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How Microsoft Lost Its Mojo: Steve Ballmer and Corporate America’s Most Spectacular Decline | Vanity Fair
Lost decade under Ballmer, the sales guy. Sales guy is not the right guy 2 make a dent into the universe. //&! JULY 2012 Microsoft’s Downfall: Inside the Executive E-mails and Cannibalistic Culture That Felled a Tech Giant - vnty.fr/1OU6xUN //&! NOVEMBER 2014 The Empire Reboots - vnty.fr/1FZ4mJd //&! bit.ly/1isyHfL //&! Bill & Ballmer not on speaking terms - on.mash.to/1isyFED cnet.co/1KcO02M //&! Steve Ballmer talks LA Clippers, Satya Nadella & Microsoft. Just dont ask him abt Gates - ind.pn/10mLbMH //&! read.bi/1Lw4zXs // &! Start-up advice/lesson is that you have to have a true north to be long-term relevant, big enough to be seemingly inexhaustible! Yahoo! NO. AOL. NO. Twitter. Still Debating it internally, reflective of nobody being the true leader with true leadership capabilities, everyone cooking & suggesting spices. Facebook. YES. LinkedIn. YES (economic graph). Amazon. YES. Zappos. YES. RocketInternet. NO. Google. YES. Foursquare. YES. Tumblr. NO. Reddit. YES. HBO. YES.
Steve  Ballmer  Bill  Gates  Apple  Google  Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  Platform  EULA  Windows  8  Windows  10  Satya  Nadella  Leadership  CEO  mission  vision  Principle  Mittelstand  SME  SMB  consumer  product  Facebook  Twitter  Bing  Yahoo!  WhatsApp  WeChat  Line  Kakao  Talk  Silo  SAAS  Microsoft  Azure  AWS  Amazon  Silicon  Valley  Android  iOS  Hardware  Software  Nokia  Patent  patents  IP  intellectual  property  technological  progress  technological  history  disruption  disrupting  markets  bottom  up  dream  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  Venture  Capital  Google+  Tumblr  Reddit  AOL  linkedin  foursquare  Dennis  Crowley  HBO 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
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
Reddit's fate hangs in the balance as revolt against CEO makes waves | Technology | The Guardian
While more than 200,000 Redditors want Ellen Pao to resign, readers are jumping ship to budding competitor sites as top brass pushes to go mainstream [...] Redditors – as users are called – have accused the site of increasingly trying to monetize its popularity, and it appears their sentiments came to a head last Thursday, when Reddit’s popular director of talent, Victoria Taylor, was let go from her post. [...] a company torn between catering to commercial interests, and an obsession with giving voice to every possible perspective. [...] But some have suggested that the latest revolt is a flashpoint in a wider clash of cultures. The web’s largest agglomeration of niche enthusiasts provides a portal for people to make friends and enemies in a wide range of different communities, including some less reputable forums that have come under increasing scrutiny. &! bit.ly/1NMqxYG - Memo to VCs: Not every site with gargantuan traffic is destined to be a billion dollar public company
Reddit  business  model  Ellen  Pao  user  generated  content  Venture  Capital  Alexis  Ohanian  Digg  4chan  The  Wars  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  community  community  management  communication  Twitter  Dick  Costolo  mainstream  mass  market  critical  mass  mass  culture  Facebook  Pinterest  foursquare  Dennis  Crowley  Tumblr  Flickr  Instagram  Snapchat  Vine  Periscope  Meerkat  MySpace  AOL  Yahoo!  Y!  Yahoo 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Foursquare Ups Recommendation Game With Latest Update | TechCrunch
Foursquare has today released an update that is meant to improve recommendations for users. Though it doesn’t look all that different, the app has been given an under-the-hood makeover. Foursquare is now using even more information about you — places you’ve been, liked, saved, tastes, and people you follow — to determine what your homescreen should show you each time you open the app. Foursquare has already been using this type of information to feed you recommendations, alongside time of day and location.
foursquare 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Introducing Place Tips in News Feed | Facebook Newsroom
Facebook launches location-specific Place Tips for iPhone; appears at top of News Feed when user enters establishment; tapping displays friends' comments & photos related to business; also shows maps, restaurant menus, etc; viewing does not post to Facebook or reveal location; also testing w/ beacons in NYC // http://www.businessinsider.com/the-swarm-and-foursquare-backstory-and-progress-2014-10 >> "In late 2013, Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley and his leadership team decided it was time to rethink things. If the company was founded today, what would the app look like? What would the experience feel like?" // &! http://taylordavidson.com/2014/apps &! http://features.en.softonic.com/why-single-use-apps-like-yo-could-take-over-your-smartphone
Facebook  geolocation  location  foursquare  Yelp  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  differentiation  differentiate  features  feature  Big  Data  Appification  Single-Use  App  unbundeling  user  experience  user  behaviour  user  acquisition  UI  UX  business  strategy  focus  focused  simplification  simplicity  product  management  Product/Market  Fit  product  experience  Design  Minimal  Viable  multi-product  company  Officer  discovery  curation 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
