Alex Le and Kavin Stewart, co-VPs of Product at Reddit, focus on the radical shift from product market-fit into growth — a change that steamrolls far too many promising startups. With the tactics they recommend, companies at every phase can learn how to create effective, replicable and (perhaps most importantly) durable product development systems.
A great interview with Mark Zuckerberg about the obstacles Facebook faces in building internet infrastructure, the role the company hopes to play in developing AR, and why VR is likely to define the next generation of computing. The interview also covers Zuckerberg’s year-long effort to build an AI that powers his home, and the trouble with using bots to operate your toaster.
An in-depth look at Aquila, Facebook’s wild project to design, build, and launch an aircraft that can beam down internet access to millions of people from 65,000 feet in the air. If Facebook succeeds at its ultimate goal of keeping Aquila drones aloft and delivering data for 90-day periods, the company believes it will have a powerful new tool in bringing internet access to the entire world.
The inside scoop from investor David Pakman about how Dollar Shave Club succeeded and made a very rewarding exit to Unilever, from building an incredible team to offering highly-differentiated products with high product margins, eating up market share and creating a full on lifestyle brand.
Facebook has asked designers around the world to share work to be critiqued. In this critique New York based design student Jon Lee discusses his design for a local workspace discovery app called Nearspace with seven members of the Facebook design team.
Good news for those stung by Skype weirdness and reliability issues over the past several months: The problems have been caused by a transition to a more modern, mobile-friendly architecture and should be fully resolved soon.
Facebook’s gamble of forcing users to download Messenger has paid off. Despite the backlash, Messenger has doubled its user count in 20 months to reach the one billion user mark five years after its debut. Messenger joins Facebook, its acquisition WhatsApp and Google’s YouTube in the billion user mobile user club.
The SpaceX boss has just unveiled his ‘Master Plan, Part Deux’ for Tesla. The four-part plan focuses on making the company work on sustainable energy projects including: integrating energy generation and storage; expanding Tesla to create electric trucks and public transport; fully autonomous vehicles; and having cities where cars are shared as autonomous taxis.
Michael Seibel, Y Combinator Partner, on pitching your company to investors. From talking about the size of your market to who’s on your team, these are great points not only for pitching but also to consider when starting a company.
Great news that Twitter finally has a transparent application process for verifying accounts. Verified accounts are usually granted to public figures or organizations and have a blue checkmark to designate authenticity. Now, anyone can request it…
In the aftermath of bitcoin’s ‘halving’ on 9th July, market experts have begun to take positions on whether they believe the digital currency’s price will rise or fall in the weeks and months ahead. Since then, prices have continued to build gains, rising to a press time total of $668.75, and many market observers suggest gains are likely to continue.
An interesting look at the four ways people end up using Intercom’s Acquire product, from having a problem and not knowing how to solve it to knowing the problem, the type of solution, and the product the customer needs to replace.
Thoughtful read about what areas startups can compete with the tech goliaths who have all the data required for AI. Think proprietary data aggregator or application pioneer. The good news is that there’s likely to be a big demand…
News that Facebook is launching a new product called App Event Optimization which allows advertisers to more directly reach those users who will be valuable to their application in the longer term – well after the installation, that is.
A very useful playbook from VC Forward Partners, who have invested in and helped over 10 marketplaces businesses, about how marketplaces can get off the ground quickly with a look at the characteristics of a good marketplace.
TED head Chris Anderson gives his own take on TED talks he’s found the most instructive, from Clay Shirky’s Institutions vs collaboration, on the role of the web way back in 2005, to Bryan Stevenson’s view of the broken American justice system in We need to talk about an injustice.
The full transcript from Business Insider’s interview with Chamath Palihapitiya, Facebook’s former head of user growth. One of the savviest investors in the Valley he’s also known for his candid remarks on the shortcomings of the tech industry.
An interesting interview with Chris Dixon, partner at Andreessen Horowitz, about the future of autonomous vehicles. Artificial intelligence has improved significantly while the technology needed to build driverless vehicles continues to get cheaper and become more accessible.
Great read about Yahoo’s surfers who, in the mid 1990s, visited websites and carefully categorized them by hand. They were a collection of mostly 20-somethings — including a yoga lover, an ex-banker and a divinity student — hired to build a directory of the world’s most interesting websites.
Line, the mobile messaging app from Japan, is going public in a dual Japan-U.S. IPO that could raise as much as $1.14 billion. The listing is set to be the largest from a tech company this year to date. Despite that, precious little is known about the company outside of Asia, where the vast majority of its users are located, and the challenges that it is up against.
Two years ago Nathan Marz trained for my private pilot license. Besides being fun and exhilarating, aviation taught him a lot about being a better programmer, from correctly monitoring production systems to not treating systems as black boxes.
A great in depth look at the Pinterest redesign, which drew inspiration from classic BRIO wooden toys, was based on the three principles of lucid, animated and unbreakable and required a new set of standards to be designed.