Monthly Archives: October 2013

You’ve Got Match!

Finally, Amazon’s got iTunes Match, er, Kindle Match, er, MatchBook. Yes, the name “matchbook” works well as a double entendre for matching the book and a “book of matches” that can light (or “kindle”) a fire. At the same time, … Continue reading

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The Three Profits

Last week, Eugene Wei, a former Amazon employee, posted an excellent article called the “Amazon profitless business model fallacy.” Eugene was debunking the prevalent belief that Amazon seems to be highly value despite its not making a serious profit. To … Continue reading

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For Want of a Buckle, a Company Went Missing

About two years ago, I purchased a laptop sleeve with shoulder strap from Brenthaven directly from the Apple store. It fit my needs perfectly – think like a sleeve to fit into an airline carry-on, but with a shoulder strap … Continue reading

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It’s the Market, Not the Technology

I love technology. The amazing work of scientists and engineers has changed the world. But time and again, we are reminded that it is the market, the demand for and usage of technology and its implementations that matter, not the technology itself. SnapChat … Continue reading

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When Competitors Are Like Bananas… Really Ripe

Apparently law firms are getting squeezed on costs. The big name-brand firms in NY or LA cost a lot; the smaller ones more out of the way cost less. As a result, midsize law firms have been growing, nearly doubling … Continue reading

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Plumbers Are Worth Every Penny

There is a common pattern I see over and over again in fast-growth companies: Release the minimum product to get some traction. GOOD Get traction and revenue and grow. GOOD Focus on feature functionality to grow quickly, deferring “maintenance work.” NOT SO GOOD … Continue reading

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Whence and To Where Ymail?

Yahoo released their newly revamped Yahoo Mail, or Ymail, in the last week. It is good to see Yahoo putting effort into bringing life and energy back to its products like Flickr and Yahoo Mail. The market for mail is … Continue reading

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Placing a Bet On Someone

BusinessInsider, the sometimes good reporting site which has become more dominated by cheesy sales pitches, still has some good in-depth reporting once in a while. Two of their more “veteran” (if one can use that term on such a young … Continue reading

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Trapping the Tourists

Most modern cities are very interested in trapping their tourists: providing them with a pleasant and easygoing experience that encourages them to visit, spend as much of their cash as they can, and send their friends. The process in “trapping … Continue reading

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Snap…ACK!

SnapChat was supposed to be a safe way to share pictures or text for a short (and controlled) time. You take a picture or send a text with your smartphone, set an expiry on it, and only the recipient can see … Continue reading

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