I am fortunate to see dozens of innovative new internet products and services every month. But, it is not often that I have the opportunity to utilize those products in a business context. So, it was fun (and effective) to use two new services to create the logo and design the layout for this blog with minimal effort, at a very reasonable cost and, hopefully you'll agree, in a high quality way.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
If you are like me, you love smartphone apps. But, you are also overloaded by the number of apps that exist in the app store and also that you've downloaded to your device. As an investor in both Tapjoy and Flurry, I spend a lot of time thinking about what makes a great smartphone app.
To help me make sense of the overload, I've come up with two categories of great smartphone applications.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Doug: Three reasons: the market, Flurry's leadership position in that market, and their executive team.
Clearly, there is a tremendous market potential here. The use of mobile applications has exploded in the past year. Apple's App Store alone has seen more than three billion downloads — and the market is just getting started. There is an obvious need for a service that can help developers understand how their applications are being used and, by leveraging that powerful data, effectively monetize their applications.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Q: WHAT MAKES CARWOO! AN INTERESTING INVESTMENT FOR INTERWEST?
Doug: This year consumers are expected to purchase 12 million new cars in the United States. 98% of buyers will research their purchase online — and then the vast majority will drive to one or more dealers to make the actual purchase. At the dealership, they’ll face the prospect of in-person negotiation — a process that most consumers dislike. CarWoo! offers a way for consumers to compare competing offers from dealers in the privacy of their homes, saving time and money. In a nutshell, car buying is a huge market that CarWoo’s service promises to disrupt by elegantly solving a very real consumer problem.