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What are the odds Mayer makes Tumblr literally a Youtube competitor? YT pre-rolls are on every view now so we know users tolerate it. That would be an interesting evolution of the product imho
3 days, 3 hours ago on Why Yahoo’s track record with acquisitions isn’t relevant to Tumblr
I've never seen such a thorough moat strategy. These guys are absolutely maniacal.
1 week, 1 day ago on Google is keeping iCloud’s promises
I'd be interested in hearing from USV, AH and GV and others that are making investments in the space.
1 week, 2 days ago on Dept. of Homeland Security freezes accounts between Dwolla and bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox
Some of the issue is supply side. They don't have enough inventory to target. But the supply issue is because their ads are too expensive (i.e. - they don't convert like Google). It's classic chicken & egg problem. Their ad product stinks.
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Facebook gives Wall Street what it wants with mobile. Doesn’t make Facebook ads any less crappy
@mcarney @neoganda Also, conferences and merch for certain chans like Geek & Sundry might generate modest revenue. I hope YT figures this out cuz the content is pretty great and the rumor is the funding isn't supporting new channels.
3 weeks ago on An inside look at the first major acquisition of a premium YouTube channel
It was the purple leggings.
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@rob4 @elicolner I never sought an education for its entertainment factor... that said, being exposed to world class scientists and their ideas in person is life changing, in and especially out of the classroom. If we frame the debate purely on the presentation we'll be ignoring a huge benefit of going to a 4 year university - access to the best facilities and mentorship available. It is a scarcity because it's truly rare, not because of some marketing scheme. Broadcasting lectures is not analogous to the opportunity that the current system provides students because there aren't enough PhDs to mentor everybody.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Why online education is mostly a fantasy
@TimMensch @ForrestHiggs The K-12 system is partly free babysitting services for underage people in this country. How would you replace the supervision element of the current system with an online course system? Would parents take their kids to work with them every day or something?
@rob4 A lecturer in front of the class room is more engaging - hands down.
In my startup managers are not allowed.
The management system is really whack, because rather than be 100% committed to the product and the business vision, as we are, managers are really around to control cost. I swear there must be a meeting in the basement of every big dumb company where all the managers hang out figuring out creative ways to limit people's careers so that they can hit their budgets.
I was once promoted by a previous manager, that will go un-named, that told me that I was the best eng 2 in the company while he was handing me the eng 2 title. Which basically means, I was a senior engineer getting paid as a junior engineer the day prior and getting paid as a mid level eng until the day I quit regardless of my actual performance and the value I was generating for the company. So disappointing.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Invest in people, not resources
I totally agree. Higher learning can be a lot of things, including painful. When you're forcing yourself to master topics just to try to keep up with your peers, that is often *more* rewarding than just learning the material and taking the test. It's about finding what you thought your limits were and then blowing past them. I can't imagine doing that type of high octane, high order work all alone sitting at the computer. Call me old fashion, but it just doesn't feel right.
4 weeks ago on Why online education is mostly a fantasy
Good stuff. Thanks for sharing your story Gour.
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@nathanielmott @elicolner I see Path as a very stubborn company in their approach to the product that they put out... and it's paying off huge right now.
4 weeks ago on Apple continues to “think different” — it’s just that “different” is, well, different
This article is timed nicely with Path's coverage over at wsj, me thinks.
Tough to compete with traditional mobile games & board games... not to mention feature activity apps based on mainstream characters. It's pretty crowded. That said, with all that advisory firepower and her personal brand I think they'll do great. Can't wait to see how they meld the physical world with their apps.
4 weeks ago on Punky Brewster’s Moonfrye raises $2.5 million to deliver DIY activities to parents and kids
VoiceBunny is soooo buttery. I need some of that marketing wizardry. Great job!
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Why I turned down investor money for my startup
So Canva is in Perth or Sydney? I <3 both cities, but I have an affection for Perth.
1 month ago on How an Australian startup raised $3M in seed funding from Silicon Valley
@g_c $640K is not much for a professional staff. They've done quite a bit already for that amount. Keep in mind that people raise $100M to do mobile apps...
1 month ago on Clay Shirky says NSFWCORP has unlimited cash. Great! Now we’re screwed
@paulcarr @elicolner His central thesis seems to point in two opposite directions, and teeter on a semantic argument between a news "industry", which he defines as a unified editorial authoritative body, and a news "ecosystem", which he defines as a diffuse interest graph of sharing. Basically he seems to think that the news industry is dead and/or dying in spite of Twitter. I argue the opposite. The news industry is thriving because of Twitter. I think this tweet from yesterday sums up what I'm trying to say...@stuwhitney: Twitter isn't beating the tar out of cable news on this story. Newspaper reporters on Twitter are.There is no news industry"The opening paragraph of our report says that there is no such thing as a news industry. That’s not a prediction either: The days when you could point to anything in this country and call it “the news industry” are already in the rearview mirror."
"The news ecosystem of 2020 will be a study in expansion, with heightened contrasts between extremes. More people will consume more news from more sources. More of these sources will have a clear sense of their audience, their particular beats or their core capabilities. Fewer of these sources will be ‘general interest’; even when an organization aims to produce an omnibus collection of news of the day, the readers, viewers and listeners will disassemble it and distribute the parts that interest them to their various networks. An increasing amount of news will arrive via these ad hoc networks than via audiences loyal to any particular publication."
@paulcarr @elicolner I believe you. I'm pretty ignorant on this. As a consumer of news, I don't understand his argument.