Mark Suster, L.A.’s Top Tech Guru, Is Preparing for the Bubble to Burst | L.A. Weekly

Mark Suster, L.A.’s Top Tech Guru, Is Preparing for the Bubble to Burst; Gene Maddaus; In L.A. Weekly; 2016-02-09.

Mentions

Names Dropped

  • Jonathan Strauss, CEO of Awe.sm

Writings

Teen Texting: Girls versus Boys | Scientific American

Teen Texting: Girls versus Boys; Victoria Stern; In Scientific American; 2016-03-01.

Original Sources

Mentions

  • Study. That. Shows; American Psychological Association (APA)

Vox Hires Choire Sicha to Oversee Partnerships With Facebook, Snapchat | WSJ

Vox Hires Choire Sicha to Oversee Partnerships With Facebook, Snapchat; Lukas I. Alpert; In The Wall Street Journal (WSJ); 2016-02-17.
Teaser: Awl Network co-founder will be director of partner platforms

Mentions

  • Vox Media
  • Choire Sicha
    • co-founder, Awl Network
    • age 44
    • ex-Gawker
  • Awl Network
    located in Choire Sicha’s East Village apartment

    • Alex Balk
    • David Cho
    • Choire Sicha
  • Vox Media
    • 8 web sites
    • young audience
    • Comcast NBC Universal invested $200M in 2015-08.
  • Goal, Choire Sicha will drive bizdev with
    • Title: Director of Business Development
    • Scope
      • Facebook
        Facebook Instant Articles
      • Snapchat
        Shapchat Discover
      • more if he does well
  • Background (of Vox Media)
    • Comcast NCBU invests #200M in Vox, 2015-08.
    • Vox Media is (via comScore)
      • 8 web sites
      • 63.3M persons, 2016-01
      • age 18-34

Platforms

  • Facebook
    • Instant Articles
  • Google
    • Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)
  • GroupMe
  • Slack
  • Tumblr
  • Yahoo

Quoted

  • Melissa Bell, vice president for growth and co-founder, Vox Media, Vox.com.
  • Choire Sicha

Biography

  • age 44
  • Gawker.com
  • 2009, founded The Awl
    • Partners
      • Alex Balk
      • David Cho
      • Choire Sicha
    • apartment, East Village

Previously

Internet of Things Could Be a Security Nightmare | WSJ

Here’s Why the Internet of Things Could Be a Security Nightmare; Robert Plant; In The Wall Street Journal (WSJ); 2016-02-23.

Mentions

  • Michael Porter
    • smart adaptive devices
  • Gartner
    a promotional conference
  • Thread
    • Google
  • AllJoyn
    • Qualcomm
  • AllSeen Alliance
    • Cisco
    • Microsoft
  • Open Internet Consortium
    • Dell,
    • Intel,
    • Samsung.
  • <quote>Finally, it may be worth considering that the device firms themselves may have created “backdoors” to their systems, pre-empting the need for future Supreme Court clarifications on their need.</quote>

How Technology Will Transform Retirement | WSJ

How Technology Will Transform Retirement; Joseph F. Coughlin; In The Wall Street Journal (WSJ); 2015-11-29.
Teaser: Get ready for a new array of devices and services that will make it easier to work, stay healthy, live at home and remain connected to friends and family

Joseph F. Coughlin, Ph.D. is director of the AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

tl;dr → Gee Whiz! Getting old will not be a drag, not at all!  Because: technology, the Internet of Things (IoT).  What vapid twaddle.

Mentions

  • American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
  • <quote>Recent AARP research suggests that nearly four out of 10 baby boomers are planning to work in retirement. Some over-50s report that they plan to work until they drop.</quote>
  • <quote>With smartphones and tablets, the newly retired can be productive from home, beachfront or grandchild’s playground.
    The Internet also frees retirees from having to seek out colleges to brush up on job skills. Massive open online courses, or MOOCs, let retirees learn what they need to stay competitive or enter a new field.</quote>
  • Masive Open Online Course (MOOC)
  • Uber
  • Airbnb
  • peer-to-peer economy
  • gig economy
  • Connected Living Inc. → a social network; older adults in senior housing with each other and their families.  60,000 users, 36 states, 7 years old.
  • OurTime.com → dating for over-50; affiliated with Match.  2M joins, trailing 12 months.
  • Google Glass
  • augmented reality
    <quote> The glasses will provide other helpful information, depending on context. If the retiree invites the friend home for dinner, the glasses can provide step-by-step instructions to prepare a meal from a new recipe.</quote>
  • Lyft
  • Uber
  • Oculus Rift
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • the proverbial “internet enabled refrigerator”
  • Washio
  • Hello Alfred
  • Robots
    • dirty
    • dangerous
    • dull
  • Paro
    <quote>Some appliances will even provide a kind of companionship for retirees who suffer from mental issues or isolation. Paro is a therapeutic robotic seal designed to help calm people with conditions like dementia. The robot has nearly 100 sensors allowing it to respond to touch with movements of its head, flippers and tail; blinking of its eyes; and sounds.</quote>
  • Amazon Echo
  • smart toothbrush
  • smart coffee maker
  • smart toilet
    <quote> A smart toilet, for one, might report to a distant call center its owner’s weight, blood-glucose level and other vitals</quote>
  • smart clothes
  • something vague about privacy concerns (all that data about your poopings and (prescription) drug requirements).

