Feature Friday: Distributed Identity

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

But are you really comfortable with Facebook or Google operating the identity layer of the Internet? But the answer isn’t another startup controlling the identity layer of the Internet either.

Distribution Advantage

Rob Go

As a seed fund, we tend to layer in “ capital efficient beginnings ” to the mix given our investing model and belief about the best way to build internet and software businesses. We tend to favor companies that have a “distribution advantage”. So what are some examples of distribution advantages? Legacy Distribution Power : Quite a few successful companies got a nice head start because of legacy traffic.

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Why product now trumps distribution – a framework

The Equity Kicker

Back in 1999 when I got my first job in the venture industry I remember having a debate with my boss about the relative importance of product and distribution for startups. Since then the internet has changed everything and for most industries product is now far more important than distribution. Indeed, the companies who controlled distribution were often the most profitable of all. Distribution must still be mastered.

The End of ?Internet? Companies ? AGILEVC

Agile VC

The End of “Internet” Companies. Al Gore's 2012 Induction to the Internet Hall of Fame. I believe with unshakable conviction that the internet has been and will continue to be the most distruptive innovative force of of my lifetime.

The Surprising Ways a Distributed Team Can Help Your Company Succeed

crowdSPRING Blog

I love working with people from around the world and truly believe that distributed teams provide huge benefits for small businesses and startups. Even worse, some companies, like Yahoo, have rolled back their distributed teams.

What Hasn't Changed: The Internet Keeps Getting Bigger.

500 Hats

Regardless, though I respect Fred greatly, let me state my position for the record – consumer and small business internet opportunities are FAR from “over”, and any such commentary is foolish, narrow-minded, and simply dead wrong (altho, it may indeed be “over” for most large funds attempting to do seed-stage investing at any scale similar to YC or 500).

The Golden Age of Internet Marketing?

aweissman.com

The Golden Age of Internet Marketing? psychological methods to sell should be destroyed." - The Minutemen, S**t From An Old Notebook We have enough data now to realize that display advertising on the Internet doesnt work. However, it also feels like we are about to enter a new, maybe a golden, age of Internet advertising and monetization. We have enough data now to realize that display advertising on the Internet doesn't work. skip to main | skip to sidebar.

Internet Growth Means Big Changes For How Businesses Connect

YoungUpstarts

By John Curran, President and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN). When the Internet was first conceived as a better way for computers to communicate with one another, no one could predict the impact it would have on business communications.

Why We Need a Neutral Internet, Exhibit A

Andrew Payne

This inconsistent situation is precisely and exactly why we need a neutral Internet. Ultimately, it hinders innovation: compare the closed, legacy platforms (cable TV, pre-smartphone cell phones) with the enormous economic, quality-of-life, and strategic benefits of the new, open platforms (the Internet, smartphones). Allowing business models for legacy, closed networks onto the Internet is a fundamental policy mistake.

The global content playbook & how the internet actually works

Start Up Blog

The desires of the content owners to limit distribution are irrelevant. I’m a big fan of the John Oliver show Last Week Tonight. Which, in an unconnected web world I wouldn’t even know about as it has never been shown in Australia.

What Skills Every New Internet Entrepreneur Needs

ReadWriteStart

I had lunch with one of my favorite Internet entrepreneurs today, Mark Sawyier , the CEO of Off Campus Media. Louis is not the hotbed of VC activity and especially not for Internet firms. Understand your distribution channel, or how you reach your customers.

The birth of a new Foundry theme – Distribution

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

This theme – distribution – involves companies leveraging the inherent scalability of the Internet and it’s key platforms in targeted, but extremely large markets. I thought the history of how we evolved our thinking around distribution – basically the birth of the distribution theme – would be illustrative both around how the group dynamic works in the Foundry partnership as well as how we think about our thematic investing approach.

a16z Podcast: Software Programs the World

Ben's Blog

So what … artificial intelligence big data bio cloud infrastructure innovation clusters internet of things machine & deep learning open source quantum computing SaaS distributed systems Moore's Law natural language new platforms & new mediums rise of the GPU trends

5 Ways to Use the Internet to Drive People Off the Internet

Duct Tape Marketing

5 Ways to Use the Internet to Drive People Off the Internet This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. One of the greatest uses of the Internet for small local business is as a tool to enhance their greatest offline strength – the ability to engage in person.

