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How LinkedIn Gets TWENTY Times More Money Per User Than Facebook (LNKD)

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Forbes has LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner on the cover—but the professional social network's business model is the real hero of the story. Here are some of the amazing statistics Forbes' George Anders reports: LinkedIn users spend an average of 18 minutes a month on the site. Facebook users spend 6.4...
How LinkedIn Gets TWENTY Times More Money Per User Than Facebook (LNKD)

New Finds At TNW Shows Europe Is Nailing It

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European startup conference The Next Web (and now competing blog, hello guys), which took place in Amsterdam last week, was covered in full by seven TNW bloggers who wrote over 30 posts about all major announcements, speeches and competitions. More posts are coming according to its European editor and ex-TechCruncher...
New Finds At TNW Shows Europe Is Nailing It

YippieMove Wants To Become The Twilio Of Email Migration

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One of the more annoying aspects of starting a new jobs recently was switching email accounts — I tried figure out an easy way to transfer messages and contacts, but after a few minutes of fumbling around with my email client, I gave up, forwarded a few key messages, and...
YippieMove Wants To Become The Twilio Of Email Migration

Telefonica Tries Its Hand At Free Calls, Texts With TU Me, Wants To Take The Skype Road To Make Money

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Telefonica has been working hard to make sure it remains a relevant force in mobile as big companies like Apple and smaller app developers like Twilio all swoop in to eat the carriers’ proverbial lunch — offering mobile services to consumers and “owning” that customer relationship: that’s seen the company...
Telefonica Tries Its Hand At Free Calls, Texts With TU Me, Wants To Take The Skype Road To Make Money

Apple and Facebook Should Be Terrified Of Google-Tinted Glasses

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Google’s augmented reality eyewear is coming to disrupt your face and your business model. If you don’t even have to pull your phone out to take a photo, get directions, or message with friends, why would you need to buy the latest iPhone or spend so much time on Facebook?...
Apple and Facebook Should Be Terrified Of Google-Tinted Glasses

Once Deemed Evil, Google Now Embraces “Paid Inclusion”

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Back when Google was an upstart search engine, one way it distinguished itself was to fight against a pay-to-play business model called “paid inclusion.” Indeed, paid inclusion was one of the original sins Google listed as part of its “Don’t Be Evil” creed. But these... Please visit Marketing Land for the...
Once Deemed Evil, Google Now Embraces “Paid Inclusion”

Pinterest valued at more than $1bn after raising $100m funding

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Popular social network valued at between $1bn and $1.5bn following a $100m round of fundingMove over, Facebook. Pinterest, the social site that lets people "pin" pictures and content to create collections of interest, has become the latest company to be valued at more than $1bn (£630m), following a $100m round...
Pinterest valued at more than $1bn after raising $100m funding

Who cares about the money anyway?

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A lot of questions surrounding startups and Internet companies revolve around money. What is their business model? How will they make money? I don’t see how they will ever make money! Look at Facebook; they have close to a billion loyal customers and people still worry that they won’t be...
Who cares about the money anyway?

Twitter faces the same dilemma as the New York Times

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There’s been a lot written recently about Twitter and the choices it seems to be making about the future of the network, although the exact nature of those choices still remains shrouded in mystery. Some say Twitter made the wrong choice when it decided to focus on advertising as...
Twitter faces the same dilemma as the New York Times

Rakuten CEO On The $100B Pinterest Round: We Want Pinterest Users To Pin Images And Buy Using Our ID

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Rakuten, the Japanese e-commerce giant leading a $100 million investment in Pinterest, will be making two major contributions to the image-based social network as it gears up for its next stage of growth: the funds to take the image-based social network into new international markets, and a business model. First...
Rakuten CEO On The $100B Pinterest Round: We Want Pinterest Users To Pin Images And Buy Using Our ID
Flattr Finally Lands Big Dailymotion Deal, But Its Business Model Still Sucks

Scribd Has 100M Users And A Mobile App It Needs To Rethink (After Yahoo Walked Away From A Deal)

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Started originally as a ridesharing service, then pivoting to become a document uploading and reading service, Scribd now has 100 million registered users, with 90 million monthly active users. That makes it probably the biggest effort of its kind, but leveraging that size hasn’t always been easy. Scribd, TechCrunch has...
Scribd Has 100M Users And A Mobile App It Needs To Rethink (After Yahoo Walked Away From A Deal)

Meet The 18 Most Important People In Mobile Advertising

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Who are the most important people in mobile advertising? Sure, there are executives from the usual suspects on our list (Apple, Google, Zynga, etc.) but you'll be surprised at some of names that made our ranking. Some of the most powerful players in the game are at companies that most...
Meet The 18 Most Important People In Mobile Advertising

Louis C.K. sees ticket scalping drop over 96% by switching to selling tickets himself

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Comedian Louis C.K. made the technology world turn his direction when he decided to sell his latest comedy special himself, digitally, and DRM free. It was a smashing success. The $5 download proved a fresh model for artists in the broadband age. Louis has again taken to task an entrenched...
Louis C.K. sees ticket scalping drop over 96% by switching to selling tickets himself

