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Fantastic piece and glad to see people are beginning to connect the dots b/w the Groupon fiasco and the Samwers, and the companies that have been affected by them like Fab. One company that seems to have won their battle is AirBnB: http://informerly.com/links/brian-chesky-talks-about-why-airbnb-didn-t-acquire-european-clone-wimdu-global-growth-and-more
2 weeks ago on The Samwer brothers may have the last laugh on Fab after all
Great to see mainstream American attention finally being directed towards WeChat, Line, etc. Have to thank your reporting over the past year....
2 weeks ago on Line has 300 million users, WhatsApp has a problem
”Their strategy for solving the traditional ‘chicken and egg’ problem of marketplaces is genius,” Ries says. “They’ve taken a rapid experimentation approach. That’s why I invested.”
What is a "rapid experimentation approach"?
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Rebellion in the marketplace: Why vertical eBays are springing up and gaining traction
@HTeezo Agreed. Would a piece about an entrepreneur in Boston be set against the backdrop of terrorism? NYC? London? Madrid? It's a flattering piece, but the 'Africa ifascination' point of view is a bit much. This line especially: "Higgins has hired a Kenyan team, married a Kenyan wife, has a Kenyan baby on the way, and adopted the country as his home — terrorists and gigantic financial opportunity and all." Eek.
4 weeks ago on Kopo Kopo: Building the “Square of Africa” amid terrorism, monopolists, and huge opportunity
Am I delusional or didn't Blodget start writing with John Carney at Clusterstock as his entry to journalism?
1 month ago on Why do people hate Henry Blodget?
After reading Pando's Beachmint interview the other day had no idea Mary-Kate and Ashley were on board with them. Think a David Holmes map of celebs and their fashion startup connections could be in order!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Will Poshmark pull away from the pack in the secondhand clothing wars?
This is fascinating, $19mm raised from all non-traditional tech investors. There has to be more here....
2 months, 1 week ago on Archetypes, the biggest NYC startup you’ve never heard of, completely unravels
Same question as @BonitoCatastrophe...wouldn't this make an accelerator need to be more competitive and aggressive in fundraising now that everyone technically has this kind of access?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on ERA’s demo day: “This is not a general solicitation”
How common is it for a Series C to raise about half the capital of the Series B?
2 months, 2 weeks ago on JustFab raises another $40M to prove that fast fashion ecommerce is a billion dollar global opportunity
Why don't you just unsubscribe?
3 months, 2 weeks ago on A sign that the new Gmail is really solving core emails woes
Wow, this is nuts. I remember seeing Candace Klein pitch at Ignition 2011 (the Business Insider one) and she was one of the better presenters I've seen. Sad to see it end like this.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on SoMoLend and equity crowdfunding: What does this say about the industry?
Confused about the opening sentence, wasn't CheckThis like a SplashThat (I feel ridiculous as I write that), but 'social posters'?
4 months ago on Why Frontback’s simple photo app is like Vine, Instagram, and haikus
Loved seeing NSFWCORP suddenly out there across every political blog. Curious though, worried about this hurting the paywall / subscription side of things as it was a bit confusing navigating through that NSFWCORP is a subscription product, or is any press good press?
4 months, 1 week ago on Weiner’s campaign called one of my writers a “slutbag.” How was your day?
This is a legendary piece of journalism. Great work @hamishmckenzie. Honestly a rare moment when everyone in my Twitter feed is lauding the same piece. Congrats.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Move fast, break things: The sad story of Platform, Facebook’s gigantic missed opportunity
I'm a huge proponent of sponsored content, but it is kinda awkward that not only did Braintree sponsor the first Pando "Art of Starting Up" series, but there's a Braintree ad directly above the flattering headline: http://i.imgur.com/UGQIM0V.jpg.
I love what Braintree is doing as a company, but a reminder of when the whole sponsored series / post thing gets a bit awkward.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Google closes Checkout, pushing thousands of merchants into Braintree’s arms
@Calbean I think they're just two different experiences. When an item I searched for on Amazon ten times and didn't buy, follows me around the web, I might be annoyed, but I've often ended up purchasing it.
That by no means provides me that serendipitous shopping experience that Gilt or Fab often do ("oh wait, I didn't even know I needed a short-sleeve dress shirt but I now can't wait until it arrives")
It's the classic hard vs. soft sell. Both have always had their place for centuries.
6 months, 4 weeks ago on “Commerce has become marketing and marketing has become commerce”
@crucible Ah, I'm an idiot. I guess for a fully digital currency it's just as easy to pay in infinitesimal fractions for goods so the actual aggregate purchasing power can continue to grow. This led me to the whole Satoshi Nakamoto path...now that is a story to be told.
7 months ago on What to watch as the bitcoin drama develops
Isn't Menlo Ventures an investor in both Pando and Lumosity?
7 months ago on Study shows that Lumosity brain games can rehab your brain
If Bitcoins max out at 21 million bitcoins, with nearly 75% already created by 2016, even under incredible appreciation...how can they really displace entire economies and currency? It's fun for now and can be an interesting tool for either cross-border commerce, but given the limitations on nominal growth, how much can it really affect people's day to day lives?
...and I'm usually the first on any of these bandwagons.
Thanks @Paul Bianco for the reply. I learned all this stuff back in my finance days and thought about it in terms of conventional / capital-heavy businesses. Interesting (but not surprising at all) that in a digital world as incremental production and distribution costs are virtually zero, GAAP isn't adapted. Thanks again for the reminder on this!
7 months, 2 weeks ago on ff Venture Capital - Cost of Goods Sold in SaaS Companies