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. It has become a bit of a orthodoxy among the consumer social startup crowd to do mobile first and web second. Building an audience on mobile is a b h. Mobile first, web second.

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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. Mobile First, Web Second (continued). I loved the idea of “mobile first” but something always bothered me. Startup Advice

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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. It was like having a bunch of mini- Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions all in one room. I was very worried for several startup in the room.

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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. Why do you need a mobile marketing strategy? When looking at how we consume digital media, mobile usage has surpassed desktop.

Mobile Apps vs Mobile Web: Do You Have To Choose?


There have been countless debates about the demise of the mobile Web at the hands of mobile apps. Mobile apps represent a small fraction of the total mobile revenue for all but a handful of the biggest brands. Amazon has more app revenue than mobile Web revenue.

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. Mobile has had a big effect on b2b software. startups This can be misleading.

Fighting Back Against Mobile Phones in the Bedroom

Both Sides of the Table

The mobility of technology has exacerbated both the upsides (all the information at our finger tips at any moment) and the downsides (addictions of checking updates incessantly or spending more time capturing and posting events than enjoying them). Startup LessonsTechnology.

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Two New Techstars Programs – Mobility/Detroit and Techstars++/Mayo Clinic

Feld Thoughts

So, Jason and I started talking more about things we could do to positively impact the Detroit startup community and looped the Techstars gang into the conversation. Last week Techstars announced the new Techstars Mobility program, Driven by Detroit. The local Detroit startup community engaged very powerfully in the idea. Techstars Mobility, driven by Detroit will run for three years with a new class of 10 startups each year. I’m fascinated with Detroit.

Transitioning To a Mobile Centric World

For a large variety of applications and services, users favor mobile applications over browser based applications. Over 45% of Yelp’s* searches begin on mobile. For Zillow*, 50% of home views are now on mobile. Consumers clearly dislike deeply nested features on mobile phones.

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. Mobile is the future. What wins mobile, wins the Internet. It is also why so many mobile websites are broken.

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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. Grow Marketing & Sales mobile mobile app mobile app design mobile app development mobile app marketing

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. Mobility is a game-changer and it is for that reason that the mobile enterprise will eventually dwarf the past ten years of web-based cloud apps.

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. In addition, software solutions are being developed across the mobile technology stack (eg, app management, crash reporting, analytics, app development, middleware, security etc). Mobile operator technology.

The next wave of mobile startups

The Equity Kicker

My biggest takeaway is best explained by this slide: Across the whole world mobile data usage continues to grow and take share, yet in the developed world smart phone penetration is approaching saturation levels and growth in device sales has slowed. Mobile

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

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Talking about the location-based mobile apps, these types of applications become increasingly popular that adopted by small and medium-sized businesses across the world. This high-end feature has taken a mobile app development industry by storms and gave a new dimension.

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. Unfortunately, there are so many misconceptions around mobile development that many newer startups end up squandering time and money they simply can’t afford, says Thawar.

Best Practices For Developing A Mobile App For Your Startup


Okay, so you’ve embodied a bold mindset in your startup. It’s time for you to consider taking a leap in your industry by creating a mobile app for your startup. Startups that follow best practices for making a mobile app can successfully address most of these questions.

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. The company, based at Geekdom, uses adult stem cells, taken from the animal, to […] The post Mobile StemCare Wins Pitch Competition appeared first on SiliconHills.

Mobile is What’s Next (for me)

Tony Wright dot com

I’ve done a few gigs at existing startups, ranging from discreet projects to try-before-you-buy gigs that could’ve led to leadership positions. But as a guy who has been around the startup block a few times, I have a few other tests that I care about.

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. Mobile payments are the trillion dollar industry that everybody’s been waiting for but has never materialized. FAQ B: What about ACH via mobile device?

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. But to me an even more exciting trend is what I have been calling (for lack of a better phrase) ”offline first, mobile enabled” apps. startups

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. One entry strategy for a startup is to replace a core utility. startupsTime wasters : Apps that can be used for short bursts when you are waiting in line, etc. The most popular time wasters are games.

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. On the web these retailers found their customers via search, but that doesn’t work as well on mobile. So how will discovery work on mobile?

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. This concern or observation depending on where you sit has wide ranging implications for valuations, returns, and many other aspects of the startup economy. There are web and mobile applications that seem more immune to the "here today gone tomorrow" concern.

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10 ways to monetize your mobile app

The Next Web

Building a mobile app these days is easy. So to find out how founders can make money from their app, I asked a group of entrepreneurs from YEC the following: Monetizing a mobile app has only gotten harder. Entrepreneur Entrepreneurship startup YEC

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? It’s important that your startup has the best possible start in life, and that means being organized and decisive. Does your startup make some money?

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4 Ways To Solve The Employee Engagement Problem With Mobile


As a 25-year-old entrepreneur with ambitious goals to see my startup, Bluebridge, grow 100% year over year, building a company culture that inspires employees and keeps them engaged has remained a top priority. Here’s four ways we’re using mobile to increase engagement and productivity: 1.

13 top mobile apps for entrepreneurs on the go

The Next Web

I 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? Here’s a shortlist of the mobile apps they relied on to keep their startups running smoothly: 1.

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? A startup friend of ours told us they were launching a daily deal company. Many Successful Startups Start with a Secret. startups

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. When taking a mobile-first approach, it’s important to remember that mobile and desktop are vastly different. Design & Dev Entrepreneur Entrepreneurship startup YEC Young Entrepreneur Council

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. On mobile, the strategies and tactics for achieving the above are still nascent. Many of these experiences will be Mobile Only. On desktop or mobile browser to app.

Breaking Into Mobile Commerce


Mobile commerce is the newest addition to the small business family, and worth considering. Whether you sell high fashion products or gourmet food, mobile commerce should be on your checklist of goals for 2012. Professionalisms mobile applications mobile commerce thought leadership

Why the integrated approach to mobile devices is winning

Chris Dixon

Until last week’s announcement of the new Surface tablet, Microsoft had taken the same approach to mobile devices that they had with PCs: build the software themselves and let partners build the hardware. startups

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VC Cafe

However, the ex-COO of Indian wireless carrier Tata TeleServices , presenting at Axis Tel Aviv this week, has a decidely commercial objective- finding Israeli startups for investment. Take a look at why, in the mobile sector, at least India is the better choice.

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The Web Is Now Mobile

Nick O'Neill

One of the most significant takeaways from Facebook event today was a user interface adjustment: on desktop, there is now a navigation bar on the left hand side that slides out in a way consistent with their mobile interface.

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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. She’s the founder and Creative Director at Xanadu, a mobile strategy and design consultancy helping to guide app developers to success in a rapidly-changing, often chaotic mobile ecosystem.

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 one of the bests posts I’ve read in a while, largely because I think they may well have mapped out how mobile services will be designed in the future. Mobile Uncategorized

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. We’ve been talking about mobile for years now, long enough for several mobile first companies to achieve massive scale, not least Uber. The massive shift to mobile is not the new news, then. Mobile

11 Unusual Ways To Market Your Startup Brand in 2016


Except the question: what are the new digital trends , how do you market your Startup brand in 2016? H ere are some unusual ways to market your Startup brand in 2016 that you can invest in, now! 11 Unusual Ways To Market Your Startup Brand in 2016.

6 Key Trends Shaping This Year’s Mobile Holiday Shopping Season


The holidays are approaching, and mobile is going to play a bigger role in eCommerce than ever before. Last year, mobile holiday shopping traffic surpassed desktop for the first time and retailers are expecting even higher mobile traffic this year.