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Can't wait for MG to rant on this like a kid throwing a tantrum. This should be fun! Insightful article btw!
2 years, 2 months ago on Yesterday Marked the Beginning of the End of Apple’s Dominance, Unless…
Just curious, what are the other alternatives? I'm trying to find one with a sizeable following in Denver! Thanks!
2 years, 3 months ago on Ridejoy for iOS: Behind the Making of A Ride-Sharing Mobile App
@JamesSiminoff Fair enough. When I saw the word portable, I automatically assumed we were talking about something that I can carry around with me. But looking at your target market, I see how this could be useful rather than trying to hunt for a wall plug or sharing a table outlet with a colleague. Like I said - Good luck!
2 years, 4 months ago on Say Goodbye To Ugly Portable Phone Chargers
It looks good, but then isn't the whole point of being 'portable' lost when its circular? How do we fit that thing into our laptop bags comfortably? Maybe the next iteration focuses on both aesthetics and form factor. Good luck!
@sarahcuda Would the facts here change what u wrote about Saverin? Just curious....A Facebook Co-Founder Reflects on the Path Forward - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/technology/a-facebook-cofounder-reflects-on-the-path-forward.html?smid=tw-share
2 years, 6 months ago on Dustin Moskovitz: “I Couldn’t Imagine Moving to Optimize for Taxes”
@sarah I'm not a Saverin fan either. One - Yes, he probably was lucky to be at the right place at the right time with FB. But just because of that, I don't see any reason for him to part with $600mm just because he will have ~$2b left over. However much that is, 600m is still a fair amount of money. But I do think this is being blown out of proportion
Two - You also say he isn't an entrepreneur. You're probably right. But does that mean he (and by extension, non-entrepreneurs) do not deserve that kind of money? I'm not sold on that argument. You work hard. You work for other people. And if you luck out on that kind of money, you don't not take it. That's not conscientious, that's stupid.
Three - I think it's absolutely fine if he doesn't create a billion dollar company. I'm guessing he realizes that and atleast puts money into companies that show promise (Some are US based too). And not coz he thinks he's going to take that company to the billion dollar mark, but possibly the money he lucked into might help these companies go big.
Four - Whether he owes America any money or not - I don't know. I'm an outsider. I paid my college tuition, taxes etc. I love and truly appreciate everything America has given me. But, I also have to bear the humiliation at US embassies and Border Control every time I enter the country. After that, if I have dual citizenship and see that there is $600m to be saved, I really think its an easy decision to make. (Actually, I won't apply for citizenship here. But that's just because I'm as patriotic about my country, as Americans are about theirs. So hopefully, I'll never face the 'You gave up citizenship and cheated America' argument.
And maybe not you, but a lot of other people feel that just because he got lucky, he does not deserve it. And that's why all the hubbub. Imagine if it was $6m instead of 600? Overall, his decision was just pragmatic. Not sleazy.
@trevoragilbert Yes, atleast Atlassian has a proven business model that actually helps them make money! $100m annually!
2 years, 7 months ago on Uber Cab Confessions: Driving Mr. Morin
@nimsaw I think the notion that piracy and paywall are issues only in India is a bit misleading. They are pretty much existent everywhere, here in the US too. And about DTH...I would then assume that Comcast and FIOS would be enough for the US? Who needs...er...Netflix? Hulu? Vudu?
I do agree that you might see a little faster adoption amongst NRIs simply owing to a faster internet connection and possibly a higher disposable income. But I don't see why Spuul can't be the Netflix of India. Maybe not now, but maybe 3-4 years seeing the rate of adoption and improving broadband speeds. Just my two cents.
2 years, 7 months ago on Spuul Launches with a Huge Ambition: Digitizing Bollywood
This is exactly the diverse coverage i've come to expect from Pando! Thank you Lacy! Well written and great scoop! Also, makes me happy that for once, Bollywood isn't being trivialized! **Breaks into a song and dance routine** :)