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Five things we learnt from Apple’s latest launch
March 27, 2019 | | Financial Times | Richard Waters 3 HOURS AGO.

(1) With its move to services, Apple's balance sheet and installed base of users have taken over as the main source of competitive advantage....Apple has barely scratched the surface in selling content and services for the 1.4bn iPhone, Macs and other devices in active use.
(2) there is a chance to carve out a trusted position at a time when other internet giants are under fire. Think of it as a Disney for digital services: a trusted brand built around a set of values that stand above the crowd.
(3) there is still room for innovation at the margin, which should have a halo effect for the brand. The new credit card with Goldman Sachs is a case in point.
(4) Apple’s main way to make money — selling hardware — leaves it with a dilemma as it makes the move into services. .... it will be hard to get a return on the huge spending on entertainment unless it spreads that investment across the largest possible audience — which means reaching beyond its own hardware. This tension between vertical and horizontal business models — capturing more of the value from its own devices on the one hand, selling a service for everyone on the other — is not new for Apple.

(5) after more than a decade of the App Store, Apple’s relationship with many of the companies that have relied on the digital storefront to reach their own customers is about to change utterly...How will Apple promote its own services to its users, and what will this mean for iOS as a platform for third party apps? Spotify’s antitrust complaint to the EU this month is likely to be the harbinger of more challenges to come.
antitrust  Apple  Apple_IDs  App_Store  balance_sheets  Big_Tech  competitive_advantage  consumer_finance  credit_cards  cross-platform  EU  halo_effects  hardware  iOS  Richard_Waters  services  Spotify  streaming  subscriptions  turning_points  user_bases  web_video 
march 2019 by jerryking
Meg Whitman: ‘Businesses need to think, who’s coming to kill me?’
January 18, 2019 | Financial Times | by Rana Foroohar 7 HOURS AGO.

Whitman has just launched Quibi, a $1bn start-up of which she is chief executive (entertainment mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, her co-founder, is chairman). The venture, backed by a host of entertainment, tech and finance groups including 21st Century Fox, Viacom, Alibaba, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan, has the lofty aim of becoming the Netflix of the mobile generation, offering high-quality, bite-sized video content for millennials (and the rest of us) hooked on smartphones......Whitman's experience has left her with plenty of advice for chief executives struggling with nearly every kind of disruption — technological, cultural and geopolitical. “I think every big business needs to be thinking, ‘Who’s coming to kill me?’ Where are the big markets that for regulatory reasons, or just because things are being done the way they always have been, disruption is likely? I’d say healthcare is one,” ...... a “Quibi”, is the new company’s “snackable” videos, designed to be consumed in increments of a few minutes....“You have all these in-between moments, and that’s what inspired the length of the content,” she says. “Very few people are watching long-form content on this device,” she says, holding up her iPhone. “They’re spending four to five hours a day on their phones, but they’re playing games, watching YouTube videos, checking social media, and surfing the internet. And although [people] pick up their phones hundreds of times a day, the average session length is 6.5 minutes.”.......Whitman’s hope is that just as people now binge on hour-long episodes of The Crown or House of Cards at home, they’ll do the same on their smartphone while in the doctor’s office, or commuting, or waiting for a meeting to start. As Whitman puts it, “every day you walk around with a little television in your pocket.” She and Katzenberg are betting that by the end of this year, we’ll spend some of our “in-between moments” watching micro-instalments of mobile movies produced by Oscar winning film-makers or stars ... interviewing other stars. ....The wind was at her back at eBay, where she became president and chief executive in 1998, presiding over a decade in which the company’s annual revenues grew from $4m to $8bn. “It’s hard to change consumer behaviour. We did that at eBay. We taught people how to buy in any auction format on the internet, how to send money 3,000 miles across the country and hope that you got the product.”

Quibi, she believes, doesn’t require that shift. “People are already watching a lot of videos on their phones. You just need to create a different experience.” She lays out how the company will optimise video for phones in ways that (she claims) will utterly change the viewing experience, and will leverage Katzenberg’s 40 years in the business.

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paranoia  CEOs  disruption  Meg_Whitman  Rana_Foroohar  start_ups  women  bite-sized  Hollywood  Jeffrey_Katzenberg  mobile  subscriptions  web_video  high-quality  smartphones  advice  large_companies  large_markets  interstitial  Quibi 
january 2019 by jerryking
Katzenberg and Whitman raise $1bn for mobile video start-up
August 7, 2018 | | Financial Times | Tim Bradshaw in Los Angeles.

