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What happens when an ad in an app is too good?

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As the prices of apps have fallen towards free, many developers have turned to either freemium or ad supported business models. While many of these apps are simply crapware, there are some high-quality apps that thrive displaying ads or selling virtual items via in-app purchase. When app developer David Barnard...
What happens when an ad in an app is too good?
Coursera Adds 29 Schools, 90 Courses And 4 New Languages To Its Online Learning Platform
Facebook's stock is tanking - did investors get played by big banks?

Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone Confirms Business Model Coming “This Month.” 5 days and Counting Biz…

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We’ve heard it all before, but today is the surest certain sign yet that Twitter will launch premium features in the next few days.During an interview with CBS at the CTIA Wireless convention in Las Vegas, Stone mentions on two occasions that Twitter will be launching its business model “later...
Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone Confirms Business Model Coming “This Month.” 5 days and Counting Biz…

Study: Paywalls Work Better If You Beg

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Brian LaSorsa points us to the news of a new joint study by Columbia and Indiana University, indicating that online readers will be slightly more accepting of paywalls if you plead the threat of bankruptcy than if you talk about profit and financial sustainability. In the post-paywall survey, participants read...
Study: Paywalls Work Better If You Beg
Pocket Gems clears 100M game downloads and 150 employees (exclusive)

The Future of Daily Deals is New Categories, Apparently. I’m Not Terribly Convinced.

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Daily deals sites had their hot moment. Then they had their backlash moment. Now they’re trying to have a mature moment. Three years in, and the industry is tasked with figuring out a sustainable business model that doesn’t spam, kill local businesses, or die out as a fad. The way...
The Future of Daily Deals is New Categories, Apparently. I’m Not Terribly Convinced.

Why Games Could Rescue MySpace And Your Free App

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Is there a game or an application that you can’t stop yourself from repeatedly logging into multiple times throughout the day? May would say that Facebook is one of those applications, but for others is may be a mobile application that they log in to every morning on the way...
Why Games Could Rescue MySpace And Your Free App
Casual Corp: You're doing start up funding all wrong

Facebook Refusenik Dalton Caldwell Has Already Raised $120,000 For App.net (FB)

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An app developer named Dalton Caldwell who claims that Facebook threatened to destroy his business isn't just whining about it. He's trying to launch a competitor to Facebook and Twitter's communications platforms--but one that won't ever take ads. The new service is called App.net and he has raised nearly $119,000 in...
Facebook Refusenik Dalton Caldwell Has Already Raised $120,000 For App.net (FB)

Why Gawker Media Is Kicking Everyone's Ass

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Courtesy of Foster Kamer at the Village Voice, we get to read Nick Denton's monthly letter to his Gawker Media editorial corps. In it, Nick explains how to win in the brutally competive online news and content business.  (Gawker Media is big, profitable, and growing rapidly--the latter being a trait...
Why Gawker Media Is Kicking Everyone's Ass
Foursquare is finally offering paid promotions to small businesses -- not just fast food giants

Read this: Unraveling sustainable App Store pricing practices

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I’ve often felt that there is a dearth of high-level discussion about the business of the App Store, and indeed building a sustainable business selling software altogether. Too much dealing with the day-to-day flailing that comes with trying to make things work. That’s why I was really happy to see...
Read this: Unraveling sustainable App Store pricing practices

From Hopes and Dreams to The Real Thing

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Companies start out as hopes and dreams and stay there for at least a little while. Even after the product has been launched and users are jumping aboard, the company is still in hopes and dreams mode.But eventually one of three things happens to a company; it goes out of...
From Hopes and Dreams to The Real Thing
Let's broaden the MOOC experiment

Community Monitoring + Analytics Go Large: Vision Critical Takes $20M From Omers

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Vision Critical, a Vancouver-based developer of online community panels and analytics for companies like Yahoo, Virgin, Rough Guides and Banana Republic and some 600 other brands, is today announcing a $20 million round of funding from OMERS Ventures. The funding, which brings total investment in Vision Critical up to $23...
Community Monitoring + Analytics Go Large: Vision Critical Takes $20M From Omers
Everblock's Obituary: NBC's Failure Is An Opportunity For The Next Hyperlocal Startup

Facebook IPO: How could privacy concerns affect revenue?

