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alexconan:

bunk beds

alexconan:

bunk beds

dangoldin:

An oldie but a goodie.

thegongshow:

The Spawn of craigslist

Like most VCs that focus on investing in the applications layer of the internet, I’m fascinated by craigslist.  Most commonly, people reflect on the amazing scale of the site with such efficient operating leverage. A team of thirty-or-so people manages a top 10 ranked English-speaking website in the world.

I find it particularly interesting how craigslist is able to legitamitely compete (if not dominate) in such a broad range of categories. They do so using less features and “worse” interface design than their competition (Sidenote: Craigslist is case-and-point that “more features” is *not* a competitive advantage, so please remove your features chart from your competition slide in your pitch deck, thanks!).

I put together this pic that visualizes how entrepreneurs have tried to carve out niches from craigslist, some more successful than others.  This is in no way a comprehensive list (feel free to add to it in the comments below), and in some places, one might argue that craigslist is getting whipped (homeaway? others?). Also, some companies may have been founded early enough that craigslist wasn’t an original competitor. Regardless, it’s amazing how craigslist’s broad, horizontal approach to creating marketplaces is successful overall.

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Naveed Lalani: Purpose-Driven User Experience 

naveedl:

This article originally appeared on the GSD&M Blog.

Jonathan Ive

“I think so many of the objects we’re surrounded by seem trivial. And I think that’s because they’re either trying to make a statement or trying to be overtly different. What we were trying to do was have a very honest approach…

youranonnews:

Banksy on advertisers & corporations polluting our environment with advertising. Time to fight back.

The Naive Optimist: We work a 4-day week and just raised $4.75m 

ryanleecarson:

I think there’s something messed up about the startup culture in the USA. The belief is that you have to work 6-7 days a week and spend all your mental cycles on your company. Nothing but pledging your soul to your startup yields success, right?

Not in my experience.

We work a 4-day week at

Startup Mullings: Future of Startups: Small Teams, Big Profit 

startupmullings:

The big news today was that Facebook acquired Instagram for $1B in cash and stock. I don’t want to debate whether that was a good price but I am amazed that Instagram was able to get to over 30 million users with 13 employees, of which 3 are engineers. I see a few factors combining to make this an…

youranonnews:

“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. 

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. 

Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. 

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” 

~ Arundhati Roy

youranonnews:

“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. 

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. 

Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. 

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” 

~ Arundhati Roy

Anonymous: We are legion.: Profits over People: the Trans Pacific Partnership 

anonyops:

As Julian Assange’s final appeal of extradition proceeds today, we’d
like to take a moment to reflect on the lessons of Wikileaks.
Wikileaks and its supporters have been relentlessly harassed - both
through the legal system, but more often by the abusive exercise of
raw power. Their alleged…

youranonnews:

Kill your television. It trains ignorance.

youranonnews:

Kill your television. It trains ignorance.

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