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LEAKED: MySpace's Master Plan To Raise $50 Million And Re-Launch As A Spotify-Killer

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The parent company of MySpace is trying to raise $50 million in order to re-launch MySpace as a direct competitor to Spotify and Pandora in 2013. This is according to documents obtained by Business Insider, which we have included in this post. Six years after buying MySpace for $580 million,...
LEAKED: MySpace's Master Plan To Raise $50 Million And Re-Launch As A Spotify-Killer
Here comes Vdio: Janus Friis' video service launches private beta in UK and US

Where Did Spotify's Billion Dollars Go? Ask Netflix

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Six months ago Spotify was going to be worth $4 billion. Now it looks like a new funding round will value the streaming music company at $3 billion. Where did that billion dollars go? The most obvious answer is that all sorts of private market valuations for Web companies have...
Where Did Spotify's Billion Dollars Go? Ask Netflix

Microsoft Office 365 Is Not A Good Deal For Singles

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Microsoft's new subscription-based model for its Office productivity suite has a price tag that initially seems appealing for home and small business users... but is the bottom line cost really a savings for everyone? It's no secret that over the years, the real cash cow for Microsoft hasn't been its...
Microsoft Office 365 Is Not A Good Deal For Singles
LinkedIn's Army Of Sales And Marketing Staff Just Keeps Growing

Why AOL Is The Weirdest Successful Tech Company In America Right Now

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Yesterday was a historic day for one of America's most confounding companies. AOL ended an eight-year money-losing slump in 2012, the company announced this morning, as all of its divisions ended the year "quasi-profitable" for the first time under Tim Armstrong's reign as CEO. AOL was dubbed by some the "hottest tech stock of...
Why AOL Is The Weirdest Successful Tech Company In America Right Now

90 days in, new Beachmint COO Greg Steiner talks culture, communication, and the L-word (layoffs)

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Defining culture in the beginning stages of a startup is difficult. But coming in late to help build someone else’s startup is downright brutal. Late-arriving senior executives step into an organization with a pre-baked culture and a team recruited by, and loyal to, the founders. They face all this without...
90 days in, new Beachmint COO Greg Steiner talks culture, communication, and the L-word (layoffs)
Daniel Ek: New York tops Silicon Valley precisely because its not Silicon Valley

AOL's Earnings Are Light, But Revenue and Ad Sales Are On Track

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This looks like a pretty good performance from AOL: Tim Armstrong’s Internet company came in a couple pennies light on earnings in its Q1, but hit its revenue marks. As important: Its underlying numbers look pretty good. AOL earned 32 cents a share on revenue of $538 million; the Street...
AOL's Earnings Are Light, But Revenue and Ad Sales Are On Track
Beats raises $60M to spin off 'Daisy' music service into a stand-alone company

If The RIAA Was Innovative: An Alternate Universe Timeline

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1999: Realizing the inevitable, the RIAA convinces member labels to set up all-you-can eat buffets. All music available as DRM-free downloads, $5/mo. 100M of storage, additionally available for increased monthly fee. The RIAA uses superior marketing muscle to "drown out" competing "free" alternatives, insists people should only download from "legitimate"...
If The RIAA Was Innovative: An Alternate Universe Timeline

Beats' Jimmy Iovine on Steve Jobs, Spotify and Why He Can Make Subscriptions Work

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Beats Electronics has done a very good job at making expensive headphones a mass-market item. And that’s what makes them a good candidate to crack open the music subscription business, says CEO Jimmy Iovine. Iovine’s pitch: It took guys who know music and culture to sell high-end headphones to the...
Beats' Jimmy Iovine on Steve Jobs, Spotify and Why He Can Make Subscriptions Work

Why a sale to Yahoo may just be the best bet for Hulu

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Maybe it’s fate: Just two months ago, Hulu moved all of its 500 or so Los Angeles-based employees into swanky new offices in the heart of Santa Monica’s tech hive. The complex now housing Hulu is called the Colorado Center, and is also home to HBO and a few other...
Why a sale to Yahoo may just be the best bet for Hulu

Spotify Up to 5 Million Paid Subscribers

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Spotify has 5 million subscribers and 20 million users, CEO Daniel Ek announced at a press event in New York. In July, the company said it had 4 million paying subscribers and 15 million active users worldwide. That was up from 3 million paid subscribers last January and 1.5 million...
Spotify Up to 5 Million Paid Subscribers

Lot18 Lays Off 25 More Employees, Halves Its Staff From 90 Last Year To 46 Today

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Wine sales site Lot18 laid of 25 employees today or 35% of its staff, AllThingsD reports. In the past year, the startup has downsized from 80-90 employees to a mere 46. While its previous layoffs coincided with sections of the site folding, this has more to do with a change...
Lot18 Lays Off 25 More Employees, Halves Its Staff From 90 Last Year To 46 Today

The Times And Spotify: Why Pay When Everything's Free?

