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Is Zynga Doomed? (ZNGA)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/zynga-charts-2012-9

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As Zynga’s stock tanks, executives are leaving left and right

Are they running because Zynga is screwed, or are they leaving for another reason?

We looked at app usage data to figure it out. 

Zynga’s daily players are at 50 million, down from 70 million just a few months ago.

Meanwhile, the stock has absolutely cratered.

Zynga has seen a lot of talent drain. Most of those leaving have at least one thing in common…

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 news No Comments

PayPal Buys Card.io To Add More Startup Energy To The Company (EBAY)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/paypal-card-io-acquisition-2012-7

PayPal and Card.io

PayPal just acquired Card.io, a startup whose technology makes it easy for mobile apps to scan credit cards—a handy feature that saves users the time it takes to enter a 16-digit card number.

We don’t think Card.io’s card-scanning feature is that earthshaking. But we think it’s a positive sign that PayPal is snapping up startups—especially, as PayPal executive Hill Ferguson writes, to bring on their “passionate and independent team.”

Ferguson himself came to PayPal through its acquisition of Zong last year, and Zong CEO David Marcus now runs PayPal.

PayPal has needed an injection of startup talent from top to bottom, as competitors like Stripe and Square nibble away at its best growth opportunities. Stripe, in particular, has wooed developers who want to add payments to their Web services.

It’s significant that Card.io is used in apps from startups like Uber and TaskRabbit: PayPal needs people who know how to build services that appeal to other developers.

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Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 news No Comments

Pixelated Crayons are Retroriffic

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5900371/pixelated-crayons-are-retroriffic-in-every-way

Pixelated Crayons Are Retroriffic In Every WayToday’s high-resolution displays mean we don’t see pixelated images that often anymore. And let’s face it, once the colored pencil enters your life, you rarely pick up a crayon ever again. Except for nostalgia’s sake, which these pixelated crayons have in spades.

For $15 you get a set of six multi-colored crayons which can be used for drawing technicolor rainbows when dragged across a page. Or, if you happen to have a shred of artistic talent, these colored cacophonies can also be used to quickly add shading and depth to an image bound for the fridge door. Just move that important grocery list out of the way, your spose won’t mind.

Pixelated Crayons Are Retroriffic In Every Way

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Monday, April 9th, 2012 news No Comments

Groupon Buys eCommerce Data Targeting Startup (And Angelpad Alumnus) Adku

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/06/groupon-buys-ecommerce-data-targeting-startup-adku/

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I love the smell of acquisitions in the morning! We’ve just heard that Groupon has acquired Adku, a stealth startup that uses big data in order to personalize the online shopping experience for people visiting eCommerce sites like eBay, Amazon and Zappos.

The company built their personalized targeting technology in three months, and have basically been in stealth since they launched at the Angelpad Demo day a year and a half ago. Adku is backed by Greylock Partners, Battery Ventures and True Ventures in addition to being an Angelpad startup.

Although CEO Ajit Varma and several members of the six person team are former Googlers, from what I’m hearing this wasn’t a talent acquisition or acqhire but a team + technology play  – with a price beyond $10 million. Varma would not disclose what the team will be working on when they get to Groupon.

While it’s not clear what the technology will be applied to, the acquisition makes sense on a lot of levels, especially because a personalized experience is where most of eCommerce is headed. Greylock VC David Thacker now runs product for Groupon, so that couldn’t have  hurt either.

Wrote Varma in a blog post, “We started talking to Groupon to bring our technology to more customers and quickly realized that we wanted to be a deeper part of a company that people love and is empowering merchants and customers in a way that’s never been done before.”

Stay tuned!

OK @adku (three former Google engineers) is a company that Techcrunch will slobber over. Dynamic content. Interesting company.—
Robert Scoble (@Scobleizer) November 11, 2010


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Monday, February 6th, 2012 news No Comments

Former CP+B Digital Producer is Ready to

Source: http://www.mediabistro.com/agencyspy/boutique-call-former-cpb-digital-producer-is-ready-to-supply_b28129

It’s been a little while since we’ve rolled out a Boutique Call post, but since the category seems somewhat wide open at this point, we’ll let you know that Shaz Sedighzadeh has started up a new operation called The Supply.

Sedighzadeh set up the new shop, which is being dubbed as a “a resource representation entity for digital and creative talent,” following a two-year stint as a digital producer at CP+B, where he helped produce work for Old Navy, Coke Zero and Microsoft Windows. Prior to Crispin, the new entrepreneur spent a few months on the digital production side at Tool of North America.

Want an explanation of what The Supply does? Well, regarding his new operation, here’s a statement from Sedighzadeh, who lives in Denver but shuttles between NY and LA often: “The world of traditional staffing, simply matching keywords on a resume, has been a working model for some time, and may continue to be in some capacity. But in the digital advertising world today, things are shifting way too fast to solely be supported by the standard candidate sourcing methods. Talent specialists and reps now need to think like experienced digital producers and strategists; they need to ‘get it’, knowing what the project/campaign consists of, what type/level of specific talent is needed, matching resources with the timeline/budget, identifying what design aesthetic needs to be applied, whether it’s a job for a vendor or a couple of freelancers, and the list goes on.”

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Monday, January 16th, 2012 news No Comments

specialized channels with niche and original content

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/01/08/youtubes-got-big-plans-for-web-tv-specialized-channels-with-ni/

YouTube’s come quite a long way from its roots as a repository for random videos from the public. It’s gone from “Chocolate Rain” and the Tron guy to streaming Disney classics and now creating original, quality content. The New Yorker spoke extensively with YouTube’s Global Head of Content Robert Kyncl about the site’s future plans, and YouTube’s got its sights set on grabbing a big slice of TV’s $300 billion pie. Kyncl thinks the future of TV is in niche content, and YouTube’s original channels are just the vehicle to deliver it direct to your digital door. The site is commissioning people and companies to create the channels (as opposed to individual shows or pieces of content) which gives the creators freedom to program their channels as they see fit — all YouTube asks is that they provide a certain number of hours of programming per week. This production model is apparently pretty attractive to content producers, given the talent that’s on board and the amount of content that’ll be rolling out over the next six months.

The idea is that all the original content will get people watching YouTube for longer periods of time, and in turn grant more opportunities to reap ad revenue. Of course, these specialized channels don’t provide the wide advertising reach of traditional television, but they do allow advertisers to target very specific audiences with focused ads. That presumably provides them with better bang for their buck. Time will tell if YouTube’s new plan will win the war against traditional television and web TV (including Kyncl’s former employer Netflix), but free, quality on-demand content certainly sounds good to us. Get a fuller accounting of Kyncl’s vision at the source below, and feel free to sound off in the comments if you’re picking up what he’s putting down.

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