App.net Shutting Down, Ello, Hello Network, Treem…and Facebook

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App.net is shutting down. I haven’t heard anyone mention Ello since…it launched in 2014. They are now branding themselves as “The Creators Network”. I wonder how that is going? Treem is another recent entrant. I recently listened to a RE/CODE podcast with the founder of Orkut (his name is also Orkut). He’s working on a new social network called the Hello Network. I still believe the downfall of Facebook is entirely possible, perhaps even probable. But who, and how? The chicken and egg problem is very, very real. Tackling “social” is fucking hard… there’s no doubt about that, as proved by the graveyard of attempts that grows by the month.

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Cities of Sleep Trailor

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ESPN’s Business Model is in Deep Trouble

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ESPN lost 621,000 subscribes in one month; their worst month ever. Shiza (shit, in German), that’s a lot of people –at $7 per subscriber per month in revenue. I’ve been watching the World Series using the fox sports go Apple TV app. All I had to do was “verify” a cable subscription with a login — which of course could be swapped at anytime with a verification from another cable company. Fox now has a direct relationship with me through a technology intermediary that has my credit card. I’m one click from paying Fox a monthly subscription for their content. Or maybe a world series game is $2 to watch. Yes, I’d absolutely pay that. Live sports is … Continue reading

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Journeying to Mars

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I don’t know about you, but I think Elon made a convincing case that inhabiting Mars is going to happen.

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How to Build a Strong Online Community

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Adidas’ Recycled from the Ocean Shoe

This is cool… Reminds me of Bureo (see here).

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The (Almost) Eulogy of Oh Hey World

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Over the past few years, I’ve worked on two travel apps – Oh Hey World (OHW) and, more recently, Horizon. Anyone that has slaved away on a startup knows how hard they are. The hundreds of hours. The stressful nights. The weekends spent in front of your computer while friends are out having fun. It really is like nurturing a baby (from what I’ve heard). We’re still very much working on Horizon (we’ve been working on Android), but related to Oh Hey World… When is enough, enough? For the answer, head to Oh Hey World and read my deeper dive…

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