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.
- RT @jameswester: As mobile wallet market matures, MCX sits on the bench | Mobile Payments Today mobilepaymentstoday.com/articles/as-mo… 15 minutes ago
- While I was looking for my checkbook, session timed out without telling me. had to enter long strings of numbers 4 times, still didn't work 1 hour ago
- Sites that don't let me cut and paste account and routing numbers are annoying. Who has checks nearby and wants to manually enter data? 1 hour ago
- RT @jonfortt: I don't care about my employer's position. I'm for local broadband competition, which they're probably less jazzed about @Fox… 1 hour ago
- RT @johnnie: Because the dark black dress is so intensely backlit, it throws off the metering. http://t.co/an8qNT0hcX 1 hour ago
- The DeanBeat: The promise and the peril of virtual reality February 27, 2015
- Why Nvidia thinks it can do cloud gaming better than anyone else February 27, 2015
- Vimeo finally introduces Chromecast support — but only on iOS February 27, 2015
- VLC gets first major release across Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows RT, and Android TV February 27, 2015
- Gaming backend technology company PlayFab raises $7.4M in latest funding round February 27, 2015
- China’s Tencent invests in Orcs Must Die developer Robot Entertainment February 27, 2015
- Sols aims to disrupt Dr. Scholl’s with $11M and 3D-printed insoles February 27, 2015
- Group-chatting app Blupe, an offspring of China’s Momo, launches today in the U.S. February 27, 2015
- Atlas Obscura raises $2M to become a National Geographic for millennials February 27, 2015
- Sprint teases Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge with new photos February 27, 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)?
- A simple fix to an Uber-related security issue
- 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
- A look at Groupon's extremely lopsided merchant agreement
- A sample Groupon merchant agreement
- Groupon, LivingSocial and daily deals - merchant FAQ
- Because manholes are round
- Groupon resource page
- Best practices for businesses considering Groupon, LivingSocial or Google Offers
- LivingSocial merchant agreement
- Yelp advertiser agreement
- Groupon, LivingSocial and daily deals – consumer FAQ
- Why I'm joining Groupon
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