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Rethinking Mobile First

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I wrote the Mobile First Web Second blog post a few years ago. In that post, I talked about apps that were designed to be used on mobile primarily with the web as a companion. There have been a number of startups that have taken that approach and done well with it. Building an audience on mobile is a b h. Not at all.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Mobile Marketing Strategy

Up and Running

Mobile marketing is the promotion of one’s business on mobile and smartphone devices through websites, apps, and social media.

Web Second, Mobile First

Both Sides of the Table

Fred Wilson wrote two posts in 2010 that were very influential with the startup community. The titles were: Mobile First, Web Second.

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Technical Advisors: Every Web/Mobile Startup Must Have One


I did a presentation recently for a graduate class from The Founder Institute around getting online/mobile products out the door. Compensation.

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Sprint and Techstars Launch Startup Accelerator for Mobile Health

Feld Thoughts

Techstars has launched another “powered by” accelerator, this time with Sprint around mobile health. And the intersection point of many of these ideas for me is mobile health. bought a house there last year to experiment with Google Fiber in the middle of the Kansas City Startup Village. Sprint makes me smile.

Launching A Mobile App Startup? Learn Why So Many Apps Go Bust

YFS Magazine

Mobile app success starts with analyzing why apps fail, not why a single app (out of thousands) succeeds.

Fighting Back Against Mobile Phones in the Bedroom

Both Sides of the Table

Numerous articles point out the “ sitting is the new smoking ” and if so then “mobile phones are the new crack.”

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Some thoughts on mobile

Chris Dixon

- People tend to lump smartphones and tablets together as “mobile”. Microsoft) and also startups/venture capitalists. Most of the companies that have succeeded (= generate real revenues/profits) on mobile were either desktop incumbents (e.g. Fans of Apple and Google have been arguing lately about which company is winning mobile.

Transitioning To a Mobile Centric World

For a large variety of applications and services, users favor mobile applications over browser based applications. ”  — Freewill, Rush.

Boost Your Business Revenue using Location-based Feature in Mobile App

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

This high-end feature has taken a mobile app development industry by storms and gave a new dimension.

The decline of the mobile web

Chris Dixon

People are spending more time on mobile vs desktop: And more of their mobile time using apps, not the web: This is a worrisome trend for the web.

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Opportunity in Mobile Enterprise

Mark Birch

via Techcrunch “ The Next Billion-Dollar Market Opportunity “ The sweet spot for mobile enterprise is in the healthcare and industrial sectors. Those two alone are going to drive the momentum of enterprises toward mobile business applications and workforce mobility. That leaves 2.5

10 ways to monetize your mobile app

The Next Web

Building a mobile app these days is easy. Entrepreneur Entrepreneurship startup YEC Their best answers are below: 1.

The next wave of mobile startups

The Equity Kicker

Mobile Mary Meeker has just published her excellent annual roundup of Internet Trends. As always there’s lots of good stuff in there.

Boston Mobile Madness

Early Stage Adventures

At Xconomy’s very successful Mobile Madness event a couple of weeks ago, I was struck by the vibrant mobile startup scene in Boston.   Its not that mobile focused startups are new to Boston, but rather that the ecosystem “feels” vibrant at the moment.  RunKeeper (FitnessKeeper) mobile fitness platform. 

Best Practices For Developing A Mobile App For Your Startup


Okay, so you’ve embodied a bold mindset in your startup. Others app development mobile app startup Got any additional tips?

The Five Mistakes Startups Make When Building for Mobile

Redeye VC

In 2009, Farhan Thawar joined mobile development firm Xtreme Labs as VP of Engineering. And they all had one thing in common: They all sensed the urgency to break into mobile in a big way. For Twitter, the figure is 75%, with mobile representing 65% of its ad revenues. This trend has borne itself out.

Mobile StemCare Wins Pitch Competition


By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Mobile StemCare won the Emerging Medical Technology Symposium’s fast pitch competition. The two-year-old startup, founded by Ramon Coronado, a University of Texas at San Antonio PhD student, provides stem cell care to pets.

13 top mobile apps for entrepreneurs on the go

The Next Web

asked a panel of 13 successful young entrepreneurs the following question: What was the most useful mobile app for your business in 2012 and why?

9 (often overlooked) things to consider before going mobile-first

The Next Web

Having mobile presence is no longer an added bonus for businesses; it’s a necessity. Their best answers are below: 1.

