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. (more…)
Whatsapp co-founder Jan Koum gave a rare interview to a Russian journalist and it is my favorite read of the day. When asked how the $19 billion dollars sale to Facebook changed his life. I still live in the same place. I have the same friends, and that is very important. And I have the same job. After the … Continue reading A rare interview with Whatsapp’s cofounder Jan Koum
Just recently my friends Nick and Chrysta Bilton became the proud parents of Somerset Bilton. As someone who saw their romance blossom, this was the perfect way for the story to continue. The birth of a child is such a magical moment for the parents, a reaffirmation of human continuity. A child is a bridge from our past … Continue reading Hi, Somerset
Every year, much like every day, there is a moment where the end is the beginning. Today, perhaps is as good a moment to reflect on the year which is winding down. It was quite a wonderful year — travel, food, family moments and a chance to meet the mighty, the marvelous and the famous.
It has also been a year of self reflection — an attempt to slow down, get off Internet’s rigmarole, be less anxious and perhaps like a piece of chalk, soak in life. I have enjoyed reconnecting with old friends, made new friends and have slowly start to appreciate personal time.
But it hasn’t been the easiest of years. The relentlessness of internet publishing has a dangerously narcotic effect — the instant gratification and feedback on one’s work is enough to make rest of the world seem slow and plodding. My new life as a full time venture capitalist for True Ventures commands more patience and calm — and if anything 2014 has been a transition towards a more tranquil approach to life, crisis and creation. (more…)