The Signal #13: Kim Kardashian, Spotify, and turning hours to dollars (日本語版あり)

(originally from our May 29 newsletter – slightly for public post – sign-up at our index page) Friends – App developers have long lamented app economics. And it *is* a hard business, even for developers of hit games. Take GLU Mobile’s hit game, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. (What, you don’t play? Sure you don’t.)  Close to […]

Unlocking holiday nostalgia may not cost much

tis the season when one can hear Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas anywhere, anytime. Or at least at any Starbucks around the globe. This is…complicated. This is one of my favorite albums of all time. It’s nuanced. It’s not holly jolly. It’s melancholy, thoughtful. “Skating” is musical onomatopoeia. Guaraldi’s left hand and the bass […]

Shoe leather markets

I recently saw the Foursquare sign below at Wolf / Ritz Camera on Market Street in San Francisco. I asked, and they said the parent company had provided it. Someone at Foursquare must have done the retail deal. A lot investment dollars, and print ink, have gone into check-in-style mobile social networks, such as Foursquare. […]

Our president and his Blackberry

President Obama’s love for his Blackberry – which model is it, anyway? – has been well-documented, and has inspired coverage of its in-kind marketing impact ($50M, according to the NYT), and a weekly column in the Economist on subjects the new President must face. Unlike President Bush, who forswore email during his two terms, President […]