An unusual alliance of Hollywood studios, Wall Street banks and the family fund of Walmart’s founders have invested $1bn into Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s ambitious mobile video start-up, Quibi.

The giant fundraising comes more than a year before the venture, currently known as NewTV, expects to launch its subscription-based service to consumers. 

NewTV plans to bring Hollywood’s multimillion-dollar production values, brand-name talent and franchises to a new standalone mobile app, delivering video in “bite-sized” chapters of up to 10 minutes each. 

As much as $900m of the financing will go towards commissioning and licensing content from top Hollywood studios, many of whom are also investing in the company. 
mobile  web_video  bite-sized  Hollywood  Jeffrey_Katzenberg  Meg_Whitman  Quibi  start_ups  subscriptions 
august 2018 by jerryking
Why Warren Buffett Keeps Framed Reminders of Awful Moments in Economic History
Olivia B. Waxman
Jan 26, 2017

"I wanted to put on the walls days of extreme panic in Wall Street just as a reminder than anything can happen in this world," he says in this clip provided exclusively to TIME, from the upcoming HBO documentary Becoming Warren Buffett. "It's instructive art."
Warren_Buffett  Berkshire_Hathaway  web_video  panics  economic_history  art  unpredictability  unthinkable  imagination  uncertainty  HBO  documentaries  artifacts  reminders 
february 2017 by jerryking
The Tomato Sandwich Perfected - The New York Times
AUG. 28, 2015

Tomato Sandwiches
This sandwich pairs slightly overripe tomato slices with the essence of pan con tomate. By MEGHAN GOURLEY on Publish Date August 28, 2015.
When tomatoes are in season, you can’t do better than a simple tomato
tomatoes  recipes  sandwiches  howto  summertime  web_video 
august 2015 by jerryking
Gazpacho, Seville-Style, to Sip in Summer - The New York Times
JULY 28, 2015 | NYT | Julia Moskin makes gazpacho. By Jason Lee and Devon Knight on Publish Date July 28, 2015. Photo by Melina Hammer for The New York Times.
By JULIA MOSKIN
gazpacho  recipes  web_video  soups  howto  summertime  Spain 
july 2015 by jerryking
Snapchat and Periscope: A Grown-Up’s Guide - WSJ
By KEVIN SINTUMUANG
Updated May 15, 2015

Remember that by default, everything you post disappears. Periscope and Meerkat broadcasts are intended to be live events; each element of a Snapchat Story expires after 24 hours. Although you can set the apps to save your videos (and, on Periscope, have them viewable for 24 hours), that’s not the point...there’s someone giving you a tour of the Louvre or a celebrity engaging with fans in an authentic way. For every incomprehensible Dadaist Snapchat Story that only a teenager could interpret, there is another that makes an ordinary day seem significant. And using Snapchat as a communication tool turns ordinarily mundane messages into something more charming, direct and personal.
social_media  Snapchat  Periscope  ephemerality  howto  mobile_applications  Meerkat  livestreaming  web_video 
may 2015 by jerryking
TV Networks Borrow Page From Digital Rivals to Attract Advertisers - NYTimes.com
MAY 11, 2015 | NYT | By SYDNEY EMBER.

Coca-Cola is just one of many brands now shifting advertising budgets to digital and social media, which offer the promise of better consumer data and the ability to reach targeted audiences....“Everyone is coming out with a data play, a data product, right now,” said Jeff Lucas, head of sales for Viacom Media Networks, whose channels include MTV and Nickelodeon.

Television networks, which rely on the upfront season for tens of billions of ad dollars, are facing declining ratings and heightened competition from digital outlets. And while television still dominates the ad market, with some $70 billion in ad spending last year in the United States, online ad spending is swelling. In particular, digital video, which attracted $5.8 billion in ad spending in the United States last year, is expected to grow to $7.8 billion this year and to $12.8 billion by 2018, according to the research firm eMarketer.....the line between TV and digital is blurring, and that advertisers care more about the effectiveness of their ads than where they run.
Coca-Cola  television  advertising  digital_media  online_advertising  web_video  Hulu  tools  brands  effectiveness  data_driven 
may 2015 by jerryking
Three simple tips for video marketing success - The Globe and Mail
LISA OSTRIKOFF
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Aug. 28 2014,
marketing  web_video  howto 
august 2014 by jerryking
Video - Five Things Rich People Know That You Don't, General Strict Financial Discipline - WSJ.com
(1) Start early. RRSP Save, save, save.
(2) Automate set up automatic payroll contributions to feed retirement funds
(3) Maximize those contributions. Save like you mean it.
(4) Never carry credit credit card balances. Pay off credit bill every month.
(5) Live like your poor. Rein in spending habits. Stay away from the mall. Unsubscribe from retail e-mails.
web_video  high_net_worth  wealth_creation  personal_finance  frugality  habits  self-discipline  savings 
july 2014 by jerryking
Retailers compete with Amazon: Lowes Foods
July 11, 2014 | CNBC | Kristina Yates.

