What the @Facebook @Oculus acquisition tells me about the future

` Both the Internet and my own circle of friends have debated this issue to death (so price. much social.) And as Fred Wilson puts it,  It isn’t clear if the next thing is virtual reality, the internet of things, drones, machine learning, or something else. Larry doesn’t know. Zuck doesn’t know. I don’t know.… Continue reading What the @Facebook @Oculus acquisition tells me about the future

Learned Behavior: how the best products eventually change their users

When I evaluate product, either at the early or late stage of a startup, I’m always looking to see if the product has the potential to permanently modify user behavior outside of the product itself.  A few examples of this: Instagram : double-tapApple designer Bill Atkinson devised the double-click, and soon it became the de-facto… Continue reading Learned Behavior: how the best products eventually change their users

Quick Thoughts on @YCombinator’s First #FemaleFounders Conference

YC’s FFC was one of the more enjoyable conferences I’ve been to in a while. The attendees were great, the format was brisk, and the content shared was by and large very helpful.  At one point, there was a panel of founders discussing the topic of fundraising. Two things hit me: It was weird. I… Continue reading Quick Thoughts on @YCombinator’s First #FemaleFounders Conference

Re-building TaskRabbit One Use Case at a Time

TaskRabbit is getting disrupted, in the same way craigslist was just a few years ago. Andrew Parker at Spark Capital once posted this graphic showing how craiglist is being replaced by a host of startups, a single vertical at a time.  The market of low-skill services is also being displaced by a crop of new entrants: Postmates:… Continue reading Re-building TaskRabbit One Use Case at a Time

Unbundling @Facebook: what the Whatsapp acquisition tells us about Facebook’s mobile strategy

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

Hardware as Software and the Business Model Revolution

I wrote a post this week and Alex published it as a guest post on his blog. Go check it out! alexstechthoughts: Jordan Kong is an Associate at Institutional Venture Partners, a late-stage venture fund in Menlo Park. She previously studied at Columbia University, interned at several NYC tech startups, and did a two-year stint… Continue reading Hardware as Software and the Business Model Revolution

Uber and the Economics of Price Surging

There’s been tons of emotional outrage and blog posts on the repercussions and implications of Uber’s price surges. Uber’s been addressing this criticism with the protest that price surging is just a result of free market forces. As an Economist by training, I can’t help but add my two cents, because as an Economist by training, I also know that free… Continue reading Uber and the Economics of Price Surging