebte Dienste des offenen Internets künftig auf Spezialdienste ausgelagert und kostenfplichtig angeboten werden können. Verlangsamungen und Blockierung von Internetzugängen werden durch den Entwurf ebenso legalisiert wie verbraucher- und wettbewerbsunfreundliche Praktiken wie das Zero-Rating einzelner Dienste. Rein protokollbasierte Dienste finden überhaupt keine Berücksichtigung. Alles in allem ist der Entwurf eine Blaupause für die Gewinnmaximierung der Telekommunikationsprovider. &! http://www.reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/2o9jy1/angela_merkel_speaks_against_net_neutrality/
Net  Neutrality  Germany  Angela  Merkel  lobby  utility  public  utility  Zero  Rating  barriers  to  entry  QoS  Europe 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
This is how Google kills your app — Medium
via - https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8510642 // don't build your business on other peoples platform, lessons from FB and Twitter as Platform. too many things you can't control. but will worry about every day ... total waste of bandwidth. ... it is still about Internet (caveat Net Neutrality and accessibility) and e-mail (caveat ie Gmail design and spam filters).
TOS  Platform  business  model  business  plan  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  barriers  to  entry  uncertainty  Twitter  Google  Facebook  Amazon  scale  scaling 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Hailo says Uber blocked potential investors
"In raising that massive [funding] round, any investor who wanted to even look at Uber's books to decide whether they wanted to make an investment had to sign an agreement which specifically named us, as well as Lyft, and restricting them from having any ability to even talk to us for at least a year. "It wasn't just good enough for them to raise enough money for their business - they needed to restrict the market to Hailo and its competitors to have access to capital. "That's what we're up against."
Uber  Travis  Kalanick  Lyft  Hailo  competition  competitiveness  competitive  Silicon  Valley  barriers  to  entry 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Blockades and IPOs: China’s Great Firewall gives its companies an advantage over Western counterparts | PandoDaily
It’s only going to get harder for Western companies to operate in China. The government has even started to support the development of China-specific counterparts to popular software like the Windows operating system. Unless someone starts an “Uber for convincing a country like China to re-open its borders to Western technology companies” — which could only be called MarcoPolo or DickNixon, obviously — China’s coveted consumers will often be unreachable. Meanwhile, Chinese companies like Alibaba are going public on the New York Stock Exchange (feel free to insert a “fucking” in there if you’re really excited about it not being NASDAQ) and raising more money than any other public offering in the tumultuous history of public offerings. The road between China and the United States, it seems, only allows for travel in one direction. Nixon would be ashamed.
China  Alibaba  IPO  Silicon  Valley  barriers  to  entry 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
EU Sends Questionnaire to Rivals Over Facebook Deal With WhatsApp - WSJ
European Union antitrust officials have sent a detailed questionnaire to competitors and customers of Facebook Inc. and message service WhatsApp as they probe the proposed $19 billion acquisition of the latter by the California-based tech giant. EU antitrust officials will try get to the heart of the competitive landscape and understand what separates a social network from a messaging application, according to a questionnaire sent to them, and seen by The Wall Street Journal. Competitors have until Sept. 8 to reply to the questionnaire, which runs to nearly 70 pages and contains in-depth questions on the ease of switching between networks, how easy it is to create new competitors, and how the new social media industry and its apps compete with traditional telecoms services.
