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and in the end they sold out to facebook who will over time do whatever they damn please with whatsapp


hypocrites



8 months, 1 week ago on The Anti-Snapchat: WhatsApp’s nosebleed price is a lesson for Silicon Valley’s hype addict brogrammers

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@KenG  I must disagree with your assertion that Facebook earns no money from Instagram.  In short order Facebook will put ads all over Instagram and will earn billions from it.  You must know that.  Facebook did $8 billion in revenue last year.  Its a $200 billion company.


Whatsapp is the strongest competitor Facebook has experienced.  Whatsapp is a social network.  It is now sharing more photos daily than Facebook.  


Facebook is paying this money to protect what it already owns.  The photo sharing social market.  That why they are paying it.  It may not make sense from a dollars and sense PE ratio but it protects Facebook from being eclipsed by Whatsapp.


The government and DOJ and SEC should block this merger.


It hurts consumers.   Consumer choice is being hurt because while Facebook might not put ads on whatsapp they will surely mine your data.  I dont want Facebook in my life.  Whatsapp was a great alternative to Facebook.  Now by this merger that consumer choice is being KILLED.  


By the way... isnt it funny how the Whatsapp guys swore they wouldnt become Facebook and wouldnt sell out and blah blah blah and along comes a big check and they sell out.  horrible but I guess expected.


Anti-trust law protects consumers in the United States.


All the other messaging apps in China, Japan, and Korea do not have the marketshare in America as does Whatsapp.  It is Whatsapp that is the strong competitor in America for Facebook not the other countries apps.


I disagree with anyone who says the kids will just switch to another app.  Nobody wants to recreate their social network.  Those "costs" are why Facebook is still Facebook today.  Despite all the talk about Facebook losing people they have more people than ever... including more teens.  And they own Instagram.


Truthfully, do we want one company owning the communications in our country.

Its getting that way.  Our Gov is not taking the size of these companies and their domination seriously.  I dont want to be tracked all over the net.  Do u ?


8 months, 1 week ago on Follow the photos: The real reason Facebook just paid almost 10% of its market cap for WhatsApp

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how can the gov not block this merger?


this is coke buying pepsi


this totally hurts consumers


where is the DOJ?


where is the GOV?


are they going to do their job?


can anyone just buy anyone today?


whatsapp said NO ADS ever


and they would not track us


is the gov going to let facebook just buy away all the consumer choices ?



8 months, 1 week ago on Follow the photos: The real reason Facebook just paid almost 10% of its market cap for WhatsApp

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@DanielTaibleson  how can our government just allow facebook to buy up the competition


this totally hurts consumers

8 months, 1 week ago on Follow the photos: The real reason Facebook just paid almost 10% of its market cap for WhatsApp

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snapchat has no more than 20 million users.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/230335

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i do not believe this story at all.  

bull.

provide more proof.


what 14 year old opens a store?

how did he sign a lease?

where did he get the $ ?

did he have a very successful bar mitzvah ?

come on.

in debt $200,000 and then he found $200,000 worth of equipment for $10,000 and sold it for more -- dont believe it.


borrowed money from his neighbor?  at $1000 a week interest?  come on now.  can you borrow that much money from your neighbor ?  no i couldnt either.


this is like the fake ebay story that went around for years


and you forgot to note how he screwed his investors and was sued.  


yeah he got away with it.


bad guys often do.


10 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/230150

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Vanity Fair wrote a bunch more truthful article than did Blodget's BusinessInsider.

I think BusinessInsider is kissing a lot of people's butts trying to get itself bought.

Nick Carlson's article is bunk on Marissa Mayer.. Its a puff piece.

Read the truth:

Its a very different article than Nick wrote.


http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2014/01/marissa-mayer-yahoo-google


10 months, 3 weeks ago on You won’t believe who we interviewed for our final PandoMonthly New York of 2013. (It’s Henry Blodget)

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I find this article with Native Advertising very sneaky and self serving.

another box of cheap crap low quality shipped to your door monthly.  $21 a month.  no thanx.


1 year, 1 month ago on Is it crazy to start an e-commerce company in the age of Amazon?

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the features convo says it has the others can copy fast.  its too late for convo to win this space with a few new features.


1 year, 1 month ago on Playing the long game: why one company chose product over growth

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facebook is not a scapegoat.  it's the problem cause its the service we use.

cancel your facebook account and watch how much happier you get.

people just brag on facebook.


