Month: August 2015

The Next Television Platform, Part 1

MHALLVILLE

How you think the world of television will be transformed depends in large part on how you perceive this really great chart put together by David Pakman.

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One could look at this, as Pakman and many others do, and rightly conclude that the growing green wedge illustrating the explosion of time spent on mobile devices represents the future.

I look at this chart and see another opportunity. The largely unchanged and very large block in dark blue at the bottom — the four plus hours per day we spend watching live television — is now up for grabs. We’re at the beginning of a massive shift away from live linear television (cable & satellite) to on-demand over-the-top TV (Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu, HBO Go).

This shift is already well underway for some. Which age cohort is leading the switch away from linear TV to paid over-the-top video services? Millennials…

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a16z Podcast: Messaging As the Interface to, Well, Everything

SAT type exam analogy, Message App:Browser that was Browser:Internet; platform vs. portal

Andreessen Horowitz

Messaging app WeChat tells us a lot about mobile and business in China. In a recent deep-dive primer on the WeChat phenomenon, a16z partner Connie Chan analyzed WeChat and the notion of app-within-apps, payments as a gateway drug, platforms vs portals, and what happens when utility is more important than being “social”. Wired senior writer David Pierce also describes the power of conversational messaging as the main interface, further arguing that “A great messaging app could be to the web browser what the browser was to the internet before it.”

So what happens when a messaging app essentially becomes an operating system for our lives? What conditions made the mobile, business, and cultural environment in China so ripe for a phenomenon like WeChat? How does voice change everything? And, let’s face it, what are the tradeoffs users (both consumer and business) as well as developers may have to make when one app does in fact…

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This Peruvian girl’s Michael Jackson cover will make you want to learn the dying language of Quechua

Fusion

In the middle of ancient Incan ruins in the foot hills of the Peruvian Andes, 14-year-old Renata Flores Rivera brings together two things dear to her heart: the ancient Indigenous language of South America, Quechua, and Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel.” The result is gorgeous:

Flores spoke to Fusion from home on Monday afternoon after a full day at school.

“It’s a project called Las juventudes tambien hablamos Quechua‘ (the youth, we speak Quechua too),” she said. She said it’s important for her “to be able to appreciate this language again, because we are losing it here in Peru.”

Flores’s mother, Patricia Rivera Canchanya, kicked off the campaign this year through a cultural association, la Asosacion Cultural Surca, which she founded 11 years ago to promote arts and Peruvian culture in their home city of Huamanga (also known as Ayacucho). Rivera is also a musician, and set up a music school

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Chris Sacca

The Waiter's Pad

Chris Sacca (@Sacca) joined Tim Ferriss (@TFerriss)  on The Tim Ferriss podcast to talk about investments, filters, influences and more.

Sacca is the Proprietor of Lowercase capital and has been involved in early stage investments with Twitter, Uber, Instagram and many more. His interview is good not only for the professional stories about a venture capitalist’s thought processes, but also because of Sacca’s openness about life and mistakes.

Many stories focus on the superhuman achievements and hero’s journey and we forget that life is about more than that. It’s about love, family, and whether we can make things better with what we’ve got. Let’s see how we can make things better.

How to Invest

Sacca is a venture capitalist and a pretty good one. He’s worth over a billion dollars. He’s had this sort of success because he has models for what to invest in and what…

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