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Wasn't the entire basis of House of Cards based on viewer data? http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/25/business/media/for-house-of-cards-using-big-data-to-guarantee-its-popularity.html?pagewanted=all
9 months, 1 week ago on Reed Hastings won’t use data to mess with TV plots, and that’s why Netflix will win
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
1 year, 3 months 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....
1 year, 3 months 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"?
1 year, 3 months 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.
1 year, 3 months 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 year, 3 months 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 year, 4 months 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....
1 year, 5 months 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?
1 year, 5 months 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?
1 year, 5 months ago on JustFab raises another $40M to prove that fast fashion ecommerce is a billion dollar global opportunity
Why don't you just unsubscribe?
1 year, 6 months 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.
1 year, 6 months 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'?
1 year, 6 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?
1 year, 7 months 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.
1 year, 7 months 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.
1 year, 9 months 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.
1 year, 9 months 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.
1 year, 9 months ago on What to watch as the bitcoin drama develops
Isn't Menlo Ventures an investor in both Pando and Lumosity?
1 year, 9 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!
1 year, 10 months ago on ff Venture Capital - Cost of Goods Sold in SaaS Companies
Curious about the very last line and marketing costs. If you pay for lead generation, wouldn't that be a COGS? With SaaS products, feel quality lead generation is pretty much the only major incremental cost, with otherwise extremely minimal marginal cost.
@bgoldberg Great post. The cultural differences at the last place I worked between commercial and editorial were almost depressing. I can't count the number of times the word "commercial" was used disparagingly. I think Jonah Peretti has shown the greatest leadership in this area, more along the lines of what @hamishmckenzie seems to advocate, almost 'separate but equal': http://cdixon.org/2012/07/24/buzzfeeds-strategy/
Only confusion from my end is the platform from which you're writing this. Pando has an extremely strong editorial culture, but doesn't seem to be that egalitarian paradise you're speaking of. http://diseruption.com/selling-is-human
1 year, 10 months ago on The separation of “church and state” in publishing
Today Twitter broke the bombing news to me, kept me informed very early on, started to get a bit sensationalist and even stupid at points while concurrently delivering me very valuable information (city phone numbers...I'm from Boston and reposted to Facebook and turned out to be very helpful for some friends).
It'd be nice to not read news and just reflect weeks later over 5,000 word pieces....sometimes you actually need information. Twitter is just a means, not the end in itself.
1 year, 10 months ago on If news makes us sick, Twitter must be a cancer
Confused by the final paragraph. If the argument is that civilian blogs and computer-generated news are leading to the commodification of news, isn't the SCOTUSBlog part of that negative trend as a civilian blog (Goldstein is an attorney, not a trained journalist)? Guess that gets into the murky area of when is a blog still a blog (is Andrew Sullivan a civilian blog?)
Still remember that moment of watching the Obamacare decision with CNN on. As I watched Wolf Blitzer confidently state it being struck down, noticed on Twitter information indicating both sides, and sources I consider more credible saying it was upheld. Funny part, I never for a moment doubted the Twitter sources I trusted vs. CNN. Wasn't even a question.
1 year, 10 months ago on A totally unsexy, vitally important blog that should be talked about as much as BuzzFeed
I'm not sure if even Arianna Huffington would call Arianna Huffington an "expert in journalism".
1 year, 11 months ago on You don’t want experts. You want jacks-of-all-trades
1 year, 11 months ago on Marketing is the worst, but it enables a lot of cool stuff. I think
Awesome post for those of us who didn't make it. Did you ever figure out if the guy in the suit/green tie/huge foam head was actually a marketing gimmick or just Austin hipster?
Most succinct, and correct, explanation of the future of media I've seen.
1 year, 11 months ago on Bonfire of the Varieties: I’m doing a “Twitter Chat” about Digital Media Models (Now!)
Thank you for pointing out the need for IFTTT integration. That's gonna be my deciding factor...or at least pinboard integration.
1 year, 11 months ago on What should the next RSS reader look like?
This could be the single best piece on the fundamentals of ad-driven content businesses I've come across. For all the endless debate about the future of journalism, can't tell you how important it is to have someone who's done this lay the numbers out clearly. Somehow they're too often ignored in the discussion.
Keep 'em coming.
1 year, 12 months ago on How much is a piece of content worth?
1 year, 12 months ago on The future of journalism: It’s time to pick a side
Great piece and think it's a good predictor / line in the sand for the future of media...where does Pando fit into this? I'm reading this anti-advertising tome while seeing a 99Designs ad/sponsorship, a Dio beta ad/sponsorship and a Braintree "try it today" ad/sponsorship all on the screen.
I know you guys don't do pageview or click-based advertising, not quite sure what the terms of 'sponsorship' are with these 3 brands, but shouldn't this piece be published somewhere without ads?
