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Square’s Spectacular Growth

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-squares-spectacular-growth-2012-3

Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey’s other company, payment startup Square is doing quite well.

This chart from Dan Frommer at SplatF shows what he calls its “sexy growth.” The company is now processing about $11 million worth of transactions daily basis, up from just $1 million a day last year.

chart of the day, splatf payments, march 2012

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Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 news No Comments

Facebook Revenues Are Decelerating

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-facebook-revenues-are-decelerating-2012-2


Facebook revenues are decelerating. That is the reason why we don’t think the company is actually worth $100 billion. It’s more like $75 billion, and that’s if you’re optimistic.

Facebook revenues decelerating

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Netflix’s Bad Stock Timing (NFLX)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-netflix-2011-11

Netflix “is showing investors how not to buy and sell stock,” says the Bespoke Investment Group.

Last night it sold $200 million worth of stock at $70 a share. It had to sell that stock as part of a deal to raise another $200 million in the form of convertible notes. The financial moves will dilute shareholders by about 10%, according to Credit Suisse.

The timing is really embarrassing for Netflix because it spent $200 million buying back shares at an average price of $218 during the first half of the year.

Buying high and selling low is not how you should do it.

For what it’s worth, as you can see in the chart below, Netflix’s timing wasn’t always terrible! It was pretty smart buyer until the second quarter of 2011.

chart of the day, netflix stock price and stock repurchases

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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011 news No Comments

A Really Scary Chart For Yahoo (YHOO)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-2011-11

This chart shows why Yahoo quickly needs to figure out a new path for itself.

For all of its success, at its core, Yahoo is still an email business. People use Yahoo email and then from there land on its other properties.

The rise of smartphones and iPads is a problem for Yahoo. On those devices, email is a native application that doesn’t encourage people to checkout Yahoo’s pages.

As you can see in this chart, web-based email usage is cratering for people aged 12-34. Unless Yahoo figures out a way to wean itself from email dependence, it’s going to be in trouble.

What is the future of Yahoo? Our own Nicholas Carlson has a bold idea

chart of the day, web-based email use by age year over year, nov. 18, 2011

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Saturday, November 19th, 2011 news No Comments

Here’s What Groupon Insiders REALLY Think Of LivingSocial (GRPN)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-what-groupon-insiders-really-think-of-livingsocial-2011-11


LivingSocial is a very close competitor to Groupon.

Unaiz Kabani, the data whiz at Daily deals aggregator Yipit, tells us that Groupon’s market share dropped to 54% in September, down from 57% in August. Meanwhile LivingSocial was up to 22% from 19% in August.

Despite this heated race, Groupon barely mentioned LivingSocial in its IPO roadshow. Can you even spot it on this slide from the presentation?

GRPN IPO

Ridiculous, right?

But what do Groupon execs really think of LivingSocial? While we were talking to sources for our story INSIDE GROUPON, we got a pretty clear picture.

Highlights:

  • “LivingSocial was discussed in every management meeting.  It always seemed liked Groupon was winning in the markets that mattered, except in D.C., which is LivingSocial’s home base.”
  • “I would say LivingSocial was the main driver behind the huge marketing expenses because the idea was always, lets have more subscribers and thus more sales, then them.”
  • “Internally, the company rhetoric to employees was we’re way better, way cooler. [It was] a pep rally approach – they’re the rival the team can beat. At the management level, I would say they were taken seriously.”
  • “LivingSocial had the biggest influence when they would do something before Groupon.  They launched their instant deals before Groupon Now got launched and that was kind of a blow.  They did their escapes before we had a travel channel and that was a blow also. “
  • “The perception was that they launched an inferior product so ours was better. Just as a consumer, their mobile platform is far inferior.”
  • “Having that first mover advantage was huge.  It just always seemed like Groupon maybe had deeper pockets and could take advantage of the scale they thought they needed, then LivingSocial could.”
  • “They think they’re a lot smarter than LivingSocial.  Andrew thinks about LivingSocial all night and all day.  He totally obsesses about them.”
  • The Whole Foods thing drove him crazy. Groupon was bidding on that too, and basically LivingSocial went in and fully subsidized the deal and said “we’ll pay the whole thing, we just want Whole Foods on our roster.’ And you saw the number, the LivingSocial thing really worked for them, it really lifted their top line.”
  • “They’re a great company, a great fast follower. I don’t know what they’re worth – maybe $3 billion to $6 billion dollars – which is amazing [since it] didn’t exist 3 years ago.”
  • “There’s scale advantage that they don’t have; they don’t have a global presence. “
  • “I think they get gobbled up by one of the big four – Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook. Or maybe they even get acquired by Groupon.”
  • “[If] Groupon is worth $15 billion or $16 billion then maybe LivingSocial is worth 4 or 5.”

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Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 news No Comments

GameChanger Turns Your iPad into a Closet’s Worth of Board Games [Video]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5855547/gamechanger-turns-your-ipad-into-a-closets-worth-of-board-games/gallery/1

You can tweak the rules to keep it interesting, but that copy of Monopoly sitting in your closet is always going to be Monopoly. The GameChanger, however, incorporates swappable skins and an iPad running accompanying apps so every game night it can be something completely different.

