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Hi. I'm Rick. I write, advise, and invest.

Venture Partner, Quotidian Ventures / CEO, Secret Clubhouse.

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melissa:

"The politics of it all seemed mystifying…"

It does seem kinda weird you can now be topless in public in this city but not in a bar. 

melissa:

"The politics of it all seemed mystifying…"

It does seem kinda weird you can now be topless in public in this city but not in a bar. 

domgoodrum:

The Academy Awards - The Mill Impressive motion graphics for the Oscars were done by the Mill
(via The Academy Awards - The Mill)


These were truly gorgeous. 

domgoodrum:

The Academy Awards - The Mill

Impressive motion graphics for the Oscars were done by the Mill

(via The Academy Awards - The Mill)

These were truly gorgeous. 

secondverse:

rickwebb:

I contributed a recipe to the SXSW Cookbook. In truth, it’s probably far too complex for any SXSW reveler to actually manage to cook in their presumably hung over state. If you do pull it off, however, I promise it will sweat that hangover right out of you. 

Oh funny. So did I.
But I won’t be there to demo it.

That’s sad. Bacon night was still one of my favorite evenings @ SXSW. 

secondverse:

rickwebb:

I contributed a recipe to the SXSW Cookbook. In truth, it’s probably far too complex for any SXSW reveler to actually manage to cook in their presumably hung over state. If you do pull it off, however, I promise it will sweat that hangover right out of you. 

Oh funny. So did I.

But I won’t be there to demo it.

That’s sad. Bacon night was still one of my favorite evenings @ SXSW. 

Apple is known for eschewing popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

So it’s extremely interesting to see the company launch a Tumblr page this weekend…

ADWEEK (via marketr)

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nevver:

Get off my planet

Well duh, of course Tau Ceti e is habitable. It’s where the Vulcans and Andorians signed their peace accords. It was the home port of the Kobayashi Maru, and where Janeway’s father died. Also The Traveller was from there. 

nevver:

Get off my planet

Well duh, of course Tau Ceti e is habitable. It’s where the Vulcans and Andorians signed their peace accords. It was the home port of the Kobayashi Maru, and where Janeway’s father died. Also The Traveller was from there. 

I contributed a recipe to the SXSW Cookbook. In truth, it’s probably far too complex for any SXSW reveler to actually manage to cook in their presumably hung over state. If you do pull it off, however, I promise it will sweat that hangover right out of you. 

I contributed a recipe to the SXSW Cookbook. In truth, it’s probably far too complex for any SXSW reveler to actually manage to cook in their presumably hung over state. If you do pull it off, however, I promise it will sweat that hangover right out of you. 

KLF documentary (by robert wallace)

Initial concepts for the Lego Movie title sequence.

Initial concepts for the Lego Movie title sequence.

(Source: artofthetitle.com)

Breathe. I know. I say to you. this time is yours.

Breathe. I know. I say to you. this time is yours.

I wish it was like a 2,000 piece ultimate collector’s set, but honestly this Mos Eisley Cantina set is looking pretty sweet. 

 (via LEGO Star Wars News: Toy Fair Report: LEGO Star Wars | From Bricks To Bothans)

I wish it was like a 2,000 piece ultimate collector’s set, but honestly this Mos Eisley Cantina set is looking pretty sweet.

(via LEGO Star Wars News: Toy Fair Report: LEGO Star Wars | From Bricks To Bothans)

Double whammy for me. Startups AND record collectors will feel this pain.

sequoiacapital:

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WhatsApp Co-Founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton

Earlier today, Facebook announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for $16 billion. It’s a spectacular milestone for the company’s co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton, and their remarkable team.

From the moment they opened the doors of WhatsApp,…

Okay, the numbers are huge, so if you look at it per user compared to something like Instagram, it sorta makes sense, and theoretically, Facebook knows how to monetize users and sell ads, so more users = more revenue, etc. 

But I don’t completely buy it. Instagram made sense - it was pretty clear how they were going to monetize, stream-based monetization was pretty understood both by advertisers and by users. It was inevitable. Brands loved the “cool” of instagram, users spent a ton of time there, and had a habit of welcoming content from people they knew personally. 

And you can compare it to the Twitter market cap and their ad revs, but Twitter is PUBLIC, and it’s basically catnip to advertisers for it’s earned media amplification and easy metrics in a public sphere. 

Whats app has none of these. It’s not clear how ads will fit in. It’s not clear brands are dying for more media space on the web. There’s no community, no habit of engagement with content creator strangers (okay, some), and no easy metric solution. No obvious potential for earned media amplification of your paid media. 

And it’s GOTTA be ads - Facebook has been woeful in non-advertising revenue - gifts, etc. 

That $1/yr per user will amount to some significant revenue, eventually, though I don’t know what their conversion rates will be and I don’t know how easy it’ll be for kids to circumvent that or move on to something else. But best case - everyone converts, they keep their user rate, no one cheats, everyone pays, infrastructure overhead is lean - it comes nowhere near justifying the valuation. 

This can all be overcome, and utilitarian ties into Facebook that retain the users in the FB ecosystem will be obvious steps. But the rest? It will be hard, to say the least. A hard sell to advertisers, and hard to retain the users in an ecosystem of numerous low-friction-to-switch competitors. 

I doubt many advertisers are sitting here going “OMG YES! NOW THEY WILL SELL ADS!” Like they were with Instagram. 

(via roelofbotha)

When we started the company we wanted to build something for the long term and sustainable,” he told interviewer David Rowan of Wired. “It’s not hard to sell a company, but if you look at [leading online] companies today like Facebook, Google, Yahoo and Twitter, they didn’t sell. They stuck around and built a great offering for users.” Koum acknowledged that these are all built on advertising, while WhatsApp is not, but the main idea remains: “For us it’s about [building] a company that is here to stay.

Messaging Giant WhatsApp, Now With 430M Users, Has No Plans For Disappearing Photos | TechCrunch

What a difference 21 days make. And $16 billion, I guess.

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