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A dollar amount in your profile?

As I read this article in TechCrunch about Snapchat, I wondered how interesting it'd be to see the amount of money a service has made selling your attention on a monthly basis in a similar way that we can see how many megabytes of data we've used on our mobile phones monthly (per application and really easily on Android especially).

So, with 150M active monthly users and a target of $300M in revenue for 2016, Snapchat is aiming to sell each user account ad placements of an average of 17 cents a month. That seems really reasonable. I'd pay 17 cents to use it monthly. It's like $2 a year. Sure. But, how much higher can it go? Link

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Line More, Be Closer

Twenty Million a month. That's what LINE makes on digital stickers. Link. The stickers account for 9% of messages on the platform with 218 Million active users. They are purchased by from just 4% of the user base. Link.

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It seems the Echo would have sold way more than the best research suggests.

3 Million is the most public estimate of number of Alexa access units sold to-date. Link. Seems really small. You're going to have "voice activated assistants" in your home and then want them in your office sooner than later. If it's not an Amazon device it'll be a Google (Google Home is built on Chromecast not Android?) or an Apple device

BTW, the Echo Dot (plug it into other speakers) is on backorder. Should ship again in June. Get one and learn. The Amazon Tap (a smaller, portable Echo) requires you to tap a button to talk to Alexa. No thanks. 

Interested in trying out Echo's Voice assistant for $5? Try Lexi on iOS. Link. Interested in developing with an Alexa in a browser? Link.

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Phone "Applications" That Don't Require The Download.

This is a major advancement to my mind. Google is preparing to provide Mobile Application experiences from browsers on the fly, no App Store or Play Store needed. This removes a ton of friction in buying and engagement. I'm excited to use and likely design for these "later this year." Link.

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Ridesharing Inside Your Map

Waze, a 2013 Google acquisition, is supporting basic ride sharing tools for Google employees commuting to and from work. It's an Uber like tool right inside an existing community based transit tool. Competition can come from anywhere. I'm curious where this one goes. Link.

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How Private Tech Really Stacks Up

I found this a crisp re-framing of the size of private technology companies. The "Unicorns" (i.e. those with multibillion-dollar valuations) in tech are actually quite small relative to other private companies by revenue. With so much emphasis on the tech firms in media and elsewhere, there is a stark contrast to the quiet behemoth on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. Link.

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The Startup Zeitgeist

Take all the applications to Y Combinator and shake them in a data box. Upon reassembling the like pieces, trends emerge. I found this post worth reading. Messaging is going to replace email in the minds of those looking to build services for communications. Link.

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