Back to the Future: How Facebook is challenging Google at the eyeball game

[Facebook is competing for eyeballs on Google’s own turf: Android. Guest author Francisco Kattan explains why Facebook’s Home strategy takes us back to the days of the 2005 home screen turf war and how Google, Yahoo and Samsung are impacted]

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By now most of you have heard of Facebook Home. Some of you might have even tried it. If you have been hiding under a rock for the past month, there is a good summary here:

Facebook Home “replaces your standard Android’s homescreen with an immersive Facebook experience featuring full-screen photos, status updates, and notifications. Facebook also announced that a special version of Home will come pre-installed on the new HTC First phone on AT&T.” Continue reading Back to the Future: How Facebook is challenging Google at the eyeball game

Profits are Life Blood

[Is profit share overrated as a measure of company viability? Guest author Jay Goldberg takes a contrasting viewpoint to our recent “Profit share trap” article, arguing that profitability has been the key to predicting Apple’s past – and future success.]

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I like to think I sparked a meme. In 2009, I wrote a analysis comparing the market share of the various handset makers and their respective share of industry profits. At the time, Apple’s had 1% or 2% share of the global handset market, and everyone was writing off the iPhone as an unimportant niche. And by everyone, I mean not just analysts but major companies like Nokia and Motorola. The mobile phone industry had a case of willful ignorance back then, but by looking at profit share versus market share it was pretty clear that something important going on here. Continue reading Profits are Life Blood

The Art of One-line Pitching: A Study of AngelList

[An AngelList study about the top companies being referenced by startups in their one-line pitching. VisionMobile Sales Operation Manager, Chris Eleftheriadis, shares his insights on how nowadays startups communicate their value proposition to investors]

The Art of One-line Pitching: A Study of AngelList

Startups are abundant today – addressing every imaginable user need, and often in unconventional ways. Many of today’s startups, from e-commerce to healthcare, are combining many “business patterns” – social, mobile, media, marketplaces, gamification, reputation systems, and many more. And there lies the challenge: how do you communicate your startup’s value proposition in a one-line elevator pitch? Very often your elevator pitch will determine if you can get a meeting with an investor, or the number of positives from a partner onboarding campaign. This challenge of crafting a short, memorable, meaningful one-line elevator pitch has led startups to use more creative techniques such as referring or comparing to established startup success stories. Call it LinkedIn for X, AirBnB for Y, eBay for Z. Continue reading The Art of One-line Pitching: A Study of AngelList

Apple & Samsung's "Profit Share" Trap

[Are the smartphone wars about profit share or market share? Guest author Sameer Singh argues that the case for profit is fundamentally misunderstood.]

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Over the past few days, there has been a lot of noise in the tech media about the supremacy of “profit share” over “market share”, specifically related to Apple’s performance in the smartphone market (but it can be extended to Samsung as well). Most proponents of this argument seem to fundamentally misunderstand the long-term relevance of the “profit share” metric. Let’s make a more educated comparison between the two metrics to understand how each can be used to analyze the smartphone industry.
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