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basics
  • June 15, 2014

Turn Detroit into Drone Valley

Very interesting article by the ever so brilliant Mark Andreessen on how best to address the problem we have with cloning silicon valley. We’re either going top-down by focusing primarily on infrastructure—plunking down an office park next to a university—or bottom-up by focusing on just the networks. None of these efforts successfully pursue both paths […]

google
  • June 14, 2014

Google’s Push Past Search

Google’s answer to solve the ‘search’ problem on mobile. In short, traditional search (pull method) is not working on mobile. So Google is moving towards content curation based on context, using highly sophisticated algorithms and extensive machine learning (based on information we inadvertently give up about ourselves when using google products) to predict what a […]

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  • May 28, 2014

Mary Meeker’s 2014 Internet Trends Report

30% Of All Mobile Users Are Now Smartphone Users (so if you are only making money on the web, you are in trouble). Tablet usage is growing faster than PCs ever did Mobile now accounts for 25% of all web usage Internet Advertising Grew 16% This Year. Mobile grew 47% yet still makes up just […]

social-media
  • May 24, 2014

Digital Dualism

The term digital dualism stems from the notion that our physical and virtual worlds are separate. Digital dualists believe that the digital world is “virtual” and the physical world “real.”  Is digital dualism a fallacy now that these two worlds are so inextricably entangled to the point where distinction is becoming increasingly irrelevant? our reality […]

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  • April 15, 2014

Indie Phone

Besides Blackphone, Fairphone, we now have Indie Phone, a phone where people own the tool and data. I heard Aral Balkan speak at Drupal Con in Prague a few years ago and he was brilliant. There are two types of entrepreneur, the visionaire and the builder. Aral is definitely the former. My favourite quote from […]

youth
  • March 18, 2014

The Problem with Silicon Valley’s Youth

An exceptionally thought-provoking (albeit long) article on virtually everything about the Silicon Valley tech scene. The Web 2.0 checklist: cloud-based, scalable, mobile-friendly. (They are buzzwords, but they are also true) In pursuing the latest and the coolest, young engineers ignore opportunities in less-sexy areas of tech like semiconductors, data storage and networking, the products that […]

startups
  • March 6, 2014

The Unicorn Club: Billion Dollar Startups

We found 39 companies belong to what we call the “Unicorn Club” (by our definition, U.S.-based software companies started since 2003 and valued at over $1 billion by public or private market investors). That’s about .07 percent of venture-backed consumer and enterprise software startups. On average, four unicorns were born per year in the past […]

innovation
  • February 25, 2014

Waves of Innovation

Innovation comes in waves, and as it has been apparent for quite some time now, we are in the age of Social Media. Investors swarm to put big bucks in startups that can return hundreds of millions of dollars (latest example being WhatsApp’s purchase by Facebook) in less than three years. But is this the […]

twitter
  • February 24, 2014

Twitterstorm

A textbook example of how a Twitterstorm unfolds. Funny because it is oh so true. The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm    

whatsapp
  • February 20, 2014

WhatsApp

So the biggest news in the tech world now is Facebook’s $19bn purchase of WhatsApp. The founders are now the latest billionaires in the Valley. According to Sequoia Capital (the investors behind WhatsApp), four numbers made the app remarkable: the app has more than 450 million active users. That’s more than Twitter. Note the word […]

pricing
  • February 10, 2014

The Only Metric That Matters

Don’t look at numbers or metrics in the abstract — total page views, logged in accounts, etc, but talk about users. […] How many people are really using your product? You need a metric that specifically answers this. It can be “x people did 3 searches in the past week”. Or “y people visited my […]