Flip the Uber

I don’t know how or why, but I have started to spend much less time on devices on the weekend, starting on Friday afternoons. The only time I actually miss my iPhone on the weekend is when I need to call an Uber. I wish the company had a way for me to text it from my plain old flip phone so I could leave the big iPhone 6+ at home. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, and convenience trumps the desire to leave screens behind. If Uber did build a way to order the service via SMS, then It could…

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The Big AlphaBet

If the hubbub on Twitter is any indication, then Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have won the Internet with their announcement that Google will transition to a new holding company structure. The new company is called Alphabet. We should think of its as the Berkshire Hathaway for the Burning Man crowd — where…

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Some Features That All Modern Apps Must Have!

I scribble a lot of things in my notebooks and usually forget what I write and why I make some notations. There are times, though, when I add some context to these jottings. Earlier this week, I was cleaning my apartment and came across a notebook from circa 2011. I had scribbled a list of features that (at the time) I thought should be a part of every modern application. During the summer of 2011 I had outlined the idea of an “alive web” in a series of posts for Gigaom: I called modern internet services the “alive web” mostly because I assumed our constant connectedness…

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The Red Chill Car

It is my favorite photo from the month of July 2015. This beautiful and immaculately maintained original Fiat 500 was standing outside Merci, a magnificent store in Paris. I absolutely love this photo. It feels timeless, except if you look closely there is a phone in the hands of one girls sitting on the stairs outside…

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Hot or Not: Internet Stocks Edition

After Yelp reported its earnings for the second quarter of 2015, its stock took a hammering — even I got a touch of vertigo while peeking at its annual stock performance. The company’s market capitalization has fallen 59 percent between July 31, 2014, and July 31, 2015. Yelp’s fate prompted me to wonder, How are other older publicly traded internet companies doing? I picked some random names from the post-internet-bubble era, the companies that loosely speaking were Internet 2.0 companies. ReachLocal appeared in 2003, Yelp got going in 2004, HomeAway in 2004, Bazaarvoice in 2005 and Twitter in 2006. As the chart below shows, these companies have all seen a sharp decline…

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