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
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’ve just posted some office hours on Ohours and hope to make it a regular thing. Feel free to forward along to anybody who may find it helpful!Public "Office Hours" for anyone looking for a sounding board
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
A while back, critics and cynics were calling the internet an echo chamber. While the Internet was supposed to be a platform for democratizing speech and content, new web algorithms have steered the web into the complete opposite direction. These “smarter” algorithms have been designed to make content hyper-targeted for individuals without his/her consent, thus… Continue reading Another kind of bubble
Last week, at the D9 Conference, Marc Andreessen soothed everyone’s worries about a tech bubble by saying that it’s can’t be a bubble because everyone thinks its a bubble. He claimed that a key characteristic of a bubble is that no one thinks its a bubble. While his premise is accurate, this isn’t a case… Continue reading ill logic on the state of the bubble
It’s a little intimidating to see how many tech/web startups are poppin’ up these days. KillerStartups.com weeds presents over 15 startups a day on their blog and encourages readers to vote for the next big thing. Sometimes, it discourages me how absolutely ridiculous and useless some of these startups are. In fact, the quality of… Continue reading Startups, EVERYWHERE!?