7 proven strategies for launching a marketplace

GUEST: Marketplaces are notoriously one of the hardest types of businesses to start because you have to acquire two different types of users at the same time: buyers and sellers. You need to launch with both, and you need to make sure they both scale together. Early on, if you have many more sellers than buyers, sellers won’t see many sales, they’ll ... Read More »

Rocket Internet and Roland Berger plan “super incubator”

As Roland Berger’s CEO states in the new issue of Manager Magazin, which will be available on December 19th, the consultancy and Rocket Internet plan a so-called “super incubator” named Terra Numerata. Both companies will each hold 50 percent of the incubator, Roland Berger’s CEO Charles-Edouard Bouée told German Manager Magazin. “Our company will work like a factory and will ... Read More »

How FullContact helps make Gmail contacts less lame

GUEST: Editor’s note: Brad Feld’s firm, Foundry Group, is an investor in FullContact. I live in Gmail. Gmail Contacts has been lame for a long time. Within an email, it’s even lamer on the right side bar, especially since it could be so amazingly useful. FullContact has just released its FullContact for Gmail product. It’s a free download in the Chrome Store. ... Read More »

Sony reportedly plans to release Seth Rogen comedy ‘The Interview’ online — for free

Sony is planning to release Seth Rogen’s controversial comedy, “The Interview” for free on its own streaming service Crackle, The New York Post’s Dana Sauchelli reports, citing unnamed sources. A lawyer for Sony Pictures stated on “Meet The Press” Sunday that the film would be distributed, but he wasn’t yet sure how. “The Interview” was scheduled for a Christmas Day ... Read More »

The personal costs of raising money

GUEST: In the tech industry, we celebrate raising money as a victory second only to that of a successful exit. And while I recognize that venture capital is often an unavoidable requirement for growing a business, most entrepreneurs, and the tech community at large — who often seem to push people into raising VC — would be better served viewing ... Read More »

5 waves of technology disruption that are just getting started

GUEST: Changes in technology are happening at a scale which was unimaginable before and will cause disruption in industry after industry. This has really begun to worry me, because we are not ready for this change and most of our leading companies won’t exist 15–20 years from now. Here are five sectors to keep an eye on: 1. Let’s start with ... Read More »

The great Heathkit mystery

Whatever happened to Heathkit, the do-it-yourself electronics kits that used to be so popular at the dawn of the computer age? For decades, Heathkit was a household name among those who liked to play with electronics. From 1947 until 1992, Heathkit — which was the “brand name of kits and other electronic products produced and marketed by the Heath Company,” ... Read More »

Death to QR codes! Quikkly raises $1M

Marketing startup Quikkly has raised $1m from Initial Capital and a group of angel investors. The London-based startup hopes to “make the real world clickable” through what it calls an action tag, a spin on traditional QR codes. The action tags, surprisingly enough, are all actionable and instead of just bringing you to a page, as QR codes do, actually ... Read More »

5 trends to watch for in 3D printing in 2015

GUEST: It’s been a fast-paced year for 3D printing, with more capital, more companies, and more big ideas than ever. Behind the scenes, we’ve witnessed no fewer than 50 new ventures raising money in the 3D printing sector. That doesn’t include more than 40 crowdfunding projects on Kickstarter alone. We can expect all of this activity to result in some ... Read More »