Pando

February 2013

  1. Why Yammer believes the traditional engineering organizational structure is dead

    Kris Gale, VP of Engineering at Yammer, argues the key to building fast at scale lies in small teams. He explores intricacies of organizational design in engineering and explains how making intentional decisions throughout growth ensures that you don’t lose the things that are unique and special about being a startup. At the end of the day, it’s your job as a CTO to think about how engineering can be organized and optimized.

    By Kris Gale , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Getaround cofounder: People are "on the cusp" of embracing car-sharing

    This is the state of the union around car-sharing, according to Getaround cofounder Jessica Scorpio: “People are on the cusp of tipping over to access over ownership,” she says. By that, I think she means it's not quite there yet, and that could be a treacherous route to drive for any business if it doesn’t have investors and team members with the fortitude to see it through. (In Getaround's case those investors are quite splashy: Menlo Ventures, Marissa Mayer, and David Sachs, among many others.)

    By Richard Nieva , written on

    From the News desk

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  4. Scopely announces first five developer partners, adding Double Fine and others to publishing platform

    Two months ago LA game publisher and distribution platform Scopely finally pulled the curtain back to reveal what it’s been building with the $8.5 million it raised since July 2011. The vision was, not surprisingly, bigger than its “with Buddies” franchise of mobile games, despite the fact that all three titles released to date have been Top 5 games in the iOS App Store. Scopely’s big vision is its invite only Scopely Developer Network game distribution, marketing, and monetization platform for third-party developers.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  5. What WeChat's frantic global expansion means for the US

    While tech watchers and investors in the US foam at the mouth over Snapchat and its various intrigues, a bigger story about mobile messengers continues to unfold in Asia. LINE, KakaoTalk, Nimbuzz, WeChat – you can pretty much take your pick. These are the new Facebooks of Japan, South Korea, India, and China, and they’re growing fast, not only in terms of users – together they claim more than half a billion users – but also in revenue opportunities, represented by a combination of income streams from brand campaigns, deals, ecommerce, payments, premium features, and gaming. If you were to describe a Holy Grail of lucrative mobile products, it would look a lot like these messengers.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  6. With 23 million weekly listeners, digital radio platform Jelli partners with Entercom to supercharge distribution

    Online radio has a handful of issues that will take awhile to get sorted out. (Among them monetization, bandwidth, and scale -- see previously for more of a discussion.) Until that happens, radio startup Jelli Networks is working within the terrestrial radio network to build a large on-demand streaming service.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Motif Investing rolls out social, do it yourself stock investing

    Each of us has areas of expertise, or even of personal curiosity, that may offer insights into the way the stock market will behave in the future. For some, it’s a hunch that consumer brands that have the strongest followings on Facebook may outperform other stocks in their category. For others, it could be insights into a particular category of medical research, or the notion to invest in stocks related to rebuilding after a natural disaster. Regardless of the theme, one startup is allowing everyday people to create their own custom exchange traded funds (ETF) based on these themes, or “motifs.”

    By Michael Carney , written on

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  8. Last night LivingSocial's pneumonia took a turn for the worse

    We've said it before: If Groupon has the flu; LivingSocial has pneumonia. And both cases look a lot worse after last night.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

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