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Seduced By Growth, But Terminal Scale Still Matters

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Was this simply a shift in sentiment among the tech & business media? We’re off to a fresh start here at the beginning of 2016. Looking back at 2015, the standout theme in the VC/startup ecosystem was unicorn hunting.

Revenue = Product Market Fit

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This is especially true for those with a media / ad based business model (e.g. Most consumer web/mobile companies focus on user growth and usage early in the company’s lifecycle before shifting to monetization.

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Alibaba S-1: How Well Do They Monetize?

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4) It’s Unclear if Alibaba Looks Like an Media Company or a Marketplace – To be clear, Alibaba’s sites are obviously marketplaces.

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The Rise & Fall of Great Venture Firms [Part 1] ? AGILEVC

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How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC. How To Think About The Future. About Me. AGILEVC My idle thoughts on tech startups. The Rise & Fall of Great Venture Firms [Part 1]. July 11, 2012.

The End of ?Internet? Companies ? AGILEVC

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In the wake of the undue frenzy leading up to and now ex post recriminations about Facebook’s IPO, the mainstream media and normal folks keep wondering if the non-existent “bubble” for internet companies has now popped. How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC.

Ubiquitous Computing and the Misguided Frenzy About “Mobile”

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About 6-12 months ago you could hardly throw a rock in the startup ecosystem without hitting a VC expressing their enthusiasm for “mobile” Now the frenzy about mobile has extended into the mass media and public equity markets, though with trepidation as often as excitement.

The Unbundled Mobile Software Stack

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They further had to open up IE to allow consumer choice of embedded services like search and media players. I’ve been using Google’s Chrome browser on my iPad Mini for about a month now. There are several things I prefer over Apple’s Safari, including the bookmark and search history sync with my other Chrome usage (on laptop) and some small UI touches. But for now there’s no way to make an OS-level switch to make Chrome my default browser.

The ?PC? Era Finally Arrives ? AGILEVC

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The second order impacts to the entire technology industry are in their early innings… not just the complete digitization of consumer media, but also the “consumerization” of business software, the BYOD movement in corporate IT , the evolution of the computer/human interface. How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC. How To Think About The Future. About Me. AGILEVC My idle thoughts on tech startups. The “PC” Era Finally Arrives. October 17, 2011.

Facebook S-1: The Most Anticipated IPO in a Decade ? AGILEVC

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Facebook admits as much that the ad business, which again accounts for the vast majority of revenues (85%), has seasonality in line with the media industry generally with a strong Q4 and weak Q1. How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC. How To Think About The Future. About Me.

Our Investment in The Outline

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Today we announced our investment in The Outline, a new digital media company founded by CEO Josh Topolsky. The internet is about 20 years old but most digital media companies simply replicate the model of legacy print media businesses only without the printing press.

Why Twitter is A Media Company ? AGILEVC

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Why Twitter is A Media Company. CEO Dick Costolo famously said that Twitter is not a media company about six weeks ago at the AllThingsD conference. But frankly I can’t see Twitter as anything but a media company. Even a filter for content can be a media company.

Is ?Data? a Business Model? ? AGILEVC

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Let’s take a look at some examples: Twitter – I recently argued that Twitter is essentially a media company , despite their protestations to the contrary. How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC. How To Think About The Future. About Me. AGILEVC My idle thoughts on tech startups.

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Amazon vs Apple: A Tale of Two Business Models ? AGILEVC

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Because consumers don’t want a portable touchscreen computer… they want a product that integrates content & media suite seamlessly with the hardware. How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC. How To Think About The Future. About Me. AGILEVC My idle thoughts on tech startups.

Startup IPO Market: A Fickle Mistress ? AGILEVC

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And even other strong, but perhaps not standout, companies like Active Network and Demand Media completed their own offerings. How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC. How To Think About The Future. About Me. AGILEVC My idle thoughts on tech startups. Startup IPO Market: A Fickle Mistress.

Yahoo! vs Facebook: Lame Lawsuit, Good Timing ? AGILEVC

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only notified them of potential IP infringement two weeks ago on February 27, 2012 (as described in the lawsuit) and Facebook heard about it through the media rather than in private. How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC. How To Think About The Future. About Me. AGILEVC My idle thoughts on tech startups. Yahoo! vs Facebook: Lame Lawsuit, Good Timing. March 13, 2012. Yesterday Yahoo! filed it’s much awaited lawsuit against Facebook for patent infringement. New Yahoo!

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Tech IPOs Are Back ? So Now What? ? AGILEVC

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The secondary wave of VC-backed IPOs has also come to fruition… both consumer facing (Yelp, Demand Media, Pandora, Carbonite, HomeAway, Angie’s List, et al) and B2B (Jive Software, Brightcove, Imperva, Responsys, etc). How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC. How To Think About The Future. About Me. AGILEVC My idle thoughts on tech startups. Tech IPOs Are Back – So Now What? March 8, 2012.

The Consumerization of Business Software ? AGILEVC

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But as social media continues to pervade businesses large and small, and purchase decisions increasingly happen at the user level (see #2) we will see dramatically more customer acquisition happen via the web. This was in part because purchase decisions were driven by other factors, but also because until comparatively recently most end users didn’t use software and digital media that much in their personal lives. How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC.

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Netflix / Qwikster Split Was Brilliant (and Necessary)? 2 Long Term.

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I have to say that I’m not a fan of the brand “Qwikster” for the DVD-by-mail service, though I think it’s good that group will expand into other media types like video games (a la Gamefly). How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC. How To Think About The Future. About Me. AGILEVC My idle thoughts on tech startups. Netflix / Qwikster Split Was Brilliant (and Necessary)… 2 Long Term Impacts. September 19, 2011.

