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

  • How often do you hear the term “Social Selling” and either can’t figure out what it actually means or just want to call shenanigans on it? You know you’re not going to close a six-figure deal on Twitter, right? That’s not reality. But that doesn’t mean that Twitter (or any... ↓ expand
    #saas #sales #social #bizdev
  • The follow-up post to last week's article on Big Data's impact on inside sales coaching. We take a broadview look at Big Data's potential to combat the employee disengagement epidemic in the workplace.

  • 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
  • Veniam in Fast Company

  • You Probably Forgot to Do This.

    #startups #founders #venture capital
  • As digital marketers spread their attention across a wide variety of technology solutions, having a powerful and scalable technology at the core of the marketing stack, means having one-click access to all the information you need to make confident decisions and act upon them in... ↓ expand
    #marketing #marketing stack #conversion rate optimization
  • Good blog post/tutorial on how to use Clarifai's API in an interesting way

  • albert's take on the no stack approach

  • Long essay. In short, Ethereum may prove to be a lot easier for developers wishing to create decentralized applications, because it has absorbed a lot of the complexities onto itself.

    #blockchains #ethereum #decentralization
  • No addiction powder is an Ayurveda resolution to perfectly get rid from harmful addiction such as alcohol, cigarette, drugs tobacco etc. It contains Kudzu (Vidarikand), one of the main ingredients which is used worldwide for alcoholism. No Addiction is safe and secure with no... ↓ expand
    #no addiction #no addiction powder
  • 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
  • My talk from OuiShareFest on today's tensions and interplay between private capital and community capital, especially how it relates to the rapid expansion of the peer/collaborative/sharing economy

    #power #platforms #sharing economy #peer economy #decentralization
  • MS Excel spreadsheets are used all over the word to create and organize contact list. But it is not possible to import these excel contacts list to email clients (Outlook, Windows live mail, Lotus notes), phone (Nokia, Samsung, Sony, Blackberry), and other application. That does... ↓ expand
  • Experimenting with different communication hacks

  • On Facebook shutting down their XMPP server

    #protocol #where-protocols-come-from #protocols
  • How an Startup is changing the way to trade everything without use the money. Cronnection, a Marketplace where money is not required to access to a worldwide catalog of objects and services.

    #cronnection #startup #share #collaborativeeconomy
  • In this post, Alex McClafferty interviewed me to define the term customer success, showcase three hyper-growth startups who are leading the way in customer success, and explain how you can apply these principles to your business.

    #customer success #saas #retention #churn #growth
  • A blog post inspired by a few things:

  • 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
  • Empathy is key to improving the customer journey, but to develop it we need to get as close as we can to directly experiencing what users, themselves, experience.

  • The Danish government said today that it wants to allow gas stations, clothing stores, and restaurants the option to stop taking cash payments, a move that could accelerate a huge shift toward credit, debit, and alternative payment systems. The measure is part of a larger set of... ↓ expand
    #cashless society