Friday, June 2, 2017

Blue Apron IPO

Blue Apron is filing for its USA IPO.


https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1701114/000104746917003765/a2232259zs-1.htm


Whats really amazing is Blue Apron is really nothing more than a CSA, admittedly a CSA with a million users, but old "Farm to Table" concept.



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Lexshares

Is there nothing CrowdFunding cant do … ? 


- www.lexshares.com/pages/investors




You’ve got to admit you see something like this and think yep…..such a simple idea but makes great sense seeing private equity has been funding case development for years.


Though you have to wonder how much information is provided to make reasonable investment decisions, and how well its priced or is it just step right up and spin the wheel at $5k a pop.


www.lexshares.com/pages/investors

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Facebook camera augmented reality API's?

Anyone watching F8 live? Or have links to the explanation on the open API’s for Facebook turning their camera app into open augmented reality platform?
- https://thenextweb.com/facebook/2017/04/18/facebook-turning-camera-effects-open-augmented-reality-platform/#.tnw_et4UZHcH


Nice move....lots of potential here.


I still think the Doritos campaign is best industry example with real world marketing tie in - http://blog.collins.net.pr/2009/07/doritos-bag-augmented-reality-finally.html  

Friday, March 31, 2017

Basic Attention Token

Cant work out if I want to throw time and money at BAT or run away screaming as the path to "content micropayment monetization" is littered with good intentions and BAT may just be another BEANZ (lol someone somewhere has to have been keeping a running tally on investment burnt up with  FirstVirtual, Cybercoin, Millicent, Digicash, Internet Dollar, Pay2See, Blendle etc etc)


Having said that.....some serious money behind Basic Attention Token (and potentially wiping out Google AND Chrome AND AdExchangers) means has to be taken seriously.


Its funny....if I was responsible for monetization at BAT....I'd cozy up to China and suggest a law that says ALL WEB CONTENT must be viewed using this browser.....would be an instant distributed ledger for all web traffic as well as monetizing content providers, but hey that's just me.





Checkout - https://basicattentiontoken.org  for more I guess.


Cheers,
Dean

Monday, March 20, 2017

Google Home blew it

Wow - http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/3/16/14948696/google-home-assistant-advertising-beauty-and-the-beast


How badly did Google Home blow it here.


I’d be shipping my device back to Google with a not so polite thanks but no thanks note on why its being returned.


http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/3/16/14948696/google-home-assistant-advertising-beauty-and-the-beast

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

FCC OK’s First Unlicensed LTE in 5 GHz

The Federal Communications Commission this morning announced that it had “just authorized the first LTE-U—LTE for unlicensed—devices in the 5 GHz band.” This was according to a tweet from @FCC on Twitter, and soon after, a rare blog post from Julius Knapp, chief of the FCC Office of Engineering & Technology.

I love this quote.....
"Coexist is hilarious. You can teach a canary and a cat to coexist, but you use up a lot of canaries".

So for anyone running office networks etc....having trouble with your 5ghz wifi range......might want to keep an eye out for a box that looks like this.



What you are supposed to do about it when you find it.....who knows, not my problem, call the FCC I guess.


Cheers,
Dean
 


Monday, February 27, 2017

p2p lending


I've mentioned him in the past but Jim Dahle is a blogger who I’ve been following for a few years on his blog The White Coat Investor for doctors and how to invest their personal income and the nuances that come from their career.

Anyway he’s posted a topic today that I think some of you might be interested in on p2p lending
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http://whitecoatinvestor.com/why-i-decided-to-liquidate-my-lending-club-account/

 

Its worth a read but in summary he’s liquidating his assets primarily due to diminishing returns….(12%+ in the past to sub 9’s now) but also due to the issues in managing the asset class.

Hopes it worth your time to read and interested in your thoughts.