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Is Instagram worth a billion dollars?

You know what’s cooler than a million dollars?  What?  A Billion Dollars.  ­The Social Network So, is it? The short answer to the question of whether or not Instagram is worth a billion dollars is yes, it is, because that’s exactly the price Facebook was willing to pay for it. Did they overpay? Like the […]

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The Internet/Globalization is Spreading Western Values

I should start by saying that this blog post represents the initial stages of a thought process that is far from complete and I’m not quite happy with my ability to clearly explain myself yet. My hope therefore is that the reader will consider the ideas contained herein as a proposal for a discussion as […]

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The internet is making us better people, and Joseph Kony proves it.

I’ve been neglecting my blog lately as a result of professional and personal travel but it certainly hasn’t been as a result of a lack of ideas or inspiration. I In fact, just now I came from a meeting with Argentine Technologist Santiago Siri and our conversation made me connect the dots between a few different […]

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Why Google’s Survival Depends on Google+

Google needs Google+ to succeed. Failure is not an option. What is at stake is the survival of the company. To place a bet on the future based on the present, however, would be extremely  naive. Here’s why (I should add that everything written below is based on my opinion as an observer and not […]

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Facebook: Worth the Hype?

After a pro-longed absence caused by intense work and then an intense vacation I am back at it. I left promising to write about Facebook’s business model, and now that the company’s IPO is on the horizon the topic is even more fitting. How does Facebook make money? One way that Facebook makes money is […]

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Online Advertising Explained: Part 2: How Google Makes Money, and I mean Stupid Amounts of Money

In an earlier post on the subject of Why does Facebook Fear Google? I wrote about how the battle between search (Google) and discovery (Facebook) boiled down to dominance in re-directing traffic on the internet. There is another area where Google and Facebook compete, and that is for advertiser dollars. In this post, I’ll talk […]

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Online Advertising Explained: Part 1: Why we should love online advertising

It sounds strange to say, but one of my passions is online advertising. Upon first glance this may seem like a very superficial interest: after all, the words “online advertising” summons images of pop-up ads and  the desire to punch a monkey. However, over the course of the next few posts I will argue that […]

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10 Insider Tips for Getting Hired at Google (or Any Coveted Company)

Hey Everyone, this blog post was originally published by the Brazen Careerist. Please find the original article here. As a former hiring manager at Google, I can tell you that the first secret of getting hired at Google is that there are no secrets to getting hired at Google. The truth is that Google’s hiring process is […]

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Why does Google Fear Facebook?

Someone asked me recently why Google is afraid of Facebook, and why it would feel the urge to launch a social network to challenge Facebook’s core business. After all, Facebook gets social and it does it quite well. Google, on the other hand, does search better than anyone. On the surface they appear to be […]

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The Social Airplane

So one of the things that has happened to me after 3 years in Silicon Valley is that I spend a lot of time thinking about how to incorporate ‘social’ into traditional business models. After all, the power of social is the power to use technology to create human communications where none existed before. To this extent, […]

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