When the HTC First was released in early 2013, critics scoffed at the idea of a so-called “Facebook Phone”. It didn’t help that the product appeared half-baked – and many considered it to be Facebook’s first flop. AT&T quietly dropped the phone from its offerings mere months after launch. Today’s announcement of Facebook’s $19B acquisition of… Continue reading Unbundling @Facebook: what the Whatsapp acquisition tells us about Facebook’s mobile strategy
I was going to write a post on how the $1 billion price tag on Instagram actually makes sense given the context of the acquisition, until I realized that the entire blogsphere and its mom has already written something to that extent. As such, I’ve gathered a couple of posts that I found most interesting… Continue reading Facebook + Instagram: blog posts galore!
Justin Kan, a YC alum and now part-time partner, posted his thoughts on why Zynga’s acquisition of OMGPOP makes sense. I commented with a couple of thoughts of my own: 1) There is probably a significant overlap in the DAU for Zynga and Draw Something, so doubling would be somewhat of an overstatement. Completely agree, however,… Continue reading Zynga + OMGPOP?
For many startups, hiring is the bottleneck to growth. Not only is the hiring process taxing for a small team, the problem of talent dilution has emerged in all kinds of roles, including developers and designers. When we first got to the Valley, there were a handful of good companies that were able to attract… Continue reading Rise of the Acqui-hires