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And, one hour after posting... No comments. Making Sarah's point exactly
3 months ago on If the Techtopus wage theft suit proves anything, it’s that the philosophy that built the Valley is no more
I understand that Uber is hated (even though I'm still not sure why), and I understand your distinction. However, the reason the taxi incumbents are trying to block Uber isn't because they're concerned for public safety, it's because they're concerned about their money. Same with AirBnB. And same with Tesla.
The only motivation here is money. Let's not get this twisted.
4 months, 1 week ago on When Silicon Valley fights the government: Why Tesla is not like Uber
I think Pando is the most human startup magazine in the world at the moment. Great story guys!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on “I’ve fucked up things you haven’t even thought of yet”: The entrepreneurial son with everything to prove
Is Pando the most human startup magazine in the world? I think so. Great story guys!
Paga. Seriously, Paga.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Kopo Kopo: Building the “Square of Africa” amid terrorism, monopolists, and huge opportunity
Actually, this is EXACTLY "Tim Cook isn't Steve Jobs". To borrow Peter Thiel's analogy, his Apple isn't able to go from 0 to 1 (the known to the unknown) instead going from 1 to n (incremental improvements). There's so much else that's wrong with his Apple - the leaks that have led to the utter lack of mystery (what's the point of WWDC if you've seen everything before its announced?) and the use of all the superlative adjectives (awesome, best...) to stuff that really isn't superlative AT ALL.
If this keeps up, there'll be no real need to watch WWDC any more. End of an era
10 months, 2 weeks ago on When excellence simply isn’t good enough for Apple
She started sobbing? Oh wow.
11 months ago on How to manipulate children for fun and profit
Wonderful. The comments on this post are just wonderful.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on I’ve raised $6.5 million to build and grow my new company: Bustle.com
Did Michael Carney write this or did Adam Penenberg? Please check the attribution.
1 year, 2 months ago on Dept. of Homeland Security freezes accounts between Dwolla and bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox
Good summary Michael. Well done!
1 year, 4 months ago on Welcome to the Bitcoin revolution, there’s no going back now
Thank you! God bless you!
1 year, 4 months ago on Newsflash: Marissa Mayer isn’t a dictator. She runs one company. Shut up and let her
1 year, 6 months ago on Uber hopes to start 2013 on a better foot with users and the press
Nice writing Francisco! Only too real all over the world.
1 year, 8 months ago on The last day
@KirkCheyfitz Great answer, and yet I feel like you've raised more questions. Is there an agency model that you've found that works for providing brands really smart digital advertising that helps build their brand (not just marketing?) How much restructuring do you think has to be done in the traditional agency model to make impactful digital advertising a core of brands' ad spend? Do you have a blog I could read up? And what's your Twitter? (if you have one)
1 year, 8 months ago on Resistance is futile. Yet, they resist: How Madison Ave. wastes clients’ money by denying reality
Very good post @KirkCheyfitz I wonder how much of the reluctance to change has to do with the how profitable traditional media is for ad agencies. I'd love to hear your thoughts on that.
Farhad, I think you should Google "Tomi Ahonen" and take some time to read his blog.
1 year, 10 months ago on The Royal Nokia Screw-Up That Shouldn’t Have Been
Sometimes, I wonder whether people listen to @msuster at all. He did call this, like 200 years ago.
1 year, 10 months ago on Native Ads Part Deux: The Growth of Open Native Advertising
@HoiSta You may be right but in terms of the whole picture @sarahlacy is spot on. I've bought so many Kindle books on impulse and it's exactly the same situation she's describing - someone tells me about a great book they read and I just buy it. Someone mentions a book on Twitter, I check it out and just buy it. I've bought more Kindle books than physical books; and I haven't read them all.
I'm not sure even if the publishers stopped fighting Amazon they'll live forever but this is an example of perfect disruption. Perfect.
1 year, 10 months ago on Are You There Authors Guild? It’s Me, Reality
@asemota I'm also surprised @sarahcuda didn't mention chip/pin & Square competitors. As for Square being the leader in payments, when it moves 75% of the US GDP, give me a call. Until then, I'm an MPesa man.
2 years ago on Square: The Mega-Disrupter Everyone Wants to Be In, Even the Investors Who Keep Passing
Good one. Yes, we are crazy. We wear it like a badge of honour and hope to God our madness pays off one day!
2 years, 3 months ago on The Illusion of Imagination (And How It Drives Silicon Valley)
So Bollywood gets its own IrokoTV... cool!
2 years, 3 months ago on Spuul Launches with a Huge Ambition: Digitizing Bollywood
@asemota Chiedu delivered a laptop to my wife himself once so, yep, I know what you're saying. And the last phone she bought from them was delivered same day. In fact, they brought 2 phones and she picked one. I also understand kalahari's issues but they weren't fatal. You can pivot away from inefficiency can't you? @sarahcuda
2 years, 3 months ago on Ozon: Surviving the Long Winter of the Russian Internet
@asemota But did Kalahari fail? Or did they just throw in the towel too early? @sarahcuda
@asemota @sarahcuda You know, the amazing thing about smartbuy.com.ng is just how long they've been in the business. I've watched shops come and go and yet these guys just stayed the course. They've done a lot of smart stuff - cash on delivery, navigating through Lagos' byzanthine streets and basically just come out tops. Another one you may want to take a look at is stylerebirth.com.ng - sells women's lingerie. The owner @funms really gets it and she's quite patient about building a solid business there. Amazing that all the tech press doesn't do more to feature guys like that.