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I clicked on this blog post only because I wanted to see if they really would be getting rid of those weird moustaches. And I was rewarded. Thank god! 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Lyft gets a shave and announces NYC service starting Friday

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Here's what the data scientist who ran the test said about it:  https://www.facebook.com/akramer/posts/10152987150867796 

3 weeks, 4 days ago on How can people defend Facebook’s emotion-controlling experiment?

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After reading this, I became confused about what this writer thinks Foursquare is doing or not doing. 

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Foursquare’s brand is about check-ins, whether they like it or not

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Like the article, and the new layout, if I am seeing things correctly. My one quibble, Green is not that unconventional in her maternity leave. I know and work with several women who have found maternity leave to be a great productivity opportunity. 

2 months, 1 week ago on How Kirsten Green defied venture capital’s gender boundaries and ruled ecommerce

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"It’s hard to imagine why Amazon is developing a smartphone in the first place. "


Here, I will fix that for you.  Amazon is developing a smartphone for the same reason they are trying to incentivize developers to build apps -- to sell things on Amazon. 

3 months ago on If the latest reports are true, Amazon’s smartphone ambitions make even less sense

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Even if you had never started a startup, why would you choose one of the most highly bureaucratized continents on earth, and the one that is so tax-jigged that it would drain your profits from your pockets faster than you can say Europa?

3 months, 1 week ago on Startups Anonymous: The most expensive lesson I learned was to start a startup in Europe

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So Slava Rubin is saying "caveat emptor," but happy to get this thing funded? Doesn't sound ethical to me. 

3 months, 1 week ago on Healbe Hustle: The full story of how a failed Russian cake shop owner humiliated Indiegogo and took “the crowd” for over $1m

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Why shouldn't he do something that is fun? Good for him!

3 months, 2 weeks ago on How did this less-than-glamorous edtech company snag one of Facebook’s coveted engineering directors?

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"who looks sort of like Napoleon Dynamite would if he was getting chemotherapy" Classy! 

3 months, 4 weeks ago on The War Nerd: Who exactly are the Jihadis (and why aren’t there more of them)?

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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." 

6 months, 1 week ago on Pentagon & NSA officials say they want Snowden extrajudicially assassinated

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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. 

6 months, 1 week ago on Pentagon & NSA officials say they want Snowden extrajudicially assassinated

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Are Pando articles now written in the style of InfoWars? 

6 months, 1 week ago on Pentagon & NSA officials say they want Snowden extrajudicially assassinated

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@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? 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on SigFig takes on investment fees with automated portfolio management, just $10 per month

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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. 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on A16z names its eighth GP and you’ve likely never heard of him

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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. 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on When Yelp is good enough can anything else beat it?

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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. 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Tech heavyweights attempt to justify Snapchat’s hype and valuation

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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. 

7 months, 2 weeks ago on SigFig takes on investment fees with automated portfolio management, just $10 per month

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Smart move, Zoli. I wish these guys the best. 

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Edtech sales are nearly impossible, so Chalkable sold itself

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They should go to Tencent. Or CyWorld. 

8 months ago on Why Snapchat is screwed

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@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. 

8 months, 1 week ago on Why Snapchat is actually undervalued

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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. 

8 months, 1 week ago on Why Snapchat is actually undervalued

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Unexpected hire, but really good guy.

8 months, 1 week ago on An interview with TechStars NY’s new Managing Director, Alex Iskold

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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. 

8 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://video.pandodaily.com/iJM/

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"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. 

8 months, 1 week ago on Hedge funds beat the market by avoiding it

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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. 

8 months, 1 week ago on Why Facebook pages are a bust for brands

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@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. 

8 months, 1 week ago on Hedge funds beat the market by avoiding it

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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?

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Too lazy to start a real startup? Play “Hipster CEO” instead

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Congratulations on your "exit." 

8 months, 2 weeks ago on What I learned as a young entrepreneur living in San Francisco

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"The unifying factors in Vox’s vision are technology and design, not a URL or assigned zones within an uber-site where different families of content live. "  I argue with colleagues about how to get to this destination in the future with marketing content and branding sites. Or non-sites.  A very important aspect of future of publishing. 

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Is Vox Media’s Curbed acquisition a death knock for portals?

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Vice writers doing the work. 

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Vice investigates Soylent, finds rats and mold

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Where are the anti-rape behaviors that men should be practicing anyway? Of course women and some men are pissed off by this. This puts the focus of prevention on the woman, instead of the mores of men, who shouldn't do this shit in the first place. Women are not chattal to be fenced off and protected. they are humans who should be understood and respected. This underwear makes them appear to be non-sentient beings whose vs are up for grabs.

8 months, 3 weeks ago on High tech anti-rape panties are pissing people off, despite best intentions

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I'm all for quality filtering, but this ain't it. 

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Reddit is becoming its own worst enemy

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They should hire Lady Gaga's producer, Rob Fusari, just to mix it up. 

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Fab has lost its special sauce

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I might quibble with this point that if you make the most noise you capture the market. Marketers don't really believe that. That's a mentality that is borne by old school marketers who thought non-granular audiences could be reached through newspaper and that it would turn a profit when they came knocking on your door. It did, because that was the only channel they had (okay, with two or three others, like radio and tv).

