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 @hobsons_choice If you dont want reader's opinions then switch off comments. At least Mike Arrington a real journalist whom I respect does that. I did not know when insulting readers became part of journalism. Thank goodness other blogs exist with real content relevant to me.

1 year, 9 months ago on Samuel L Jackson’s Patronizing, Hypocritical Viral Message To Obama Voters

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 @PaulEmekaEze You are probably writing out of your ass if you dont know what Sarah Lacy said when she founded PandoDaily

1 year, 9 months ago on Samuel L Jackson’s Patronizing, Hypocritical Viral Message To Obama Voters

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I say it again. IS PANDODAILY BECOMING HUFFINGTON POST? WTF is it with all these politics? Please keep your views to yourselves or I am getting the fuck outta here.

1 year, 9 months ago on Samuel L Jackson’s Patronizing, Hypocritical Viral Message To Obama Voters

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This was not your best and probably belongs in another blog. What is Pandodaily turning into? Huffpost??

1 year, 9 months ago on The Unfinished Story of Us

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Africa and Asia are the largest and fastest growing markets for mobile yet Tandem decides to be located in Silicon Valley? If they are really serious about international mobile startups then they should be in Africa or Asia as well instead of bothering about US Visas and all. If they are serious about international expansion we have space for them in Accra the home of Saya and others yet to be unleashed.

1 year, 9 months ago on Tandem, a Mobile-Centric Accelerator, Puts New Emphasis on International Startups

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This was for the page views right?

 

Let us keep watching the polls and let voters decide this less than two months from now. Posts like these will make people like me stop reading Pandodaily.

1 year, 10 months ago on Romney May Suck at Social Media, Doesn’t Mean He Won’t Be President

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 @sarahlacy LOL!! I wouldn't like to meet him when he is angry. I am in SF next week hope to get another picture with him for my collection :)

1 year, 10 months ago on Why Isn’t This News: The Baby Stays In The Picture

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Wow! That guy is just a year old this month? 

1 year, 10 months ago on Why Isn’t This News: The Baby Stays In The Picture

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 @Francisco Dao Was that a man sausage I just saw on Pandodaily?!! @elicuda reads these pages!!

1 year, 10 months ago on Why I Don’t Worry About Missing Burning Man

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One of your best Farhad. I had to read it twice because I loved the analysis

1 year, 11 months ago on Copying Works: How Samsung’s Decision to Mimic Apple Paid Off in Spades

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 @mattmireles I must confess that analogy made me really laugh :)

1 year, 11 months ago on The Acqui-hire Scourge: Whatever Happened to Failure in Silicon Valley?

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@mattmireles

....."take a second and remember that most entrepreneurs (even YC founders) are broke asses making shit salaries whose financial lives are leveraged to the hilt and who could use the break of not being totally hosed when their startup fails." ........

 

I guess that is what you sign up for when you join the army? Startups are temporary organizations searching for a repeatable scalable business model and I may sound idealistic here but the original premise was not to find the quickest soft landing, it was to hit a home-run. If an acqui-hire was the home run then SV expectations are being scaled back and I guess that was the point of Sarah's post.

 

If Sarah was able to raise money pre-product then it was either the scouts were sure that she would definitely hit a home run because of her track record or it was because she already had a home run in the bag.

 

1 year, 11 months ago on The Acqui-hire Scourge: Whatever Happened to Failure in Silicon Valley?

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 @sarahcuda I meant Sequoia is NOW exploring other markets

1 year, 11 months ago on The Acqui-hire Scourge: Whatever Happened to Failure in Silicon Valley?

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Tough love from a mom and an entrepreneur.

 

I remember a line from "Love Must Be Tough", James Dobson's famous book on relationships. "Relationships are like tires on a car., a blowout is better than a slow leak". This is principle I apply religiously in all my relationships.

 

The most spectacular blowouts happen in more efficient markets like the public markets and Facebook, Zynga, Groupon are evidence of that but sadly Silicon Valley still drinks its own Koolaid and gets high on it. The market for ideas and talent is becoming inefficient. Maybe it is the "incestuous relationships" you mention and maybe it is because of the fear of not taking bold risks anymore as Founders Fund mentioned in their essay on "What Happened To The Future".

 

Whatever it is, it only means that Silicon Valley has reached a plateau in the sigmoid curve of growth and it is a prime target for disruption itself. Crowd-funding may do it or the major players will just move away to more efficient markets the same way Sequoia is not exploring new investments in Israel, Brazil and China.