Fantasy


What a drag it is getting old
“Kids are different today,”
I hear ev’ry mother say
Mother needs something today to calm her down
And though she’s not really ill
There’s a little yellow pill
She goes running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper
And it helps her on her way, gets her through her busy day
“Things are different today,”
I hear ev’ry mother say
Cooking fresh food for a husband’s just a drag
So she buys an instant cake and she burns her frozen steak
And goes running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper
And two help her on her way, get her through her busy day
Doctor please, some more of these
Outside the door, she took four more
What a drag it is getting old
“Men just aren’t the same today”
I hear ev’ry mother say
They just don’t appreciate that you get tired
They’re so hard to satisfy, You can tranquilize your mind
So go running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper
And four help you through the night, help to minimize your plight
Doctor please, some more of these
Outside the door, she took four more
What a drag it is getting old
“Life’s just much too hard today,”
I hear ev’ry mother say
The pusuit of happiness just seems a bore
And if you take more of those, you will get an overdose
No more running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper
They just helped you on your way, through your busy dying day

Facebook and Amazon Seem to Be Increasingly Concerned About Your Data | Ad Week

Facebook and Amazon Seem to Be Increasingly Concerned About Your Data; Marty Swant; In Ad Week; 2016-02-24.
Teaser: Tech giants grapple with a pressing issue

Original Sources

Mentions

  • <quote>nobody wants to spend a Sunday afternoon adjusting their data controls</quote>, attributed to Antonio Alvarez (AWS).
  • GoodReads

Referenced

  • Amazon purchase of Goodreads stuns book industry; Alison Flood; In The Guardian; 2013-02-02.
    Teaser: Alarm from Authors’ Guild, and many Goodreads users, over ‘shocking vertical integration’ but at least one writer declares move ‘cool’

Quoted

  • Stephen Deadman, global deputy chief privacy officer, Facebook.
  • Antonio Alvarez, Amazon Web Services EMEA.
  • Marco Bressan, chief data officer, BBVA.

Previously

For Silicon Valley, the Hangover Begins | WSJ

For Silicon Valley, the Hangover Begins; Rolfe Winkler; In The Wall Street Journal (WSJ); 2016-02-19.
Teaser: With venture-capital investors increasingly nervous, once-hot tech startups are retrenching

Original Sources

Mentions

  • Practice Fusion Inc.
    • Lauren Burris
      ex-employee,
      ex-director of programs & engagement through 2015-09.
    • Something electronic health records
    • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
    • 2013 funding of $85M at a $635M valuation.
    • Ryan Howard, founder
      • replaced by Tom Langan, chief commercial officer,
    • Beth Seidenberg, partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
    • Rebecca Lynn, Morgenthaler Ventures
      led an early investment in Practice Fusion
  • Magic Leap Inc.,
    product: “mixed reality” glasses
  • Uber Technologies, Inc.
  • Foursquare Labs Inc.
    • Dennis Crowley, CEO
  • DoorDash
  • Janrain Inc.
  • Down rounds
    • Foursquare Labs Inc.
      a down round 69% discount, 2016-01.
    • DoorDash
      a down round, 16% discount, 2015-12.
    • Janrain Inc.
      a down round, 50% discount
  • Debt financing
    • DraftKings
  • Austerity
    • TangoMe, Inc.
  • Glassdoor Inc.
  • Make-Good, Participation
    • AppDynamics
    • DoorDash

Trend

  • Down rounds
  • Slower deal flow

Quoted

  • Rory O’Driscoll, a partner, Scale Venture Partners.
  • Martin Day, CFO, Janrain
  • Eric Setton, co-founder and chief executive, TangoMe Inc.,

Caution Rebuffed, Unicorns and Other Start-Ups Fixate on Rainbows | NYT

Caution Rebuffed, Unicorns and Other Start-Ups Fixate on Rainbows; Katie Benner; In The New York Times (NYT); 2016-02-21.

Mentions

  • Amino
    payroll match
  • Gusto
    doctor match
  • Jobvite
  • Instart Logic in Palo Alto, CA.
  • Battery, San Francisco
    a club
  • Highfive
    video conferencing
  • Origami Logic
    marketing analytics
  • Card.com
    mobile banking
  • Invoice2go
    • Silicon Valley
    • Australia

Quoted

  • Timothy D. Cook, Apple
  • David Vivero, CEO, Amino
  • Venky Ganesan, a managing director, Menlo Ventures,
  • Rory O’Driscoll, a partner, Scale Venture Partners
  • Jim Breyer, Breyer Capital.
  • Arram Sabeti, CEO, ZeroCater,
  • Shan Sinha, CEO, Highfive
  • Mary Risley, Food Runners, San Francisco
  • Mary Russell, lawyer, Palo Alto, compensation advice
  • Jeff Selzer, manager, Palo Alto Bicycles
  • Ben Katz, founder, Card.com
  • Greg Waldorf, CEO, Invoice2go

Venture capital deal-making signals the party’s over | San Francisco Business Times

Venture capital deal-making signals the party’s over; Mark Calvey; In The San Francisco Business Times; 2016-02-22.

Original Sources

Mentions

  • FlexScore
    sold to United Capital
  • Fenwick & West, a study.
  • Practice Fusion Inc.