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CLP21: Point Changes How You Share and Discuss Online Content with Your Friends, with Ashwinn Krishnaswamy

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In this week’s program, I spoke with Ashwinn Krishnaswamy, one of the Co-Founders of Point, a browser extension that lets you share and discuss web content with your friends.

Ashwinn Krishnaswamy - Co-Founder, Point

Ashwinn Krishnaswamy – Co-Founder, Point

I stumbled across Point a couple when they went *big* on Product Hunt a couple weeks ago – big enough to become the highest rated Product Hunt in the history of the community.

It was easy see why the PH community embraced Point as they did…
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Where Do You Want To End Up?

In the Summer of 2011, I found myself at a career crossroads.

Career Crossroads
I was 6 months into my first job out of college, doing advertising sales for Yelp.com in New York City.

I loved everything about Yelp – the company, the product, my coworkers, the culture… It was all gravvy.

But I was starting to hate the work.
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CLP20: Inside Uber’s Explosive International Launch Strategy, with Alan Jiang (International Launcher, Uber)

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Without a doubt, Uber is one of the hottest startup stories around today. Their international expansion has been one of the most exciting parts of the story, pushing the service to over 160 markets in over 40 countries in just 3 years.

International Launcher Alan Jiang is on the front lines of that expansion.

Alan Jiang - International Launcher, Uber

Alan Jiang – International Launcher, Uber

As an International Launcher, Alan is sent into new international markets, and is responsible for establishing Uber’s business in the new city.

In this week’s show, Alan shares with us insights into the Launcher role, the Uber International Launch playbook, and the lifestyle of a Launcher.

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Back to Square One

Brutal. via Fast Company.

For now, Friar, the CFO, stresses that the company has enough breathing room to experiment. For example, Square Cash allows consumers to exchange money for free through an email or via an app. It doesn’t quite fit into Square’s merchant-centric products, and the company loses money (often in the range of 25 cents) on every transfer. Still Friar is encouraged. “We gave [the team] a bunch of cash and said, ‘You can’t lose more than X; go see what you can do,’ ” Friar recalls. In just eight months, Friar boasts that Cash is already one of the largest peer-to-peer players in the world.

- Back to Square One (Fast Company)

It seems like Square is one of those companies that’s learning how to spend money really well.

Does it matter if you’re one of the largest peer-to-peer players in the world if you’re losing money on every transaction?

That’s not business.

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BuzzFeed and the marriage of media and venture capital.

Today, via the New York Times:

BuzzFeed Writers

BuzzFeed – via Reuters

BuzzFeed just closed a new $50 million investment from Andreessen Horowitz, a prominent venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. The investment values the company at about $850 million, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

- 50 Million New Reasons BuzzFeed Wants to Take Its Content Far Beyond Lists (NYTimes.com)

Something that hasn’t been discussed much in relation to this move, is the marriage of media platforms and venture capital.

It’s worth noting that there are huge incentives for investors to take part in media plays. Look at some recent patterns: Continue reading…

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Inside Uber’s UberPool Announcement.

Today via Uber.

Uber Announces UberPool

The idea is simple. With UberPool, you share a ride—and split the cost—with another person who just happens to be requesting a ride along a similar route. The beauty, though, is that you still get Uber-style on-demand convenience and reliability: just push the button like before and get a car in five minutes. When we find a match, we notify you of your co-rider’s first name. Even if we don’t find an UberPool match for you, we’ll give you a discount on your ride.

- Announcing UberPool (Uber Official Blog)

A few thoughts here…

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