Joshua Nguyen

Sep 20

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“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt, describing the startup ethos pretty well, at a time when the govt also behaved this way, to pull the country out of the Great Depression.

“The company is obviously now an attractive acquisition target.” —

Yahoo Stock Gets Crushed As Alibaba IPOs — Core Business Now Valued At Less Than Zero (via iamdanw)

Crazy. They have a few properties (they call them that instead of products) that have usage: Fantasy Sports, News.

But where is growth coming from? Their acquisitions result in founder flight, their mobile experiments haven’t made a dent, and their largest properties see growth flatlining (my best guess) while sucking in more resources. And their display ad rates belie some serious weakness when Facebook captures more of advertisers’ budgets — and mobile display is the future of the industry. They’ve given up on search ads to Google in 2009 and it’s too late to resuscitate search tech. They’re clearly betting on a future of being a media company despite Marissa’s public announcements w the Tumblr acquisition, original content programming, and mobile news efforts.

Dead company walking?

Update: here’s an interesting analysis from Bloomberg about Yahoo’s core business.. arguing that breaking them up may unlock more value then any economies of scale could be had from remaining together. Kind of ironic for their newly acquired properties.

Sep 19

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“After Kitchen Confidential came out, I was 44. I was uninsured, I was broke and I was dunking fries into a fast food fryer. I understood that I got a pretty lucky break here and that it was statistically unlikely to happen again. I’ve been pretty careful about not f@cking up the opportunities that have comes since.” —

Bourdain 

It’s never too late…

(via brycedotvc)

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Sep 17

Bert.

Bert.

Sep 16

Sep 15

How the BBC approaches longform, immersive storytelling -

SO into this.

Leonard and his camera(s).

Leonard and his camera(s).

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My friend Matthew, who’s one of the smartest nerds I know.

My friend Matthew, who’s one of the smartest nerds I know.

Sep 14

Christen, Zoe, Anthony, Matthew.

Christen, Zoe, Anthony, Matthew.

“We didn’t make the first mp3, smartphone or tablet. But you can say we made the first modern mp3, smartphone and tablet," he says. "And I think now we’re making the first modern smartwatch.” — Tim Cook