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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Innovation at GroupMe and Skype

In November of 2010, just 9 months ago, I wrote a post on TechCrunch about application layer disruption in telecom and messaging, called Why the Carriers Are Losing Their Voice. At the end of the post I wrote: There is simply no doubt that the future of voice and messaging is with companies innovating at […]

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Why Groupon is Worth $25 Billion Dollars

Admittedly, Groupon is a work in progress. They continue to spend insane amounts of money to acquire customers and merchants to try to extend their dual-sided network effect with consumers and merchants. Many people see this as unsustainable, some adamant it’s all just a Ponzi scheme. But these naysayers who are fixated on the current […]

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How Facebook is Killing Your Authenticity

We all know that the delineation between public and private was eroded by Facebook a long time ago. Over. Done. But now Facebook’s sheer scale is pushing it in a new direction, one that encroaches on your authenticity. Facebook is no longer a social network. They stopped being one long before the movie. Facebook is […]

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I’m Joining GroupMe! #)

It’s with incredible excitement that I announce I’m joining GroupMe as their first full time Business Development hire. I met Jared and Steve shortly after the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in April 2010, where they took agile development to a new level, releasing a beautiful product over the course of a weekend. Since then I’ve fallen in love with the service, […]

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Google Voice and FaceTime – Why the Carriers Are Losing Their Voice

This post originally appeared on TechCrunch Lately it seems like there is endless news around messaging, VoIP and video calling. Apple recently announced they’d added FaceTime support for the Mac, and had shipped 19 million FaceTime-enabled iOS devices since June. Google Voice also made headlines last week for an outage, but I think the bigger news […]

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The Sexy Details of How the iPad and MacBook Will Hook Up

TechCrunk Link During the “Back to the Mac” event two weeks ago, Steve Jobs made a particularly witty remark as he unveiled the MacBook Air, one that made the audience chuckle in laughter: “We asked ourselves, what would happen if a MacBook and an iPad hooked up? Well, this is the result, we think it’s […]

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The Truth: Why iPhone Users Will Ditch AT&T and Run to Verizon

TechCrunch Link Last week we saw the carriers’ growth numbers for Q3 2010, and AT&T completely blew away Verizon with new subscribers. Despite mass availability of Android phones, Verizon only added 1 million subscribers in Q3, its lowest total in years. AT&T added 2.6 million. It’s now completely clear why Verizon has finally capitulated and […]

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Apple Will Take A Pass On 4G Networks For The iPhone In 2011 — Sorry Verizon and AT&T

TechCrunch link Back in August I broke the news that Apple was lining up a component purchase of several million chipsets from Qualcomm for a CDMA-powered Verizon iPhone due in January. Last week, over two months later, the Wall Street Journal confirmed this story. Now that folks are finally celebrating the iPhone’s imminent arrival to […]

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