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Funny: Working from home

Nice one from the New Yorker. Just in time for the weekend.

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Time to break up Google?

tech monopoliesI ran across this really nice written article on the state of tech dominance from the NY Times – “Is it time to break up Google?“. It essentially argues that Google, Amazon and Facebook have become natural monopolies and we continue at our peril if we don’t do anything.

A couple of points that caught my eye:

  • While profits have soared at the tech companies, revenues for newspapers and music companies have fallen by 70% since 2001
  • Newspaper publishers have lost over 50% of their employees between 2001 and 2016

Worth a read.

 

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Google has ~2B lines of code

April 15, 2017 Leave a comment

I found this chart from the Economist in an article about hacking interesting.lines of code Apparently Google has ~2B lines of code (across all its products). Compare this to Liunx at ~20m and a comparably bloated Windows at ~50M. Worth a read.

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Nice podcast on blockchain

epicenterAlthough I’m probably the last person on earth to have “discovered” this, I have found this podcast – EpiCenter – on blockchain and related items pretty useful. The quality of the guests is high, the questioning clear and the pace of the conversation unhurried. Worth a listen.

Categories: technology, tips

Amazon acendant

It’s easy to forget how dominant Amazon has become in our lives. An article from the Economist a few weeks ago (I’m behind!) is a good reminder. Some tidbits:

  • It is now the world’s fifth largest company by value (currently at ~$400B), with sales at about $140B
  • It accounts for 5% of retail spending in the US (roughly half of Walmart)
  • Alexa already has has ~10,000 skills (sort of akin to apps), despite the recency of its launch
  • Amazon spends twice as much much on movies / TV than HBO
  • The number of Amazon prime customers is now ~72M, up 32% from 2015.

amazon on fire

Only 10 firms with sales of more $50B have managed to grow by 15% for over 10 years since 1950; no company over $100B has pulled that off. Can Amazon be the one? I wouldn’t rule it out.

Nice read.

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C.E.-Bro: Jerks in Silicon Valley

Nicely written article on the “bro” culture in Silicon Valley from the NYTimes. While most of the article focuses (of course!) on Uber, it has examples from others including Zenefits and Quirky. A couple of points that caught my eye:

  • In 1999, 10 percent of investing partners at venture capital companies were women. By 2014 the number had declined to 6 percent. Bros in VC support Bros in tech companies.
  • None of the 15 biggest tech “unicorns” — start-ups worth more than $1 billion — has a female chief executive

Worth a a quick scan.

Categories: startups, technology, trends

Extra airlines fees now 10% of revenue

airline feesAirlines’ business practices never cease to amaze me. It appears that the “extra fees” (read blankets, ear buds, movies, baggage, change fees etc.) now make up ~10% of total revenue according to an article in the NYTimes. The data is actually from a survey from hopper.com – full data here. All this while the quality of “service” continues to be awful at best. Read and weep.

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