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Silicon Valley’s Frontman Problem

theinformation.com — Media interest in Silicon Valley is intensifying, often around a few vocal individuals. Marc Andreessen’s tweets about all matter of topics are being picked up by media outlets right and left. Every word out of Elon Musk, crazy or otherwise, spawns some (highly clickable) headlines.

Why the Conventional Wisdom Around Messaging is Wrong

theinformation.com — Investors are tripping over themselves to invest in messaging startups again. Eric, Tom and I hear Sequoia Capital and other VCs have been considering putting another round into productivity service Slack. We also hear Slack, which launched last year, has been seeking a valuation of as much as $1 billion, citing as a comparable the $1.2 billion Microsoft paid for Yammer.

Why the Convention Wisdom Around Messaging is Wrong

theinformation.com — Investors are tripping over themselves to invest in messaging startups again. Eric, Tom and I hear Sequoia Capital and other VCs have been considering putting another round into productivity service Slack. We also hear Slack, which launched last year, has been seeking a valuation of as much as $1 billion, citing as a comparable the $1.2 billion Microsoft paid for Yammer.

Please PayPal, Do Something Crazy

theinformation.com — Ebay and PayPal finally announced their breakup this week, and so the online payments juggernaut will have the chance to chart its own destiny. And when it does next year, I have some advice: Do something most people in Silicon Valley think is crazy. Become a bank.

The Question Entrepreneurs Should Ask Themselves

theinformation.com — Every week, someone in Silicon Valley writes an essay (or rant) questioning the sanity of investors who are pouring money into tech companies at higher and higher valuations. I have a different question: What about the sanity of entrepreneurs who are raising more money at ever higher valuations?

Former Apple Exec, J.C. Penney CEO to Launch Delivery Startup

theinformation.com — The godfather of Apple’s retail stores is trying to reinvent shopping again, this time by getting rid of stores. Ron Johnson, who left Apple in 2011 for a controversial stint as the CEO of J.C. Penney, is launching a high-end, on-demand delivery service for gadgets, according to several people who have talked to him about it.

U.S. and Chinese Internet Sectors are Diverging

theinformation.com — To understand China’s Internet sector, start by thinking of the services you know and love in the U.S. Then change all their names, combine four of them into one, drop any fees and reduce the number of ads. Substitute Google and Apple with Tencent and Alibaba.

Android, Not Alibaba, is Rage in China Tech

theinformation.com — In case you’ve been living under a rock, Alibaba shares begin trading today, a moment hailed in the U.S. as “a major landmark event in the evolution of global online activity” and “a coming of age of the Internet in China.” But if you’re wondering what technology business leaders, entrepreneurs and early adopters in China are saying about Alibaba, you might be surprised.

Apple Event Shows Subtle Shift in Product Strategy

theinformation.com — Apple on Tuesday gave fans and customers a lot to be excited about, including an Apple Watch that seems to deliver great design at a competitive price. But Tim Cook and Apple’s growing leadership team also revealed an Apple that is bending its traditional approach to product releases at what could be a particularly opportune moment.

Welcome Martin Peers and Stephen Nellis!

theinformation.com — I am delighted to announce that Martin Peers, a longtime Wall Street Journal media reporter and editor, is joining The Information as a columnist. Since 2011, Martin has been running the paper’s coverage of the media and entertainment industries as its Media and Marketing bureau chief.
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Oct 22, 2014

RT @BrianDietz: In Q&A with @theinformation, Reed Hastings says U.S. broadband speeds are "rising sharply" & credits cable tech: https://t.…

Oct 22, 2014

Streaming channel Acorn TV has > 100K subs at $4.99. Add marketing + app devs costs and here's the math by @mvpeers. theinformation.com/How-A-Small-St…

Oct 21, 2014

Updated my iPhone and now none of my apps work despite multiple rebootings. Time to see how he mobile Web has improved...

Oct 21, 2014

Ben Bradlee saw news as a big adventure. Feeling grateful to him for helping me see it as one too.

Oct 21, 2014

Excited to head to @danprimack's Liquidity Event in SF. If you're going, come say hi.

Oct 20, 2014

RT @johndoerr: Last year 15 million students tried one #HourOfCode. Half were girls. This year, lets get to 100 million. bit.ly/1xpFwA8 #HourOfCode

Oct 20, 2014

My column on Peak Andreessen spurs article based on @pmarca tweetstorm response to my column. Yup. Peak Andreessen. techcrunch.com/2014/10/19/who…



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