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I’ll bet The Times sub-editors raised some eyebrows when their business writer Emily Ford filed her piece, Why I’m not paying any more, for the weekend… “As (Spotify) got bigger, the annoying adverts started to creep in and, with them, the gnawing sense that it was unfair to get...
The Times And Spotify: Why Pay When Everything's Free?

How Much Revenue Does It Take To Be A $1B Public Company?

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Editor’s note: Patrick Moran is an executive at New Relic, a SaaS web app performance company with over 21,000 active customers. Follow him on Twitter @patrickmoran. With all the chatter about Billion dollar valuations — like Instagram, Evernote, Splunk —  combined with recent S1 filings and IPOs, the topic of tech...
How Much Revenue Does It Take To Be A $1B Public Company?
AOL has been down so long, it's starting to look like up

Video @ paidContent 2010: How To Make Money From Digital News

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The Financial Times has a sizeable and nicely growing subscription business—so why mess with micropayments? FT.com Managing Director Rob Grimshaw says that half the FT’s print customers are newsstand buyers, and the company needs to offer an similar a la carte option online as well. Grimshaw, in an interview with...
Video @ paidContent 2010: How To Make Money From Digital News

Beats spins out its 'Daisy' music service, as it confirms new $60M funding round

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Beats Electronics, the audio brand company co-founded by artist and producer Dr. Dre and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, has confirmed that it has received a $60 million investment for its new music service, called “Daisy”. The move allows it to officially spin it out as a standalone company...
Beats spins out its 'Daisy' music service, as it confirms new $60M funding round

FT.com’s subscription revenue is on course to overtake ad-income in 2012

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Speaking at the Press Gazette’s News on the Move conference this week, Rob Grimshaw, Managing Director of FT.com, said that the Financial Times’ revenue from paid-for content is on course to usurp revenue gleaned from advertising this year. Grimshaw also gazed into his crystal ball and said that mobile will...
FT.com’s subscription revenue is on course to overtake ad-income in 2012

Streaming Music Service 'Daisy' Raises $60 Million, Spins Out Of Beats Electronics As Standalone Firm

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Project ‘Daisy,’ the streaming music service built internally by headphone and speaker maker Beats Electronics, has received a $60 million investment round that it is using to spin out as a standalone company. The funding and spin-out was announced this evening. Daisy, which is still being referred to in press...
Streaming Music Service 'Daisy' Raises $60 Million, Spins Out Of Beats Electronics As Standalone Firm
Apperian pumps up with strategic investment from Intel Capital
Another RealNetworks CEO is out; founder Glaser steps in

Netflix spikes 25% in after-hours trading after adding 2M new subscribers

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Investors seemed happy with news that Netflix added 2 million additional subscribers in the U.S. for Q4 2012, pushing the company’s stock up a whopping 25 percent to $129.22 in after hours trading. Subscriber growth is one of the big things investors are looking to judge how much of...
Netflix spikes 25% in after-hours trading after adding 2M new subscribers

Tim Marches On: AOL Turns in Solid Q4 Earnings, With First Year-Over-Year Growth in Eight Years

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AOL said it earned 41 cents a share, or $35.7 million in net income, in the fourth quarter, which was right on target with what Wall Street analysts had expected. That was a significant rise from last year, when the New York-based Internet portal earned 23 cents, or $22.8...
Tim Marches On: AOL Turns in Solid Q4 Earnings, With First Year-Over-Year Growth in Eight Years

The Dollar Shave Club Gets $9.8 Million From Investors (AAPL)

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In March, every man at Business Insider lit up with news that a new startup was selling razors for $1 per month. Dollar Shave Club emerged from Los Angeles incubator Science Inc. with $1 million from investors such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Andreessen Horowitz. Now it has...
The Dollar Shave Club Gets $9.8 Million From Investors (AAPL)
Petflow jumps into monthly stuff-in-a-box game with "Spoiled Rotten" subscriptions
Spotify's Best Chance at Beating the Digital Streaming "Suicide Pact" Is With Ads

MBA Mondays: Revenue Models - Subscriptions

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When I got into the venture capital business in the mid 80s, software was sold. You would pay a large sum to acquire a license to the software and then a much smaller annual fee for maintenance and support. Today, most software is sold in a subscription model. You pay...
MBA Mondays: Revenue Models - Subscriptions
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