There is much more specificity to this than just creating noise and gaining reach through amplification. Uber already has mind share because of where they started, with whom they started -- an arguably very well-connected, wealthy, and highly networked demographic, backed by people like Shervin Pishevar.  All great marketing -- in my opinion -- that succeeds for the product gets that way because the experience starts in the hands of the well-connected. 

Investors like Shervin are going for middleman disruptors to give access to their companies because they know that disruptive products are always being played with, and used by the well-connected.  That is, incidentally, what makes him a great investor. IT's the same thinking around why Jack Dorsey is successful with his multiple ideas. He has the right community, audience, and the confidence of both.

In this, Klout was right (if not properly executed, yet). The whole gap disruption thing with first movers and laggards will not change. But it will start with smaller and smaller audiences. 

8 months, 3 weeks ago on Kittens and zombies: When Uber and Lyft compete using gimmicks, everyone wins

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any stats on what companies are hiring the writers / multimedia artists? Is the work going to media outfits or to brands? 

9 months ago on Contently expands to multimedia and companies are taking notice

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The journalism students at the Li Ka Shing School of Journalism and Media Studies in Guangzhou learn to code.

9 months ago on Flowchart: Should journalists learn to code?

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I'm with you on this freer world thing.


10 months ago on Zuck, the Great and Powerful: Why the future of Facebook matters

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@FilmDoctor I'm sorry, you can include that there, too, if you like. 

10 months ago on Sayonara, journalists. Pretty soon brands won’t need you

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@DanMitchell @DouglasCrets Thank. I apologize for misquoting. I am sure we will interact again soon enough. I appreciate the interaction, even if it is to project whatever marketing speak you think I use onto me. I wish you luck. 

10 months ago on Sayonara, journalists. Pretty soon brands won’t need you

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@DanMitchell @DouglasCrets

Now you are confusing me. From your comment before this one: "It's just a lot of vagaries,"

10 months ago on Sayonara, journalists. Pretty soon brands won’t need you

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@DanMitchell @DouglasCrets Wow, okay. To say that people don't "depend" on channels or verticals for information is to say that you don't pay attention or turn to anything to understand what is going on in your world.

There's not a single thing in my piece that is telling people that brands are going to replace journalism. It's simply saying there are four qualities to journalism that work well in marketing branding. I know that I am on to something because someone with a clear depth of understanding in how journalism works and how brands and marketing do not work is feeling very provoked about it.

And like you chastise me for being vague or "using vagaries" as you put it, I could say the same to you. Defensiveness is rarely a good rhetorical position. So, I urge you, throw down the gauntlet. I can handle it. And so too can the people here, I am sure.

Let's get specific; I'm prepared to be wrong. And have a discussion.

10 months ago on Sayonara, journalists. Pretty soon brands won’t need you

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@HugoBarrine just trying to reach new audiences. Thanks! 

10 months ago on Sayonara, journalists. Pretty soon brands won’t need you

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@DanMitchell True thoughts, truly spoken, and you are exaggerating the premise of the piece and making it something it is not. But I can see where you are coming from. I am coming from the position that there is a hybridization going on. You can continue -- as can anyone wishing to be a journalist or relying on journalism -- to depend on that vertical, but I really think brands will exert a pressure on practices to create new kinds of community service. 

10 months ago on Sayonara, journalists. Pretty soon brands won’t need you

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@audreyknox Thanks. I thought I would try it out in the brand / startup ecosystem. It was meant to provoke conversation. People I have told this to before hate that I even mention it. And they confuse the entire premise of the point: not that you become and act as a real journalist, but that you borrow the intention and the practice / skills of the journalist to do something that brands do not now do -- serve a community. Some do, I mean, but not all. 

10 months ago on Sayonara, journalists. Pretty soon brands won’t need you

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influence is not dead. Finer data and a switch in how we think platforms are used for that influence has not been born yet. We're getting there. AirPR is a good case study in a first stab at this. Klout tried, but I think they got bogged down in what brands thought they wanted. 

10 months ago on Is influence dead?

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Or, it's ethics.  Without even knowing Howard Schultz's lack of vesting interest in the company it seemed immediately clear that he was the only one in that conversation that sought to hold the person responsible for failure to task. I say good for Schultz; he's consistently a guy who proves he's got the beans to keep things going. See what I did there? 

10 months ago on Who knows shareholders’ best interests?

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What is essential here is a need to create a narrative arc around a story. Storify tried to do this, but I suspect it's hard for most people to generate storytelling even if they have images. 

Questions I have -- and I actually really like this team and the idea -- are the following:

What good is an image without an intention or a goal for it?

How do you craft a narrative to make a picture tell a thousand words, so to speak?

Why do brands want to use photos?

Is this for community or is this for advertising? They are different, but can be used in similar ways. 

10 months ago on Chute’s user-generated photo tool adds permissions, because that’s what big brands want

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Money is supposed to move like this. It's only supposed to be locked up when it's more advantageous to the account holder to not spend on risk. This Angel List thing is exactly what the global economy needs. It's revolutionary in more ways than just the ease of investing it offers. This is motivational economics. 

10 months ago on Fred Wilson’s predictions for AngelList come true

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