antitrust  Bundeskartellamt  Facebook  WhatsApp  Europe  Competition  market  plurality  barriers  to  entry  Zero  Rating  Net  Neutrality  Wireless  Carrier  messaging  Platform 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
T-Mobile adds Songza, Rdio, others to Music Freedom; Google Play Music 'later this year' | The Verge
@TMobile adds 6 new partners to its Music Freedom initiative: @songza, @Rdio, @Grooveshark, @accuradio, Black Planet, & @radioparadise; they join @Spotify, @pandora_radio, iTunes Radio & more; the service lets users stream music from those services w/o it affecting their data plan >> only possible in US? WhatsApp has a deal in Germany of such kind. // +++ http://pando.com/2014/08/28/t-mobiles-music-freedom-plan-subsidizes-data-plans-without-really-threatening-net-neutrality/
Zero  Rating  Wireless  Carrier  Net  Neutrality  ISP  barriers  to  entry  antitrust  Bundeskartellamt  USA  Europe  WhatsApp 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
Silicon Valley has evolved -- it’s not about startups anymore | VentureBeat | Entrepreneur | by Armando Biondi, AdEspresso
The consequence? Silicon Valley is no longer the best place to start a company (unless you’ve already been living there for a while now, of course) because everywhere else is. And “everywhere else” is the rest of the world — with cheaper talent, lower cost of living, and good access to initial capital as well — but also the rest of the U.S. outside of the tech hubs. Whether that’s good or bad, I don’t know. But it’s something you need to be aware of. That has been my advice lately to a few people asking for perspective from a guy who comes from Europe but has spent the last few years in the Valley. It’s a wonderful place, but it’s a very challenging one also. So if you’re starting something today, DO NOT come to Silicon Valley right away. It’s less expensive, less risky, and probably easier to start somewhere else, due to less competition. +++ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8182828 San Francisco Office Rents Seen Topping Manhattan in 2015 (bloomberg.com)
Silicon  Valley  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  San  Francisco  war  for  talent  barriers  to  entry  scaling  scale  economies  of  agglomeration  economies  of  scale  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  Lean  Start-Up  Mountain  View  Palo  Alto  Venture  Capital  Networking 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
Wikipedia Zero und Netzneutralität: Wikimedia wendet sich gegen das offene Internet | netzpolitik.org
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet.org || In einem Blog-Post, bewarb Erik Möller, der stellvertretende Direktor der Wikimedia Foundation, ein relativ neues Angebot: Wikipedia Zero, eine Partnerschaft mit Telekom-Unternehmen die den priorisierten, gebührenfreien Zugang zur Wikipedia bereitstellt. Die Idee dahinter ist, die hohen Datengebühren zu umgehen, die immer noch viele Menschen auf der ganzen Welt zwingen, offline zu bleiben. || - deals that are anti-competitive. -- +++ See "Free Mobile Data Plans Are Going to Crush the Startup Economy | Business | WIRED wired.com" || >>> Mobile Platform become more inequal with preferential treatment and App Store. Long-tail does not exist.
Facebook  Internet.org  Wikipedia  Wikipedia  Zero  Net  Neutrality  Frontier  Markets  Developing  World  Emerging  Markets  barriers  to  entry  antitrust  WhatsApp  Zero  Rating  Wireless  Carrier  Mobile  network  operator  Open  Platform  Platform  App  Store  long-tail  Silicon  Valley 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
How Jonah Peretti and BuzzFeed Got to $850 Million | Re/code
BuzzFeed +500 people. Even if you want to slight the company as nothing more than a Reddit repackager, someone has to do that repackaging. But if you’re only looking at BuzzFeed as a media company, then that $850 million might seem optimistic. Last year, people around the company pegged BuzzFeed’s 2013 revenue at $60 million, and now they’re supposedly on track for $120 million. Which means Dixon and his co-workers at Andreessen Horowitz are likely valuing Jonah Perreti’s company at something like 10x trailing 12-month sales. Investors value the New York Times at 1.2x sales. Time Inc. is at 0.77x. Time Warner, which mints money, is at 2x. + Are There Internet Dialects? http://youtu.be/SDPasRas5u0 Transporting Internet language, dialects, memes etc and ideas how to present stuff in an enlightening manner to mainstream. Still, thank god, there is a gap and lets hope there will always be a gap. ++ !! "most revenues come from creating ads for other brands" !! ++ http://bit.ly/1r64hlX
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
Free Mobile Data Plans Are Going to Crush the Startup Economy | Business | WIRED
@howardlindzon - The scariest market news I have read all year but something @mparekh always warns me of. fredwilson http://avc.com/2014/07/the-scourge-of-zero-rating/ "Soon a startup will have to negotiate a zero rating plan before launching because mobile app customers will be trained to only use apps that are zero rated on their network." // @cdixon "Free Mobile Data Plans are Going to Crush the Start Economy" // WhatsApp & e-Plus in Germany - http://gigaom.com/2014/04/08/whatsapp-becomes-a-virtual-carrier-in-germany-with-the-help-of-e-plus/ & http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/07/whatsapp-launches-a-e10-sim-with-e-plus-in-germany-with-free-whatsapp-usage-included/ || + Wikipedia Zero - http://blog.wikimedia.org/2014/08/01/wikipedia-zero-and-net-neutrality-protecting-the-internet/
Net  Neutrality  barriers  to  entry  antitrust  Europe  USA  Bundeskartellamt  cartel  ISP  Wireless  Carrier  oligopoly  self-regulation  regulators  regulation  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  WhatsApp  Zero  Rating  Mobile  network  operator 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
Newsweek Feature Stories: The Future of Branding - YouTube
+ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imyo7r2L_1o << democratisation of voice, KPI - social following, influence, engagement, ... currency is respect; long-term view/long-term thinking - domain knowledge - domain expertise. ... long-form content << measure of quality. not just instagram snaps. differentiation. standing out from the noise. the constant bombardment (( full video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vy0VaJL4XO8
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Democrats unveil legislation forcing the FCC to ban Internet fast lanes - The Washington Post
The proposal, put forward by Senate Judiciary Committee chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), requires the FCC to use whatever authority it sees fit to make sure that Internet providers don't speed up certain types of content (like Netflix videos) at the expense of others (like e-mail). It wouldn't give the commission new powers, but the bill — known as the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act — would give the FCC crucial political cover to prohibit what consumer advocates say would harm startup companies and Internet services by requiring them to pay extra fees to ISPs.
