Topic of the week

No Stack Startups

Many of you have probably read Andy’s latest post, “No Stack Startups”. Here at USV we’ve been following this remarkable but counterintuitive trend: e-commerce businesses sprouting up on non-commerce platforms: Instagram, Facebook, WeChat and on and on.

This trend seems to defy the “there’s an app for that” notion of the internet. If you’re selling some good, Instagram is not an app for that. Yet the network effects are so strong, and the traffic so robust, on platforms like Instagram that there’s opportunity to build a business even if the interaction model isn’t optimized for commerce. Maybe “follow... ↓ expand

  • Raises a good question. "We are once again living in a go-go time for tech, but there are few signs that the most consequential fruits of the boom have reached the masses. Instead, the boom is characterized by a rise in so-called on-demand services aimed at the wealthy and the... ↓ expand
    #sharing economy
  • Trying to imagine a web that focuses more on the open data layer and less on the presentation layer

  • We are the designer and manufacturer of rugs and carpets. We can customize the designs of rugs and carpets according to the customer.

    #morus #morus carpets #carpets #morus international
  • http://blog.printf.net/articles/2015/05/29/announcing-gittorrent-a-decentralized-github/

  • Halley Elefante of @The_Salty_Blonde admits that she doesn’t want to commit the time to maintaining a blog. Says the Oahu, Hawaii, resident: “Blogs are a ton of work! I just kept putting it off for so long, and put all of my time and energy into my Instagram account.” That... ↓ expand
    #no-stack-startups
  • Veniam in Fast Company

  • I'm betting most of the crew here spent a portion of this week going over Mary Meeker's KPCB Internet Trends. Of the 197 slides this year one jumped out at me more so than any other so I wrote a little ode to slide 153:... ↓ expand
    #internet trends #mary meeker
  • I'm betting most of the crew here spent a portion of this week going over Mary Meeker's KPCB Internet Trends. Of the 197 slides this year one jumped out at me more so than any other so I wrote a little ode to slide 153:... ↓ expand
    #internet trends #mary meeker
  • Good blog post/tutorial on how to use Clarifai's API in an interesting way

  • albert's take on the no stack approach

    #no-stack-startups
  • http://chicagoinno.streetwise.co/2015/05/28/uchicago-new-venture-challenge-winner-maestro/

    This will be on Kickstarter soon.

  • Don’t mistake speed for precocity: the world doesn’t need wrong answers in record time. –Cennydd Bowles

    #product management #product launch #mvp #lean startup #lean development
  • It's just an article, but I find it hard to think I'd be a fan of Marc Andreessen from this depiction. Furthermore, Andy Weissman's quote embodies the kind of character I gel with a bit more. They're just two dudes. And, again, this is just an article with a singular... ↓ expand
    #venture capital
  • Some nice insights, especially for someone like me who invokes WeChat 1000 times more than I have ever used the app I particularly like: "Using a chat app to hail a cab with your phone is cool, but at the end of the day the killer feature of WeChat will always be its ability to... ↓ expand
    #wechat #messaging
  • More on how open standards like HTTP, SMTP, oAuth, bitcoin, etc come to be -- with a focus on the politics and go-to-market strategy rather than the technical architecture. We've been discussing this topic whole lot recently, with all the activity right now in the open protocols... ↓ expand
    #protocols #blockchain #history
  • "We Just Wanna Get Started” Famous Last Words from Too Many First Time Entrepreneurs

    #startup lessons
  • Experimenting with different communication hacks

  • On Facebook shutting down their XMPP server

    #protocol #where-protocols-come-from #protocols
  • A relatively quick write-up on a great use of SMS and some not so great uses

  • It's that time of year

  • A blog post inspired by a few things:

    #no-stack-startups
  • It is not clear when the service might become more widely available but Amazon said the pilot was a “first step” towards allowing all Prime customers to order goods to their vehicles, regardless of the vehicle brand. “We are working to offer Prime members a delivery location... ↓ expand
    #amazon
  • will they come is a phrase that won't get you very far unless you understand or know how to build a marketplace. Come hangout at this new e-commerce focused meetup. Have a beer after work too.

    #marketplaces ##spree ##shopify ##magento
  • "I believe that the emergence of these multi-platform and bus topologies in marketing technology is a logical result of weak platforms. In the absence of a solid center of gravity for marketing innovation, these other models have been given the evolutionary opportunity to... ↓ expand