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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    Zulily: This is what a fully-baked IPO looks like

    In the Cantos, Ezra Pound wrote about a Chinese emperor who had these words written on his bathtub: “Make it new, day by day make it new.” Along with Pound, a century of poets and artists have drawn inspiration from those words until they began to sound like a cliché. But the more the web evolves, the more the motto applies to online businesses as well. One example is Zulily, which…
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    Is Twitter a hot IPO or an overhyped one? Yes.

    Remember that old drawing that, depending on your perspective, could be a young woman turning her head to look at a bright future or a haggard old lady with a tired gaze? Reading through Twitter’s prospectus, I half-expected to see that chestnut included there. Because it’s the perfect illustration of how this company’s outlook is portrayed in its own words. Twitter’s S-1 document is full of financial data, as you would expect from any responsible company planning to list its…
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    If Twitter is the anti-Facebook of IPOs, it has Facebook to thank

    If the IPO market for social media companies were a three-act play, Act One would be LinkedIn, Facebook would represent the distressing second act and the Twitter IPO – announced by the company today on its own service – would be Act Three, an act that looks to be set up for a very happy ending. Unless some economic or financial shock sends the broader stock market lower in coming months, Twitter will be sailing into public waters under conditions…
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    When excellence simply isn’t good enough for Apple

    Nearly a year ago, Apple’s stock was trading at $705 a share, capping a fourfold increase over the previous three years. That peak price came only a few days after Apple introduced the iPhone 5. At the time, Apple rightly boasted that this was the best phone ever designed and manufactured. An achievement worth bragging about, given the rising competition in the smartphone space. We all know what has happened since. Apple’s stock fell as low as $385 in…
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    Good night, Ballmer. And good luck, Microsoft

    So Steve Ballmer has done what many have clamored for and fewer saw happening so soon: He’s resigning. Viewed one way, he’s being pushed out. From another (Ballmer’s view), this is simply the “right time” for a transition. Either way, the Steve Ballmer era is over. And it wasn’t Microsoft’s most glorious era. Ballmer is the face of Microsoft in middle age. A man whose image pales next to the magnanimous philanthropy of the middle-aged Bill Gates. And even more…
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    It has not been a good week to be Tim Cook

    Last Friday, a report on Fox Business said that Apple’s board was concerned about the pace of innovation at the company. That’s hardly surprising. With Apple’s stock having lost a third of its value over the past year, the board would be negligent not to have this kind of talk with the CEO, even Apple’s CEO. What’s notable is that the news leaked to the press, turning it from an internal conversation to a stain on Cook’s public image.…
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    Groupon’s stock surge: Mobile is a treasure chest, if you can just unlock it

    A year ago, the mobile Web was seen as something of a conundrum, a magical box of treasures with a lock clasped on it that nobody seemed to know the combination of. In the past few months, however, things have changed quickly. Companies are showing significant progress in monetizing their growing base of mobile users. And in two cases, Facebook and Groupon, mobile is changing the way investors and others are viewing their outlooks. For these companies, monetizing mobile users…
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    The trouble with Zuckism

    If no one ever complained about lies, damn lies, and anecdotal evidence, it’s because no one ever had to. Our reliance on numbers, math, and the order they impose on the messier parts of the business world make stats necessary, if sometimes also the subject of skepticism. Whenever we feel especially skeptical, we lean on anecdotal evidence as a kind of correction. A pretty much imperfect correction. With that in mind, I want to revisit Facebook’s excellent quarter.…
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    How Facebook bucked the trend of disappointing earnings

    In a tech-earnings season when nearly every big company delivered up disappointing numbers, hardly anyone expected Facebook to be the one bucking the negative trend. Within minutes after the company reported its second-quarter financial performance, investors and skeptics alike were reconsidering their outlook on Facebook. Facebook said its revenue grew 53 percent in the quarter to $1.8 billion and its non-GAAP net income came in at 19 cents a share. Wall Street had been modeling $1.62 billion in revenue…
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    Uncool or not, Apple is still a bellwether

    If you’ve happened to spent the last nine months on Mars — or just, more sensibly, ignoring a lot of the chatter about tech stocks — you may not have noticed that Apple is no longer cool. It’s not just rivals saying it, it’s (reportedly) college students, and industry analysts, and bloggers – lots and lots of bloggers. Anyone who believes a company’s stock price is not one of its most important PR assets might…

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