"What do we do to survive?" That's the No. 1 question branding expert Martin Lindstrom gets from his clients, brick-and-mortar stores.

Lindstrom's answer: entertainment. Create an "in-store sensory experience, and a sense of community, that can't be packaged and delivered by mail, or perhaps by drone in the future," "We have five senses that we can appeal to. When you go to Amazon, you have a maximum of appealing to two senses."

Appealing to all the senses is a concept that Lowes Foods, a 99-location grocery chain across the Carolinas and Virginia, is embracing wholeheartedly. The company hired Lindstrom and his team to give its traditional stores a makeover.
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The store in Clemmons, North Carolina—ground zero for the chain's reinvention of the grocery shopping experience—doesn't look like a traditional supermarket. On the outside, it looks more like a greenhouse. On the inside, it's a mix of farmer's market and theme park.

"It's an experience. It feels like a destination, like we're going to Disneyworld," said long-time customer Mike Parnitzke.

Lindstrom hired writers from Walt Disney to create a storyline throughout the store. The most visual and unique example of that philosophy is the "Chicken Kitchen," where each chicken is celebrated with a chicken dance when it comes out of the rotisserie oven. Then there's "Sausageworks," which looks like a crazy laboratory complete with a crazy sausage professor, concocting whacky sausage flavors like the "Star Spangler," a bacon cheddar cheeseburger sausage for the Fourth of July. The "Beer Den" lets customers sample local draft beers. There's also the community table, hosting events from recipe sharing to speed dating.

"It's really about finding a connection with the guest. To have them come back and say, 'Oh my gosh, I had so much fun here in your store,'" said store manager Kate Allred...... brick-and-mortar stores have to create a memorable experience if they want to retain customers. "Brick-and-mortar stores are not necessarily going away," she said, "but we know that 20 percent of all specialty retail spending is done online."

According to the Food Marketing Institute, consumers spent $5.8 billion online grocery shopping in 2012. It's an industry that is attracting heavyweights like Amazon and Wal-Mart, and already has established players like Peapod.com, Freshdirect.com and Harris Teeter.

"You can't compete on volume, you can't compete on prices because the online retailer will always win," said Lindstrom.

Lowes Foods' new, rebranded store has seen basket size rise 7 percent and transaction volume increase 23 percent since January, the grocer says.
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The company is remodeling 10 more stores this year, but Lindstrom said the work doesn't stop when the makeover is done. "This is like a sand castle. It's beautiful day one, day two it starts to fall apart. To communicate that to an organization of 10,000 people, and in some cases a million people, is pretty hard. It has to go through the system."
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The company's hiring pool has also changed. "If we can go look, for example, at local schools of arts, schools of theater, let's go find some folks who can go through and play the role and actually take care of our guests, and we can teach them the grocery industry," Lowe said.
retailers  grocery  supermarkets  branding  Lowes_Foods  digital_media  shopping_experience  web_video  contra-Amazon  experiential_marketing  e-commerce  Amazon  Disney  theme_parks  in-store 
july 2014 by jerryking
Felix Salmon is leaving Reuters for the Fusion network because the future of media is “post text” — Tech News and Analysis
by Mathew Ingram

Financial and media blogger Felix Salmon says he is leaving Reuters to join Fusion, a cable channel co-owned by ABC and Univision, because the future of storytelling and communication is not in text but in video, animation and other digital experiments
appointments  start_ups  future  Communicating_&_Connecting  Mathew_Ingram  Reuters  storytelling  finance  digital_media  web_video  journalism  CATV  animation  Felix_Salmon  visual_culture 
april 2014 by jerryking
IronStrength Workout
December 30, 2011 | Runner's World|Dr. Jordan Metzl
strength_training  exercise  fitness  health  running  web_video 
april 2014 by jerryking
Wine-Braised Oxtail - Video - NYTimes.com
Wine-Braised Oxtail
By Jenny Woodward February 7th, 2014

Oxtail is “one of the most wonderful meats for braising,” says Melissa Clark. She makes hers with celery root and carrots, and serves it with gremolata.
oxtail  spices  stews  recipes  web_video  beef 
february 2014 by jerryking
GoPro Sees Opportunity in Its Amateur Daredevils - NYTimes.com
By NICK WINGFIELDJAN. 30, 2014