 

I don't think anyone is ready to heed @sarahcuda 's wakeup call just yet, the keg is still full of "koolaid".

 

1 year, 11 months ago on The Acqui-hire Scourge: Whatever Happened to Failure in Silicon Valley?

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I don't know what you are talking about but thanks for letting me know about them. I have just subscribed and discontinuing some Zinio purchases

1 year, 11 months ago on A Bold Step for the Future of Magazines? A Review of Next Issue for iPad

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How can I bring them to Africa? That is all I am thinking now. The only problem is that one-click may not work that well in a place where people make a living of trying to beat the system. I am sure there are even more exciting things that can be done in a predominantly mobile ecosystem not necessarily just for the affluent or early adopters. The numbers are impressive.

1 year, 11 months ago on Braintree Buys Venmo for $26M — If PayPal Wasn’t Scared Before, It Should Be Now

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I ask myself the question "why the fuck do I look forward to @Francisco Dao 's posts?" Answer: Because he is consistently awesome. 

 

In reality you can only get to this WTF stage when you are at a higher level in Abraham Maslow's hierarchy. You could also ask "why the fuck  is there any need for etiquette?" A: Because we are not barbarians and as @sarahlacy mentioned in her response sometimes you just do things now because you dont want to ask yourself  "Why the fuck did I not do that earlier?".

 

Why the fuck do I come back to Pandodaily? They have a fucking awesome team but I will still attend TechCrunch Disrupt SF next month

1 year, 11 months ago on The Ultimate Productivity Tool

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Will Apple just buy @Square now so we can see a real fight with Google Wallet and Visa? 

1 year, 11 months ago on Starbucks Approached Square After Rejecting Every Other Mobile Payment Player

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 @mary_Linda16 Nice comment and great survey tool. What if Facebook changed its model slightly and allowed you to pay for surveys and to advertise yourself? There are millions of small businesses and professionals who could use tools like surverytool. You should sell to Facebook :)

1 year, 11 months ago on Facebook Needs New Revenue Streams, Fast

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I am beginning to think that I am clairvoyant. I saw this coming a mile of and registered two domains to do something similar in Africa last week

1 year, 11 months ago on TuneIn Raises $16M, Hits 40M Monthly Users with Streaming Radio

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Wow! I now see what @ericries meant!!

1 year, 11 months ago on Tipalti Dramatically Simplifies Worldwide Payment for Mass-Payers

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Just downloaded it as I desperately needed it. Very cool Twitter client too!

1 year, 11 months ago on Twitter Has Been Shredded Into Slices – Just What It Needed

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I see things differently. While the iPhone is a cash cow, the company will not be so foolish enough to depend on it continuing to be the cash cow forever. There are some slight changes I have seen that will have long lasting impact on Apple's growth and one of them is the fact that they are aggressively moving into new markets.

 

There is now a "Nigerian iTunes Store" and I guess the next thing that will follow is "Nigerian Apple stores" and similar moves in emerging market countries with strong demand. It is a an open secret that most of the aspirational gadget purchases are made in markets like Nigeria. RIM Blackberries are still very popular in Nigeria and South Africa and sales in these markets may still be what is keeping RIM alive. Apple dont have to sell the newest cutting edge products to these new markets to make money, they can even sell the 1st generation iPhones and iPads and people will rush to buy them.

 

They made two significant plays recently, they bought a security company which means they may start taking a plunge into payments very seriously and the new "Passbook" feature coming up in the next version of IOS. If they actually make smaller iPads and move aggressively into payments and emerging markets, we may be seeing a different Apple altogether. 

 

I think Apple's strength has been in innovation and creating new markets, I dont think they have lost that touch yet. My bet is still on them. Apple builds ecosystems and loyal followers in a way no other technology company has been able to do. I have 4 Macs and bought every generation of iPhones, iPads and iPods. Yes I am a fanboy and I make no apologies. I just love their products.

 

....typed on a MacBook Air while awaiting delivery of the MacBook Pro with Retina display

1 year, 11 months ago on What If the Next iPhone Is A Miss? A Deep Dive Into Apple’s High-Wire Act

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The company is using PR to fight “the myth” that Facebook ads don’t work. - I believe that myth now because I clicked on my first Facebook ad only today and it was worthless.

