Apple’s TV Plans and & List of Shows

Apple is competing with Netflix, Amazon, Disney, and Hulu to become a streaming entertainment company. Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, former Sony bosses head up Apple’s TV efforts. The team is said to be 40 staffers and there is a billion dollars in programming money.

According to this report, Apple is spending money and beating other streaming services as a buyer, but rest of the details about its efforts remain pretty murky.

Allo & Goodbye

The standout part of this article is that the latest Google attempt to enter the messaging market, Allo, is dead. Despite being a Google product with full access to the Play store, it got mere 50 million downloads. It is yet another example of Google’s inability to get focused.  It struggles to simplify — which is kinda ironic because this is the company that removed all the clutter from search and made search great again.

Is this the future of retail?

The other big Seattle retailer, Nordstrom, that is, doesn’t think that retail is doomed. Instead, what it needs is a reinvention. And they are willing to spend tens of millions to create a store that takes the best of online and marries it to the best of offline retail. Will they be successful? I am going to check it out, next time I am in New York!

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Are Uber drivers entrepreneurs?

Benchmark Capital’s Bill Gurley has been at the eye of the storm called Uber, that included cutting the cord with its lightning rod CEO Travis Kalanick, in a public manner. He also has been the service’s biggest champion. In this Uber-long (no pun intended) piece, he makes a case for Uber as a positive force for the drivers. Gurley, like a great analyst that he once was, makes a case for the positive impact of Uber. This one paragraph sums up the entire thesis:

Who am I buying this for?

The brands themselves aren’t the problem, though: we all need some stuff, so we rely on brands to create the things we need. The problem arises when we feel external pressure to acquire as if new trinkets are a shortcut to a more complete life. That external pressure shouldn’t be a sign to consume. If anything, it’s a sign to pause and ask, “Who am I buying this for?”

The Minimalists