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.
- Trying to buy a SIM in Santiago as a Spanish-challenged American. Sales guy pulls up Google Translate on his phone. 55 minutes ago
- Watch an Entire Flight Sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Disabled Little Girl | Mediaite mediaite.com/online/watch-a… via @garyleff 13 hours ago
- A stay-at-home parent on the upsides (and challenges) of distributed work | redesign | mobile redesignmobile.com/2015/04/29/don… 13 hours ago
- RT @redesignmobile: The @AmericanExpress Centurion lounge in Vegas is a hit with adults and kids redesignmobile.com/2015/04/29/the… 21 hours ago
- Amex tries to reinvent the airport lounge | redesign | mobile by @robpegoraro redesignmobile.com/2015/04/29/red… 21 hours ago
- CMO for Zola — the breakthrough wedding registry startup — speaking at GrowthBeat Summit May 6, 2015
- Oculus Rift virtual reality headset won’t ship to consumers until early 2016 May 6, 2015
- Tyrogenex Presents Phase 1 Study of X-82 for Wet AMD at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology May 6, 2015
- Ephemeral messaging app Wickr targets activists and enterprises as the company splits in two May 6, 2015
- Task management app Wrike takes on $15M as enterprise revenue growth continues May 6, 2015
- Zenefits raises gargantuan $500M round, valued at $4.5B, to expand its HR cloud platform May 6, 2015
- EC formally introduces Digital Single Market plan to boost region’s tech economy May 6, 2015
- SoftBank-funded startup CEO pens scathing resignation letter, but u-turns soon after May 6, 2015
- Apple’s iPhone 6 is stealing away Android customers in Europe and China May 6, 2015
- Google introduces Cloud Bigtable managed NoSQL database to process data at scale May 6, 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
- 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
- Social media and the new world of work — my take
- A look at Groupon's extremely lopsided merchant agreement
- A sample Groupon merchant agreement
- Because manholes are round
- Groupon, LivingSocial and daily deals - merchant FAQ
- Revised Groupon merchant agreement
- Answers from the Insurance Information Institute on Airbnb
- A wow experience from United Airlines. Wow.
- LivingSocial merchant agreement
- My genius list
- Yelp advertiser agreement
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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