Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Roger Mcnamee's USA today opinion piece

Im NowWatching CNBC interviewing Roger Mcnamee.

Claiming that SM is a drug and dangerous for society/children....you have to ask the question hasn't entertainment always been this way eg TV was an opiate to placate, and even before that 'talky movies' was a form of escapism that enabled a brief drug hit......

Aren't we all just rats in a cage?

- https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/08/my-google-and-facebook-investments-made-fortune-but-now-they-menace/543755001


https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2017/08/08/my-google-and-facebook-investments-made-fortune-but-now-they-menace/543755001/

Friday, July 28, 2017

Adelaide as Australia's startup hub?

Reading this article this morning got me to thinking.......

"What would it take for you to relocate your Sydney based startup to Adelaide?"

- http://www.yourinvestmentpropertymag.com.au/news/adelaide-unveils-its-ten-gigabit-city-network-239256.aspx


When you look at property prices in Sydney and the amount of snatch hiring (where other startups are stealing your staff) although neither are as bad as silicon valley you have to wonder "why don't more founders relocate to cheaper locations"? Especially if you have a state govt who is looking to promote themselves as the "smart city".

You only have to look at the success that has happened in Boulder Colorado (read up on how they became an oasis of startups from a few VC's like Brad Feld deciding....SF and NYC sucks - lets video conference from now on) to see that there is potential for Adelaide to rapidly leapfrog Syd/Mel to take the lead.

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