Google Wants a Piece of Air-Traffic Control for Drones →

Alan Levin for Bloomberg Business: At least 14 companies, including Google, Amazon, Verizon and Harris, have signed agreements with NASA to help devise the first air-traffic system to coordinate small, low-altitude drones, which the agency calls the Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management. More than 100 other companies and universities have also expressed interest in the […]

Speed as a Habit →

Dave Girouard writing for First Round Review: I’ve long believed that speed is the ultimate weapon in business. All else being equal, the fastest company in any market will win. Speed is a defining characteristic — if not the defining characteristic — of the leader in virtually every industry you look at. Decisiveness is so […]

Apple Reports Record Third Quarter Results →

The Company posted quarterly revenue of $49.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $37.4 billion and net profit of $7.7 billion, or $1.28 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Compared to Microsoft and Google’s $22.2 and $17.7 billion(respectively). ∞Permalink

The Angel VC: The evolution of the SaaS landing page →

Christoph Janz on the evolution of SaaS landing pages: When you look at the landing pages (or homepages or marketing sites, however you want to call them) of today’s SaaS companies, they usually look quite beautiful. They typically have a clean, simple and friendly look, with very little text and a lot of images or […]

Google’s product strategy: Make two of everything →

Found this on Hacker News after I posted the previous link about Google’s cost cutting. Ron Amdeo from Ars Tecnica wrote this back in October 2014: Google likes to have multiple, competing products that go after the same user base. That way, if one product doesn’t work out, hopefully the other one will. Throwing shit at […]

Google Takes Stricter Approach to Costs →

Alastair Barr on why Google is planning more stricter cost cutting over the next few quarters: Google revenue grew 19% in 2014, down from 21% in 2013, 22% in 2012 and 29% in 2011. But operating expenses grew 31% last year, according to S&P Capital IQ; spending on research and development soared 38%.The result: operating-profit […]

Wearables

I’ve been using the Apple Watch for the past few weeks. Before that, I hadn’t worn anything on my wrists in over 15 years. Although I don’t quite understand the implications of wearables yet, I know there’s something there. The obvious use case is small, micro-interactions through notifications like a message from my wife saying […]

Don’t scratch too hard

As kids, we’re told not to scratch if it itches, since it will just make it worse. As entrepreneurs searching for problems to solve, we’re told the exact opposite. We could build better products by solving our own pains, since we’ll know the problem better than anyone. Paul Graham calls this organic ideas. Besides, how […]

Consumer Grade

Historically, enterprise software buying has occurred in silos ruled by IT overlords. IT commanded what computers, smartphones, and software you had to use. In most places, this is still the case, but, the fact that most employees use their personal devices,(tablets and smartphones) at work, means that they’ll have a say in what they are […]