 

On payments. I remember what @ericries  said recently:  "To micropayments startups: web ads are already a working micropayments system at scale. The challenge is to make the user the customer." My first thought was Facebook!!

1 year, 12 months ago on Facebook Needs New Revenue Streams, Fast

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I still actually love driving up and down the El Camino Real. One of the things I look forward to when visiting the Bay Area

1 year, 12 months ago on The (dis)Connected World, Pt. 2: The Broken Promise of the Internet

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@theman did you have a discussion with my wife before writing this? She will print this and remind me of your words forever cc: @Asie Arkhurst @AsieArkhurst 

1 year, 12 months ago on The (dis)Connected World, Pt. 2: The Broken Promise of the Internet

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I use Asana infrequently anyway and it is cool

1 year, 12 months ago on In It to Win It: Asana Raises $28M Series B, Peter Thiel Joins the Board

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Sorry Sarah but......Billionaires funding Billionaires and it makes news? These are bored billionaires playing games with money. They should go build a new space shuttle or hyperloop or something.... :)

1 year, 12 months ago on In It to Win It: Asana Raises $28M Series B, Peter Thiel Joins the Board

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 @cdnpal  You are really cracking me up here and beginning to sound like Dave Chapelle's character "Conspiracy Brother". If I didn't know  @sarahcuda personally and can be called a friend, I would not have found those assertions totally baseless and ludicrous.

 

As any passionate entrepreneur, she is a human being and allowed a certain level of subjectivity which is sometimes reflected in her posts or her business decisions but what I have not seen in her is even the slightest hint of impropriety or un-ethical standards. I am also very objective with her and call her out when I feel she is wrong. I told her so in this blog post: http://asemota.posterous.com/why-ghana-is-the-best-location-for-an-african

 

She is also very close to Mike Arrington (her old boss, also a PandoDaily investor) and would in fact be closer to him than Peter Thiel but you would have read what happened to their business relationship when he decided to speak at TechCrunch Disrupt? While I personally felt she overreacted it shows you that she has no untouchables or sacred cows on the PandoDaily shareholder list.

 

Just get to know her, she is a wonderful person and one of the most fascinating people I have ever met. In the meantime you can enjoy the Dave Chapelle video below :)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=861bWXN8e5s

2 years ago on Exactly How Screwed Is PayPal? (Hint: Very)

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 @cdnpal Yes the strategy is formed by people and executed by people but I dont agree that there is a Thiel Pandodaily conspiracy going on here.

 

Consumers generate traffic and the numbers on Alexa and others is because Paypal still holds significant market share. What @sarahcuda is pointing out here basically is that we have reached an inflection point where only two things can happen. Paypal is either disrupted and dies or it plots a new growth curve by creating new markets which is what I believe they are trying to do but rather slowly.

 

One curious thing is that with all the great people they are hiring why then do they still let machines do their work for them? They probably have not realized that they have moved into a service business and their primary customer is the merchant who can only aggregate customers if their pain is minimized. They still have a "product mindset" looking at the end user and not the merchant.

2 years ago on Exactly How Screwed Is PayPal? (Hint: Very)

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 @cdnpal Thanks for that wonderful reminder! Paypal's payment terminal strategy is eerily reminiscent of Microsoft's OEM strategy. They have also blatantly cloned the Square dongle too. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

2 years ago on Exactly How Screwed Is PayPal? (Hint: Very)

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Reading this article I remember what Peter Thiel himself said in his class at Stanford:  "...Conventions can get covered up and become secrets again. It’s often the case that people stop believing things that they or previous generations had believed in the past"

 

There was no mention in the article of Paypal's move to the brick and mortar real world commerce or of its recent tie-ups with existing payment terminal manufacturers like Ingenico. While I agree that Paypal is a royal pain I wont write them off quickly. Someone I discussed with earlier also mentioned the small matter of patents that they have in the space. Yes they became complacent and true they have real problems with new competition on the block, but I see them getting aggressive with "real world merchants".

 

The biggest coup for Papal would be in the emerging markets and they have started to dip their toe in it with a presence in South Africa. In spite of successes like MPESA and MTN Uganda, mobile payments in a place like Africa is in a mess and there is a serious need for real standards and interoperability. There are Paypal like payment aggregators and gateways already offering online payment and merchant aggregation but they exist in silos and have not scaled. Paypal has a lot more in common with the various mobile wallets in Africa than Google Wallet and payment terminal integration is a game changer.

