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Samsung is a company with revenues of $220 billion, that makes everything from cars to refrigerators, and yes, the focus of this piece, smartphones. In all of this money, and in all of their work, Samsung neglected to do one key thing: bulk up on software patents, and build a next-generation operating system. That is coming back to hurt, and it's coming back to hurt them in the form of Android.
The Sundance Film Festival kicks off on Thursday in Park City, Utah. If you're even remotely involved in the world of filmed entertainment, you'll be there. And if you're not then you'll wait patiently a few months for the cream of the festival's movie crop to appear on a screen near you. Such are the vagaries of film distribution.
Andreessen Horowitz Partner (and PandoDaily investor) Jeff Jordan wrote an interesting guest post this morning about how he saved eBay's domestic growth with a risky bet on buy-it-now sales. He more than backs that up with numbers and logic in the post.
Jerry Yang has just resigned from Yahoo's board and the boards of Yahoo Japan and Alibaba. I expect people all over Twitter and the blogosphere will be quipping about how it's about time.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, much digital ink has been spilled over the launch of PandoDaily and what it means for our old manor, TechCrunch.
The genius of Amazon reminds me of the honeypot Winnie-the-Pooh gets stuck in. They give such enticing value, that you can't resist sticking a paw in. And then they keep giving more value. Another paw. Then a foot. Pretty soon you're stuck in a pot of honey.
Startups look at the world without any baggage or legacy while most institutions lumber under historical constraints ranging from “that’s the way we’ve always done it” to Christensen’s Disruptive Innovation. In our #Reinventing series, Hunter Walk will apply the question “how would it look if it started today” to existing products, companies and ideas.
Businesses don’t grow themselves. One of the most important jobs of a CEO is to aggressively define and pursue a growth agenda for his or her business. Why is this important? Growth typically improves a company’s competitive position and provides increased scale and leverage, and investors clearly value growth.
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