Mobile is What’s Next (for me)

Tony Wright dot com

But as a guy who has been around the startup block a few times, I have a few other tests that I care about.  First, it’s got to be Mobile.

The most important mobile design decision a startup faces

The Next Web

Bubba is an early stage investor in consumer internet and mobile technology companies for @DFJvc. Many of these experiences will be Mobile Only.

5 Mobile Apps Every Startup Needs To Use


There are literally millions of apps on the app store, but which ones should be on your startup’s list? Does your startup make some money?

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Mobile Payments: The Trillion Dollar Industry That's Never - AgileVC

Agile VC

AGILEVC My idle thoughts on tech startups. Mobile Payments: The Trillion Dollar Industry That’s Never Happened. About Me. Awesome!

The future of mobile ecommerce

The Equity Kicker

We’ve been doing a good deal of thinking about the future of ecommerce as the world goes mobile. As So how will discovery work on mobile?

Offline first, mobile enabled

Chris Dixon

One of the major trends in tech startups is to create what Fred Wilson calls “ Mobile first, web second.” ” Instagram is a great example of mobile first. They barely had a website – it was all about the mobile app. The excitement over mobile-first apps is justified. startupsgames).

Four types of mobile apps

Chris Dixon

If you are a founder trying to create a new mobile app or an investor trying decide whether an app has enduring value, it is helpful to separate the ways that people use apps into four categories. 1. One entry strategy for a startup is to replace a core utility. startupsThe most popular time wasters are games.

What If Web And Mobile Apps Are Like TV Shows?

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

One of the things we discussed that stuck in my mind was the thought that web and mobile apps might behave more like TV shows than traditional software applications. I've watched my kids go from myspace to facebook to instagram over the past seven years. It was an interesting and wide ranging chat. YouTube also feels fairly secure.

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4 Ways To Solve The Employee Engagement Problem With Mobile


In just a few short months since launching our own internal mobile app for employee use, the benefits are endless. Steady pulse. Home base.

The Secrets Behind Many Successful Startups

Vinicius Vacanti

“What is your startup’s unfair advantage?”, But, how in the world is a startup supposed to have an unfair advantage?

Breaking Into Mobile Commerce


Mobile commerce is the newest addition to the small business family, and worth considering. by Jessica Sanders, Chonies. Why It’s Important.

Why the integrated approach to mobile devices is winning

Chris Dixon

startupsGoogle took a similar strategy with Android but then reversed course when they acquired Motorola. But no one really knows. paywall ].

Mobile Startups to Watch

Jeff Hilimire

Mobile Start-ups Technology BOKU Immersive Labs Kiip scoutmob YobongoCheck it out and pass it along!

VC Cafe - Untitled Article

VC Cafe

Although relatively few Israeli startups are focused on India, the market dynamics driving its mobile sector are worth a closer look.

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The Web Is Now Mobile

Nick O'Neill

Designers and developers now must conceive of ways to ensure that all the actions in their products can be completed both on mobile and on desktop.

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Half of browsing and a third of purchases on mobile

The Equity Kicker

This slide is from Benedict Evans’ presentation Mobile is eating the world. Lots of mobile usage is in the home of course, and to a very large extent mobile means smartphones. Like startups. The massive shift to mobile is not the new news, then. MobileWhat’s new is how far that trend has gone.

Ecommerce discovery on mobile – no apps?

The Equity Kicker

It’s been troubling me recently that at first glance the trend towards mobile and the trend within mobile towards apps mitigates against startup ecommerce companies. It’s a long post , but if you are involved with apps or mobile design you should definitely go read it (I linked to it twice to make it easy for you).

Rapid Iteration for Mobile App Development

Startup Lessons Learned

Guest post by Lisa Regan, writer for The Lean Startup Conference. As we’ve mentioned before , this year’s Lean Startup Conference features a lot of speakers who have incredible expertise to share but are new to our event. This is a great distinction; so how can a mobile app developer know which of these is their particular problem?

How Retailers And Startups Are Winning The Mobile Payments War 

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The mobile payments industry has grown incredibly fast, retailers are finding that without convenience, security and a great user experience, adoption is a challenge, and mobile wallets are a mess

Building a mobile app startup is about solving problems, not chasing ideas

The Next Web

Building a mobile app startup is the “I want to build an Internet startup” of the late 1990s. Chase problems and not ideas.