GoPro, the video camera maker, wants to also be known as a media company....GoPro has built a large and passionate following on YouTube and other Internet sites with its adrenaline-soaked and professionally made videos of surfers riding through barrels of waves and skiers parachuting off snow-covered cliffs. Customers have independently uploaded millions of their own videos, too. And many happily label the clips with the term GoPro, which has become a sort of shorthand for action shots.
camera  web_video  YouTube  GoPro  Red_Bull  extreme_sports  stunts  sports  shorthand  digital_media 
january 2014 by jerryking
From darling to struggling: Keek grapples with cash crunch
October 25, 2013 | RoB | BOYD ERMAN.

The Toronto-based company makes a popular application that enables mobile phone users to record and share short videos. While the app is a hit with users, 65 million of them at last count, Keek has been trying to raise the money needed to finance further growth....It is not clear why Keek was unable to raise more money after hiring Morgan Stanley. Keek was an early entrant in the video sharing game, but the company now faces more competition.

Twitter Inc. has since launched its video-sharing application, Vine, and Facebook Inc.'s Instagram application also now has the same capability.

Keek has pitched its longer videos - 36 seconds - as a differentiating factor from the seven-second videos offered by Vine
Keek  web_video  Boyd_Erman  start_ups  funding  layoffs  Vine  bite-sized  short-form 
october 2013 by jerryking
Video start-up's financing moving along at good clip
July 15, 2013 | G&M | BOYD ERMAN.

Social video start-up Keek Inc. is seeking a new round of financing at a lofty valuation, but pulling it off will require the Toronto company to convince investors it can withstand the challenges to its business from Facebook Inc. and Twitter....The potential valuation range that is being put forward is $600-million to $900-million, these people said. If Keek can find the interest, the size of the financing is likely be significantly larger than the $18-million it raised in January.

A valuation in that ballpark would be a huge win for the two-year-old company, which was founded in 2011 by entrepreneur Isaac Raichyk. The company, which allows users to create and share 36-second video updates on their phones or tablets, has yet to attract significant interest from large, established technology venture capital companies outside Toronto.

The company is seeking money just as competition in its business intensifies.

Keek was an early entrant in what is now a sought-after corner of social media, the sharing of short videos. (A keek is a Scottish term for a quick peek.) Keek's user base is soaring, with more than 45 million users worldwide as of last month.

Maintaining that growth as new competition jumps into the space is the trick.
start_ups  web_video  Toronto  Keek  Boyd_Erman  user_bases 
august 2013 by jerryking
NBC Buying Web Service to Stream Phone Video - NYTimes.com
By BRIAN STELTER
Published: August 11, 2013

NBC News. The network is betting that the next generation involves live video, streamed straight to its control rooms in New York from the cellphones of witnesses.

On Monday, NBC News, a unit of Comcast’s NBCUniversal, will announce its acquisition of Stringwire, an early stage Web service that enables just that.
streaming  mobile_phones  smartphones  web_video  NBC  start_ups  Stringwire  early-stage 
august 2013 by jerryking
globeadvisor.com: Indie bookstore writes its next chapter
June 7, 2013
Old-school Toronto shop exploits power of YouTube and social media to build a loyal community of customers

DAVID ISRAELSON
retailers  social_media  bookstores  web_video 
june 2013 by jerryking
Video - Henry Kissinger Says Thatcher Was Most Distinguished Prime Minister Since Churchill - WSJ.com
April 8, 2013 | WSJ |

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will rank as one of Britain’s most distinguished Prime Ministers.
web_video  Henry_Kissinger  Margaret_Thatcher  tributes  APNSA 
april 2013 by jerryking
Chipotle, Panera Gaining Fast on McDonalds - WSJ.com
Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera Bread, so-called fast-casual restaurants, have posted solid results even as traditional fast-food chains like McDonald's and Yum

Chipotle facing a lot of higher food costs.
web_video  McDonald's  Panera  Chipotle  fast-food  commodities  fast-casual  Tex-Mex 
february 2013 by jerryking
Making Every Shot Count
Summer 2009 | Ivey Intouch |

for Sabnam (Shaherose Charania)Expectations Valley Girl.
Ivey  alumni  magazines  Silicon_Valley  travel  Ghana  Vietnam  Cairo  Shanghai  web_video  Harry_Rosen  photography 
january 2013 by jerryking
Tips for attracting equity investors on crowd-funding sites - WSJ.com
November 8, 2012 | WSJ |By JAVIER ESPINOZA.

