Monthly Archives: November 2010

Scott Rafer Declined an Interview With SecondShares – says “No Insult Intended”

I had a conversation with Scott Rafer on Skype Sunday night, where I requested a video interview of him on SecondShares so he could express his views on the secondary sale of private company stock in companies like Facebook, Twitter … Continue reading

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Click Here for PDF Copy of TWISM Nov 24 2010

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All Metrics Point to Growth in Facebook’s Dominance of U.S. Internet Usage

It’s almost tiresome to report on the various metrics showing Facebook’s ever-increasing dominance of time spent, page views, and ads.  Since trees don’t grow to the sky, at some point Facebook’s growth will slow, but it doesn’t look to be … Continue reading

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Facebook Wants to Be Your Home Page

While Facebook has become a major part of many people’s everyday Internet experience, one role it has never aggressively pursued is to be the homepage for its members, until now.  As first reported by VentureBeat, Facebook is testing various marketing … Continue reading

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VCs Showing the Love for Start-Ups Leveraging the Facebook Platform

Given Facebook’s meteoric growth, which drives our view of Facebook as the second Internet, more powerful than the first because we’re all interconnected, it’s not surprising that VCs are continuing to heavily invest in companies leveraging the Facebook platform. Among … Continue reading

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Google’s Boutiques.com, a New Way to Shop and Populate the Social Graph

In its blog describing the introduction of Boutiques.com, Google wrote that “The way we shop for fashion is different from how we buy cameras—especially online.”   So 18 months ago, Google set about developing a new experience.  The result is Boutiques.com, … Continue reading

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LeBron James Was Never Going to Stay In Cleveland, So His “What Should I Do” Nike Commercial Was Ripe for Parody

We have entered a new era in marketing, where social media opens up opportunities for brands to engage with their customers and potential customers in ways never imagined.   One downside of this new world is when a brand is disingenuous, … Continue reading

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StumbleUpon Growth Accelerates Post eBay Spin Out,

eBay acquired discovery engine StumbleUpon for $75 million in May 2007 while the six-year old start-up was finally experiencing rapid growth, having tripled in size the over the prior six months to reach 1.4 million visitors according to comScore.  While … Continue reading

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Lou Kerner Discusses Google Potentially Acquiring Groupon

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Here’s Why We Like Demand Media and Why We Think That Bo Peabody Got It Wrong

We last wrote about Demand Media in April, when we discussed how the company was killing it and was poised to be the first billion dollar Internet IPO since Google.  As a private company, we weren’t privy to their financials, … Continue reading

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