Startups as a Career and Transparency on Equity Grants

Generally speaking, there’s a major lack of transparency around startup equity in the tech world. Often the people who can write about options and salary are VCs / founders who feel they are too dirty to share or can’t properly obscure individuals and stories. It feels like most conversations about equity and pay stay between […]

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Chromecast and How Google Cracked the Code of Video

When Google launched Chromecast I assumed it was based on the open source version of Airplay. Seemed logical as a bunch of people are working on standardized cross-platform approaches to Airplay, and the Wifi chip supports these variants. But Chromecast is not using mirroring or Miracast or Wifi Direct. As others have reported, all data […]

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Mobile App Store Rankings and User Growth

Vine is turning out to be one of the fastest growing networks ever. From launch in late January through June 12th Vine hauled in 13 million registered users. App store analytics platform AppAnnie provides historical rankings, which is the chart at the top of this post, but not daily downloads, so I interpolated Vine’s published […]

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Why Videos on Instagram and Vine Will Fail to Monetize

This post was originally published on Medium. Yesterday there was a lot of idle speculation that a 15 second video format will somehow transform Instagram into a massive moneymaker for Facebook. And that because advertisers may re-purpose ads generated for other mediums on Instagram and Vine, FB and Twitter will start printing money. This couldn’t […]

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Graph Search’s Dirty Promise and the Con of the Facebook “Like”

We all know that the pressure for Facebook to monetize is massive and growing. Yesterday Zuckerberg fulfilled the promise he dropped at TC Disrupt to release a product that will finally compete with Google. To put socially relevant people, places, interests and photos all at your fingertips. The truth however is that the link between […]

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The Real Reason for Poke and How Facebook was Left Naked by Snapchat

Strategically there’s a subtle underlying reason Facebook needs to buy / copy / kill Snapchat within its first few months of existence – it’s not because Snapchat has seen crazy initial success for a new mode of communication (impermanent photos) but because Snapchat is effectively a new social network being built outside Facebook, not on top […]

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Facebook and WhatsApp – What’s a Consumer Network Worth?

The exercise below is meant to draw a representation between the WhatsApp network and the value a potential suitor, including Facebook, would agree to pay. According to TechCrunch, WhatsApp has tens of millions of daily active users, the vast majority 1 to 1 messages between 2 people, not group messages. But these numbers are approximations, […]

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Why a Standalone Google Maps App Has Already Lost

The app model pioneered by Apple has made us totally comfortable switching between apps as we go through different sequences quickly on our smartphones. See someone post a Tweet about a restaurant you’ve been wanting to check out? Copy the name and open mobile Safari, search for the restaurant and then click on the link […]

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Why Facebook Will Fail Miserably Building a Smartphone

This weekend the NY Times cited sources that Facebook is out looking to staff up a hardware development team to build a smartphone. So let’s get this straight: in 2010, two years ago, and 2 iPhones ago, Facebook assembled a team tasked with creating the Facebook phone, then the project died when they realized this […]

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How to Make Your Startup Go Viral The Pinterest Way

This post originally appeared on TechCrunch. On Thanksgiving, Pinterest’s co-founder Ben Silbermann sent an email to his entire user base saying thanks. It was fitting, as Pinterest was born two years ago on Thanksgiving day 2009.  Ben had been working on a website with a few friends, and his girlfriend came up with the name while they were […]

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