Archive for June, 2013

Game Over Playbook

The PlayBook will no longer be part of the BlackBerry 10 upgrade roadmap. CEO Thorstein Heins shared the information during the company’s first-quarter earnings call.

Doi ani a durat distractia. De aici.

Happy retirement, Google Reader

Frumos, de la Feedly, azi e cam ultima zi de Google Reader:

Opt despre Naspers

Naspers = grupul sud african care a cumparat 70% din eMag anul trecut:

1. Capitalizarea pe bursa in acest moment este de 28 miliarde USD, cam 10% din cat valoareaza Google

2. Din 2004 pana astazi actiunile lor au crescut cu aproape 1400%!

3. 90% din valoarea companiei e data de actiunile detinute la chinezii de la Tencent (34%) si rusii de la Mail.ru (22%)

4. Desi au cumparat foarte multe business-uri de ecommerce in ultimii ani, doar 16% din total vanzari sunt generate de ecommerce si inca nu au profit din aceste operatiuni

5. Opereaza in 130 de tari

6. Opereaza canale pay Tv in 48 de tari din Africa

7. Anul trecut au avut aproape 6 miliarde USD venituri (in crestere) si aproape 900 milioane ebitda (in scadere)

8. Au facut achizitii de 630 milioane USD in ultimul an fiscal (s-a inchis la 31 martie)

Sursa 1, Sursa 2

Google > Apple

Google a depasit Apple in capitalizarea pe bursa si a devenit cea mai valoroasa companie de tehnologie din lume.

Sursa

Aha, deci se poate

Two Hollywood studios have quietly begun testing a controversial business model in South Korea after years of failed efforts in the U.S.: renting movies via video on demand while they are still playing in theaters.

The experiments, by Walt Disney Co. Sony Pictures Entertainment, mark the first time major American studios have offered viewers anywhere the option of buying a ticket to see a movie or to rent it at home from a cable, Internet or satellite-television provider. Sony Pictures is owned by Japan’s Sony Corp.

Sony’s “Django Unchained” was available to rent online or via cable just three weeks after premiering in Korean theaters in April. Disney’s animated “Wreck-it Ralph” and “Brave” came five and four weeks, respectively, after launching at cinemas in December and September. In both cases the films were still playing broadly in theaters throughout South Korea, the world’s eighth-largest film market.

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Mi se pare ca am castigat un pariu 🙂

Business-uri de online prezente pe tv

Atat cat apuc sa ma uit la televizor, din ce in ce mai putin, am remarcat totusi cateva businessuri de online cu o prezenta destul de vizibila pe “micul ecran” (chiar, “micul ecran” mai poate fi revendicat de tv tinand cont de explozia smartphone-urilor?):

– eMag.ro, ecommerce

– Tocmai.ro, anunturi

– Mercador.ro, anunturi

– Afacereataonline.ro, un MyX reinventat peste ani de Romtelecom

Mai sunt si altele?

Nu-mi dau seama daca celor de mai sus nu le mai ajunge internetul, nu le mai ajunge Google sau Google nu creste notorietatea la fel de rapid ca tv-ul 🙂

Inca suntem in picaj

Conform Media Fact Book, studiu realizat de Initiative Media, industria de publicitate traieste, “live”, al cincilea an de scadere (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) si a ajuns la nivelul anului 2005, adica la 295 milioane euro, toata piata. Ceea ce inseamna ca inca suntem in picaj si nu am atins fundul gropii pentru a incepe urcarea. E adevarat ca internetul creste, 46 milioane euro, al cincilea an consecutiv de crestere, dar cei de la Initiative pun cresterea in “carca” celor de la Google/Facebook.

Altfel, peste 3 zile, pe 22 iunie, se fac 7 ani de cand am plecat de la Netbridge, ce mai trece vremea.

Facebook @ 1 milion

Impresionant:

Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it now has 1 million active advertisers globally who used the platform in the last 28 days, a milestone for the company that is seeking to revive its revenue growth.

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The bottom line

I’ll conclude this little article review with an anecdote. I recently had dinner with a friend who was telling me about the relative difficulties of raising capital for funding something like an HIV drug trial versus a “small tech startup”. The bottom line was: why spend $200 million on a potentially lifesaving drug when you could fund a couple of hundred startups in hopes of 1 or 2 becoming billion dollar companies? This anecdote left me uncomfortably unable to find a silver lining: how do we as a society make sure that all capital doesn’t end up funding text boxes and photo-sharing instead of other critical innovation?

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True

“Journalism when done the traditional way is a very difficult way to make money.”

Fred Wilson