1 year, 1 month ago on Facebook: the Web’s unhappiness scapegoat

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wow.  anyone speaking against steve jobs is ignorant period.

bunch of morons who dont know history and who cant FEEL HISTORY cause they were not there.

(most johnny-come-lately-tech-boys probably under 35 years of age)

i am no apple fan boy either.

but give credit where its due haters.

apple commericalized (or invented) everything you all hold dear!

i like elon but he is not steve jobs any decade soon.

elon musk's first business was a zip code directory he was lucky to sell before the dot com bubble burst. 

otherwise he would be done.

his next business was x.com which he also luckily merged with paypal.

and now tesla... which is attempting to commericialize another companies' electric car technology.

tesla did not invent this technology and it has not commercialized it yet either.

20,000 cars sold please!  toyota will quickly outsell tesla in electric cars and porsche already has out a better one than the tesla roadster.

i am a pc guy from the beginning.  i owned an ipod but never a mac and never an iphone.

but heck... dont be bashing steve jobs.  thats just ridiculous.

he wasnt the nicest guy but he sure was beyond great.

lastly, why not throw Isaac Asimov in your list.  Musk is closer to him.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Asimov



1 year, 1 month ago on Now it’s not even close – Elon Musk is more important to society than Steve Jobs ever was

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this has been tried before many times.  its a gimmick.

the bottom line is that you dont get any better of a deal.

even priceline couldnt pull this off

if you dont get a deal by getting VENDORS to BID for your business than whats the damn point?

groupon is a 3 billion dollar business.  you make it sound like they failed.  NOT.



1 year, 4 months ago on Sequoia bets $12.5 million that Thumbtack will finally solve discovery for local services

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tell em Lacy..... 

Twitter f*d up

the SEC and DOJ should have blocked the facebook-instagram deal on anti-trust grounds.

the stupid SEC and DOJ tried to call instagram just a camera picture taking service.... meanwhile it had 40 million members and was growing by 10 million members a month -- it was clearly the strongest competitor to facebook 

and everyone knew mark zuckerberg was scared as facebook was nowhere on mobile with a failing HTML5 solution for mobile that just didnt work.

it should have been bought by twitter or more so GOOGLE

twitter screwed up letting facebook save their own butt buying it


1 year, 4 months ago on PandoMonthly New York with Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson, the full interview

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its unbelievable that they can get this DUMB MONEY.  this is DUMB MONEY.  

what competitive MOAT do they have?

i have seen this a thousand times.  this will end very badly for the dumb money.

if bobby kotick (of activision) (SMART MONEY) doesnt want to buy you something is wrong !!!!!!!!!!!


1 year, 4 months ago on Kabam raising $50 million for employee liquidity amid IPO drought for game companies

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siebel is not gone.  its sold by oracle today.  huge banks use it.

1 year, 4 months ago on The three risks

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for months and months before the deal closed I urged WILSON and others to get the SEC and DOJ to realize that allowing Facebook to buy Instagram was against anti-trust laws.

allowing the #1 social network to buy the #2 social network should have been blocked

the SEC and DOJ were pretending that Instagram was just a camera picture taker

meanwhile it already had 40 million networked users and was growing fast as could be

its was a damn social network not just a camera app

would they allow google to buy yahoo?  of course not.

also....

why didnt google buy instagram?

they could have easily out paid facebook

sometimes I think these guys just arent that smart and this was an obvious one.



1 year, 4 months ago on Fred Wilson on Twitter’s “huge, enormous” mistake

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Does PayDragon have to pay Amazon a royalty for using 1 click?

haha.  kinda funny that you can patient 1 click -- isnt that obvious and thus unpatientable?

1 year, 5 months ago on Redesigned PayDragon Brings Instant Mobile Commerce and Free Delivery to Household Items

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so let me get this straight.  they are going to lose large amounts of money?  how do they make money?


1 year, 5 months ago on Redesigned PayDragon Brings Instant Mobile Commerce and Free Delivery to Household Items

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how are they fulfilling all their orders with less than $2 million raised?

also how many times have they given away $2 dollars for customer referrals? 

if they had a million customers wouldnt that already exaust their $ ?



1 year, 5 months ago on PayDragon proves that mobile grocery ordering is sticky, sees revenue grow 35% per week

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AIRBNB NEEDS TO BE PUT OUT OF BUSINESS ALSO

DO YOU REALLY WANT CHEAPOS AND TRANSIENTS COMING IN AND OUT OF YOUR BUILDING AND CONDOS?

