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  • May 10th, 2013 @ 12:37pm

    Growing the pie vs. taking a slice

    Most of the backers of my film aren’t people on Kickstarter who had $10 and were deciding where to give it, and then gave it to me instead of someone else. They came to Kickstarter because of me, because of this project. They wouldn’t have been there otherwise.


    I asked another one who definitively has analytics, namely the kicktraq guy (Adam Clark): Do megaprojects hurt smaller projects? Do you see a fight for attention in your data? "On the contrary. Larger projects tend to prop up others during their run-up periods because they draw in attention" he said. So it's not just Braff saying this, independent observers also do.

  • Feb 25th, 2013 @ 4:46am

    Established power, or?

    For a critical take on Uber's business model, check out Tom Slee's rant against "Peer-to-peer hucksterism"

    Choice quote:

    [...] why is it that every town and city I’ve ever been to has licens­ing require­ments for peo­ple offer­ing taxi ser­vices or overnight accom­mo­da­tions? Is there a global taxi car­tel or a multi­na­tional bed-and-breakfast con­glom­er­ate enforc­ing its will on munic­i­pal­i­ties from Aberys­t­wyth to Yel­lowknife? And if there isn’t — and of course there isn’t, because taxi and B&B oper­a­tions are usu­ally local and small-scale oper­a­tions — I may ask myself: what’s behind all these rules?