As Twitter continues to get slammed from every imaginable angle, I can’t help but think that the platform has stopped growing for one simple reason: It’s pain-to-pleasure ratio, PTPR, is too high. Say what? There’s too much pain on Twitter? Yes, that’s precisely what I’m saying. On Twitter, fights erupt over the smallest things. And […]Read more "Shaping User Behavior Gently"
Ben Thompson at Stratechery recently wrote a very interesting piece about disruption in venture capital. By and large, I agree with Ben’s view that some aspects of venture investing have changed forever due to the advent of smaller, nimbler angel investors and incubators. However, consider this quote: The more important takeaway, though, is that this […]Read more "Why VCs Aren’t Fundamentally Being Disrupted"
Overview Uber’s new defense counsel — Ted Boutrous of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher — recently filed an appeal in O’Connor v. Uber Technologies. The appeal brief is well-crafted and even entertaining. But more importantly, this brief is the latest statement of how Uber sees the impact of its business model on the driver-partners it “employs”. So what is this […]Read more "Digging into Uber’s 9th Circuit Appeal"
Uber. Just uttering the word triggers a range of positive feelings among people who want to see the company soar higher and higher. And of course, it stirs some ugly sentiments among those who believe Uber never, ever plays fair. I’m accustomed to hearing both of these fundamentally different sentiments every time Uber makes the […]Read more "Why Apple Won’t Destroy Uber"
Chris Sacca recently wrote a longish article about Twitter. The piece itself is pretty measured. Sacca highlights some of Twitter’s biggest accomplishments, giving credit to the founders for pulling off feats many naysayers doubted from the company’s inception. But Sacca also criticizes Twitter for a number of alleged failings. Before we consider those “failings,” I […]Read more "Twitter’s Next Chapter"
When we think of self-driving cars, we envision end-to-end transportation. In other words, we imagine being able to hail a car from a smartphone, get in, and then be taken to our destination in a vehicle that literally drives itself. Self-driving cars, then, are really bellhops on wheels: Once we tell them what to do, they […]Read more "Four Problems for Self-Driving Vehicles"
Silicon Valley has a knack for producing world changing companies. These startups are often disruptive because they envision a product or service in an entirely new way. Facebook tackled identity in the context of social networking, creating a platform used the world over. Google turned the human need to find things into one of the […]Read more "Regulatory Evolution"