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Zulily Joins The Billion-Dollar Club

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/zulily-andreessen-horowitz-2012-11

Levels of Discovery, a Zulily-carried brand

There’s another startup worth a billion dollars.

Zulily, a Seattle-based daily-deals site for moms and kids, just raised $85 million from Andreessen Horowitz, a venture-capital firm that backed Instagram and Skype.

In a blog post, Andreessen Horowitz partner Jeff Jordan, the former CEO of OpenTable and president of eBay’s PayPal division, called Zulily an example of “e-commerce 2.0.”

Specifically, Jordan praised Zulily for finding a niche where it could successfully compete with Amazon.com, by carrying goods from lesser-known designers who lacked broad distribution.

Zulily also broadened from carrying children’s apparel typically bought by moms to offering women’s apparel and housewares of interest to that customer base. It has attracted 10 million shoppers to date.

A year ago, Zulily raised $43 million in a deal that valued the company at $750 million. The company didn’t disclose its valuation in this round, but Fortune’s Dan Primack says his sources tell him the company’s now valued at $1 billion.

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Monday, July 23rd, 2012 news No Comments

Microsoft’s Online Business Is Just Awful (MSFT)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-microsofts-online-operating-income-2012-7

There is a slight wrinkle to this quarter’s edition of the Microsoft online money pit chart.

The company took a $6.2 billion writedown from its failed aQuantive acquisition, which means we get an even more ridiculous looking than usual chart.

If you back out the writedown, Microsoft had an operating loss of $472 million. One quarter Microsoft is going to get this turned around. We can’t wait.

Other than the online division, the company is doing very well. It beat on EPS, and just barely missed on revenue.

chart of the day, microsoft online operating income, july 2012

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Friday, July 20th, 2012 news No Comments

Amazon’s Plague of Fake Books

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5902283/amazon-is-overrun-with-a-plague-of-fake-books

Amazon Is Overrun With a Plague of Bestseller KnockoffsIf you search for popular books on Amazon, it turns out you’ll turn up intentionally misleading knockoffs. Publishers obviously aren’t happy about about it, but some of these titles are hilarious. I Am The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, anybody? Seriously, who falls for that? Apparently, a lot of people.

Fortune found a slew of these ripoffs on Amazon. Currently, the online retailer’s bestselling book Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. If you’d been searching for the popular romance novel would you have been fooled by the very similar Thirty-Five Shades of Grey by J.D. Lyte? Maybe, actually!

Not only are the people who are putting these books up for sale reaping profits and ripping people off, Amazon is complicit in the whole affair:

It’s perhaps more shocking that Amazon (AMZN) not only sells the books, it’s also helping their authors create them. All of the apparent copycat books that Fortune found on Amazon were made through CreateSpace, which is a division of Amazon. Authors can use CreateSpace’s system to design and self-publish their own books. The books then go on sale on Amazon and other sites. Amazon splits the proceeds with authors. It’s a different relationship than most publishers have with their authors, but there is no way for consumers to know that. On Amazon and other sites, CreateSpace is listed as the publisher of the books.

Amazon Is Overrun With a Plague of Bestseller KnockoffsUnfortunately some of the best knockoffs are no longer available as far as we can tell. According to Fortune, Steve Jobs by Isaac Worthington was tearing up the charts on Amazon at one point, but we haven’t been able to find it.

Obviously, book publishers have wised up to the scam and are getting some books pulled down when they’re discovered. But this problem isn’t going anywhere fast. Amazon is just too big. Next time you’re searching for a book, be careful which one you buy. [Fortune]

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Monday, April 16th, 2012 digital No Comments

You Can Now Hire Funny Or Die To Make Your Ads

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/funny-or-die-is-expanding-from-standalone-sketches-and-going-into-commercials-2012-4

 

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Funny or Die is going commercial by, well, creating commercials.

The Adam McKay and Will Ferrell brainchild, which had a humble start in 2007 (featuring videos of drunken landlord babies) and then exploded into a celebrity-laden viral video machine, is launching a division called Gifted Youth that is entirely dedicated to making real advertisements.

While some products have been integrated into videos—like Emma Stone’s “ad” for iPhone murder apps—it wasn’t done to sell anything. So far, brands have served as excuses to make funny videos. Now they’re going to be the main event.

Chris Bruss, the vp/branded entertainment at Funny or Die who will helm Gifted Youth, told the New York Times that the division will give agencies and marketers the coveted opportunity to work with writers, directors, and maybe even actors who have worked with Funny or Die.

Advertising agencies are constantly trying to create the next big viral video. While once in a blue moon a client will sign off on Old Spice guy, let’s face it, moons are rarely blue and agencies are far more likely to make Mary J. Blige sing about fried chicken in a Burger King ad that is destined to get pulled.

Funny or Die, on the other hand, epically wins at viral content. For example, Will Ferrell’s local Super Bowl ads for Milwaukee beer—spawned from a deal that Pabst made with Funny or Die in 2010—got more Twitter mentions than $3.5 million national Super Bowl spots for Cadillac, Century 21, CareerBuilder, Lexus, and Hulu.

But everyone shouldn’t start dancing in the street just yet. While Funny or Die is good at creating funny content, it’s a whole other ball game when you have a client that’s going to have to approve content every step of the way. Who’s really going to be able to tell Will Ferrell, for example, what he can and can’t say? We’re also anticipating that agencies, who just love working/competing with new creatives on the block, will be butting heads with Gifted Youth.

The new ad shop had a soft launch during TNT’s slam dunk contest during the NBA All-Star weekend by airing a Kia commercial starring Blake Griffin and actor Jeff Goldblum. Gifted Youth also just released spots for New Era baseball caps in which comedians Nick Offerman and Craig Robinson fight over their respective love for the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Socks. (This is a continuation of last year’s ads in which John Krasinski and Alec Baldwin feud about the Red Socks and the Yankees).


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Thursday, April 5th, 2012 news No Comments

How Sony Actually Makes Money Is Very Surprising (SNE)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-sony-operating-income-september-2011-2011-11


Sony is a company famous for its consumer electronics like flat screen tvs, computers, and the PlayStation. But, incredibly, that’s not how it makes money. 

Dan Frommer of SplatF points out the company loses hundreds of millions from consumer electronics. It actually makes money from its “financial services” division, which is made up of insurance and banking services.

Below is a breakdown of the operating income for each of its divisions in the most recent quarter.

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Friday, November 11th, 2011 news No Comments

Google Quietly Invests Over $100 Million in Zynga, Readying Google Games

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5584118/google-quietly-invests-over-100-million-in-zynga-readying-google-games

Google Quietly Invests Over 0 Million in Zynga, Readying Google GamesWhoa. TechCrunch reports that Google has invested between $100 and $200 million in Zynga, the social gaming behemoth behind Farmville, Mafia Wars, and others, in preparation for the launch of Google Games later this year.

TechCrunch’s “multiple sources” say that Google itself, not its venture capital division Google Ventures, has invested between $100 and $200 million in Zynga, a huge power play presumably with the aim of eroding Facebook’s social media dominance.

It seems that Google sees Zynga as the best way to hit the ground running with Google Games, a social gaming service from the search company that’s set to launch later this year. TechCrunch points to this job opening for “Product Management Leader, Games” at their Mountain View campus as proof that we’ll be seeing a lot more about Google’s move into gaming in the near future.

With Google Me, the company’s purported Facebook killer, continuing to take shape, this major investment in Zynga is just further proof that Google is making a very serious effort to hit Facebook where it hurt, namely, the farms. [TechCrunch]

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