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Analysis of the Dropbox financial model based on the S-1 filing:
- 1.1B revenue
- 35% YoY
- 7.97 multiple
- 67% gross margin
- 0.1% net income margin
- 2% Free–>Paid conversion
- 93% of customers are self-serve.
via Tom Tunguz: http://tomtunguz.com/dropbox-s-1
#saas #startups #uniteconomics

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AI Playbook by A16z is probably one of the best introductory guides to machine learning and artificial intelligence I've seen so far. http://aiplaybook.a16z.com/ #ai
A16Z AI Playbook
A16Z AI Playbook
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In case you’ve missed the new (well, 1.5 months old) 2017 KPCB Internet Trends report, here it is:
http://www.kpcb.com/internet-trends

As always, it’s a fascinating 355-slide deck of charts and graphs that cover everything from advertising to macroeconomics.

Here are some less than obvious insights I noted. What did you find interesting?

Ads
• Ads vary significantly in how much they annoy customers: mobile pop-ups are the worst

Social Media
• Unexpected popularity of weird YouTube channels, e.g. people who record themselves unboxing stuff

Delivery / On-Demand Economy
• Trending up across the board: from Amazon to Doordash
• Amazon eating the world with Amazon Basics brand

Gaming and VR
• Gamer’s average age: 35
• More weird entertainment: the # of people watching other people play games keeps growing
• Games have higher engagement in minutes/day than Facebook (per active user)
• VR and gamification of the real world: Stanford Football, Peloton and all kinds of mobile apps
• Virtual world simulations: Improbable
• eSports growth

Media
• Continued growth of the subscription model and personalization: Spotify and Netflix dominate

Enterprise Software
• Interfaces become more humane as reflected in growing designer/developer ratios

China
• On-demand bike sharing
• AliPay + WeChat

Macro Trends
• US Deficit
• 60% of most valued companies started by 1st or 2nd generation immigrants
• 50% of most valued companies started by 1st generation immigrants

I've also posted some screenshots of noteworthy slides here: http://max2c.com/new-kpcb-report-and-my-takeaways/

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A very smart move by Quora: introduce video content. https://productupdates.quora.com/Video-on-Quora
Video on Quora
Video on Quora
productupdates.quora.com

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Hidden Figures is a great movie that tells a story of three brilliant African-American women at NASA. A must-see! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK8xHq6dfAo

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It's quite fascinating what it can potentially grow into. https://openai.com/blog/learning-to-communicate/

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Radiolab just did an update on CRISPR. Quite a mind-blowing podcast episode! http://www.radiolab.org/story/update-crispr/
Update: CRISPR
Update: CRISPR
radiolab.org

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An interesting video about virtual reality design process from the latest Google I/O. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mcXAMDch7s&t=2012s

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A pretty cool HBR article on effective email communication. I wish more people followed this approach. https://hbr.org/2016/11/how-to-write-email-with-military-precision #communication #management
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