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Sun Valley: The Real Agenda

theinformation.com — Starting Tuesday, a parade of images and rumors will emerge from Sun Valley, Idaho where Allen & Company is hosting its annual media and tech conference. As a veteran of the media side of this confab, I can honestly say: you don't have to pay attention to most of the noise.

The Who and Why of the YC Venture Fund

theinformation.com — I recently heard that Twitter's former chief operating officer Ali Rowghani is going to play a big role in the new Y Combinator venture fund. I suspect he's running it, based on the fact that multiple LPs who have been doing diligence about the fund have been asking about him, but that still may ...

Silicon Valley’s Easiest Money

theinformation.com — As Uber looks for investors to buy more preferred stock valued at $50 billion, it has been turning to the usual late-stage funds. But it also enlisted one of its earliest investors, Shervin Pishevar, to shop a side fund, or special purpose vehicle, to bring individual investors into the round, ...

The Myth of the Consumer-Enterprise Hybrid

theinformation.com — Evernote, Square, Dropbox: all billion-dollar companies whose days as fast-growing tech darlings are over. While they're taking in tens of millions or more in revenues, none has yet proven it can be profitable over the long-term. And they're wobbling. Phil Libin of Evernotetold Amir this week ...

Why Didn’t the Twitter Board Have a Better Plan?

theinformation.com — The piece of news that surprised me most yesterday wasn't that embattled Twitter CEO Dick Costolo was stepping down. It was that Twitter's first CEO and long-time groupie Jack Dorsey was stepping in. Costolo and Dorsey would have you think the transition to Dorsey as interim CEO is perfectly ...

Spotify, Apple and the Race to $100 Billion

theinformation.com — Whenever a big company enters a startup's turf, the founder is quick to say the move "validates the category." The phrase induces some eye-rolling. But if there was ever a time to hear it, it would be now with Spotify. The Stockholm-based streaming music company has been on a mission to get ...

What Apple Could (But Won’t) Do To Save News

theinformation.com — I spend a lot of time thinking about the future of news and its business models. And lately my thinking has boiled down to this: Television has a killer business model, with networks like ESPN and Bravo getting fees from distributors and advertising revenues. How does traditional print and ...

Ben Silbermann and the New Math on E-Commerce

theinformation.com — Sometimes the best way to determine how a CEO will act is to consider his or her background. A CEO plucked from the media business is likely to talk a lot about content. One raised outside the U.S. is more likely to focus on international users.

Apps Won’t Make the Apple Watch

theinformation.com — This week Apple executive Jeff Williams made an announcement that had Apple fans cheering: technology for better Apple Watch apps is on the way. For those of you who haven't played with an Apple Watch or read one of the myriad reviews, the third-party apps from thousands of developers like ...

Tough Month for Tech Companies

theinformation.com — Headlines can be deceiving, and the public tech markets can be unforgiving. Those are our takeaways from this month's subscriber survey. Amid all this talk of cable bundle breaking, we drilled into your online video habits. It was no surprise that Netflix and Amazon Prime, which albeit offers ...
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Jul 07, 2015

Seeing this piece everywhere all day and just realized you wrote it @zamosta. Well done! medium.com/backchannel/ho…

Jul 07, 2015

RT @StephenNellis: In the small biz market, Google Drive is right on Dropbox's tail according to the data we found: theinformation.com/The-Great-File…

Jul 07, 2015

@monstro @ginab Hmmm. I am somewhat fond of "hustle" but I could be convinced..

Jul 06, 2015

Can someone explain to me how researchers can ensure an "ethical" AI? All these new groups just confuse me. recode.net/2015/07/02/elo…

Jul 06, 2015

RT @theinformation: These execs faced rocky transitions from their cos + are hunting for new gigs (CEO, startups.) Latest Free Agents. theinformation.com/The-Informatio…



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