THATS WHY WE HAVE LAWS REGARDING ZONING

WHATS NEXT?  

CAN WE MAKE FOOD IN OUR KITCHENS AND JUST SELL IT TO ANYONE?

RUN A RESTAURANT OUT OF YOUR HOME AND HAVE DELIVERY TOO?


1 year, 5 months ago on What are the effects of RelayRides’ New York cease and desist?

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Chesky is a talker.  Very entertaining guy.  But ultimately he is running illegal hotels.

His crap about "were talking, always talking, blah blah blah, open conversations"

"were having open converstaions" blah blah

It's just talk.  He's wrong.

Can a lady down the street just start selling pizza's out of her apartment or house?

Does she need to be inspected?

Are there laws about food cleanliness and preparation?

YES.  YES there are.

Airbnb is how bad guys will travel around the world.

Its damn dangerous.

As it gets bigger the problems will come and how will Brian Chesky feel when the first MURDER is announced?

Will he say... well that's just 1 murder.

That's just 1 terrorist using airbnb to get around.

That's just 1 bomb.

Brian is a great dancer around the issue.

Come on Brian -- just say it -- your illegal in much of New York.

He cant even admit it and wont.

Because they are flouting the laws.

The Amazing part is how many politicians they have tried to win favor from.

Why isnt Airbnb shut down yet?


1 year, 6 months ago on Conversation @ http://video.pandodaily.com/3Rb/

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storify is gonna die either way.  he might as well do something tasteless to try to help storify. 

lol


1 year, 6 months ago on Vinod Khosla, please don’t feed the Twitter trolls

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amazon doesnt pay state taxes and is using that to take over real retailers.  

it is not smart that we are allowing amazon to avoid paying taxes


1 year, 6 months ago on Amazon and the tyranny of the EPS

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facebook would have lost social if the SEC didnt allow facebook to buy instagram.

facebook got lucky they were allowed to buy their biggest threat.

zuck screwed up by being late to mobile.

and when he finally arrived on mobile he got it wrong by making facebook as an HTML5 app

seriously

zuck screwed up 

and only redeemed himself by buying instagram which should never have been allowed.

anti-trust laws should have prevailed.

but our gov is slow and stupid.


1 year, 6 months ago on Every VC admits there’s too much seed investing. Still, it surged in the first quarter

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their 3d sucks.  and their game wont cut it in the real game world.


1 year, 7 months ago on After wowing with its digital ocean theBlu, Wemo Media gets $2.5M and another co-founder, has more in store

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she is just self centered

this is not someone i respect instead consider...

TRUE WOMEN HEROES WHO EARNED IT....

1. SOPHIA AMORUSO:
http://www.forbes.com/special-report/2012/forbes-400/ones-to-watch/profiles/0917_ones-to-watch_sophia-amoruso.html

2. SARAH BLAKELY:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sara_Blakely

3. VIRGINIA ROMETTY
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/biography/10069.wss

PEOPLE WHO SHOULD SHUT THE HECK UP BECAUSE IT WAS ONLY LUCK THAT SAVE THEIR BUTTS, LET ALONE MADE THEM ANYTHING:

1. SHERYL SANDBERG

2. ERIC SCHMIDT

3. MEG WHITMAN

4. MARK CUBAN

CASE IN POINT:

THIS FACEBOOK PAINTER -- GRAFFITI PAINTER -- ALSO GOT ENUF STOCK TO BE A BILLIONAIRE TODAY AND HE ISNT OUT GIVING THE WORLD ADVICE LIKE SELF CELEBRATING SHERYL IS.

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/07/facebook-graffiti-artist-could-be-worth-500-million/

1 year, 7 months ago on In this corner there’s Sheryl Sandberg. In this corner there’s Anne-Marie Slaughter. And then there’s reality

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with a $500 million dollar loan from Obama (really all of us) its not that hard.

not impressed.


1 year, 7 months ago on Google[x]‘s Astro Teller: Elon Musk is a “national treasure”

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lifesize sucks.  hope this one does better.  buying lifesize nearly killed logitech.

1 year, 7 months ago on Austin’s Bloomfire raises another $8M, updates cloud collaboration tools

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The only one INDmusic is helping is INDmusic.  Its just a layer on top of Youtube, Facebook, etc...

And they take a fat cut.


1 year, 7 months ago on Dwindling ad sales. Shifts to subscription models. Who will survive YouTube’s future?

