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 @jasonmcminn: Octopus in HK is what Apple Pay should be in US - no pin, no cash back prompt, no trans slow down @rakeshlobster http://t.… 5 hours ago
- RT @leonardspeiser: Apple's $18 billion in earnings this quarter shattered the previous high-water mark of $15.9 billion set in 2012 by Exx… 6 hours ago
- No need to obsess over Instagram, What'sApp monetization. They were both preemptive/defensive acquisitions. Nothing wrong with that. 7 hours ago
- $FB has the opposite problem of $GOOG and $AMZN. They want to be everything for everyone and completely lack focus. 7 hours ago
- $FB has some great plays in commerce, payments and search. Unfortunatel been way too focused to capitalize while others stake territory. 7 hours ago
- Cloud-monitoring startup Datadog lands $31M January 29, 2015
- 4 tips for scheduling efficient meetings in 30 minutes or less January 29, 2015
- How to handle an unexpected offer for your early-stage startup January 29, 2015
- Gameloft’s full-year mobile gaming revenue hits $256M January 29, 2015
- Xbox Live down for many on Xbox One January 29, 2015
- Ucool to launch Super Bowl ad for Heroes Charge mobile game January 29, 2015
- Snapchat’s future is in the details — why Discover is only the beginning January 29, 2015
- Dylan’s Desk: Why Silicon Valley is still a man’s world January 29, 2015
- 5 lessons Silicon Valley can learn from Robert Scoble January 28, 2015
- Comcast is sorry that it changed one customer’s name to ‘Asshole’ January 28, 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
- Thoughts on service startups
- 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
- Communicating amongst friends: how technology changes human relationships
- LivingSocial merchant agreement
- The terrible numbers that Groupon doesn't want you to focus on
- Groupon, LivingSocial and daily deals – consumer FAQ
- Yelp advertiser agreement
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As someone who lives in SF, I spend a lot of time trying various startups. Here’s a quick summary. Highly recommended Uber Shyp Others I’ve looked at Swapbox Caviar Homejoy Pending wash.io
Following up on my genius people list, here’s a quick list of products I love. Evernote – The popular note taking tool serves as not only my repository of personal notes, but an intranet of sorts for redesign mobile. Evernote … Continue reading
One of my favorite things about what I do is the opportunity to meet some brilliant people. It seems that every week I meet someone who I’d consider a genius. If you ever have the opportunity for a meeting with … Continue reading
As I’m ramping up redesign | mobile, I’ve been looking at how I use Twitter. I’m trying to find the optimal mix of providing interesting, engaging content while also devoting the attention that my company needs. A few thoughts on … Continue reading
It seems to me there’s been a death of nuanced thought. Or at least a death of nuance in public discourse. You’re either with us or against us. Some things are purely good and some things are purely evil. But … Continue reading
This must be a bad week for PR. In the payments industry, Square put out a stupid blog post listing all the reasons why someone might want to worry about the company. That was topped by the pitch below. It should … Continue reading
A friend posted this on Facebook: My suggestion for how to honor Robin William’s passing: Skip watching his movie clips and reach out to a friend or family member who may be in a bad place/suffering from depression. As someone … Continue reading