I am the CEO of redesignmobile.
I frequently write for VentureBeat. I also talk about technology on Bloomberg TV and CNBC. I have also written for TechCrunch and GigaOm.
I have special expertise in small business, social networking and mobile payments.
I am probably best known for my critique of Groupon and the daily deals space.
- .@uber pool rides to airport should only be paired with other rides to airport, not long detours through south San Francisco. 1 hour ago
- RT @bgurley: Here is why UberPool is so important to Uber's strategy: abovethecrowd.com/2015/01/30/ube… #MyLatestATC 13 hours ago
- Wonder how many women have been hit on in @lyft line and @uber pool. I bet it is >single digit percentage of rides. 14 hours ago
- #ux love how google automatically plots places you have previously searched for on map. Context helpful. http://t.co/0jc4bSSqBo 14 hours ago
- RT @StrictlyVC: Dropcam CEO leaves Nest; founding VP of technology goes to Twitter theverge.com/2015/1/30/7954… 14 hours ago
- The Pirate Bay is back online after almost two months January 31, 2015
- The iPhone may be starting to steal Android’s lower-income customers January 31, 2015
- Want a new tech job in 2015? Here’s what to look for January 31, 2015
- This week on VentureBeat: An Apple Watch, the Super Bowl, Snapchat’s future, & more January 31, 2015
- Without broadband under Title II, Verizon will get off scot-free for ‘supercookies’ January 30, 2015
- New Apple and IBM enterprise app delivers a lot of utility January 30, 2015
- Deep learning startup Clarifai goes beyond image recognition, now offers video analysis January 30, 2015
- Tencent grabs the digital rights to NBA basketball in China January 30, 2015
- Check out these playbooks from successful industry cloud startups January 30, 2015
- Nintendo wants a taste of your YouTube action — and creators hate it January 30, 2015
- Why does Tina Fey not use the magnetic strip in her American Express commercials?
- How did Square lose the Apple Pay and Twitter partnerships while Stripe won?
- Is it possible for Square to lower the rate to 1.75% and compete with Amazon?
- Why is Square a popular choice for food trucks in San Francisco?
- Is it true, as Fast Company wrote recently, that Square is "no longer the high-flying startup it once was" (August 2014)?
- Thoughts on service startups
- My genius product/service list
- My genius list
- A few New Year’s changes to the @rakeshlobster twitter feed
- Bought a smart watch in the past 90 days on an AmEx or Discover? Don’t want it? Get your money back
- The death of nuance: Komen, ALS and Uber
- PR tip: Don’t use a celebrity’s death to pitch your company
- You have a friend who is depressed? Here’s what to do
- The smartest question I was asked by an entrepreneur and team member
- Why I retweet racist assholes
- Groupon, LivingSocial and daily deals - merchant FAQ
- A look at Groupon's extremely lopsided merchant agreement
- A sample Groupon merchant agreement
- Best practices for businesses considering Groupon, LivingSocial or Google Offers
- Google Maps: extreme close up with Street View
- LivingSocial merchant agreement
- Answers from the Insurance Information Institute on Airbnb
- My genius list
- Groupon resource page
- Revised Groupon merchant agreement
Category Archives: facebook
This contains a summary of my work this week. I had two very important non-Groupon stories this week, on Facebook and Twitter. My work Secrets of Facebook’s success: Virality — Facebook’s photo tagging feature was an important driver of its growth. … Continue reading
In the short-term, much of Facebook’s user growth will come from international markets. Unfortunately, that’s not where the money is. Based on my analysis of Facebook’s S-1, Facebook generated $13.99 in revenue for each U.S. user and $2.81 for foreign … Continue reading
In December, Facebook had more than 100 million more unique users than Google did when it went public in August 2004. In December 2011, Facebook had 162.5 million unique users in the United States. In August 2004, Google had 61.9 … Continue reading
Chris Dixon ignited a firestorm on his blog when he said it was Twitter’s fault that Google doesn’t index tweets. It’s the fault of both parties, really. Neither has the moral high ground. Twitter does not block Google from crawling … Continue reading
Today, Google announced its acquisition of Zagat, the company that publishes the venerable restaurant and hotel review guides. It’s a terrific acquisition. If Google executes correctly, this deal could be as significant as the YouTube deal has been. (I was … Continue reading
Much has been made of Facebook’s decision last week to exit the daily deals space. Yesterday, Yelp told Bloomberg’s Doug MacMillan that it is also exiting the daily deals space. A lot of the analysis has used these examples to … Continue reading