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@RobinWolaner @condofranca wrong and wrong.  

I am Jewish and I have a master's in women's studies. :) Shall I sing you my Haftorah.  Jews can call other Jews Yenta can't we?

Yes I do put "in place"men who spew bullshit after winning the lottery.

Eric Schmidt, Meg Whitman, and Mark Cuban all fall into the unearned $ category.

and here is another woman hero for you Ms. Wolaner...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sara_Blakely

I just tell the truth.


1 year, 8 months ago on In this corner there’s Sheryl Sandberg. In this corner there’s Anne-Marie Slaughter. And then there’s reality

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http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/02/26/this-nasty-gal-wants-to-conquer-fashion/?source=yahoo_quote

here is a real hero for you sarah

not sheryl.  sheryl's writing a self promotion book while the rest of facebook is working their butts off to try to win at mobile.

I guess she has a lot of time on her hands :)

her billion dollar wealth is unearned.

seriously... she's just a self promoter.

first reading betty friedan at 42, not impressed..

Franca C

1 year, 8 months ago on In this corner there’s Sheryl Sandberg. In this corner there’s Anne-Marie Slaughter. And then there’s reality

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@trillestevar @condofranca  total crap.  worked her way up.  your kidding.  ask people there.  whatever.

nascent startups.  yeah right.  she used government connections to get into EXPLODINGLY SUCCESSFUL businesses and take a FAT PIECE of Facebook.

She had ZERO business experience.  Even listening to her talk business is embarrassing.  She spits out the company line like a robot.

and in her own words she rode someone else's rocket.

like the painter --- she was just very lucky and has no right giving people advice.  the lottery winner really didnt earn her $.

here's a FEMALE winner for you and I can give you many more examples of real winning females.... 

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/02/26/this-nasty-gal-wants-to-conquer-fashion/?source=yahoo_quote

but please... dont be a fool... sheryl sandberg is a connections-climber and nothing more.

a big mouth YENTA.



1 year, 8 months ago on In this corner there’s Sheryl Sandberg. In this corner there’s Anne-Marie Slaughter. And then there’s reality

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@fengtality @condofranca maybe he should write a book about life too.  he's LUCKY rich too.  so I guess he's now an EXPERT.

RICH PEOPLE ARENT EXPERTS AT LIFE.  many rich people even got lucky as Sheryl and this painter both show us.

1 year, 8 months ago on In this corner there’s Sheryl Sandberg. In this corner there’s Anne-Marie Slaughter. And then there’s reality

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Sarah,

Early in its life, believe it or not, Facebook paid a mural painter in shares instead of cash for their offices.

This normal painter is now worth $500 million dollars:

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/07/facebook-graffiti-artist-could-be-worth-500-million/

Does he have the right to give us advice?  Is he a winner?

NO.  

That is how I feel about Sheryl Sandberg and Eric Schmidt and Meg Whitman.

They got hugely lucky.  Total luck out!

Sean Parker (Facebook's first president) in his Ted Talk stated that the executives at Ebay once said "A Monkey Could run these Network Effect Businesses" 

So who the hell is Sheryl Sandberg to go around giving normal women like me advice.

Sheryl Sandberg clearly got lucky.

She DID NOT earn it.

She had ZERO business experience before Google hired her.

Google hired her because she had connections within our government not because she knew how to run a sales team.

Tell Sheryl to go out and start her own company and be successful at it... and maybe then we can talk.

Franca C.


1 year, 8 months ago on In this corner there’s Sheryl Sandberg. In this corner there’s Anne-Marie Slaughter. And then there’s reality

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less clutter?  are you mad Sarah?

ITS WAY MORE CLUTTER and ADS FOR G-D SAKES..  HORRIBLE

1 year, 8 months ago on What Marissa Mayer has pulled off is monumental, and that’s exactly what’s so sad about it

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sarah, come on....

EVERYONE HATES THE NEW YAHOO HOMEPAGE !  HATES!  

one girl friend of mine told me she went to bed all upset about it

i myself have been a yahoo member since the beginning --- for email, for everything --- and I HATE IT TOO

ads on the homepage.  NO, PLEASE NO!  

I am seriously starting to think about moving to GMAIL even though I have always hated that GOOGLE indexes your email

MAYER has made Yahoo's Home Page worse.  much worse.