 

The problem with Paypal is that they have moved late but lets remember Microsoft and Netscape and never forget.

 

2 years ago on Exactly How Screwed Is PayPal? (Hint: Very)

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 @rjdempsey  @gsuberland  Paypal has tied up with existing payment  terminal providers like Ingenico and it is therefore quicker for a Paypal to be at the local Sainsbury much sooner than a Bitcoin or anything of such

2 years ago on Exactly How Screwed Is PayPal? (Hint: Very)

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From our own small corner of the universe with minuscule valuations I wrote a comment on a post today:

 

"I think......The business is not property like cars and houses, it is a legal person, an entity on its own with other people sharing fiduciary duty for its success as a going concern. Like humans, businesses also grow and if you want to be truly successful your business should grow larger than you as an individual"

 

I think the problem lies in the subjective nature of valuation in "the developed part of the world". I read somewhere that almost half of the world's corporate "value" resides in America. If the CEO/Founder/Leader/Dictator also did not want to gain some benefit from this subjective valuation and investment by "outsiders" in potential they would have just stuck to funding from earnings the old fashioned way or just remain funded by private equity.

 

I struggle with the last 3 paragraphs of your post. We all know the trend of public investments is towards the short term so why then do entrepreneurs still choose this option? I dont think there is any altruism on both sides, it is about who wins or loses first.

2 years ago on Won’t Someone Please Think of the Activist Shareholders! The World Needs More Yahoos

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@theman you just keep outdoing yourself! When I think you have written your best you come up with another great one :)

 

I was 9 when I sold fruit from my grandfather's orchard in the streets of my mother's village in Africa and that exposure hardwired me for understanding products and customers. I however did not discover that this was the path I was meant to follow until I stumbled on a book titled "Winners" in my school library as a pre-med biology major. That book with a quote by Ray Kroc on persistence and perseverance made me give up any thoughts of med school and opted instead for an MBA.

 

I believe what is required is early exposure to entrepreneurship opportunities to boost "midi-chlorian count". We need to rethink the curriculum. The educational curriculum in places like Africa is outdated. It was meant to train colonial subjects to become good civil servants of the realm and empires. African education creates stormtroopers and it becomes very fertile ground for "Sith Lords" to emerge and wreak havoc.

 

I only discovered that leverage was not necessarily an evil thing after reading the book "Winners". I never knew you did not need to have all the money in the world before building Disneyland. A lot of people in Africa still feel that those who are in business have "superpowers" or that you need rich uncles or parents to succeed.

 

I would be the champion of this sort of school in Africa and any initiative that breaks the "stormtrooper" mentality. This is a homerun Francisco Dao.

2 years ago on How Do You Identify a Jedi Knight?

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 @dionlisle1 Mpesa and and others in Africa have evolved. The agents were and are still a valuable part of the ecosystem but P2P and merchant payments now need little if any agent intervention. With most of the cash now in the MPesa/MFS system as float something truly great has happened in Kenya and rapidly spreading all over Africa. Cash will not die easily but if there is no need for a physical wallet cash may follow quickly. As improbable as it may sound, my bet is on models learned from Africa being taken back to the developed world. The future nature of value will be determined by digital natives still kids or yet unborn.

2 years ago on Square: The Mega-Disrupter Everyone Wants to Be In, Even the Investors Who Keep Passing

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I am glad MPesa was mentioned here as it is "unquestionably the leader of the mobile payment pack in terms of innovation", vision, cash, team, and buzz I will concede to Square. The ambitions are certainly gargantuan and it has sparked off a frenzy of innovation in companies from the like of Paypal to traditional POS hardware manufacturers like Verifone and Ingenico but there is a fundamental problem you didn't mention here which is that it depends on swiping the magnetic bit of a card while the rest of the world has since gone Pin and Chip. Even the wanna-be-Square clones have EMV dongles already: http://www.swiffpay.com/

 

The real trouble the investors may be having is that the traditional POS manufacturers and even Paypal have quickly caught on and they have significant advantages in markets that Square is still only dreaming about. Then there are the two 900 pound Gorillas in the room; Google.and Apple.

 

Personally I think Square's best interests will be served by an Apple investment or an outright acquisition. There is synergy and Apple's current dip into the wallet technology with IOS 6 makes them a match made in heaven.

