“The Lean Startup movement is great, but this book starts where most of those books end and takes you through the ‘so you have a product that works in-market – now what?’ questions”—Only Once – Matt Blumberg (via fred-wilson)
Look forward to reading Matt’s new book. Just wish it would be ready for the summer.
Today, we’re thrilled to announce that Qwiki is joining Yahoo!
On a journey that took us from NYC to San Francisco and back again, the Qwiki team has spent the past few years creating products and technology that make it easy to share and discover stories.
It has been extremely…
We’re excited to announce that Yahoo! acquired Qwiki - a company that uses awesome technology to bring together pictures, music and video to capture the art of storytelling.
Have you ever listened to an old song and all of a sudden a favorite vacation, concert, or summer memory pops into your mind? The Qwiki app automatically turns pictures and videos that you already have on your iPhone into quick, beautiful movies to share, including transitions and a soundtrack.
Sharing a Qwiki is easy, whether you want to share your favorite moments from Coachella with your Facebook friends or celebrate the best moments from your sister’s wedding.
We will continue to support the Qwiki app, and the team will join Yahoo! in our New York city office to reimagine Yahoo!’s storytelling experience. Stay tuned … there’s much more to come!
Everyone, I’m elated to tell you that Tumblr will be joining Yahoo.
Before touching on how awesome this is, let me try to allay any concerns: We’re not turning purple. Our headquarters isn’t moving. Our team isn’t changing. Our roadmap isn’t changing. And our mission – to empower creators to…
Congrats to David and the Tumblr team. Awesome job on building a awesome company and now a awesome outcome!
“We need to be angry and empathize with the victims without being scared. Our fears would play right into the perpetrators’ hands — and magnify the power of their victory for whichever goals whatever group behind this, still to be uncovered, has. We don’t have to be scared, and we’re not powerless. We actually have all the power here, and there’s one thing we can do to render terrorism ineffective: Refuse to be terrorized.”—
“In other industries, this is called predatory pricing, and many forms of it are illegal because they’re so destructive to healthy businesses and the welfare of an economy. But the tech industry is far less regulated, younger, and faster-moving than most industries. We celebrate our ability to do things that are illegal or economically infeasible in other markets with productive-sounding words like “disruption”.”—Marco
I like Josh Boone so much, and I think he is the perfect director for TFiOS. He understands the book profoundly (as you can tell from his comments in the story above), and he is also tremendously talented. I am so excited!
GE wasn’t just able to hold the retail sticker to the “China price.” It beat that price by nearly 20 percent. The China-made GeoSpring retailed for $1,599. The Louisville-made GeoSpring retails for $1,299.
Time-to-market has also improved, greatly. It used to take five weeks to get the GeoSpring water heaters from the factory to U.S. retailers—four weeks on the boat from China and one week dockside to clear customs. Today, the water heaters—and the dishwashers and refrigerators—move straight from the manufacturing buildings to Appliance Park’s warehouse out back, from which they can be delivered to Lowe’s and Home Depot. Total time from factory to warehouse: 30 minutes.
American manufacturing seems poised for a comeback. Not for everything, but for a lot of things.
“Right now, there are brilliant students from all over the world sitting in classrooms at our top universities. They’re earning degrees in the fields of the future, like engineering and computer science. But once they finish school, once they earn that diploma, there’s a good chance they’ll have to leave our country. Think about that.
Intel was started with the help of an immigrant who studied here and then stayed here. Instagram was started with the help of an immigrant who studied here and then stayed here. Right now in one of those classrooms, there’s a student wrestling with how to turn their big idea—their Intel or Instagram—into a big business. We’re giving them all the skills they need to figure that out, but then we’re going to turn around and tell them to start that business and create those jobs in China or India or Mexico or someplace else? That’s not how you grow new industries in America. That’s how you give new industries to our competitors. That’s why we need comprehensive immigration reform.”—
I still think it is incredible how the market has reacted to Apple’s last quarter. I am a happy shareholder at 460 and look forward to the day (which will probably not be too long from now) that everyone thinks Apple is a unstoppable company again and pushes the stock to 700 (I am not a crazy believer so I will probably sell around 600-650)
“Only one airline has made money over the last 40 years in the U.S.: Southwest Airlines. And everybody else is just doing a public service by flying people around. In a half hour, Delta is going to fly me to Detroit and make no money for their shareholders.”—
When people are worried about competitors copying them they should just look at Southwest. For 40 years their very simple and fairly easy to copy business model has been left alone by all of the other idiots in the business. They all are losing their asses while Southwest continues to make a profit. Amazing
Both Fred and Bijan are traveling internationally right now and as always they are talking about the different technology issues and products that they are using.
A few weeks ago I was in Paris for Le Web and I think I figured out the best way to call while roaming internationally. There are cheaper solutions out there but this is the best hack for the buck in my opinion.
ATT does a 800mb roaming plan for $120. That puts each meg at $0.15. An average Skype call uses slightly less then 1 meg per minute, so even with the Skype out cost you are under $0.20 cents per minute while roaming on the cellular network. I was worried that the call quality might not be great but in the 4 countries I tired it in (Romania, UK, France and Italy) it was flawless.
You can basically use any VOIP client, I like using Skype because it just seems to work and I have programmed it to show my cell phone caller ID when I call out using it. While this does create call backs to my cell phone I find that so many people screen for caller ID that if I call through anything else I never get through.
If you had asked me yesterday if Apple would have changed their policy based on our canceling the POP charger I would have said that is crazy. We should not have even been a blip on their screen.
However as of a few hours ago it looks like Apple has changed their policy on Lightning and we will be able to make POP. Need to confirm as all of this has come from Apple PR but what a crazy turn of events.