FCC  Democratic  Process  democracy  Net  Neutrality  vested  interest  ISP  cable  provider  Tom  Wheeler  interest  groups  lobby  Lobbying  lobbyist  presidency  barackobama  barriers  to  entry  competitive  advantage  comparative  advantage  competitiveness 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Commentary: Uber’s $18.2B Valuation Is a Head Scratcher - Digits - WSJ
That’s a worthy mission, but the wrinkle is that Uber is entering what is essentially a frictionless market (for both drivers and riders) in which its services are a commodity. The company’s phenomenal growth so far (we don’t know the actual numbers, but doubling in revenue every 6 months is what Kalanick claims) has been built on the back of low-hanging fruit — expansion into new cities, particularly where taxi availability is low — and levels of dissatisfaction among taxi drivers that may be temporal. (When I asked drivers who had a particular loyalty to Lyft why they liked the company, they said they felt it treated them better in general.) In both respects, Uber’s growth is reminiscent of Groupon, and we know what happened to them.
Uber  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  plurality  marketplace  marketplace  inefficiencies  sharing  economy  Groupon  barriers  to  entry  low-hanging  fruit  frictionless  friction  Lyft  urban  planning  urbanisation  transportation  public  transportation  Taxi 
june 2014 by asterisk2a
Net Neutrality and the Idea of America : The New Yorker
In “The Frontier in American History,” the historian Frederick Jackson Turner argued that it was frontiers that created the essential aspects of American democracy. Life on the frontier, he wrote, was what developed “the courageous determination to break new paths” and “indifference to the dogma that because an institution or a condition exists, it must remain.” The debate over net neutrality, by this reckoning, is a classic debate over the closing of a frontier. The fear is that industrial consolidation, as it has before, will diminish opportunities for the new, idealistic, and optimistic, leaving behind the established, tested, and cynical. It would be the lapse into plutocracy that Turner and others feared.
Net  Neutrality  frontiermarkets  Frontier  Markets  BRIC  MINT  Internet  FCC  barriers  to  entry  inequality  discrimination  public  policy  public  good  public  utility  digital  divide  oligarchy  oligopoly  oligopol  marketplace  plurality  marketplace  inefficiencies  marketplace  efficiencies  presidency  barackobama  USA  competitiveness  competitive  advantage  comparative  advantage  Europe  UK 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
The New York Times Busted Lying Through its Teeth
NYT in the hands of a billionaire from Mexico. there had been before, non -coverage, about Carlos Slim (owner of telco's in mexico). and Washington Post was bought by Jeff Bezos. Press & dissemination of news - is one of the commanding heights of an modern economy (book).