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Now that Facebook has set its share prices, valuing the company between $77 billion and $96 billion, the question is whether it will be able to convince investors that it’s got a sustainable business model, can keep growing and find new ways to generate revenue. Read full article >>...
Facebook IPO: How could privacy concerns affect revenue?

Rhapsody revenue hits new peak of $143M, losses narrow

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Rhapsody, the digital music subscription service based in downtown Seattle, saw its revenue rise nearly 13 percent in 2012, to $143.7 million, while the company reduced its annual loss to $12.3 million, an improvement over its $13.6 million loss the previous year. Although Rhapsody is a privately held company, the...
Rhapsody revenue hits new peak of $143M, losses narrow
Engrade Grabs $3M From Wireless Generation Co-founder To Help Teachers Manage Their Classrooms

Deezer goes global, releases free service to rival Spotify

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French online music company Deezer today revealed what it intends to do first with its fresh $130 million funding from Warner Music Group owner Access Industries. The news, announced at Deezer UK’s first birthday bash in London, includes expansion into 76 more countries, bringing the total to 160, and a...
Deezer goes global, releases free service to rival Spotify

Fab Announces It's Pivoting Again, Will Eventually Get This Thing Right

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Yep. (Photo: Fab.com) Fab.com has made more costume changes than a drag queen. Launched in 2011 as a social network for gay men (name: Fabulis), the company then transformed itself into a flash-sale site selling arty farty tchotchkes. Now, Business Insider suggests, Fab might be gearing up to design its own products.  According to a blog...
Fab Announces It's Pivoting Again, Will Eventually Get This Thing Right
Steve Ballmer expects Windows Phone sales to 'ramp quickly' -- still aiming for third place
The Daily Drops Dead: What Murdoch's Failure Means For iPad Publishing
Realtime Polling Startup GoPollGo Begins To Show Real Business Potential With "Promoted Polls"

Steve Blank: Startups Are Getting A Little Too Obsessed With Fund Raising

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For many entrepreneurs "raising money" has replaced "building a sustainable business" as their goal.  That's a big mistake. When you take money from investors their business model becomes yours. One of my ex students came out to the ranch to give me an update on his startup. When I asked,...
Steve Blank: Startups Are Getting A Little Too Obsessed With Fund Raising

How To Be In Business Forever: A Lesson In Sustainability

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Its time to kick off my Skillshare class on Sustainability. I will do a post each week this month (on Mondays of course). I will do office hours on Google Hangouts on Mondays at 6pm eastern for 30 minutes all month. We will do a project together which is to...
How To Be In Business Forever: A Lesson In Sustainability

Lynda.com's "agonizing decision" to take venture capital

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This embed is invalid All week we’ve brought you clips from our interview with Lynda Weinman, the founder of lynda.com– one of the only online education companies to actually build a big, profitable, sustainable business. The company first got on our radar because of the recent whopper of a series...
Lynda.com's "agonizing decision" to take venture capital

Rhapsody allowing AT&T subscribers to pay for music subscriptions with wireless bills

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Seattle-based Rhapsody continues to make it easier for music-lovers to access its service. We wrote last week about how you can now listen to music on Rhapsody with Xbox Live. Now, the on-demand music service is allowing its subscribers to pay for the Rhapsody service with their wireless bills. Rhapsody...
Rhapsody allowing AT&T subscribers to pay for music subscriptions with wireless bills

Hey Look: A VC Who DOESN'T Think User Growth Equals Success

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We spoke to a top venture capitalist who thinks a lot of fast-growing startups like Instagram, Quora, and Klout are overhyped. He didn't want to be quoted by name, but he's been in the industry for about a decade, and has had several large exits -- including at least...
Hey Look: A VC Who DOESN'T Think User Growth Equals Success
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