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 @RichBTIG: Disney admitting trouble at @ESPN as big cable bundle struggles; Cable Nets HALF of $DIS earnings #goodluckbundle http://t.co… 8 hours ago
- Many US retailers not ready for fraud-proof cards cnbc.com/2015/07/30/man… 14 hours ago
- United CFO moves to PayPal. Maybe he can bring the same level of service over. 17 hours ago
- Guess those twitter emails are a short-term way to pump MAU; medium-term way to get people to unsubscribe from your emails. 19 hours ago
- Twitter has managed to create emails more useless than linkedin's barrage of spam. http://t.co/kXI8W3JvBT 19 hours ago
- Seagate launches a 2-terabyte game drive for Xbox consoles August 5, 2015
- China to put security teams in major Internet firms, websites August 5, 2015
- GE launches Predix Cloud service, says it will become available in 2016 August 5, 2015
- Samsung Pay on TV lets you buy apps and games with your credit card, debit card, and PayPal August 5, 2015
- Yuri Milner’s DST Global raises $1.7B for its fifth fund — without Russian money August 5, 2015
- Fintech’s future is fast and furious August 5, 2015
- Slack starts accepting requests for beta access to its new Linux client August 4, 2015
- Review: The $180 Moto G isn’t a premium smartphone, but it acts like one August 4, 2015
- Glu to make a Nicki Minaj mobile game August 4, 2015
- Netflix now offers ‘unlimited’ paid maternity and paternity leave for the first year August 4, 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?
- How effective is it to have a 5,000-year vision for a company, as Jack Dorsey is said to have for Square?
- If you’re going to own individual stocks, own these three
- Rakesh’s quick guide to investing for the lay person
- 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
- Groupon, LivingSocial and daily deals - merchant FAQ
- A sample Groupon merchant agreement
- A look at Groupon's extremely lopsided merchant agreement
- Custom pictures come to credit cards
- Best practices for businesses considering Groupon, LivingSocial or Google Offers
- Because manholes are round
- LivingSocial merchant agreement
- Rakesh Agrawal disambiguation
- Google Maps: extreme close up with Street View
- Answers from the Insurance Information Institute on Airbnb
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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