Category Archives: Social Commerce

In Ecommerce – Revenues are Ego, Profit is Intellect

When it comes to ecommerce or retail, Revenues are Ego, Margin is Intellect.  I owe this key insight to my former partner Tom Stemberg, who founded Staples and built it from scratch to a $17B company.  Ecommerce businesses, by and … Continue reading

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Judging the G-Startup Competition at the Global Mobile Internet Conference

I was honored to be a lead judge at the G-Startup competition of the Silicon Valley Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) held at the San Jose Convention Center. Other speakers and judges included Yuri Milner, Tim Draper, Vaughan Smith (VP, … Continue reading

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Online Marketing Revolution

Consumers are increasingly using email, mobile, social media and websites to access information and interact with brands. Media consumption is shifting from offline channels to interactive channels, driving marketers to increase the percentage of advertising spending on interactive marketing. According … Continue reading


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Meet the Facebook of China

On behalf of the MIT Club of Northern California (MITCNC) and the MIT Young Alumni Leaders Association (MITALA), I am very pleased to be co-hosting a talk by Joe Chen, an MIT alum (G ’95) and CEO of RenRen (aka … Continue reading

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Observations from the Facebook S1

1. A new standard for user engagement. DAU to MAU ratio of 57% in December 2011, which amazingly is actually higher than the already high 54% in December 2010.  This makes Zynga’s engagement look weak! 845 million MAUs as of … Continue reading

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Yipit and the Daily Deals Sector

I recently spoke with journalist Anne Sherber of DigiDay about Yipit and the company’s positioning within the Daily Deals space.  There are currently more than 500 daily deal sites in the US alone – ranging from heavyweights such as Groupon … Continue reading

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