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Great post, but Yammer and Dropbox should be on the list! Although, their growth has been steady, more like Facebook than myspace.
1 year, 2 months ago on The top 20 most viral companies of the decade (and how they ultimately performed)
1 year, 2 months ago on Edtech sales are nearly impossible, so Chalkable sold itself
I first downloaded kik after discovering that whatsapp messages were sent in the clear. After whatsapp started encrypting messages I've left kik installed, but rarely use it. It seems my whole address book is using whatsapp.
But, as you've previously written, only facebook has successfully tackled both mobile and desktop messaging. Since kik is all HTML5 they should get out a web app immediately. That would really be a compelling reason for me to use it; I spend almost all day in front of my laptop, with it's optimised-for-text QWERTY keyboard.
1 year, 3 months ago on Forget Snapchat and WhatsApp for a second – Kik is the dark horse of the Internet
@JJHo That simply isn't true. There's already a shortage of people in STEM, and this is predicted to reach a deficit of 200,000 people in the next 5 years.
1 year, 3 months ago on Putting a human face — other than Joe Green’s — on FWD.us’ immigration efforts
Nice piece, good job.
"The stories of the Dreamers in attendance are powerful and compelling." so why the snarky headline and negative coverage of this event? You're undermining the sensible discussion of an important issue.
1 year, 3 months ago on FWD.us helps immigrants realize their dream of promoting FWD.us
I don't doubt that some of these apps are insecure, but so are my american credit and debit cards with their data held insecurely on the mag stripe. If you want secure payment cards you can get them anywhere but the US, where "chip and pin" is the standard.
1 year, 3 months ago on If you are running your business on a mobile device you may be putting your customers at risk
@gold_tracker They said January for the US
1 year, 3 months ago on Is the Moto G the Goldilocks phone for spendthrifts?
Good post Nathaniel, all the coverage of the moto g has focused on what it will do for emerging markets, but it has the potential to transform the US market - one of the least competitive and most expensive mobile markets in the world.
OMG, is this real? Amazeballs!
1 year, 3 months ago on Too lazy to start a real startup? Play “Hipster CEO” instead
I always remember a comment by Harj taggar, one of the partners at YC made in response to a question about founders. He said, there is no one "type". There's a multitude of personalities and approaches. Being comfortable with who you are is crucial. Learning from others is important, but don't copy, be yourself!
1 year, 3 months ago on Don’t call me Mr. Nice Guy (even if I am)
A friend of mine is posting similar things on Facebook, which really makes me wish for a dislike option! Quantity of hours work may mean you get more done, but it's unlikely to be a) quality work b) the right stuff.
"poor work and health habits are not something you want to be bragging about" - amen
1 year, 3 months ago on Hustle and flow
Spot on, Nathaniel. I use Whatsapp not for convenience but because I can text people on their phone at no cost. But I spent nearly all day in front of a full QWERTY keyboard, and I don't envisage that changing for me or anyone else anytime soon! In 5 years will office workers still be in front of a desktop and a keyboard... yes.
1 year, 4 months ago on Desktop problems: Why the messaging revolution sucks for PC users
Really good summary, new startups, take note!
1 year, 4 months ago on Media coverage for startups: Dispelling three common misconceptions
schadengasm - my new favourite word!
1 year, 5 months ago on NSFWCORP’s race to survive… The results are in
Or they're trying to up the price in a sale of Path?
1 year, 6 months ago on A guess at Path’s brilliant valuation strategy
Good post William! It's so true. You may end up changing the world, but you have to change someone's world as a first step. Even just one person, then build from that.
1 year, 6 months ago on Planning to launch a startup? Launch your kindergarten startup first
Congrats Mike and team!
1 year, 8 months ago on SigFig rakes in $15M to continue its assault on the financial advisory status quo
Great analysis Fritz, worth reading in its entirety!
1 year, 8 months ago on The week Oracle suddenly became BFFs with everyone in enterprise software
I've been a paying customer using Boomerang since the start; it's awesome! It's easily my most-used extension. I'm keen to try it on my Android now thats available.
1 year, 8 months ago on Boomerang: It’s better to build on top of Gmail than Facebook or Twitter
These B2B "startups will participate in a “sales day” instead of a demo day" - sounds really valuable! I like the idea, and agree with overtweaked products that still can't find a market; that's the problem that needs solved and it sounds like this could help.
1 year, 8 months ago on Meet Work–Bench: New York’s first “post-accelerator” program for enterprise startups
Interested to see how this develops. As you said, Betterworks shut down, and ChoicePass was acquired by Salesforce, and got rolled into work.com
1 year, 8 months ago on Why AnyPerk might be the best Japanese import since Ichiro
I had feared this was just another online network (yawn), but in fact this seems similar to EO or YPO type networks, with local chapters and face-to-face meetings. Very powerful, as long as the quality is high. Would love an invite :p
1 year, 9 months ago on Reid Hoffman and Joi Ito’s H2 comes out of stealth
@DaveMcClure Great insight Dave. Although I've heard you talk of your preference for SMB I'd never heard the full explanation. I'd also point out the subset of enterprise, which is B2D. Businesses like Atlassian, Mailchimp and Twilio have done very well (as you know) with this approach. This is much easier to scale than traditional enterprise, but only lends itself to certain products.
