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APIs Are The New FTEs | TechCrunch
In The New World, FTEs (Full-Time Employees) Will Become APIs. Much has been made about how the dropping cost of website infrastructure has spurred a boom in startup formation, with Amazon Web Services held up as the prime example. The capital cost of servers has been eliminated, but even more important is the plummeting human cost. (<< Netflix has no own data center) [...] Companies and products like Heroku, Celery, RabbitMQ, Mandrill, Fastly, Chartio, Chargebee, Shipwire, Docker, Codeship, Rainforest QA, Replicated and Chartbeat have changed the nature of tech development. [...] Sure, there is a shortage of talent today, but developers are rapidly finding ways to put future developers out of jobs.
API  Blue-collar  Worker  White-collar  Worker  knowledge  domain  knowledge  knowledge  economy  Why  Software  Is  Eating  the  World  augmented  intelligence  AI  artificial  intelligence  Software  Is  Eating  World  Software  Development  Open  Source  marginal  cost  economics  of  abundance  Mobile  Creatives  Future  of  Work  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  Platform  SAAS  proprietary  disrupting  markets  disruption  bottom-up  innovator  innovation 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Why Billion-Dollar Valuations Don’t Matter | TechCrunch
I recently heard a story about one VC pushing a company to drive their burn up from $1 million a month to $2.5 million. Unfortunately, an inefficient sales force will always come back to bite you in the butt. We typically think of 60 percent as the benchmark for a healthy performing sales organization. Anything less and you don’t have a repeatable model. [ avc did write about that you need to find product/market fit, traction, self starter, great net promoting score, without spending marketing/advertising/pr ] [...] The goal of every entrepreneur and VC for that matter should be to build sustainable and scalable businesses. The only way to do that is to focus on the metrics that truly matter. The companies that nail many, if not all, of the above criteria will be the ones that make it to the finish line, and the balance will be wandering through the forest looking for someone to feed them.
Unicorn  SAAS  Slack  DropBox  Box  Venture  Capital  Silicon  Valley  growth  round  2015  KPI  metrics  accounting  user  churn  customer  retention  upselling  customer  acquisition  CAC  Decacorn  on-demand  convenience  Marketplace  business  model  user  acquisition  Product/Market  Fit  Share  Economy  middleman  scale  economies  of  scale  FOMO  hunt  for  yield  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  burn  rate  runway  Homejoy  Net  Promoter  Score  consumer  product  business  product  B2C  B2B 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Everything you think you know about the economy of the Internet is dead wrong - Quartz
Business-to-business digital commerce is ten times the size of the business-to-consumer space, according to the UN Commission on Trade and Development’s “Information Economy Report 2015.” Seventy-five percent of the economic value of the digital economy goes to traditional bricks and mortar businesses and not Internet companies. This is true worldwide, not just in developed economies. [...] [ ICT only employs 3% of labour market in Europe ] [ SME, SMB, Mittelstand critical for economies, not conglomerates and multinationals ] [ all the while the global digital economy is flat indeed ] [ Services have become big item number in GDP terms, and largest employer in # - 45% while non-services 23% ]
e-commerce  SAAS  B2B  consumer  product  digital  economy  pure  play  brick  and  mortar  business  ICT  OECD  economic  growth  trickle-down  economics  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  SME  SMB  Mittelstand  shared  economic  interest  ecosystem  flat  world  globalization  globalisation  global  trade  borderless  outsourcing  Policy  Makers  error  folly 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Homejoy Is Shutting Down At The End Of The Month | TechCrunch
tcrn.ch/1CO0OOU / 7:10 $VC subsidized early business. Could not get 2 cash flow even. Lets not speak of cash flow positive. // If u dont have a cash flow even/positive business, u are dependent on $VC 2 keeping it afloat. If u dont have massive growth, VCs like 2 see & not hitting ur milestones & ur still not able 2 turn the business arnd towards cash flow even. Ur dead in the pan. AND 4 digital only consumer & entertainment products, scale is important +10m users. Because then only advertisers might ... might consider placing an add/natively if the conversion & engagement metrics are attractive. Advertisers & brands cant spread resources thin across 1000 apps. Its overhead & waste in ops. That is why BIG like TV (still), Daily Paper/Magazine (still) and FB (owning +70% of Social) are the MAIN HUBS. >> THUS [Freemium] the Free On Phone Version 4 closetphile (wont cost u much except dev) & the Customer paying 4 Cloud Convenience,Security, more features (ie analytics). &! bit.ly/1CSygUA
Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  on-demand  convenience  scale  economies  of  scale  Venture  Capital  burn  rate  runway  business  model  closetphile  wardrobemalfunction  freemium  Homejoy  added  value  value  creation  Perception  Silicon  Valley  Unicorn  speculative  bubbles  speculative  speculation  Appification  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  mobile  phone  irrational  exuberance  Rocket  Internet  Uber  Lyft  customer  acquisition  customer  acquisition  cost  customer  retention  customer  lifetime  value  SAAS  Postmates  Service  Sector  Jobs  1099  Economy  uncertainty  self-employment  Niedriglohnsektor  Niedriglohn  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  commodity  business  commoditization  price  sensitive  price  insensitive  price  sensitivity  behavioral  economics  behavioral  finance  status  symbol  status  anxiety  socioeconomic  status  social  status  craigslist  sustainable  sustainability  metrics  KPI  Circa  Share  Economy  marketshare  unit  economics 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
A Farewell To Jobs | TechCrunch
[the downside of making yourself hard to replace is, that its equally hard to move upwards the career ladder] the gig economy tends to reduce workers to fungible, replaceable cogs. Workers devalued in that way inevitably make less money and receive fewer benefits. When you can be more easily replaced, you become, pretty much by definition, less valuable; and technology is making the process of replacing one laborer with another increasingly frictionless. [...] in principle, both nurses and engineers are reasonably fungible. Short-term nursing contracts are plentiful, as are short-term engineering projects. One good iOS developer can easily replace another; good developers write code that’s easy for others to understand, maintain and expand. [...] an excess of supply relative to demand. [... thus the need for universal basic income / welfare state.] [...] spreading work more evenly among those who want it. [Borderless Flat World] - http://techcrunch.com/tag/peak-jobs/
Zero  Hour  Contract  Precariat  precarious  work  working  poor  minimum  wage  on-demand  squeezed  middle  class  contractor  outsourcing  Mobile  Creative  Mobile  Creatives  Future  of  Seth  Godin  marginal  cost  Jeremy  Rifkin  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Open  Source  SAAS  IAAS  PAAS  Services  Industry  Service  Sector  Jobs  economy  Share  marketplace  marketplace  efficiencies  freelance  labour  economics  labour  market  algorithm  AI  augmented  intelligence  competitive  competition  oligopoly  oligopol  monopoly  Peter  Thiel  welfare  state  Universal  Basic  Income  flat  borderless  globalisation  globalization  crony  capitalism  capitalism  exploitation  self-employment  Wall  Street  social  cohesion  fairness  tax  avoidance  tax  evasion  Industrial  Revolution  economic  history  Career  Politicians  No  Representation 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Will Somebody Finally Buy Rackspace, Please | TechCrunch
In today’s cloud market climate, a mid-tier player like Rackspace has been caught between a rock and a hard place for some time, squeezed in an infrastructure service market dominated by big players like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure. As these players engage in a fight to the bottom in an escalating pricing war, a company like Rackspace whose main focus is infrastructure services finds it increasingly difficult to compete, especially when these other companies can cover their losses with more profitable parts of their organizations. [...] Faced with that kind of landscape, Rackspace walked away from the IaaS [ Infrastructure as a Service ] market altogether last month, moving to what they were calling a managed approach. In other words, they would help companies manage their cloud services.
Rackspace  differentiation  differentiate  cloudcomputing  Wall  Street  AWS  Amazon  Google  Cloud  Microsoft  Azure  PaaS  SaaS  IaaS  customer  service  service  industry  convenience  Services  service  economy  customer  experience 
september 2014 by asterisk2a

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