Local services marketplace Thumbtack has been around for about six years. It raised its first VC round ($4.5 million) in January 2012. Last week it raised $100 million bringing its total funding to almost $150 million over five rounds. Most people in the local space don’t talk (or think much) about Thumbtack. But clearly it’s […]
The square smartwatches (Samsung Gear, LG G Watch) have already largely failed. Motorola’s forthcoming round-faced Moto 360 is the new “reference design” that Samsung and LG are racing to match, hoping that round faces appeal more than the clunky rectangles we’ve seen to date. We don’t yet know what the anticipated Apple iWatch will look […]
I was recently asked to round-up some advice for a class of journalism students, working from this question: What do you wish someone had told you about journalism when you were in school? Oh, gosh … where to start? Firstly, I thought there would be more indoor-hat-wearing and fast-talking on phones. Show More Summary
As I clean up or find old emails for whatever reason, its always interesting to run across old interviews I did about the future of streaming media. This interview was with Kevin Werbach who along with Esther Dyson wrote one of the leading newsletters of the time. Here is the entire email, the good and...
Strategic Alliances and other grandly named partnerships never seem to live up to their florid marriage announcements. Apple and IBM are it – again – but this time, Apple is the larger, more prosperous company, and IBM is trying the bad old recipe of regaining growth by cutting down. Show More Summary
Here’s a clever if not-fully-realized way that Samsung got in on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and demonstrated one of the benefits of its handset (water resistance) vs. others: Most brand efforts to exploit social-media phenomena like this are doomed to fail or worse (trigger a backlash). There are perhaps some lessons to be drawn […]
After Conan O’Brien’s touching tribute to Robin Williams last week, this week offered a talk show segment on the other end of the spectrum: John Oliver’s lengthy, funny, and incisive take on the chaos in Ferguson, Missouri after police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, on August 9th. Show More Summary
Written by outgoing editors Carolyn Higgins and Hanns-Peter Nagel, this piece features each editor’s top three Flip story picks, plus one viral video. As we enjoy their top picks, let’s give a hats-off to Carolyn and Hanns-Peter for their immense talent and dedication. Show More Summary