Fantastic post and glad someone called out the Fast Company post (which for reference was titled: "The Getaway Career: An Intimate Tale Of Jetting To Brazil In Search Of Love, Life, And A Startup Hit").
Are there any other international players other than 500 Startups to keep an eye on in the Mexican startup investment space?
2 years ago on Mexico in 2013 is Brazil in 2008
Pando's best move: Letting you write about whatever you want, seriously amazing stuff. UNLEASH THE GOLDBERG!
2 years ago on We’ve finally grown up
Was a bit suspect of the entire article given the medium, but glad you included "It will be fun to see how PandoDaily’s style evolves with time, and to see how long before it can overpower Sarah’s voice. That will be a happy day for her investors." The whole piece is spot on (and surprisingly leaves out Gawker/Denton).
2 years ago on Don’t make it about you…
@Bridget Williams While BI is on the wrong side of a lot of these rewrite debates, the original post always did prominently link out and direct readers to Digiday. The screenshot removal was the only 'fix'.
..and agreed with @hamishmckenzie, can we please stop calling it 'aggregation' when it's for the most part 'rewriting' without creating any additional value. Techmeme and Google News are aggregators, and they're wonderful.
2 years ago on Aggregation isn’t evil. Doesn’t mean it’s good [Business Insider edition]
Is this sponsored content?
2 years ago on Three reasons not to build a Minimum Viable Product
@hamishmckenzie They even have timed easter eggs like "Happy New Year" "merry christmas" and always on "Happy Birthday". I am troubled that I'm excited by this....
2 years, 1 month ago on Facebook looks more like WeChat every day
Great article...seriously every friend I've introduced WeChat to in the US has jumped on board. It allows me to quickly communicate with my parents, who send audio messages in Bengali (and always hated texting). And most importantly, those emoticons are ridiculous! Not sure if you've delved into the constantly updated custom ones, but it can turn anyone into a Hello Kitty-esque tween.
Nothing? Nobody? I feel like when Facebook was only restricted to Ivy League schools.
2 years, 1 month ago on Quibb recaptures the spirit of Google Reader’s “social network” and bottles it for professionals
Fantastic initiative. This is exactly the type of event that startup communities everywhere need to be emulating, pure product and customer focus.
2 years, 1 month ago on The Test Tube is product feedback plus speed dating
I'm fascinated by the idea of the service but applied twice now, and unfortunately it appears I'm not qualified. Did you receive any color on what goes into rejecting 70% of applicants?
Loved the article/experience/extravaganza, but they really shouldn't have given it away for free...I think I paid 99 cents for Fish: A Tap Essay and felt totally satisfied, yet now weirdly expect this for free from the NYT. Again, the desire for worldwide exposure over commercial viability has set unreasonable expectations for yet another news product.
2 years, 2 months ago on Snow Fall: Finally an articulation for the digerati of what a big, expensive newsroom can do
2 years, 2 months ago on Told you so: Stop trying to fix the article; it’s not broken
@bgoldberg has been on Pandofire the past few posts!
2 years, 2 months ago on The “Ten Lives” game
Fully agree with a lot of the complaints but we have to accept that the customers of Twitter are not us, the users, but the advertisers or anyone else actually paying Twitter. I still don't get a lot of the decisions like the absence of Quote Tweet (never use the website b/c of this), but I imagine as long as people aren't leaving in droves, they're going to focus on the actual business of Twitter.
Remember, we're not the customers, we're just eyeballs that will be sold to advertisers. It's the same relationship as between Pando and myself. As long as that asset of our attention is only growing., makes sense to focus on the focusing on the customer. Perhaps if it begins to decline then they'll get back to stabilizing it.
Also, same argument could be made that for the first few years of existence they only focused on the user and not the end customer....now they're just catching up?
2 years, 2 months ago on Okay, Twitter, you’ve done good by your advertisers. But remember your users?
I'm confused with the idea that "thought leaders" and "visionaries" don't really qualify as entrepreneurs, but at least from the description, the author's entire background is as a writer / presenter / media personality. Is the accomplishment of 50Kings a scaled, operational, profitable conference business or is it small, exclusive party?
Fully agree with the anti-Bravo reality show sentiment, but don't quite get the condescension.
2 years, 2 months ago on What you believe is irrelevant
How is this an entire article on Groupon's international expansion woes that never mentions the Samwer Brothers?? They were put in charge, and the same philosophy of hyper-rapid expansion that dominates Rocket Internet currently is what was applied to Groupon.
They somehow manage to be left out of every conversation I've seen about Groupon even though (and verified by friends who became emerging market country heads) they were in complete control of how expansion was executed. Sneaky.
2 years, 3 months ago on Lessons from the Groupon disaster: Maybe international can wait
...and great post, good to see that others are getting it.
2 years, 3 months ago on The subscriptionization of everything: Why it’s time for publishers to get intimate with their audiences