Posts filed under “Technology”

The Sharing Economy

Bloomberg Briefs:

Nowadays, it’s hard to find more exuberant sharing-economy enthusiasts than investors. Uber, the ride-hailing company, is raising $1.5 billion at a valuation of $50 billion — theoretically making the six-year-old business the equal of Target and Kraft Foods. Airbnb, for home sharing, is valued at $20 billion. Uber competitor Lyft is valued

Uber is reportedly raising money at a $50 billion valuation, which would put it among the largest 500 companies by market cap globally. Airbnb, meanwhile, would be almost as big as Marriott if it raises money at the $20 billion valuation it is reportedly seeking. at $2.5 billion. Instacart, for grocery delivery, is valued at $2 billion and Postmates, another delivery service, is valued at $150 million to $200 million.

Companies say rapid growth supports the valuations. Airbnb claims more than 35 million guests since it launched in 2008 and 1.2 million listings; more than 600 are castles. Dogs can share homes too, on DogVacay, with 20,000 sitters on its platform. It’s hard to figure out if revenue is growing as rapidly at these closely held companies, but a leaked Lyft fundraising document showed that the company took in about $140 million in 2014.


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via Bloomberg Briefs


Category: Digital Media, Technology, Valuation, Venture Capital, Web/Tech

Learning From Failure: Performing an Autopsy on Dead Start Ups

  There has been relentless coverage of the boom in technology startups. Think about the blasé way the word bubble gets tossed about. Big Wall Street banks and Silicon Valley venture capital firms are wooing geek talent, and investors seem willing once again to ignore the widespread use of unconventional financial accountingthat makes a start-up’s finances look much better…Read More

Category: Philosophy, Technology, Venture Capital, Web/Tech

What the Top 50 CEOs Do on Social Media

Source: MarketWatch

Category: Corporate Management, Technology

The Dramatic Rise of Life Expectancy Around the World

Source: Our World In Data

Category: Science, Technology

The Startup Generator

I have been having some fun with The Startup Generator.   Click for a few random start ups:       The Startup Generator is a collaboration between Tiffany Zhang and Mike Bradley      

Category: Technology, Venture Capital

How Sony Makes Money From Spotify

Source: The Verge

Category: Music, Technology

Mobility Index Report

Good Mobility Index Report Q1 2015 Source: Venture Beat

Category: Digital Media, Technology


The song remains the same. Clueless old farts make deals for legacy companies that are vastly overpriced, believing brands have meaning in the fast-moving internet world. That’s right, while Microsoft buys Nokia, Facebook purchases Instagram and WhatsApp. Because Mark Zuckerberg actually uses the internet and whoever really made the decision at Microsoft does not. And…Read More

Category: M&A, Technology, Think Tank

Billionaires vs. Big Oil

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Category: Digital Media, Energy, Technology, Video

The Throne of England Is Yours

I understand there is an election in the UK soon:   Source: xkcd    

Category: Humor, Politics, Technology