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Why you should use FourSquare

January 2, 2013 Leave a comment

I’m a check-in addict. I also like those fancy badges that I occasionally earn on FourSquare. I think that I’m also a mayor of a place or two. However, since I’m not using American Express credit card I did not gain any tangible value using the product. That changed yesterday when for the first time I got this check-in special that saved me $9, cool! FourSquare, you did it!

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Categories: iPhone App, Product

My top three books for 2013

December 31, 2012 Leave a comment

Happy new year!

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Categories: Personal, Product

I like the wallpapers generated by Wallstagram new mobile app

December 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Wallstagram is a new iPhone app from Webstagram that selects randomly pictures from your instagram feed (there is also an option to let it pick from the popular feeds) and stitches those together into a wallpaper(one picture). If you don’t like the result just ask it to start over.
One thing that I would like to see is an option to replace only one of the selected pictures.

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How to watch TV

April 23, 2012 Leave a comment
Options Experience Example
“Old fashion” TV “Lean back” Content is broadcasted, the consumer is passive. clip_image002
Digital TV Content is streamed, consumer has options to watch on-demand, browse the Internet . clip_image004
Social TV Content is streamed, consumer has options to watch on-demand, browse the Internet while tweeting, posting on facebook or to chatting with friends. clip_image006
“Second Screen” Content is streamed to the TV and additional content is streamed to the mobile device (tablet, smartphone).In some cases special apps are built for TV shows or events to synchornized content with the TV. Social capabilities are sometimes included to allow sharing and chatting with friends. clip_image008

VivaStream – how to know “who to know?”- during DMA2011 conference in Boston

September 30, 2011 Leave a comment

imageI’m going to the DMA2011 conference in Boston next week, and this year the focus is on Real-Time marketing. What could be more relevant than that?

Learning about the different marketing methods that are leveraging mobile, social, and real-time data will be one goal of this event and networking is yet another (not a side effect).

VivaStream is a startup that is building a real-time mobile app and web-site that aims to take networking during business events like DMA11 to the next level.

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Before the event starts: you setup your profile, select the conference, browse the schedule, and press the Attend button for the sessions that you plan to go to. Any of your actions is broadcasted to the VivaStream stream telling others about you. VivaStream also offers a reach lists of relevant topics and you can select from one of the two following options: I’m Interested or I Can Help. VivaStream uses this information among other factors to suggest people that you should connect with. There are more useful features and details, but this is the basic.

During the event: Since this is my first event using VivaStream, I’m yet to see the real-time capabilities in action. As you can see in the picture above, VivaStream plans to share some of the statistics based on the information gathered from users’ activities, and to let us know about interesting presentations and spontaneously organized after parties – IN REAL-TIME.

After the event ends: there is a strong possibility to see VivaStream building a new professional social network for networking with a purpose, based on interest and need, and fairly quick.

VivaStream is a very busy start-up, but here are few suggestions for additional features that I would like to see:

  • Show me my agenda (calendar view) built based on presentations that I planed to attend to.
  • Allow users to enter topics
  • Create multiple streams based on different activities (it could get too noisy in a single feed stream)
  • Allow users to shout-out (for example: book signing now next to room ###)
  • Check-in to a session (and maybe check-out, or leave a comment)
  • Number of people interested in a certain topic (next to the topic)
  • Number of people attending a presentation (next to the presentation)

VivaStream has the potential to become an important component of any business event. It is fairly easy to see the value to the event organizers that can learn in real-time about activities within the conference rooms as well as outside, the presenting vendors looking for leads, and for the consumers that are looking for relevant help and experience.

Now, I’m looking forward to see how it all plays out in real-time. Go Viva!

Apple’s future profitability heavily depends on mobile!

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Will Apple be able to mitigate the impact of strong competition in the mobile market on future earnings?

The information is taken from Apples 2010 10k (numbers in Millions)

Net Sales by Product: 2008 2009 2010
Desktops $5,622 $4,324 $6,201
Portables $8,732 $9,535 $11,278
iPod $9,153 $8,091 $8,274
Other music related products and services $3,340 $4,036 $4,948
iPhone and related products and services $6,742 $13,033 $25,179
Peripherals and other hardware $1,694 $1,475 $1,814
Software, service and other sales $2,208 $2,411 $2,573
iPad and related products and services $0 $0 $4,958

From 0 to 5 Billions in one year – iPad success

iPhone sales almost doubled in each of the past two years (in 2007 when the iPhone was firstly introduce, sales were “only” 630 millions).

Apple also managed to significantly increase laptops sales(Portables), thanks to Apple’s success selling other products and building strong brand name. Yet, not at the same rate as iPhone revenue growth.

iPad sales is going down – it is now inside the iPhone?

Apple’s iPhone become a big source of revenue

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Apple’s iPhone share of revenue is growing significantly relative to the other products

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Apple is a multi-markets player: mobile, media, b2c hardware, b2b hardware, software and services.

Apple can always surprise us with a new blockbuster product changing another market.

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