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
Susan Crawford on Why U.S. Internet Access is Slow, Costly, and Unfair - YouTube
Is Net Neutrality Dead? - youtube.com/watch?v=h3bIDRM8l2A ""pressure from ISP and Cable Provider lobby in Washington not to call them a utility"" - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/13/susan-crawford-internet_n_2670127.html - https://www.youtube.com/user/MoyersandCompany/search?query=Crawford +++ Bill Moyers Essay: As the SEC Door Revolves - v=pqA4RGI5i8A
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
FCC approves plan to consider paid priority on Internet
The proposal is not a final rule, but the vote on Thursday is a significant step forward on a controversial idea that has invited fierce opposition from consumer advocates, Silicon Valley heavyweights, and Democratic lawmakers. The FCC will now open the proposal to a total 120 days of public comment. Final rules, aimed for the end of the year, could be rewritten after the agency reviews the public comments. + http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/obama-pledges-net-neutrality-laws-if-elected-president/ "Obama pledges Net neutrality laws if elected president. The presidential hopeful says if elected, he'll prioritize enacting antidiscrimination rules for broadband providers during first year in office. Will others follow?" + http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/netzneutralitaet-in-den-usa-fcc-zum-zwei-klassen-internet-a-969678.html + http://www.economist.com/blogs/schumpeter/2014/05/fcc-s-net-neutrality-plan - Wheeler a former cable-industry lobbyist
Net  Neutrality  FCC  USA  presidency  barackobama  barriers  to  entry  discrimination  Innovation  Silicon  Valley  competitive  advantage  competitiveness  comparative  advantage  economies  of  agglomeration  economies  of  scale  Start-Up  Start-Ups  revolving-door  Lobbying  lobbyist  lobby  revolving  door  Washington  Career  Politicians  interest  groups  public  policy  infrastructure  investment  infrastructure  public  good  public  utility 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Safe Harbors – AVC
The answer to this quandry is “safe harbors”. I argue for them all over the place. In content licensing. In telecom policy. In banking policy. If we had a general bias in our society to let early stage startups try things and see if they work before we worry about compliance we would see a lot more innovation.
Net  Neutrality  FCC  ISP  Start-Up  Start-Ups  Lean  Start-Up  Silicon  Valley  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product  innovation  barriers  to  entry 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Will an Internet Fast Lane Be an Innovation Dead End? | MIT Technology Review
But if deep-pocketed players can pay for a faster, more reliable service, then small startups face a crushing disadvantage, says Brad Burnham, managing partner at Union Square Ventures, a VC firm based in New York City. “This is absolutely part of our calculus now,” he says. Burnham says his firm will now “stay away from” startups working on video and media businesses. It will also avoid investing in payment systems or in mobile wallets, which require ultrafast transaction times to make sense. “This is a bad scene for innovation in those areas,” Burnham says of the FCC proposal.
Net  Neutrality  barriers  to  entry  FCC  USA 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Mozilla Offers an Idea for Solving Net Neutrality Problem | Re/code
This action will help preserve the future of technology innovation online, particularly for online video communications and smartphone applications and services.
FCC  Net  Neutrality  Mozilla  Foundation  Firefox  innovation  barriers  to  entry  equality 
may 2014 by asterisk2a
Why I’m Bullish on the News - POLITICO Magazine
Go maximum mass or maximum specific. [...] News organizations are also going to have to mix and match revenue models. I see eight obvious ones: advertising, subscriptions, premium content, events, cross-media promotion, crowdfunding, micropayments and philanthropy. [...] Today, this same science culture, this civilization of engineers and math, is again on the rise. And to many, it feels like it’s running away with the future. [...] The point is that, for people who aren’t deep into math and science and technology, it is going to get far harder to understand the world going forward. || + http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/1-destroy-the-village-2-save-it-105923.html + http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/05/lords-of-the-viral-internet-105905.html + http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/04/brauchli-keller-interview-the-new-york-times-is-not-going-to-turn-into-buzzfeed-105900.html
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
It's official: Comcast and Time Warner Cable announce $45.2B merger | VentureBeat | Business | by Jordan Novet
Comcast and Time Warner Cable are the largest and second-largest cable providers in the U.S., respectively. [...] federal regulators could challenge the deal, just as they have pushed back on mergers of big mobile service providers such as AT&T and T-Mobile. + The Tek 0096: Comcast & Time Warner Wouldn't Hurt a Fly + http://youtu.be/5UbanGbiEPA?t=9m9s + 30:06min in - all this comes back to the fight of the Middleman to try hardest to stay relevant in the future of distribution of digital content. Whether it be music, movies, tv, tv-series, and any other digital content. The future is about b2c, currently its about b2b2c. The middleman will fall away, but it is fighting back. Remove a middle man and get rid of the mark-up. + http://recode.net/2014/02/12/heres-why-the-biggest-cable-company-in-the-country-thinks-it-can-get-bigger/ + http://recode.net/2014/02/13/comcast-time-warner-cable-deal-faces-significant-review-in-dc/ + http://youtu.be/bJOZEVQOfNc
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