1 year, 9 months ago on Memo to this year’s YC class: It’s damn hard to build an enterprise company
Great choice of image :)
1 year, 9 months ago on Watch out USA, Canada’s coming: A Google Hangout on immigration reform
Great post Ben! Yes, enterprise is harder and slower but as you said, "The result is a high margin business with predictability."
@flotastic They need one of those too, and I'm sure that will come as Downtown gets more populous. But that's not the only reason people need to drive! In fact you can already get groceries delivered online, but there's so many more reasons people still need to drive, but don't necessarily want to own a car.
1 year, 9 months ago on Tony Hsieh makes another crazy bet, orders 100 Tesla Model Ss to rent to Downtown Vegas residents (Updated)
Nice post Bob!
While transparency may seem like a nice thing to have, secrecy in your organization can erode your coworkers’ enthusiasm and intelligence.... In order to develop this visibility, you’ll need a regular cadence of planning meetings at each level of planning. These should be built into your culture and done at regular intervals — even if there’s not much to talk about. (Similar message from Rockefeller Habits by Verne Harnish - well worth a read if you haven't).
1 year, 9 months ago on The real reason software sucks and how to fix it
Congrats! It's well deserved recognition!
1 year, 10 months ago on Not-so-humblebrag: PandoDaily gets two Emmy nominations
What companies are you most excited about in the enterprise space and why?
Box, Asana and Atlassian; all have had varying degrees of success, in different areas of the marke. Some have captured a lot of hype and attention which hasn't perhaps been in proportion to their true position. So, I'm intrigued to watch these companies. How big can they really get? Are we seeing the next Salesforce.com in the early years?
What are the biggest challenges facing enterprise companies?
Getting their first sale.
Is the excitement over enterprise companies a “bubble” or the real deal?
I would say that since Yammer got acquired last Summer for $1.2Bn suddenly the media has picked up on the space, but I don't think that means there's a bubble at all; TechCrunch et al still prefer to write about consumer, and that's never going to change. A lot of enterprise companies are doing boring things for boring companies (sorry). It's way easier for people to identify with a mass-market product that anyone can use.
How should enterprise startups market their products?
I think the same things still apply; B2B is a relationship business, based on reputation and credibility, so doing trade shows and being written about by analysts is critical for success.
Should they target end-users (employees) or pitch to employers?
Finally the bubble has burst and many founders and VCs are realising that for most enterprise startups ground-up is a fairytale. For the last few years we've been drinking the kool-aid, but the most experienced VCs have known all along that ground up was bollocks. Ok, so Dropbox (still not really enterprise IMHO) and Yammer have done well, but I've heard both Aaron Levie and David Sacks both say that they wish they'd started traditional enterprise sales a lot sooner. There's also a limit to how many applications can even think of ground-up as a strategy; you're not going to get an enterprise to adopt core and mission critical systems in that way. e.g. finance, HR, even email. Ground up is perhaps only possible for completely new applications which don't replace anything? That said, what has changed is that UI and product design has become table stakes, and ground-up can perhaps provide a stream of leads.
Where does the future of enterprise software lie: On mobile or on desktops?
While mobile is becoming more and more important, it seems improbable that we'll only be doing business on smartphones and tablets. Full screens, keyboards and mice have been around for a long time and they're going to be around for a lot longer. Enterprise is web first, mobile second and will remain so. (Certain applications may be better suited to mobile-first, but that's in a minority).
Do too many companies call themselves “enterprise” when the label isn’t always accurate?
Yes, I think we've seen a lot of companies call themselves enterprise when maybe they're better described as SaaS or B2B. Enterprise is about selling to [large] enterprises.
1 year, 10 months ago on Let’s talk about enterprise: Share your thoughts for a chance to win tickets to Stanford and Accel Partners’ enterprise symposium
When they announced the Teslas Downtown everyone was amazed, it's impressive and gutsy, I can't wait till it launches. though, it did cross my mind why Teslas are a better bet than, say, the Nissan Leaf, or even a Prius. Great publicity for all involved though. And the Tesla is mindblowing.
1 year, 11 months ago on Tony Hsieh makes another crazy bet, orders 100 Tesla Model Ss to rent to Downtown Vegas residents (Updated)
Congrats to 500 and George Kellerman!
1 year, 11 months ago on New partners and new offices could make this 500 Startups’ biggest year yet
Unlike many startups what Romotive does is deeply technical, so it's no surprise they would have to relocate sometime to be near their peers and attract the top talent. Romotive incubating and accelerating in Vegas, and moving on to the next stage is awesome - congratulations to them!