 

Square's real value was changing payments by providing a physical interface between existing payment mechanisms and mobile. It opened the eyes of others to what was possible the same way Apple opened the eyes of the world to personal computing. Together with Apple they can possibly create a "post physical wallet" era the same way Apple has created a "Post PC era". The fight is really not against cash but the physical wallet.

 

2 years ago on Square: The Mega-Disrupter Everyone Wants to Be In, Even the Investors Who Keep Passing

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@sarahcuda almost ruined this by turning me away with the "Nigerian Prince" reference but this is a great article about what I always believed about looking for alternative funding models for startups. This will work very well in Africa and that is why we need our own "tailored" version of AngelList

2 years ago on Take That Crowdfunding Cynics! Rally Raises Largest AngelList Deal Ever

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 @sarahcuda  By the way, @mikebutcher  was right. This is NOT Sub-Saharan Africa's first Accelerator 

2 years, 1 month ago on Valley Vets Launch $10M Savannah Fund, Sub-Saharan Africa’s First Accelerator

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 @pemullen Dear Sir, I respectfully and proudly wear the title of "Apple Fanboy". A constituency of 400 Million people and almost a religion. @parislemon  is our leader.

2 years, 1 month ago on Apple’s Passbook Already Has Your Credit Card, and the Rest of the Wallet Will Follow

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"Alliy expects that they’ll end up raising as much from local Kenyans as from foreigners, which is a good sign that the country will embrace their efforts, they’ll have the buy in of local mentors, and it will be more sustainable." - I discussed this with Mbwanna the last time I was in SF and told him that the real money is in Africa and we really dont need any money from outside to do this.

 

I have been on a project where $285m was raised locally by a local PE company for a telecoms project and this was 10 years ago. My belief is that what we need is the knowledge to make this happen properly and the will to collaborate and build self sustaining startup hubs and communities. Silicon Valley exists not because of the money but the ideas and the network. The local entrepreneurs who have been there need to become mentors and give back not only knowledge but funding. It will not happen remotely.

 

I can understand why there will be trepadition by foreign investors because you can also pump billions into Africa and get nothing if the fundamentals are not addressed. A lot of the existing funds like Helios are pumping money into infrastructure and payments and that is where to really begin. Helios has about a $900m war chest and $10m is chump change compared to that but it is a start.

 

For us at Afrinnova we believe that the models in Africa DO NOT have to ape Silicon Valley. How about MFI models solely for very small tech ventures before funds?Africa has the opportunities no doubt but the thinking has to be different. MPesa was not built on SV type hype but hard and brutal work. The success led to the growth of the tech hub and other initiativess around it. MPesa was successful in Kenya but sadly did not scale across Africa. We need more Mpesas around Africa to spur this growth. I believe MicroPayments is the key and not funds. Proper investments need to be made on more MPesa like succeses as payments are the fundamental layer startups need to grow. 

2 years, 1 month ago on Valley Vets Launch $10M Savannah Fund, Sub-Saharan Africa’s First Accelerator

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"400 Million accounts with credit cards and quick buying on App Store" then "Passbook is a new app for storing plane or movie tickets like Fandango and store cards. If you’re close by a related store, geolocate will offer up the relevant card". Apple has officially become a payments company

2 years, 1 month ago on WWDC: The Key Details From Today’s Apple Event

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Another great one from @TheMan . He has proven beyond doubt to @sarahlacy that he is "THE MAN" at PandoDaily

2 years, 1 month ago on The New Entrepreneur Classification System

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- The operator then tracked a couple which had a 45 minute conversation, five seconds at a time.

“The lengths people go to to duct tape together a solution for themselves is staggering,” says Jones. - 

 

Welcome to our side of "the real World"

 

2 years, 1 month ago on Starscriber to Help Carlos Slim Better Monetize Chile’s Prepaid Mobile Users

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 @SimonHui Probably explains why Google bought Motorola after they lost control of Android and why Facebook desperately needs a hardware platform they call their own

2 years, 1 month ago on How Facebook Can Solve Its Mobile Problem: Build a Browser

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 @RayCromwell Other explanations for why those 3 reasons listed above led to rapid growth can also be attributed to vision and leadership. If Zuckerberg lacked those then he would not have gone on the current path. Management is one of the vital functions of a CEO but I believe leadership is the most important. Leadership should not be confused with management. Leaders lead people. Managers manage tasks and people.

