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Private equity firms looking for talent diversity
KKR launched a new program to enable parents to fly their nannies along with children on business trips. The goal is to attract diversity of talent as a [...]
Alphabet as model for multi-focus enterprises
The Information proposed the Alphabet as a model for CEOs to focus on philanthropy and other interests such as self-driving cars, robots, or space [...]
First Data files for IPO, again
First Data filed for IPO yesterday. Currently owned by KKR who invested additional $1.2b last year in the hopes FD would create additional value via [...]
The importance of logged-in users
In a recent article The Information argued that most of Yahoo users are not logged in and, therefore, it is hard to demonstrate value selling ads. By way [...]
Amex launches Checkout including Stripe integration
American Express launched their new Checkout service today. They also included a full developer RESTful API and authentication via Oauth 2.0, not to [...]
David Marcus, vice president of messaging products at Facebook Inc., speaks during the Facebook F8 Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Facebook Inc. is opening up its Messenger chat application, letting developers create software for people to add photos, videos and other enhancements to their online conversations. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg  *** Local Caption *** David Marcus
Will Facebook concierge strengthen or dilute Messenger’s positioning?
The Information just reported Facebook currently testing a beta version of its new concierge service, internally known as “Moneypenny” (for [...]
Microsoft re-focusing phone strategy
FT reported Microsoft’s massive $7.6bn writedown from Nokia’s $7.9bn deal and cut 7,800 jobs, mostly from Nokia. There are lots of examples of [...]
What bitcoin/blockchain company Paypal will acquire?
Mobile payment in Bangladesh
17 million Bangladeshis (10% of population) using bKash a form of mobile payment. Individuals can transfer money between each other through a network of [...]
News week of Nov 24
Will HBO’s move signal the beginning of the end of cable? Net neutrality will be an increasingly important topic (TechCrunch) Uber banned from [...]
News week of Nov 17
Reserve – new pricing design for restaurant reservation and bill payment. Traditionally companies charge restaurants but Reserve is charging diners [...]
How to pay your check with your phone
In February 2014 OpenTable launched a pilot program to enable diners to pay their bills using mobile payments. By October they had already expanded to NYC, [...]
News week of Oct 20
I spent some time this week looking at Apple Pay and Bitcoin. An in-depth look at Apple Pay – Tuaw Interesting Bitcoin apps – Chain Apple [...]
Geolocation-based Messaging
The news that Firechat went viral during protests in Hong Kong reminded me of a topic I am interested – geolocation-based messaging. When we think [...]
News week of Oct 13
I hope everyone took some time off during Columbus day to enjoy family and life. With all that’s going on in the world and the US still maintains an [...]