The next wave of opportunities will be companies that look at how we support development of the sharing economy…. Breeze, Mosaic, Evolve..
Amsterdam was lauded as an innovator among sharing economy enthusiasts in February when it became one of the first cities to create a new category of accommodation, which made it legal for city residents to occasionally rent their homes to tourists.
Several rules applied to hosts: Residents could only rent the home they live in, they must own the space or have permission from their landlord, and they must pay tax on the income made from the short-term rentals.
The really great growth hackers out there — people like Andy Johns, who helped Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Quora all reach record user numbers — understand that it’s not just about getting as many users as possible, but about helping to get the product experience right and ultimately amassing as large a user base as possible. Those are two very different things.
Traditional growth methods don’t work like they used to. I would argue that unless you have insane amounts of funding, traditional growth marketing is not even possible. Growth hacking is popular because it is essential. The best businesses who are positioned to use growth hacking are SaaS companies.
These growth hacking techniques have been proven to be successful by other companies. They could help power your SaaS business to the next level.
Osmo’s groundbreaking system fosters social intelligence and creative thinking by opening up the iPad to the endless possibilities of physical play.
Xiaomi is now the third largest smartphone maker in the world behind Samsung and Apple, respectively, and is also the dominant smartphone maker in China.
The rise of small company hardware
Five years ago hardware was a corporation game. If something hit the market it was because Apple, Sony, Microsoft, Samsung or any other corporation deemed it worthy of your dollars after countless months of meetings and field testing. Now, nearly anyone can make the next breakout piece of hardware.
There is a study on startup scaling by the Startup Genome Project that reports “74% of high growth internet startups fail due to premature scaling.” Attempting to grow before your product is ready can greatly impact your startup’s chances for success. Making the decision to scale is just as important as deciding the right time to do so.However, time and time again, too many startups focus too heavily on trying to develop a product that serves everyone — or building something for millions of “customers” before they even have their first one.Scaling too early, or spending your resources excessively before developing a product that will successfully satisfy a large market, can lead your startup to fall into the same trap as those mentioned above.
Pandora has launched AMP, a free program that shares listener data with its 150,000 musicians, in order to give artists and their managers better insights into audiences.AMP will include geographic and demographic breakdowns of each artist’s audiences, along with an interactive heat map highlighting locations around the United States where an artist’s music is attracting attention. Other features include access to song-by-song performance information — which includes total track spins and number of thumbs up for each track — and a count of fans who have created a station for the artist.
Crafts marketplace Etsy this morning announced a further expansion into the offline world with the launch of an Etsy card reader product designed for sellers who want to take credit and debit card payments in person. The move is centered around Etsy’s larger goal to become a one-stop shop for creative business owners who are often marketing their goods in the real world, at craft fairs, farmer’s markets, flea markets, and elsewhere, as well as through their own local outreach efforts.