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Kevin Kelleher

Kevin Kelleher is a writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has worked at Bloomberg, Wired News and The Industry Standard magazine and has written for Wired magazine, Reuters, Fortune, GigaOm, Popular Science, Salon, Portfolio as well as many others.

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    The just maybe unsinkable Dick Costolo

    The thing about investment conferences is that they’re staged events staged by people who have no business even trying. There are awkward moments aplenty, long pauses in Q&As, and – above all – unrehearsed statements intended to be clever but that fall flat. It’s improv done by people whose performative gifts die outside of the conference room. In one such clumsy conference moment Wednesday, Goldman Sachs analyst Heath Terry was talking with Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, and the audience…
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    My Dad kicked ass at Wii bowling: Or, why it’s okay to compete with Travis Kalanick

    As a business journalist, I’m normally shy about writing about my personal life but I’d like to share a story about my Dad. In the early 2000s, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Anyone who has had a loved one suffer from a neurodegenerative disorder knows what followed was as sad and brutal as it was irreversible. But as with any hardship there are also the positive moments that emerge, like the time my dad took up Wii bowling. Nobody ever…
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    Why Priceline’s problems may soon be tech’s problems

    Sometimes it seems like the tech industry is its own little world, comfortably insulated from the turmoil that might be happening in other parts of the global economy. That seemed the case back in 2009, when the streets of San Francisco seemed much more bustling with startup activity than anywhere else in the country. Many of the startups that emerged during the course of the Great Recession have quickly grown to become successful business models that are pursuing expansion in Europe and…
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    Forget Netflix’s stock volatility, the real news is its long-term plan is taking shape

    Another quarter, another huge gap in Netflix’s stock price as investors sift through the messy tea leaves that is its quarterly letter to shareholders. After rising 3 percent during trading hours Tuesday, Netflix’s stock rose another 16 percent in after-hours trading following the company’s earnings report for the last three months of 2014. That rally brought Netflix’s stock as high as $404 a share, its highest level since, well, since its last earnings report. Only three months ago, Netflix shares…
  • fire

    Why tech IPOs may not be as hot as they look

    Five years after the Great Recession ended and 15 years after the dot-com boom went bust, the IPO market for tech companies looks to be roaring back. But although it can be said that this was the busiest year for US IPOs since 2000, a closer look at the numbers shows that, in some ways, 2014 was something of a letdown. According to Renaissance Capital, 273 companies across all industries listed on US markets this year, raising a total of…
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    LendingClub’s IPO is a hit, but P2P lending still has to prove itself

    Peer-to-peer businesses are seeing something of a rebirth. After early Internet startups like eBay and Napster built their business models on peer-to-peer technology, the social media sites that drove the second wave of the web stole their thunder. But in recent years P2P has returned in a way that promises to remake commerce: Bitcoin. Crowdfunding. The sharing economy. Even Bittorrent, one of the first broadly popular if not financially lucrative P2P companies, is looking for a comeback by creating a P2P browser that…
  • Best Buy

    As Amazon’s iron grip slips, Best Buy is taking advantage

    Not long ago, it seemed like Best Buy was destined to be roadkill beneath Amazon’s tires. Sales at its retail stores were declining while its profits were plummeting. The company’s efforts to tap into online orders Online sales wasn’t working either. The stock finished 2012 below $12 a share, a decline of 77 percent over the previous five years. Best Buy is still around today – unlike its erstwhile rival Circuit City – and its stock…
  • Horton Hears a Who

    New Relic, Hortonworks are losing money but solving problems. Will IPO investors bite?

    The next time you click on a link in your Twitter stream and wonder how many seconds – five? ten? thirty?? – it’s going to take for a page to load, spare at least a couple of those seconds for Lew Cirne, the CEO of New Relic who not only shares your frustration but is actively trying to do something about it. “When you wait 6 seconds for a page to load and you expect to be less than 1…
  • Amazon River

    Amazon Bound: Is Bezos reaching his limits?

    In 2014, Amazon is bigger than ever, has more customers than ever, and extends more tentacles in more markets than ever before. Its stranglehold on ecommerce is stronger than ever, so strong that many entrepreneurs are inclined to take their chances in other markets. So why does the company seem more vulnerable than it’s been in a long, long time? In the past decade, Amazon has branched into new areas with increasing frequency. Cloud computing services. Manufacturing its own ebook readers, then…
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    US investors still don’t know what to make of Alibaba

    The first hour or so following a company’s earnings announcement is sort of like a group Rorschach blot test based on the jumble of finances and metrics in a standard earnings report. And what the market saw in Alibaba first post-IPO report shows a clear picture of investor confusion. Alibaba reported revenue and profit figures that beat Wall Street’s expectations, but showed operating margin deteriorating. In the immediate aftermath, the stock initially fell more than 2 percent from Monday’s close. But once active trading began in…

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