Today, Android is merely playing catchup – every time there’s a proprietary iPhone app, soon thereafter, they’ve done a good job convincing developers that they also need to release an Android app. Yet, to play to win, Android needs to convince many, many developers to create apps exclusively for their platform, just like Windows did a generation ago.
On Monday, Marvel released a variant cover for comic book Spider-Woman #1 set to be published in November, drawn by artist Milo Manera, known for his more risque depictions of comic book characters. See what Marvel’s original cover looks like here.
Personally, I’ve written many feature scripts based on “worlds.” From hunting to barbershop singing to surfing to basketball. And the strange thing is the real details are always funnier than a bunch of shit a comedy writer would think up. The deeper you dig the more interesting things get.
the bottom line is Uber is not messing around: It is launching new products quickly and taking an experimental approach to continue to iterate and find product-market fit; it is not going to go into regulatory battles unarmed anymore; and they have a killer BD story to sell to hundreds of consumer mobile apps at scale. Launching with 11 API integrations was likely “taking it easy for Uber,” where 11 partnerships for most well-funded startups may be around that total after years of grinding it out.
The advantage of focusing on only the growth metric is that it doesn’t lie. You’re either growing or you’re not.
Understanding that LinkedIn was already doing a good job with users arriving to the homepage organically, they chose to double down on this group—since they were already the more engaged segment—by removing as much friction as possible from their user experience.
This was clearly a smart move on LinkedIn’s part. LinkedIn was able to grow in four months almost the same number of signups from homepage improvements as they did over two years of email invite optimizations. Of course a near doubling of the effectiveness of email invites is nothing to look down your nose at; but these numbers do indicate that when looking for big gains in a relatively small timeframe, focusing on improving strengths presents a more powerful opportunity for growth.
“The one thing that I feel is important, and it’s probably not a good objective business decision, but I think as an entrepreneur I find it much more satisfying if I know certain users pay for my product. I feel like I’ve really created something of value. If all I create [is] something lots of people look at, and then advertise—let’s say I have a social network site and it’s all free but Gap sells t- shirts on it—it basically means Gap can figure out how to get money from these users, but I as an entrepreneur can’t. It’s kind of depressing, isn’t it?”
Echoing LinkedIn’s long-view approach, co-founder Allen Blue advised young companies, at a San Francisco growth hacker’s conference in early 2012, not to panic and lose focus when early growth is slower than anticipated. “Unless you have a really good reason,” he said, “Stick to your strategy.