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@davidsirota An out of context quote used in service to your out of context parallels. Sorry, but no, not "nuff said."
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Pentagon & NSA officials say they want Snowden extrajudicially assassinated
You quote an anonymous "analyst" from a BuzzFeed article and then claim in the Headline that NSA Officials want Snowden killed. This is really bad form. These quotes from BuzzFeed are obviously whippersnapper off the cuff sentiment quotes from people who don't have the authority to speak for the departments in question. And then the hyperbolic rest of this article makes it seem like we should all be living in terror. Your projection in this article is very strong. You are trying to make something official that is clearly never been described as official, so much as to even twist around how Buzzfeed characterizes the quotes. I wrote for a newspaper for a while, and if I ever tried to do this in an article, it would be binned.
Are Pando articles now written in the style of InfoWars?
@ollirums @DouglasCrets Now I'm intrigued. Since the bitcoin buzz started, I've been really thinking deeply about distributed banks, distributed investment platforms, and consolidating differentiated products and even platforms into a monitoring system that can pick trends and action them. is this in your field of vision?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on SigFig takes on investment fees with automated portfolio management, just $10 per month
Aren't most VCs looking for people who nobody knows? I mean, networks are smart, not because of their power hitters, but because there are a lot of hidden Babe Ruths who are pitching right now and need a chance at bat.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on A16z names its eighth GP and you’ve likely never heard of him
I don't have an iPhone either, but I was going to say, hasn't Foursquare already jumped on this opportunity with Visa and American Express and aren't they making it a core business offering over the past five years? Peter Shankman, of HARO, has said Yelp will be dead in 18 months. I believe he said that about 5 or 6 months ago. We shall see.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on When Yelp is good enough can anything else beat it?
Fred Wilson is a smart guy. I think the future is smaller, leaner, less glitzy all-in one businesses / apps that generate revenue. Earlier big companies on the web like Yahoo! were kind of hoarding, no, because they needed to account for all possible revenue streams to sustain their business, and because back in those days it paid to be a destination. I think the web is becoming more like the universe, spread out, dissolute, and layers upon layers. We're in the advent of the UX / UI layer of everything and snapchat is part of that -- an activity that is not a feature, but can work like a utility of the web. Isn't that what Twitter has done? It took a feature of a mobile phone, texting, and ported it on to the web, took it out of the phone, and made its own layer. Also, I just started drinking coffee about three minutes ago and I KNOW my thoughts are not coherent right now. Caveat blogeur.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Tech heavyweights attempt to justify Snapchat’s hype and valuation
just a question for clarification regarding the assets tracked via CNN, etc. Is that clients who actually own those assets? Because I remember that you could make portfolios in Yahoo! and in CNN and never own the funds, or stocks, being tracked. What if that's just people tracking ticker symbols? I don't know if people are really tracking their real investments (or all of their investments) through the CNN symbol tickers. Maybe they are.
Smart move, Zoli. I wish these guys the best.
3 months ago on Edtech sales are nearly impossible, so Chalkable sold itself
They should go to Tencent. Or CyWorld.
3 months, 1 week ago on Why Snapchat is screwed
David Sacks, not David Sachs.
3 months, 1 week ago on Calacanis: Regular people are gambling in Vegas. Of course they should be able to angel invest
@JordanThaeler Good point. I don't think Snapchat is trying to create that format for its users. I think it's trying to be wild, open and free.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Why Snapchat is actually undervalued
Your points about Facebook are true if you don't filter and you have not spent the time selecting the source of your information and the places your information is going.
Unexpected hire, but really good guy.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on An interview with TechStars NY’s new Managing Director, Alex Iskold
Good questions, but I didn't feel like he actually answered why he did what he did. He did reveal how he felt about it, and what he was thinking about when it happened, but not sure what the intention was or if we get a clear view into that. Interesting guy, though.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://video.pandodaily.com/iJM/
"If markets are efficient and available information is already priced in, why do so many IPOs remain a hot prospect?"
This is itself is a contradiction, and it explains why IPOs and the market itself is so illogical.
The market is efficient, but not for the entire scope of people who might buy into or sell out of the market. The information that is priced in is not the information that everyone has. There is not a single system in finance that is holistically efficient. All efficiency is what I would call leveragable efficiency. Every finance person knows that trading gains are built on information asymmetry. They are "efficient," but only for those in the know.
IPOs are designed to benefit the architects of the company, of the deal, and of the board. The rest is a kind of fantasy played out by using partial information and guess work that creates its own efficiency. But that efficiency is not connected at all to the price or the company's value. It's a shadow play. Some people can make money, but these people are the monkeys throwing darts at a chart of stocks. That's all it is.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Hedge funds beat the market by avoiding it
I honestly believe that the future of online marketing will move away from using "broad" platforms like this to using really granular data about particular people and just having real conversational and relationship style engagements with them. Look into Sumazi and Partnered. I am an investor in both, for disclosure.
Both of these companies are interested in disrupting the broad social platform behavior that marketers have taken from radio, television, etc, and plastered into social.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Why Facebook pages are a bust for brands
@Capitalistic_ Exactly. Yes, there may be market information that devalues a company, but saying that something went to IPO too early is blaming the chicken for laying a duck's egg. Please go find the duck.
Are you looking for a marketing associate? Based on those salaries, I could probably get my foot in as an intern at about $125,000 a year?
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Too lazy to start a real startup? Play “Hipster CEO” instead
Congratulations on your "exit."
3 months, 3 weeks ago on What I learned as a young entrepreneur living in San Francisco