Former professional in private equity and real estate, who's spent the last few years acquiring product management and development skills. Obsessed with value proposition, and drawn to un-sexy verticals. Love NYC, but always wishing I was in LA.
@worstall @FrankThagard Here's the thing... They don't have to follow behind a mule any more to get food, but they MUST now have the money to buy. While they have been relieved of a less than enviable job, they may not be equipped to take on the new replacement job. Say you're in your 40's when this happens, the odds are not in your favor that you'll be able to maintain or improve your economic position going forward. And this is all that matter since you must purchase everything now delivered as a service. Your children may benefit and the macro trends over decades and centuries may look great, but it has come at the cost of an individual's quality of life during the remainder of their lifetime.
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I'm glad this story was still published despite the negative shift in Guide's story that occurred right before publishing.
1 week, 3 days ago on “I’ve fucked up things you haven’t even thought of yet”: The entrepreneurial son with everything to prove
The SSL fix didn't even show up in the App Store "Updates" pane. Had to click through on the link for more detailed information on Apple's website and FINALLY you see it as the very last bullet point. And worse they don't use the work "security" in the explanation.
Apple's usability still reigns supreme, but it is unfortunate that rely on this to keep consumers happy while not giving the same attentiveness to substantive issues like security.
I find myself considering alternatives more each day.
1 week, 5 days ago on Apple continues to hide its rotten security from consumers
@MelanieTolomeo @mattpointblank I believe he was referring to the acquisition price as well.
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The complexity of these relationships and associations boggles the mind, regardless of the malice or surreptitious behavior involved.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on The War Nerd: United Drones of Congo
Good article with plenty of insights, but I take issue with two things. One, seemed unnecessary to bring up the Arrington/Allen suit, and I'm not particularly keen on him to begin with. Two, calling any of this an OJ moment seems beyond dramatic in the most "inside the SV bubble" way possible. One really rich guy has re-organized several other just-rich guys. Two innocent people were not murdered in cold blood with a knife, nor will there be a nationally televised police chase.
Again, tons of meat and solid reporting in this article, which makes those things feel especially out of place not accretive.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on John Doerr’s last stand: Can a dramatic shakeup save Kleiner Perkins?
It's good to hear a technical counter opinion to the 23andMe mission, which is certainly laudable in its intent.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on It is game over for 23andMe, and rightly so
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Vineet - Where do companies like Box, Salesforce, Workday and your own company, Egnyte, fall on this spectrum? Are they exposed to a program like Muscular?
4 months ago on NSA secret programs are actually good for the cloud
One of your best articles in awhile in my not humble opinion. Well articulated.
4 months, 1 week ago on Hustle and flow
This is interesting. I met another guy, Adil Wali, who was a co-founder at ModCloth who co-owns a dev shop in Mexico called Crowd Interactive. As I understood the story, Crowd Interactive came about as a way to provide development resources for ModCloth, but reduce some of the overhead by also taking on client contract work. The team in Mexico ended up being highly proficient and has continued on as an independent dev shop. I met several team members in NYC, and was super impressed. About two years ago they generously offered to let me work from their space in Colima and provide mentorship as I was learning to code - for free! They also host the annual Ruby on Rails conference for Mexico.
I have no ongoing relationship with Crowd Interactive, but think the story is relevant to what Andy Kieffer is doing in Guadalajara. Giving him the benefit of the doubt in terms of how he's treating local employees and partners, I think there's enough green grass in places like Mexico to still do well and do good. Best of luck to them.
4 months, 1 week ago on Tequila and Tacos: How this former Valley exec is poaching US talent for his Mexican startup lab
Great summary and context Hamish. Thanks.
4 months, 1 week ago on Yep, games are going to be a giant cash cow for WeChat
@mcdruid this doesn't strike me as something that needs to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. @Penenberg what might the ballpark cost of this be if dealing with black hat service providers?
4 months, 2 weeks ago on I challenged hackers to investigate me and what they found out is chilling
@wtpayne Well for one, he stated that they had the ability to transfer/steal all of his money. These funds are not insured for such theft. I'd consider that a pretty significant impact. Additionally, imagine if the information had been collected, but not used until they went on a vacation, say out of the country. Having to access to communications (address books, email accounts, twitter, etc.) or money could leave you and your children stranded. Lastly, since they had already compromised one of the family day-to-day machines they could just sit there and eavesdrop, gathering more useful and damaging information over time.
Interesting that we never heard about Karsten going after Apple and their iTunes Ping endeavor...
5 months ago on Ping vs. Ping: How an email app received a cease-and-desist from a golf company
They've been delivering value, but have also been dancing around a clear message describing when or why a potential customer/SMB would come to them. I've found myself fumbling for words on occasion when I'd point someone to Docstoc if they asked what they did. The acquisition of BestVendor following their creation of License123 really closed the circle on the value proposition.
It's not mentioned in the article, but a big revenue opportunity for them might be as a plug-n-play distribution platform for other things an SMB might need/want. For instance, SaaS solutions (one-off or bundled), professional services (bookkeeping, HR), etc. AMEX and Intuit could compete with them, or just save the money and use it to be affiliate fees for profit sharing to Docstoc. Not hard to imagine someone coming to Docstoc setup their store or restaurant and simply selecting additional bundled services at discount ( Google Apps for 6 employees, an Intuit POS system, etc.). It might have some parallels to Heroku's Add-on marketplace.
5 months ago on DocStoc’s got a brand new bag: Redesigned small business portal offers personalized content and resources
I'm always looking for ways to communicate things in a more visual way. Love the interface. Hope their paid product gets some traction.
5 months ago on Data for dummies: Silk takes its simple visualizations tool to the enterprise
Love stories like this. 37signals is always heralded as the crowned prince of bootstrapping and autonomy, but they their attitude can be aloof at times and rigid. It's great to see examples of companies thriving under the constraints of bootstrapping and then leveraging VC money for what it's best at, growth and scaling of a product or service that has traction.
Keep up the great work Wrike!
5 months, 1 week ago on Wrike raises $10M to expand beyond its bootstraps
@eringriffith good conversation and interview.
One thing though, your side of the audio kept cutting in and out. Naval's was fine.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Listen to PandoWeekly with Naval Ravikant of AngelList