How Facebook Sold You Krill Oil - NYTimes.com
Google - intent // Facebook - like ... a link ... following ... same as Twitter. "Thumpstopper" = 'Showstopper' // And Content (blog, press) - is the native ad and advertorial // "With its trove of knowledge about the likes, histories and social connections of its 1.3 billion users worldwide, Facebook executives argue, it can help advertisers reach exactly the right audience and measure the impact of their ads — while also, like TV, conveying a broad brand message. Facebook, which made $1.5 billion in profit on $7.9 billion in revenue last year, sees particular value in promoting its TV-like qualities, given that advertisers spend $200 billion a year on that medium." [...] “But Facebook offers the unique combination that you don’t really see in a lot of digital platforms of amazing scale as well as a very personal engagement opportunity.”
Facebook  Twitter  Google  intent  marketing  advertisement  advertising  native  advertising  advertorial  content  viral  virality  Newsfeed  copywriting  engagement  personal  values  corporate  values  corporate  culture  corporate  governance  TOS  Platform  markzuckerberg  emotion  crony  capitalism  language  communication  corporatism  user  data  big  data  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  advertisement  targeting  Tumblr  foursquare  Pinterest  Snapchat 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
Foursquare may be challenged, but Crowley’s job is not in jeopardy | PandoDaily
|| http://pando.com/2014/07/23/foursquare-is-dead-long-live-foursquare/ || To the latter first: Foursquare is mostly considered a failure because its hype was so great. But the company clearly has real value. With 50 million users worldwide and more data on their physical movements and social habits of these users that all but a handful of companies, it’s highly unlikely that Foursquare just goes away. As I wrote at the time of the Waze acquisition: …the data Foursquare is collecting on where people go and what they do is potentially more varied, rich, valuable and usable for different applications. That’s particularly the case when you factor in Foursquare’s API which is also used by Path, Instagram, Uber, Evernote, Garmin, Vine, Magellan, and – you guessed it! – Waze. [...] Selling or not selling is such a brutal decision — and I commend when entrepreneurs who don’t — because success even after a huge offer is still so uncertain. !! Pando Interview - http://youtu.be/17UnqwVvfSc !!
foursquare  Dennis  Crowley  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  Hype  Cycle  Hype  mobile  first  Tumblr  David  Karp  leadership  Vision  product  experience  Design  consumer  product  Core  Value  Proposition  Value  Proposition  user  experience  shared  experience  customer  experience 
july 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/
Google  search  engine  Platform  Open  Platform  Facebook  Twitter  Tumblr  Pinterest  YouTube  business  model  algorithm  algos  algorithms  algo  SEO  SEM  Social  Media  Newsfeed  Bing  Yahoo!  eBay  ecommerce  e-commerce  commodity  business  commoditization  Amazon  Don't  be  evil  communication  transparency  competitiveness  comparative  advantage  competitive  advantage  content  economy  marketing  Gary  Vaynerchuk  HuffingtonPost  Yelp!  Mahalo  Jason  Calacanis  jasoncalacanis  AltaVista  Vertical  Vertical  foursquare  interest  graph  graph  Google+  Listicle  Trending  Topics  Journalism  journalismus  BuzzFeed  Upworthy  Viral  Mashable  consumerist  zombie  consumer  Consumerism  consumer  user  user  experience  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  TOS  Wordpress 
may 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 ... ]]
Path  Dave  Morin  acquihire  acqui-hire  Start-Up  Start-Ups  Product/Market  Fit  Venture  Capital  Timing  Hype  Cycle  execution  Focus  focused  Lean  Start-Up  Start-Up  advice  Utility  bloat  design  systems  design  system  design  designer  product  design  burn  rate  runway  corporate  culture  Snapchat  Instagram  Silicon  Valley  Fetish  Digg  Kevin  Rose  Dennis  Crowley  foursquare  Consumer  Internet  Space  Start-Up  Lesson 
may 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,"
Dennis  Crowley  foursquare  Twitter  Start-Up  entrepreneurship  entrepreneur  Pivot  monetization  monetize  Brand  Deal  advertisement  advertising  marketing  Yelp  Facebook  Google  geolocation  hyperlocal  GPS  Smartphone  Founders  co-founders  co-founder  Yahoo  Search  Intent  Web  3.0  Google  Autocomplete  Autocomplete  Social  Media  Web  2.0  Instagram  Vine  Flickr  Tumblr  philosophy  identity  Jack  Dorsey  Kevin  Systrom  David  Karp  Kevin  Rose  Digg 
february 2014 by asterisk2a
Foursquare’s Inflection Point: People Using The App, But Not Checking In | TechCrunch
“People are using the app, but they’re not checking in,” he told me. “I asked myself: did we break something? But in fact, it’s because people are using Foursquare to look for where their friends are, to find things, and as a recommendation service. It’s almost like it doesn’t occur to them to check in.”