Loopc.am Stops Being A Gimmick And Starts Getting Funding

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Loopc.am has lately become a little bit of a craze amongst some iPhone users I know. Frankly, at first it seemed like something of a gimmick. Recording and sharing short gif-based videoclips called loops seemed like a temporary blip. I mean, why not just do a video and upload it...
Loopc.am Stops Being A Gimmick And Starts Getting Funding
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Square (ex-)employees take to Quora, Glassdoor to heavily discuss its growing pains

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Working for an ambitious, fast-growing startup is very, very tough. Working for digital payment company Square may be even more gruesome than very, very tough, if a good number of reviews on Glassdoor and this Quora thread are anything to go by. The most up-voted response on the Quora...
Square (ex-)employees take to Quora, Glassdoor to heavily discuss its growing pains

Court Orders ISP To Block Grooveshark

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Last year, a group of entertainment companies known collectively as RettighedsAlliancen sent a demand to the Danish Bailiff Court (known locally as Fogedretten) to have the country’s Internet service providers block US-based streaming music service Grooveshark. RettighedsAlliancen chief Maria Fredenslund said that Grooveshark had no content agreements or licenses with...
Court Orders ISP To Block Grooveshark

The Pivot: The Moment Where Startups Change or Die

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The software venture that switched to a dog-walking service. The dating site that morphed to data storage. The e-commerce play that transformed itself to make board games. We’ve seen them all. Actually, we’re lying. We just made them up. But you get the picture: There are times in the life...
The Pivot: The Moment Where Startups Change or Die
Read It Later’s app goes free and gets a new name, Pocket

Confirmed: Pinterest is taking $100 million and will do e-commerce

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Now two things are more clear about the fast-growing social pinboard curation service – a business model and a valuation. Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten has confirmed it is leading a $100 million investment in Pinterest, together with existing backers Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners and FirstMark Capital plus angels. The funding...
Confirmed: Pinterest is taking $100 million and will do e-commerce

Spotify’s New Embeddable Play Button Lets Any Site Turn You On To Legal Tunes

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Spotify wants to make it easier for anyone to legally soundtrack their websites, oh, and get links to its own download page plastered all over the Internet. So today it launches the embeddable Spotify Play Button for news sites that when clicked starts playing a designated song, album, or playlist...
Spotify’s New Embeddable Play Button Lets Any Site Turn You On To Legal Tunes

Facebook's strange economics

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Each Facebook user brings 10 times less cash than legacy media – the market has put it in a dangerous bubbleExactly three years ago, Charlie Rose interviewed Marc Andreessen, the creator of Netscape and a Facebook board member. In his trademark rapid-fire talk, Marc shared his views on Facebook. (Keep...
Facebook's strange economics

European VC Connect Ventures Launches With $22M Fund. Secret Sales Gets The First Helping: $487K

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Make way for another VC firm in Europe: Today sees the launch of Connect Ventures, a new London based fund that will focus on seed and Series A stages in European tech companies. It’s kicking off with a €16 million ($22 million) fund, which will be dispersed in investments of...
European VC Connect Ventures Launches With $22M Fund. Secret Sales Gets The First Helping: $487K

Beneath contempt: The Apple TV business model

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Last year we sold … 2.8 million Apple TVs. This year, just in the first six months of our year we’ve sold 2.7. Tim Cook at D10 1:45. I note the “our” in “our year”. This implies fiscal year (that and the fact that he spoke in the past tense...
Beneath contempt: The Apple TV business model

Lance Tokuda’s SchoolFeed rounds up $1.75M for fast-growing classmates network

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Lance Tokuda was looking for an old high school friend, but instead he found his second big social networking startup. The co-founder of RockYou happened to find an old acquaintance from high school on Classmates.com, which has more than 60 million users. But when he was going to email...
Lance Tokuda’s SchoolFeed rounds up $1.75M for fast-growing classmates network

In Mobile Apps, Free Ain’t Free, But Cambridge University Has A Plan To Fix It

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The issue of information privacy around free services like some mobile apps and social networks has often been met with a rebuttal from the other side of the argument: if the service is free, you the user are the product, and so you shouldn’t be surprised when your information is...
In Mobile Apps, Free Ain’t Free, But Cambridge University Has A Plan To Fix It

Kim Dotcom: US Govt Is Protecting An Outdated Monopolistic Business Model

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After speaking with TorrentFreak on Monday, Kim Dotcom has elaborated on his situation in an interview with 3news’ Campbell Live, which now gives us the opportunity to reveal a bit more detail about the current musings of the Megaupload founder. Aside from the heavy-handed nature of the shutdown, the underlying...
Kim Dotcom: US Govt Is Protecting An Outdated Monopolistic Business Model

LoveThis Launches Social Recommendation ‘Anti-App’ By Adding Facebook, Email Tips To The Mix

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Feeling overloaded by social recommendation apps? Get ready for another one hitting the market, although this one says it will come with a twist: LoveThis, the social recommendation service that launched last year with $2 million in funding, today has launched an iOS app to let friends recommend across 10...
LoveThis Launches Social Recommendation ‘Anti-App’ By Adding Facebook, Email Tips To The Mix

No, I Still Wouldn't Buy Groupon's Stock (GRPN)

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After Groupon reported its Q4 earnings yesterday, I suggested it was time for all the folks saying the company "can't make money" to finally admit that they're wrong. And it is time for that. Groupon's business generated a nice operating profit and cash flow in Q4, while still posting...
No, I Still Wouldn't Buy Groupon's Stock (GRPN)
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