1 year, 11 months ago on More bad news for Vegas Tech Fund: Star company Romotive is moving to the Bay Area
Are you on Google+?
2 years ago on The day that Google Drive broke my trust (Updated)
Well said Francisco, we all have a breaking point, and stress, rejection and the constant "struggle" can just wear you out. We all know being a founder is a rollercoaster, and usually we bounce back, but sometimes the wheels fall off and it's more than just a single off-day but a crushing despair which is hard to shake off for days or weeks. We are trained to put on a brave face, but that's actually harmful to us. So there we are pretending everything is fine and telling people how great everything is instead of being more open and actually helping others help us. RIP Jody.
2 years ago on The show
@jmspring I think that you may have a point. The reality is an entrepreneur you have very little spare time, and you have to say no to a lot of things. If I had a straightforward 9-5 job I'd be have much outside interests.
2 years, 1 month ago on Thank God for San Francisco’s gay community
Congrats guys, excellent job over the last year, and it feels like you've been around forever!
2 years, 1 month ago on WITN: Happy birthday, us!
You should take a look at TIBCO's tibbr product. tibbr is deployed either in the cloud, or on premises. With their 15 year enterprise background they are well experienced in serving the needs of Fortune 500 businesses and have not gone down the freemium route, everyone pays. http://try.tibbr.com
Disclaimer, my startup Teamly is a launch partner of in their new marketplace.
2 years, 2 months ago on Dear Yammer and the entire cloud wave: If you expect companies to use your software, it has to work
This app is great, glad to see it launch! Congrats Leo and Josh. #500strong
2 years, 3 months ago on Monogram launches shoppable magazine – and it has a China connection
Congratulations to team Goldstein!
2 years, 4 months ago on Moms to the rescue! BackOps raises $1 million from Mark Pincus and others
This article from Fast Company is required reading for anyone in Silicon Valley, and offers a jaw dropping insight into what goes on in Bill's head:
I was impressed and appalled in equal measure!
2 years, 5 months ago on Bye Bye, Bill: How Nguyen Doomed Color from the Start
Good piece Sarah, pre-writing a story and expecting it to be published on Silicon Valley's top blog is lame.
But in your fury over Feedgen you cruelly equate pivot with fail. To fail is to fail. To pivot is to try again with something better, and many - now successful - companies have gone through that process. Without pivoting and indeed embracing failure, Silicon Valley would be like everywhere else. Happily, it's not.
2 years, 6 months ago on No, Feedgen, I Won’t Publish the Article You Wrote About Yourself Under My Byline
2 years, 6 months ago on Reid Hoffman: On Knowing What Your Product Isn’t
I've known Jeffrey for many years now and despite minimal resources he's built a great team and continues to grow Zorpia. I can't wait to see what the future holds for him and Zorpia.
2 years, 6 months ago on Friend-Finding Social Network Zorpia Is No Facebook, But At Least It Has Friends In China
Since Thinkfuse is shutting down an alternative is the product my company, Teamly, has built: http://teamly.com Teamly ask employees to record their top objectives, and automate the reporting of those for management. Teamly is a practical, everyday tool that helps the end-user get work done. They can use it not just to plan long-term objectives for the month and quarter, but also use it every day and week as well.
2 years, 7 months ago on Salesforce Acquires Thinkfuse
Great post Hamish. Google's Chrome OS is also part of the move to cloud and while it's still tiny right now, that shouldn't be underestimated either.
2 years, 8 months ago on The Great Replacement: Microsoft, Yammer, and a New World in Enterprise Computing
Great post Hamish. HK is one of my favourite places in the world, and I agree it has loads of potential, yet to be fulfilled. It's odd indeed that entrepreneurship is not thriving there as it ought to be. At first glance it seems very entrepreneurial, and of course it was built by entrepreneurs in the 1800s! But under the surface you realise that the place is basically controlled by 5 major corporations, who own (and run) the whole place. This is exascerbated by not having a competition authority to regulate and keep these giants in check. The HK government's laissez faire approach on the one hand is great, making HK such a desirable location to run a business from, but on the other hand means that the big get bigger, and it's difficult to challenge the status quo, and that's what startups thrive on.
Really looking forward to the rest of your posts!
2 years, 8 months ago on Initial Thoughts on Hong Kong’s Tech Ecosystem
"Eat your own dog food, but only if it’s organic."
2 years, 9 months ago on Wisdom from Silicon Valley: Made-Up Quotes That Will Improve Your Life
That you must make time and effort for the people you love. It's so easy to slip into being a workaholic and take those you are close to for granted. Don't do it!
2 years, 9 months ago on A Request (and Giveaway!) for My Twenty-Sixth Birthday
In the absence of any proof your idea works at the idea/seed stage, investors have to make decisions based on trust. That's how silicon valley works. The liars ought to be run out of town, or get a job on Wall Street.
2 years, 9 months ago on Lies, Damned Lies, and Pitch Decks