7 Social Media Marketing Habits That Lead To Failure

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If your campaigns are using a range of social media marketing habits that lead to failure, then it's time to make a change. Social media marketing (SMM) not working is simply a sign that you need to identify what's going wrong and try again. Enroll For A Digital Media Course Today!

Why Your Brand’s Social Media Impact is Low

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The client had just finished their “father’s day campaign” and the social media impact on sales seemed a little disappointing. Plenty of big and small businesses are over investing in social media without a large return. The Statistics and Reported Social Media Impact.

11 Best Social Media Tools For Small Businesses And Individuals

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But does it all end at fancy social profiles or does social media marketing run deeper? Social media marketing isn’t just about creating a profile, posting a few pictures of cats and dogs and running a couple of ad-campaigns. Which social media tools can you use?

A Day In The Life of A Social Media Manager

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One may think social media managers are very lucky. But the truth is that a true social media manager has to work hard as any other worker in a modern organization. So, let us have a look at a typical work day of a social media manager.

Why Do B2B Companies Need To Prioritize Social Media

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If you’re wondering whether your B2B company need to prioritize social media, this is for you. Most B2C businesses have gone totally social , with major consumer brands investing a good amount of their time and money on social media, but is it of any worth for B2B companies?

Is Social Media Making Us Stupid?

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In their contemplative moments, many people do ask: is social media making us stupid? Debate: Is Social Media Making Us Stupid For Real? Who’s Using Social Media And How? Most social media usage by adults happens during work hours. The Social Media Cons .

2016 Social Media Trends And Statistics That Were Crazy!

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Social Media has become an essential part of everyone’s life, it is addictive! However some social media trends and statistics have really been crazy! Not sure how to work with social media? 2016 Social Media Trends And Statistics That Were Crazy!

How To Revolutionize Your Social Media

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Before, I start, here’s a quick reminder: Why is social media helpful? ’ How To Revolutionize Your Social Media. RELATED: How can you get more social media fans ? Social media should be treated as what it is, a virtual society. Share Multi-Media content.

How To Identify A Good Social Media Strategist

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A social media strategist is a job title of current times. Even five years ago many small companies were iffy about hiring someone purely for social media. There are a ton of people in the market who claim to be Social Media experts and it’s often possible to make hiring mistakes.

How Can You Get More Social Media Fans?

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Building up a social media following can be a very tedious affair. And thus, some new businesses and Startups end up committing the cardinal sin of purchasing more social media fans from dubious sources. These are legit ways to grow your social media fans.

How Restaurants Are Using Social Media Effectively (And What You Can Learn)

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When all businesses are using social media , why should restaurants be left behind? Let us have a look at how restaurants are using social media effectively and what you can learn from them (you could tailor them to your industries too!).

Israeli Consumers Prefer ONLINE Media

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Israelis Value Online Media 1.5x More Than Offline Media- Highest in Global Survey. Digital media is a recent phenomenon in Israel. In a survey released this week by Google and BCG , among the 11 countries surveyed, Israelis ascribed the most value to their online media.

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3 Ways in Which Social Media Has Impacted Company Communications

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Here’s a snapshot into ways in which social media has impacted company communications and how some organizations are changing the way they think about social… via GIPHY. 3 Ways in Which Social Media Has Impacted Company Communications.

10 Social Media Terms That You Must Know!

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Social media like most other fields is full of terminology that sometimes you’re even embarrassed to be asking about, because these are used so much. Not knowing the meaning of a few unique social media terms can hinder your very understanding of the issues you face.

Why You Need To Master Social Media For Customer Service

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And that’s where using social media for customer care comes in handy! This is one of the reasons why many organizations are finding social media of significant use. . Why Social Media For Customer Service is a Win. Mention your operating hours on social media.

Is Social Media Working For Your Business?

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So, you have your social media team in place. Is social media working for your business? Similarly a tool like Agorapulse, that allows users to create innovative social media contests and activities, also offers excellent analytics of your paid campaigns.

6 Insights On Social Media Trends You Need To Know

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Isn’t it frustrating to think you finally understand something in business, like marketing with social media, only to realize that the landscape changed while you were looking at other priorities? In a classic book on social media by Jim Tobin, “ Earn It.

How Does Social Media Impact Consumer Purchases

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According a 2014 survey by Gallup among American consumers, 62% opined that social media does not influence their purchase decisions. The only thing we can say for sure is that Social Media has potential like any other media but you also have to understand how it works.

7 Tips On Maximizing Social Media Returns At Low Cost

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If you are an entrepreneur today, and not using social media to promote your business, you are missing out on a huge opportunity. One of the classics, “ How to Make Money with Social Media ” by Jamie Turner and Reshma Shah, Ph.D., low cost return on investment ROI social media startup

Is Social Media Hurting Your Business?

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Does social media help our hurt your business? Here are five tips to make social media work for your business and not be the death of it. Grow Marketing & Sales marketing productivity social media social media marketing

Social Media Marketing Should Not Be Used Alone Today

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Entrepreneurs and startups often ask if they should select only social media for marketing, or stick with digital media, or just count on traditional media. Social media as a marketing tool is here to stay, and is now widely accepted.

Infographic: 5 Social Media Trends For Small Businesses

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In a 2015 social media trends report shared by Social Media Examiner , tons of interesting information is available for marketers and brand owners. 5 Social Media Trends For Small Businesses in 2015. What Are the Benefits of Social Media for Small Businesses?