2 years, 2 months ago on Today Is Just the End of the Beginning for Mark Zuckerberg

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He should have his own show

2 years, 2 months ago on Why Isn’t This News: That We Know Of

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Very soon it will be: "Hi, I'm Sarah Lacy and I'm Paul Carr.......and this is Eli Ellis!"

 

I actually look forward to seeing him more than Sarah and Paul :)

2 years, 2 months ago on Why Isn’t This News: That We Know Of

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Seems tech blogging has now become "Game of Thrones". House Arrington's slogan should become "The response is coming"

2 years, 2 months ago on The Winklevoss Twins Have Decided to Call Themselves VCs, Because That’s a Thing Anyone Can Do Now

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This is probably the best post I have read on Pandodaily so far.

2 years, 3 months ago on The Illusion of Imagination (And How It Drives Silicon Valley)

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19 and you actually know what floppy disks are? I think I stopped using them before you were born ;) Don Tapscott calls the next generation "digital natives", let's hope they don't spend most of their time killing pigs or "drawing something". I think we can shape the future by providing useful content as the foundation for them to learn from and build on. Role models are also important. I only got into this after seeing SuperMan III, I am still waiting for the big payoff and the red Ferrari while they have Zuckerberg the real Superman to look up to.

2 years, 3 months ago on The Next Generation Will Leave Us in the Dust…and That’s a Good Thing

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He learned from Color and Kenny Rogers' Gambler. "Know when to hold em, when to walk away...."

2 years, 3 months ago on Kevin Systrom: Having His Cake and Eating It Too?

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How come there are never any fires at these "fireside chats"? This is one guy I have always admired and one of the few who really gets it.

2 years, 3 months ago on Vinod Khosla: Silicon Valley’s Talent Thief

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 @nimsaw You are right about direct-to-home services being a major source of content. My bet is that those same providers will be better placed to provide on-demand services than new entrants. They will also have the right relationships with the content distribution networks and copyright owners

2 years, 3 months ago on Spuul Launches with a Huge Ambition: Digitizing Bollywood

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 @nzpossum I totally agree with you on Youtube and disagree with Trevor on Google+. I believe G+ is not a little niche for Google but rather part of an overall engagement strategy. Nobody ever talks about "hangout" and all other cool features present there that people have not started using properly yet, everyone also forgets Android and how it fits in nicely there. All I will have to say to Pinterest and others about G+ is....."Google is coming"

2 years, 3 months ago on What We Can Learn From Pinterest’s Ascent

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 @MichaelWolfe  You forget Nigeria with machete wielding gangsters and 419 scammers. All of these while pregnant. Randi is also Sarah's friend too but she is brave enough to call it what it is.....bullcrap @TimSparapani 

2 years, 3 months ago on An Open Letter To Randi Zuckerberg: How Could You Do This to Real Entrepreneurs?

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"nearly 350 mobile users subscribed to some sort of data plan"?? That is smaller than my street in Accra! I guess you meant "350 Million". @elicuda should grow up quickly to do your proof reading :)

 

I am amazed that this kind of play has not yet been made all this time in India and probably there is a reason for it. It probably is the same reason why the number of Twitter users in India is still surprisingly relatively low. Maybe people spend their time really working and wont have time to tweet, watch movies on-line or on their phones. I may be wrong but believe going to out to watch Bollywood movies as a group may be the best way for hard working people in India to unwind and that may be the biggest hindrance to an online content company. The real market (same as Nollywood) may actually be the Indians in diaspora or others outside who love Bollywood.

 

India is a unique sub-continent, I remember an investor I was working with in Nigeria on a telco startup voicing his concerns that as at 2002 the cellphone companies in India had not scaled. He really couldnt understand why and was worried if Nigeria would follow the same pattern seeing that they both have large populations. Fortunately, he was wrong about Nigeria and about India as Bharti is now a global force. Let us hope the same happens for Spuul and others

2 years, 3 months ago on Spuul Launches with a Huge Ambition: Digitizing Bollywood

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The real damage a wrong depiction of Silicon Valley would do is not just to the valley itself but to those inspired by it far beyond the shores of the bay area. After 3 trips there in 6 months, I already have a hard job as it is trying to make African entrepreneurs realise that some of the most confident and hard-working people I have ever met live and work in the valley. It is not un-common to see Zuckerberg wannabees wearing hoodies and behaving like real jerks in the Accra, Buea, Nairobi and Kampala after "The Social Network".

