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Irony: In Music, Spotify is Frenemy; YouTube is the BFF Labels Need More Than Ever

Nothing captures YouTube’s evolution as rights & advertising clearinghouse more than music’s love/hate relationship with pariah-turned-frenemy-turned belle of the media ball. Music and gaming content have always been the biggest content categories on YouTube. It’s thus not surprising that both… Continue Reading →

My Anti Stock Portfolio

As I get back into investing, I am inspired by VC firm’s Anti-Portfolio and sharing five companies I loved but whose stocks I never bought. You can jump to my current portfolio, but this article goes beyond “would’ve, could’ve, should’ve”… Continue Reading →

This is The Biggest Wild Card Impacting Startup Success

Startup success is a function of Vision, Ambition, Execution, Persistence, Luck, Timing, Focus and Resiliency. Timing is usually a wild card that trumps them all. YouTube won the web video wars for many reasons, I discussed some of it at… Continue Reading →

Of Platforms and Publishers

To avoid accusations of bias and censorship, platforms are trying to find middle ground with regards to freedom of expression and discouraging harmful content. The latest decision to make certain videos available on platforms but not promoted is a reasonable… Continue Reading →

Netflix is Evolutionary while YouTube is Revolutionary

YouTube and Netflix won the AVOD (Advertising Video on Demand) and SVOD (Subscription Video on Demand) wars, respectively, but the way they did so is wildly different. A non-paying user isn’t as valuable as a paying subscriber, of course, but… Continue Reading →

Our Pillars: Four Big Bets

“The best investor is a social scientist.”Michael Milken From 2006-12, we experimented with production and distribution tactics until finding our product/market (or platform/format) fit. In doing so, we built a massive evergreen back-catalog while fine-tuning the production model. But what… Continue Reading →

Where Apple Can Hurt Google in Search Battle

The Financial Times reported that Apple is developing an alternative to Google search. If you recall, Google was the 13th search engine, following in the footsteps of many Directories (Yahoo!, Looksmart), Search (AltaVista) and Meta search engines (Dogpile, Metacrawler, Mamma)…. Continue Reading →

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