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The hundred year titan

Why are there no direct-to-consumer blockbuster films yet? “Long before the modern DTC era, movie studios did control the product from production to the theater house. This changed in 1948.” The Supreme Court decision that led studios to divest their […]

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Why finance is such a hard industry for startups

Patrick McKenzie, the author of How Discount Brokerages Make Money, has 100 insightful thoughts on financial services. “Geeks underestimate technical sophistication of the financial industry by a scandalous amount, largely because most of it happens below the waterline and not in […]

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The ‘let me go back’ product strategy

This is another letter on strategy from Joel Spolsky written in 2000. Great stuff – especially the Excel examples (he was an Excel product manager). “When you’re trying to get people to switch from a competitor to your product, you need to […]

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The marketplace funding napkin

This is a bit dated, but I think it hasn’t aged too badly. “So what does it take to raise capital as a marketplace startup in 2018?” Published by Julia Morrongiel at Berlin-based VC Point Nine Capital. | learn more

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Innovation and the 2010s

Ranjan Roy, writing for his newsletter Margins: “Did we experience real innovation in the 2010s? If you were to transport someone from 10 years ago to today, what would blow their mind?” | learn more

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First AI beats pros in 6-player poker

What’s especially interesting here is how little computing power the bot uses. “Facebook AI and Carnegie Mellon researchers have built Pluribus, the first AI bot to beat top pros in six-player Texas Hold’em poker.” | learn more