Is ephemeral going to be Messaging 3.0? What about anonymous? It is too early to tell, but one thing is certain: we are primed to witness the next war in Messaging 2.0.


I have to admit that I’m a Secret voyeur; I rarely post but love reading the updates. I don’t see it as messaging so much as just an anonymous blog. It is, regardless, very engaging and sticky. Reminds me of a popular site many years ago called Group Hug (they even made a book).

Do any of you use Secret or any of the others?


Great data in this report from Business Insider. 

Some great stats in here:

  1. 80% of smartphones globally run Android.
  2. 60% of tablets globally run Android.
  3. 60% of all new computing devices run Android.
  4. Android is now as popular with global developers as iOS.
  5. Android device fragmentation is improving: 61% of users are on Jelly Bean.
  6. iOS is very strong in the U.S., but weaker globally.
  7. “Mobile-first” is now “Mobile-also”; phablets and tablets are growing fast.
  8. Wearables are “new and next” but still in the early stages of adoption.

The Future Of Mobile! [SLIDE DECK]


Most of the smartphones sold last year in China, or 57%, were Android devices that cost less than $350. But there is still strong demand for more expensive handsets. High-end smartphones priced above $500 accounted for 27% of smartphones sold last year; of that amount, 80% were iPhones.

China Now Has 700M Active Smartphone Users” via TechCrunch

“China became the world’s largest smartphone market in November 2011, but sales have gradually slowed as mobile penetration rates increase. Shipments decreased for the first time in more than two years at the end of 2013, according to a recent report from IDC. As the price of smartphones drop dramatically, however, more first-time users are buying their first device.”

“4 Reasons Why the Subscription Economy Kicks Ass”

I saw this short article on AlleyWatch today, “4 Reasons Why the Subscription Economy Kicks Ass”, that back-linked to an article from September entitled “Zuora’s whopping round shows the subscription economy is here to stay”.

  1. Predictable cashflow.
  2. Easier for the consumer to buy.
  3. Can be very profitable.
  4. Can save and change certain industries.

One of my favorite parts of working on Office 365 in my last few years at Microsoft was helping to make Office “subscription-able”; not an easy task when you’re talking about products like Outlook that have 100 million+ lines of code and are 12 years old. Now, working at Contactive, it’s exciting to think about how we take our products and platform and make them SaaS-backed from the start, ensuring that our customers will have an easy way to understand how and what to buy from us. 




Don’t read this article if you’re in a calm, relaxed state, and want to remain that way for the next two hours.

I sometimes trick myself into thinking the problem isn’t as bas as it seems. For example, Amy and I were somewhat spoiled in Seattle as we were able to use the *amazing* www.condointernet.net service for our house (100mbps up/down for $60/month).

The joy we felt using that service was easily overshadowed by the sheer terror I felt every time I turned our Comcast box to watch TV, a box which looked like my PowerMac 6100 from 1995 and had an interface like an Atari. It didn’t even play Space Invaders.