Uber & Notifications

Uber has gone from being a gimmick to a utility faster than anything else I’ve used on the Internet. It has made my life as a non-driving person quite comfortable — for a price of course. I visit the doctors often and Uber has made it easier than I could have ever imagined. It has become indispensable to my life and perhaps that’s why I’ve studied it closely. Uber is very similar to Google – data driven, almost devoid of emotion and obsessed with speed. If Google focuses on returning search results as quickly as possible, then Uber is all…

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I’ll HashTag That!

Comedians use #hashtags as part of their standup routines. Companies have made #hashtags part of their marketing campaigns. Content companies use #hashtags for events and of course, Square has made #hashtags literally money! I was talking to Scott Beale about the ghost of the web past, when Square announced $Cashtags, which is essentially a unique identifier that enables anyone to create a personalized name like $OmMalik and get paid privately and securely using Square Cash. And just like that we were reminiscing of the early days of “tagging.” It has been almost a decade since tags burst on the web went from being a…

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Om's picks for goods + artisans

Royale-Chukka-Cadet-Product-01 When Chukkas Get The Blues As you know I am a big fan of chukkas and believe that every man should have a…
bowmakers-07321 D.S. & Durga's Bowmakers Cologne D.S. Durga are NY-based artisanal perfume makers & I recently picked up their Bowmakers cologne from the Manhattan…

How to win friends & buy influence in Washington DC: Google edition

The Wall Street Journal recently published a report based on accidentally released documents about FTC’s two-year investigation into Google. The 160-page document concluded that Google’s “conduct has resulted—and will result—in real harm to consumers and to innovation in the online search and advertising markets.” I am sure Yelp and others would agree with that conclusion, and are contemplating further action. The search results manipulation by Google has resulted in complaints that are far worse than anything FTC could have done — people have complained of declining quality and user experience. The emergence of social and mobile environments have taken some zing out of…

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Here comes personalized fashion

FastCompany: Internet, advanced logistics, and a new breed of production methods to revive the idea of mass customized shirts, blazers, suits, and even shoes. Personalized fashion and other consumer items have long been a fantasy of many Internet entrepreneurs. Until now!

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Recommended reads from across the internet

Instagram killed the fashion show? It is Fashion Week in New York (not to mention the frigid temperatures) and that usually means lot of traffic delays, sold out restaurants and in general pointless misery for normals. And apparently, not many people actually care as much about the shows -- they are expensive and hard and don't really deliver, like say…
The essence of venture business Jerry Neumann, a venture capitalist who also teaches a course on entrepreneurship at Columbia University’s engineering school has outlined in great detail the history of venture capital during the 1980s. The treatise is a timeline of multiple boom-and-bust cycles that make up the every changing history of Silicon Valley. I, personally, have been part of many of these cycles. There…

Twin Prime wants mobile data faster

It was at John Battelle’s Web 2.0 summit, Marissa Mayer (then with Google) in a presentation to the audience pointed out that the faster Google could serve up search queries, happier the customers. “You might say that it’s obvious, but it is something bigger,” she said. Amazon found out that their revenues increased 1 percent for every 100 milliseconds. Walmart said that improvement of a second led to two percent improvement in conversions, a huge gain in their revenues. According to research from Gomez.com and Akamai, nearly half of web users want a site to load in 2 seconds or…

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