Crowley compares this to the moment on Twitter in 2009 when the service suddenly shifted gears, and it was not about the number of people tweeting but about how many are reading those tweets.

“When you start, you are so focused on engagement,” he said. “Then you hit this point when you are big enough and say there is something awesome going on anyway. At some point you look and say, oh wow, the consumption model is actually taking off.”
Facebook  foursquare  twitter 
march 2012 by asterisk2a
Facebook and Its Users, Mutually Dependent - NYTimes.com
Not everyone was comfortable with that revelation, but beneath the backlash, Professor Turkle said, loomed a larger struggle: users coming to terms with the Web’s evolution from a free-wheeling Wild West into a mature marketplace where the currency, personal data, will finance and fuel the next generation of products and services.

“It crystallized a set of issues that we will be defining for the next decade — the notion of self, privacy, how we connect and the price we’re willing to pay for it,” she said. “We have to decide what boundaries we’re going to establish between ourselves, advertisers and our personal information.”

THAT quandary is not confined to Facebook. Every social media company, like Twitter and Instagram, a mobile photo-sharing application, and Foursquare, a location-based service, will have to introduce a coherent business model — most likely one that will make use of what it knows about the people who have access to and use its service.
Aol  wheel  of  time  socialnetwork  socialweb  foursquare  Twitter  socialmedia  web2.0  Internet  privacy  2012  IPO  Facebook 
february 2012 by asterisk2a
Foursquare Is Worth $100 Million
Why are these investors -- Accel Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, and Khosla Ventures -- so eager to throw cash at Foursquare on such inflated terms?

We asked around, and came up with a couple answers.

For starters, get it out of your head that the reason these VCs want Foursquare so bad is that they think Foursquare is going to be bigger than Twitter some day. Also dismiss the idea that Foursquare's huge valuation has anything to do with these VCs believing Foursquare is going to crack the local advertising nut.

A much bigger factor is startup scarcity.
foursquare  venturecapital  yahoo  vc  2010  economy  ecosystem  finance  twitter  consumer 
april 2010 by asterisk2a
YouTube - TWiTwitter #5 with Alana Joy
minute 20 ... ongoing.
tangible, measurable.
minute 38 ... branding.
twitter  tuki  gowalla  foursquare  gametheory  brand  branding  strategy 
march 2010 by asterisk2a
Foursquare’s Impressive Roster Of Angels Continue To Be Revealed. Latest: Kevin Rose
While Foursquare eventually disclosed that the main investors were Union Square Ventures and O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, there were a set of individual angel investors that the company wouldn’t talk about. Last week, it was revealed that one of those investors was Twitter creator Jack Dorsey. Another is Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley’s former partner at his last startup Dodgeball, Alex Rainert. Both of those are confirmed. Ron Conway and Delicious founder Joshua Schachter are believed to have participated as well. And now a fifth has just outed himself: Digg founder Kevin Rose.
foursquare  angelinvestor  VC  funding 
october 2009 by asterisk2a

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