Venture Bytes #13 – User Generated (Dis) Content

Month: July 2015

Venture Bytes #13 – User Generated (Dis) Content

on July 30, 2015

This week’s lead article, User-Generate (Dis) Content, is a commentary on the divergence of fortune among user generated content (UGC) companies. Google, of which YouTube was a path blazer in UGC, had a strong quarter. Facebook continues to perform well and Twitter continues to struggle. Yelp remains on the ropes. Meerkat, Periscope and many others are nipping at their heals, or offering broadcast video opportunity, as the next iteration of UGC. The grand “we” seems to want to perform, exhibit and stream themselves. Investors have been excited. Fans have materialized but growth has been a challenge.

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Venture Bytes #12 – Bitcoin – Still Waiting For A Tipping Point

on July 15, 2015

This week’s lead article, Bitcoin – Still Waiting For A Tipping Point, is a commentary on the most prominent digital currency today. Derided as a Ponzi scheme, a currency of choice for drug dealers and money launderers, an impractical currency with no intrinsic value, bitcoin has seen its share of skepticism. Balance all that negativity with growing venture investment in bitcoin startups and the rising number of merchants accepting bitcoins and you have the makings of a head-scratcher! We believe bitcoin is gaining ground as a viable store of value but is still far away from mass adoption.

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