Join the Crowd. Sell Some Stock. Tips for attracting equity investors to crowd-funding sites.
(1) Dangle rewards.
(2) Show, don't just tell.
(3) Build your contact book.
(4) Get some press coverage.
crowd_funding  tips  web_video  public_relations  funding 
january 2013 by jerryking
As Netflix’s plot thickens, CEO strives to hone an edge
Sep. 10 2012 |The Globe and Mail | OMAR EL AKKAD - TECHNOLOGY REPORTER.

While such expansion helps to quickly build Netflix's customer base, it tends to hammer the bottom line. The company's business model relies on paying for content licenses up front, and then slowly making its money back through customer subscription fees. However, that means Netflix is currently losing money in many of its overseas markets – about $100-million a quarter from its United Kingdom and Latin America operations. Even in Canada, where Netflix constitutes the biggest single use of consumer Internet bandwidth, Netflix is only now starting to break even.
Netflix  Reed_Hastings  licensing  licensing_rights  subscriptions  streaming  web_video  challenges  opportunities  piracy  Omar_el_Akkad  competitive_landscape  digital_media  slight_edge 
september 2012 by jerryking
Big Bad Data? | TVO Main
Big Data : corporate data, web data,

Volume Google: Every 2 days we're generating as much data was we did from the dawn of civilization up to 2003. Raw volume of data

Variety: corp tx, web, user gen content, searches on google, new industries.
Velocity: data is coming at us with incredible speed. Changing incredibly quickly iPad unveiling 10,000 tweets/minute that had the word iPad in it.

Why its important? Because as the volume of data increases, your ability to draw insight and to get more information out of data also goes up. You can find more subtle relationships, more nuances out of the data as you have more if it.

With new data comes new knowledge. See stuff you couldn't see before. Learn new stuff.
web_video  The_Agenda  massive_data_sets 
march 2012 by jerryking
The Buttonwood Gathering — Leading indicator
October 26th-27th 2011 in New York City. Ray Dalio, founder and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates, spoke with Matthew Bishop, US business editor and New York bureau chief for The Economist, during the ‘Leading indicator’ session at The Economist’s Buttonwood Gathering.
Ray_Dalio  Bridgewater  hedge_funds  web_video  leading_indicators 
march 2012 by jerryking
Using Online Video to Market Your Business - BusinessWeek
February 03, 2012, 10:58 AM EST
Using Online Video to Market Your Business
First determine what kind of material would complement your company’s brand. Then learn the basics: preparation, equipment, and location

By Karen E. Klein
web_video  small_business  branding  marketing  YouTube 
february 2012 by jerryking
Video: The secret to perfect scrambled eggs - The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 12:33PM EST
Last updated Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 2:28PM EST
Chef Sue Riedl shows you how to get delicious results every time
eggs  recipes  Sue_Riedl  web_video 
january 2012 by jerryking
Videos: News & Business Videos -
Dec. 21, 2011 | Bloomberg Businessweek | by Vivek Wadhwa, director of research at Duke University's Center for Entrepreneurship, discusses the start-up technology industry. He talks with Cory Johnson on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg West." Emily Chang also speaks. (Source: Bloomberg)
Second_Acts  baby_boomers  web_video  entrepreneurship  retirement  start_ups  innovation  stereotypes  Vivek_Wadhwa 
december 2011 by jerryking
Threadless: The Business of Community - Multimedia case
06/30/2008
Length:
45 min
Product Type:
Multimedia
Source:
Harvard Business School
Threadless.com, the online, Chicago-based t-shirt company, was not your typical fashion apparel company. The company, run by Jake Nickell, Jacob DeHart, and Jeffrey Kalmikoff, turned the fashion business on its head by enabling anyone to submit designs for t-shirts and asking its community of more than 500,000 members to help select winning designs. Threadless encouraged community members to actively participate by critiquing submitted designs, blogging about their daily lives, posting songs and videos inspired by the designs, and, most important, purchasing t-shirts that have won the weekly design competitions. In 2007, Threadless was well on its way to selling more than a million and a half t-shirts. Threadless' success had garnered significant media attention, the New York Times and USA's National Public Radio highlighting its unique community-based business model, and had piqued the interest of large traditional retailers. Nickell, DeHart, and Kalmikoff were now faced with making a decision about a potentially lucrative offer from a major retailer offering to carry large volumes of select Threadless t-shirts in its retail stores. Should they accept?
Threadless  T-shirts  Junior_Achievement  marketing  web_video  Ivey  community-based 
december 2011 by jerryking
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