1 year, 8 months ago on What Marissa Mayer has pulled off is monumental, and that’s exactly what’s so sad about it

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facebook is a BULLY

1 year, 10 months ago on Oh hey, a solution to the Facebook Page drama! That was fast

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so this is zocdoc for hair stylists.  ok.  might work.  are the sawmer brothers copying it yet?

1 year, 10 months ago on Sacca: StyleSeat is likely to become my third or fourth best investment

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he has nothing special.

they have a hit today.

tomorrow they will have nothing.

SELL

1 year, 11 months ago on Supercell is Accel’s fastest growing company ever. (And it has a ball pit)

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Sarah,  

Instagram has 200,000,000 users  (getting close if not there today)

Its a social network.

All this crap about it being for X,Y,Z -- whatever Kevin.

Its a social network.

That what everyone uses Instagram for.  That's what scared Zuck into pay a billion for it.

It is shameful that the FTC/SEC allowed the Number #1 Social Network Facebook buy the #2 Social Network Instagram. That should have been blocked on anti-trust grounds. Instead our dumb government allowed Facebook to limit competition in Social Networking and what we get is MONOPOLY PRICING and PRIVACY VIOLATIONS.

1 year, 11 months ago on For me, Instagram isn’t the new Twitter. It’s a more functional Path

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Ads on Facebook don't work. Not for branding (of course) and not for clicking, direct marketing, anything...

Will any ad guy ever admit it?

Would it be too devastating to realize that online advertising isnt working?

What would all these kiddie tech wannabes do for a living?

They better keep pumping up Facebook as an ad platform.

Read more: http://wallblog.co.uk/2012/11/02/ad-battle-of-the-century-facebook-crushes-primetime-tv/#ixzz2BcSdFwL6

 

1 year, 11 months ago on Resistance is futile. Yet, they resist: How Madison Ave. wastes clients’ money by denying reality

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Kevin,

 

Yes, AOL was taken over by the wider web but all that came of it was more walled gardens.

 

Who makes money with a truely open platform ?  

 

How would that company make $ ?  Non-profit?

 

How would an open Facebook work?

 

 

1 year, 12 months ago on How ecosystems became the new walled gardens

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 @kolargol Yes OPEN, as in OPENGRAPH, really means CLOSED.  who do they think they are fooling ? :)

 

I tell ya... the gov just doesnt have enough workers to police everything happening in business today.  It just moves to fast for them.

1 year, 12 months ago on How ecosystems became the new walled gardens

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I am surprised the Amazon gets away with Prime.  It is clearly TYING and BUNDLING which is against the law.

 

Prime gives you free movies and free shipping -- 2 unrelated services.

 

I read that the SEC/FTC has only 1,100 employees.  

 

The SEC/FTC doesnt have enough to do their job properly to enforce our laws.

 

Right now they appear to be going after GOOGLE big time so everyone else gets away with shit.

 

Maybe that will change one day.

 

 

1 year, 12 months ago on How ecosystems became the new walled gardens

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I dont want to pay double because some rich people can afford it.  I can't.

 

 

1 year, 12 months ago on As NY floods, “Robin Hood” Uber robs from the rich and… Nope, that’s about it

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Hey Guys,  Does this mean there are less cabs for those of us who cant afford to pay double?

1 year, 12 months ago on As NY floods, “Robin Hood” Uber robs from the rich and… Nope, that’s about it

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 @economix I wonder if AIRBNB is SAFE.  is it?  Time will tell how safe the idea is.

1 year, 12 months ago on As NY floods, “Robin Hood” Uber robs from the rich and… Nope, that’s about it

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so lets see.... he raised a round of investment of $50 million.... at a valuation of $500 million and turns around and sells for $715 million the following week because he didnt have help from advisors.

 

An today Instagram would be worth $12 billion.

 

Its bigger than Twitter which is worth $10 billion.

 

All his employees are mad cause they got little for their work.  Few millionaires there.

 

Even the government screwed up allowing Facebook to buy away its competition.

 

The SEC/FTC has too few employees to do its job properly.  

 

We need competition in Social Media and consumers got hurt when Facebook bought Instagram because that gave users one less place to go to escape Facebook's Privacy trampling.

 

Truthfully, Instagram was becoming the next Facebook --- The Facebook Killer.

 

It is heading towards 200 million users.

 

It got mobile right while ZUCKERBERG screwed up by being both late to mobile and then showing up with an inferior HTML5 client.

 

You had em Kevin.  You blew it.

 

1 year, 12 months ago on Kevin Systrom: No, Facebook didn’t steal Instagram from Twitter

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