VC Cafe - Untitled Article

VC Cafe

Indian Market at a Glance : 150 million mobile Internet connections. 250 million Internet users. Apple has a very limited market presence in India, due to high price and limited distribution. Deepika Padukone, Best Bollywood actress of 2014.

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The Case for Hardware + Software + Internet Startups - DShen's Blogs

Dshen

The Case for Hardware + Software + Internet Startups. Vinod Khosla, The Unhyped New Areas in Internet and Mobile , Techcrunch, February 19, 2012. The time is ripe for startups working on products combining hardware, software, and the internet. Those who know me know that I have been tooting the HW+SW+Internet horn since early 2010. I hinted at it in my post Internet Startup Bubble and The Supposed Super Seed Crash back in July of 2010. Internet/Online (39).

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You Can’t Spell Hardware without H-A-R-D

K9 Ventures

You would think this is easy in the days of the Internet, but you’ll be surprised that just typing a query into Google doesn’t always yield the results you’re looking for. Distribution: Most startups tend to launch on either Kickstarter or on their own site.

Episode 7: Changing Plans, Niche Marketing, and the Internet of Things (IoT) | The Bcast

Up and Running

Finally, is the “Internet of Things” the sign of progress, or pushing us toward a grim future? The “Internet of Things” (IoT) – (22:06). Jonathan: Lara while you’re here with us what do you think about the internet of things?

How The Blockchain Can Unshackle Us

thebarefootvc

In the 1970’s it was the personal computer; in the mid-1990’s, the commercial Internet. The “blockchain” is a distributed consensus system that allows transactions, or other data, to be securely stored and verified without any centralized authority.

Distribution Mode vs. Initial Contract Size

Mark Birch

So how does initial contract size affect the distribution strategy of SaaS companies? Over half of the companies with median ACVs below $1K relied primarily on Internet distribution, but once over $1K median ACV, companies shifted heavily towards inside sales.

Transitioning To a Mobile Centric World

abovethecrowd.com

DirecTV has supported this feature for some time, initially on the Internet via the browser and more recently via their smartphone application. For each and every Internet company out there, mobile is rising as a percentage of all user visits.

The Walter White Guide to Entrepreneurship

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

A combination of quality, recognizability, and positive buzz will also help you distribute your (hopefully not-illegal) product more easily. Business Entrepreneurship entrepreneur entrepreneurs Internet Marketing Marketing Tips young entrepreneur

Man pleads guilty in $2.25 internet steroids distribution

Winston-Salem Journal State/Region News

million conspiracy to sell steroids over the internet KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) AP) — A North Carolina man has admitted that he led a $2.25

Why It's Time to Bail on Many Internet Businesses

Inc Startups

It''s time for entrepreneurs to consider whether a consumer-oriented Internet service business is still a wise way to spend their time. A quick review: Net neutrality, also known as Open Internet, is a policy that would have Internet service providers treat all traffic the same--whether users are simply clicking on a link or streaming video, which requires a lot more bandwidth. Should all Internet-based companies give up?

A Rake Too Far: Optimal Platform Pricing Strategy

abovethecrowd.com

Many Internet marketplaces also have a rake or vig. Before discussing the merits of low rakes versus high rakes, let us first take a look at current examples of different rakes across the Internet. Oddly, they are aggressively and strategically looking to expand non-FB distribution.

Disaster: CEO’s Ignoring Digital Innovation

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Internet of Things (IoT) devices, sensors, and wearables introduce game-changing opportunities. Does Any CEO Have the Luxury to Ignore Digital Transformation and Innovation? Gregg Fraley and Karen Kirby, copyright 2017. Innovation + Business + Technology = Digital Leadership.

On the Road to Recap:

abovethecrowd.com

The same thing happened to many Internet stocks. Cash distributions are what matter at the end of the day, bug big paper gains still make for good fundraising pitches. Internet IPO startup Uncategorized Venture Capital Finance Money startups Unicorns VentureWhy the Unicorn Financing Market Just Became Dangerous…For All Involved.