Instead of just using the iPad as a source for quiz questions or flashy animations, the GameChanger board actually serves as an iPad dock, allowing it to interact with the four included game pieces as they make their way around the board. Out of the box it includes two skins, The Magic School Bus and AnimalMania, with free downloadable apps that provide instructions, trivia, a virtual wheel and even automatic score keeping. But replay value isn’t its only advantage. The use of the iPad also eliminates the need for stacks of cards, dice, hotels, tiles and other accessories that can get bumped or even go missing, rendering a traditional board game unplayable. GameChanger’s available now for $80, while additional skins are promised to be released sometime in November. [GameChanger via Engadget]

GameChanger Turns Your iPad into a Closet's Worth of Board Games
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GameChanger Turns Your iPad into a Closet’s Worth of Board Games [Video]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5855547/gamechanger-turns-your-ipad-into-a-closets-worth-of-board-games/gallery/1

You can tweak the rules to keep it interesting, but that copy of Monopoly sitting in your closet is always going to be Monopoly. The GameChanger, however, incorporates swappable skins and an iPad running accompanying apps so every game night it can be something completely different.

Instead of just using the iPad as a source for quiz questions or flashy animations, the GameChanger board actually serves as an iPad dock, allowing it to interact with the four included game pieces as they make their way around the board. Out of the box it includes two skins, The Magic School Bus and AnimalMania, with free downloadable apps that provide instructions, trivia, a virtual wheel and even automatic score keeping. But replay value isn’t its only advantage. The use of the iPad also eliminates the need for stacks of cards, dice, hotels, tiles and other accessories that can get bumped or even go missing, rendering a traditional board game unplayable. GameChanger’s available now for $80, while additional skins are promised to be released sometime in November. [GameChanger via Engadget]

GameChanger Turns Your iPad into a Closet's Worth of Board Games
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US consumers purchase $55 million worth of 3D TVs and Blu-ray players, despite the glasses

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/25/us-consumers-purchase-55-million-worth-of-3d-tvs-and-blu-ray-pl/

It’s early days yet, but NPD claims that revenue from US sales of 3D TVs and standalone 3D-capable Blu-ray players has exceeded $55 million in the first three months of availability. Mind you, this steady growth comes despite the absence of some major players. While that number might sound big, it’s tiny in comparison to the total number of TVs sold each month in the US and, according to our friend Ross Rubin, executive director of industry analysis at NPD, sales are expected to remain small throughout 2010. Regarding those much maligned 3D glasses, only 10% of those surveyed by NPD cited “looking silly” as a main concern. Instead, the biggest concern was not having enough glasses on hand for everyone looking at the set. A concern driven by cost, undoubtedly, and a dearth of survey participants from New York’s trendy Lower East Side.

Disclaimer: NPD’s Ross Rubin is a contributor to Engadget.

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Friday, June 25th, 2010 news No Comments

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5534285/how-much-tech-companies-are-spending-on-advertising

How Much Tech Companies Are Spending On AdvertisingYahoo’s reportedly ponying up $85 million for an upcoming ad campaign—nearly twice as much as they spent on advertising in all of 2009. But as this chart shows, Yahoo’s wager looks puny next to Microsoft’s massive ad spending.

According to Kantar Media, who provided Silicon Alley Insider with numbers for total ad spending (print, online, radio, tv, and outdoor), Microsoft spent some $518 million on advertising last year, over twice as much as Apple did, with $249 million. And I’m not entirely sure they got their money’s worth—I’m having a hard time thinking of much recent Microsoft propaganda besides those “make a PC for under $1000″ commercials, which basically seemed like Best Buy spots anyway. Update: also, this.

Of these six companies, eBay spent the biggest chunk of their revenue on self-promotion, presumably trying to keep their name prominent even as they lose members to services like Craigslist. And equally interesting to how much money Microsoft and eBay spent is how little Google did. I guess life is good when you’re a verb. [SAI]

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Sunday, May 9th, 2010 charts No Comments

These Court Docs Show Only 90 Preorders (With 15 returned) [Tablets]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5505724/joojoo-tablet-these-court-docs-show-only-90-preorders-with-15-returned

Joojoo Tablet: These Court Docs Show Only 90 Preorders (With 15 returned)These Paypal documents from the JooJoo/Techcrunch lawsuit show that only 90 preorders for the $500 device, roughly $44k worth, were made. This is what happens when you launch a tablet the same month as Apple, at the same price.

And 15 of those turned into cancellations (which were hard to do, we hear.) That doesn’t seem like it’s enough money to cover legal fees or kick production into high gear. I’m going to reiterate our stance: It seems like a great device, but you should wait for things to shake out before putting down more money. And remember, this costs as much as an iPad.

Joojoo Tablet: These Court Docs Show Only 90 Preorders (With 15 returned)
Joojoo Tablet: These Court Docs Show Only 90 Preorders (With 15 returned)

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