 

What I saw there however was different, it was real people with awesome imagination building awesome products. It was real people meeting each other on the Bart trains and passionately discussing ideas they are working on and exchanging e-mail address to keep in touch and collaborate afterwards. It was real people with broken homes because of their passion living lives as single parents and driving hours from SV to LA to take care of business.

 

Yes there were awesome parties after the events and I actually attended 4 of them one night after Techcrunch Disrupt.  The guys play hard and work even harder and I hope that balance is reflected in the show because people who need inspiration also need to understand that there are no real shortcuts other than really hard work and great imagination.

2 years, 3 months ago on An Open Letter To Randi Zuckerberg: How Could You Do This to Real Entrepreneurs?

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 @MikeIsaac I am actually reading this shirtless and I am at work too.

2 years, 3 months ago on An Open Letter To Randi Zuckerberg: How Could You Do This to Real Entrepreneurs?

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 @ScottJonesy Oh my! I have not heard that term since my days at school in Sheffield, England

2 years, 3 months ago on The Dumbing Down of Silicon Valley

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 @Francisco Dao I like the bars and parties anyway :) Anytime I'm there it seems everyday someone is launching something and giving people a reason to get pissed afterwards

2 years, 3 months ago on The Dumbing Down of Silicon Valley

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...on behalf of those from the emerging markets who have seen and are still trying to figure out what makes Silicon Valley so awesome, I am offended too 

2 years, 3 months ago on The Dumbing Down of Silicon Valley

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 @seyitaylor I think the case with Kalahari was more than inefficiency, it was a fundamental misunderstanding of the fundamentals and relying too much on the power of the brand

2 years, 3 months ago on Ozon: Surviving the Long Winter of the Russian Internet

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 @seyitaylor  @asemota  @sarahcuda Kalahari failed because they could not scale or acquire new customers. Main problem was that tried to use the same logistics model in South Africa and the same players as well to carry out fulfilment. It meant products ordered from a seller in the UK or US had to first go to the logistics hub in South Africa before they came to Nigeria or Kenya. It is not rocket science to see why this will not work with customers especially when delivery takes can take 3 weeks to 3 months while in the case of merchants like Smartbuy it could be hours or at most some days. Smartbuy does this very efficiently with smaller overheads. Sometimes Chiedu the CEO can go do a delivery himself so that he gets to know a client personally if they have ordered a lot. With cash on delivery they also win the trust of the customer as they are not tying up any funds.

2 years, 3 months ago on Ozon: Surviving the Long Winter of the Russian Internet

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Seriously Sarah, shouldn't you be running a business strategy consulting company instead of a tech blog? In one article you have probably revealed Steve Job's last secret about TV when he said "I finally cracked it". For the next generation the interaction has to be more active than passive. Maybe being a mom also has made you understand the next demographic better than most people would ever do.

 

My Satellite TV subscription expired a month ago and I have been doing an experiment with myself. I have a Roku and an AppleTV. Boxee also  runs on my Mac Mini connected to the TV which has my Twitter stream on Tweetdeck streaming on another screen permanently. I found out that I could always "pull" the content I wanted from any of the devices and also follow most of what is happening in the world on Twitter. I was brought up on TV and also a movie addict but I have just discovered that I get more satisfaction from digital content than passive TV content. Apple had a glitch with Apple TV recently and I almost had a fit.  If I can wean myself off TV this way you can imagine what the next generation of "digital natives" will be.

 

Maybe the next Apple TV will be a giant iPad that you probably can interact with the same way you would with Microsoft's Xbox Kinect. Whatever it is, you have made me to seriously start thinking of content for the next generation irrespective of the devices they are presented with.

2 years, 3 months ago on I’ve Seen The Future of Kids’ Entertainment, and It Belongs To Misha Lyalin

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Ozon reminds me of http://Smartbuy.com.ng that I just wrote about http://asemota.posterous.com/ready-to-scale

The logistics innovation is key in any e-commerce play in the emerging markets. Smartbuy succeeds in a market like Nigeria where Kalahari.com funded by a giant like Naspers failed. The same logistics innovation helped Mr Delivery also become a giant in South Africa as well.

 

I have always said that business models will be reinvented in the emerging markets to make companies scale and cookie-cutter models will not work. Thanks again @sarahcuda for showing the world the other side of the earth

2 years, 3 months ago on Ozon: Surviving the Long Winter of the Russian Internet

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