Why Leave A Six Figure Corporate Job For Internet Entrepreneurship?

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Not so much because of the chump change we made (my distribution partner and I), but more so because of the invaluable lessons learned in the process. But long story short, I have ended up consulting several individuals, and more recently even small businesses on various internet entrepreneurship matters. All he needs is his laptop and internet connection. This is particularly true for an internet based business model, which is great for those who are more risk averse.

How to Miss By a Mile: An Alternative Look at Uber’s Potential Market Size

abovethecrowd.com

Because of the magical ordering system and the ability to efficiently organize a distributed set of drivers, Uber can operate effectively in markets where it simply didn’t make sense to have a dense supply of taxis.

Using Mobile to Fuel Your Blog’s Success

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

According to recent Pew Internet Research statistics, people are increasingly feeling pressure to stay connected and abreast of news and information, which is good news for bloggers and content publishers. If you publish content on the Web, what’s your distribution strategy?

The Mother Of All Internet Wars

Force of Good: a blog by Lance Weatherby

There have been quite a few wars in the history of the commercial Internet. Mark Andreessen was the poster child of the Internet. Microsoft's launched Internet Explorer and offered it for free with marketing dollars available to companies that distributed it. The Access War In the early days of the commercial Internet there was a land rush to get people online. The Mother Of All Internet Wars Look at the companies that came out on top in these battles.

Blog Content 2.0: How To Create Pillar Articles In Today’s New Media Obsessed World

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

All of these are still valid and still effective, but it’s pretty clear the internet has become a lot more crowded since then. The Internet is more crowded , more content is being created by more people on more websites. Tweet.

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How not using Internet Explorer put me out of touch and cost me dearly

The Next Web

Like most folks in the developer community, it’s been years since I last used Internet Explorer as my daily browser. Then two days ago, I was testing some changes to the web site in Internet Explorer and decided to try downloading the installer. Distribution of visitors by browser.

Democratizing IoT Hardware Innovation For Startups – A Radical Approach To A Practical Problem

YoungUpstarts

The rise of global open source hardware platforms offers tools for creating lower-cost IoT hardware, but the industry falls short when it comes to support for distribution and market awareness. Thinking Aloud future trends hardware Internet of Things IoT IT infrastructure Jeffrey Kang

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The End Of The Level Playing Field

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I am old enough to remember the gogo days of cable TV when entrepreneurs who wanted to launch a new cable channel would go, hat in hand and cap table in tow, to the big cable companies and beg to get distribution on their networks. When the Internet came along in the early 90s, we saw something completely different. I am hopeful that some new competitive vector, like the Internet, will come along and make all of this moot and we are spending a lot of our time looking for it.

7 Article Marketing Secrets Revealed

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

This is a great incentive to get others to market your work for you, while increasing distribution of the eBook to their own networks and databases. Blogging Business Entrepreneurship Internet blog bloggers entrepreneur Internet Marketing Marketing small business

Israelis Are Addicted to the Internet [chart]

VC Cafe

I sraelis spend more time on the Internet more than almost every other country (apart from Canada), according to the latest eMarketer report on UK Internet Users and Usage.

All Markets Are Not Created Equal: 10 Factors To Consider When Evaluating Digital Marketplaces

abovethecrowd.com

Entrepreneurs accurately recognize that the connective tissue of the Internet provides an opportunity to link the players in a particular market, reducing friction in both the buying and selling experience. The arrival of the smartphone amplifies these opportunities, as the Internet’s connective tissue now extends deeper and deeper into an industry with the participants connected to the marketplace 24×7 – whether they are in the office, at home, or out in the field.

Marketing has never been harder than it is today

Version One Ventures

Likewise, mobile has introduced a completely new distribution platform with a very different set of rules than traditional search engine marketing. News A/B testing Brand data Internet Marketing Marketing Marketing and Advertising social media storytelling There are more start-ups being launched than ever before, while at the same time there are more ways to reach an audience.

Here is why Amy Schumer, Justin Bieber, and Carson Daly are the Most Dangerous People on the Internet

Inc Startups

Phony fan sites and celebrity-information sites optimized to appear high in search results are distributing malware to unsuspecting fans