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Dorian Benkoil
Re: Fun Friday: A Blast From The Past - http://avc.com/2014...
"Right! Thanks for helping me remember what that Cuban restaurant used to be." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: Gerrymandering’s Coming Home To Roost - http://avc.com/2014...
"Fred, I had the same thoughts. And I am troubled. There are not only national implications, as you say, in causing gridlock -- and hostility and overweight representation of a vocal minority -- but also, I feel, a disservice to those in the Gerrymandered districts. Yes, short-term, the representatives from those districts reflect those voters' views. Meanwhile, though, the people in those districts have less contact with larger realities and may thus, for now and in future generations, be worse positioned for future success. As just one example: Those lacking experience in ethnically and racially diverse communities may lack the education and skills that would help them lead in a 21st century company." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: What Would You Ask Sundar Pichai, SVP Android & Chrome at Google? - http://battellemedia.com/archive...
"Google is, above all, a search company, in the broadest sense. Maps, Google Now, Google Earth, etc. How do Chrome OS and Chromebooks -- sometimes seen as a simple land grab, a way to increase people's reliance on Google -- fit into the larger ethos?" - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: Remembrances - Fred Hargadon - http://www.deanfred.com/remembr...
"Fred loved to joke that of course it was on the Stanford campus that he was beloved: these were the people he had admitted! That kind of humor and self-effacement were also what endeared him to so many. He was also open about what can be a quite opaque process. He was the first admissions officer I heard talk of the ambiguity of the admissions process, the difficulty of weighing competing factors, trying to find balance in a class, when so many of the applicants were such high achievers. He was always gracious, whether on an auditorium stage or saying "hello" as he walked past The Claw." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: Sticking With The Struggling Investments - http://avc.com/2013...
"Fred, I'm curious your perception of investors who meddle too much and hurt successful ventures. (I've heard entrepreneurs complain of investors who want to get involved -- and that their job becomes managing the investor(s) as well as the business.)" - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: Sticking With The Struggling Investments - http://www.avc.com/a_vc...
"Fred, I'm curious your perception of investors who meddle too much and hurt successful ventures. (I've heard entrepreneurs complain of investors who want to get involved -- and that their job becomes managing the investor(s) as well as the business.)" - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: Movie Loft: The Publisher Without a Website - http://digiday.com/publish...
"Brian, What do you count as an "impression"? (IE, if you have 25,000 followers and you send one message, is that 25,000 impressions?)" - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: Open Source and Our Government - http://www.avc.com/a_vc...
"... and, the choices don't always indicate the terms under which you can be dropped, how much you'll actually pay under certain conditions and so on. Anyone who's dealt with this -- as I have for both my parents -- knows what a jungle it is, and how trying to give and get healthcare often degenerates into managing insurance and providers each trying to milk the other and/or the patient." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: Open Source and Our Government - http://avc.com/2013...
"... and, the choices don't always indicate the terms under which you can be dropped, how much you'll actually pay under certain conditions and so on. Anyone who's dealt with this -- as I have for both my parents -- knows what a jungle it is, and how trying to give and get healthcare often degenerates into managing insurance and providers each trying to milk the other and/or the patient." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: Open Source and Our Government - http://www.avc.com/a_vc...
"Fred, You're not the only one who's called for this. The problem is, there needs to be clear explaination why "open source" doesn't mean "lack of security" (and can in fact mean more security, done right) -- I have heard a number of comments expressing this concern. (We could then talk about how our education system is broken; you could provide links to points you've made on that.) PS Your "take our survey link" in footer of email newsletter links to a no longer live page." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: Open Source and Our Government - http://avc.com/2013...
"Fred, You're not the only one who's called for this. The problem is, there needs to be clear explaination why "open source" doesn't mean "lack of security" (and can in fact mean more security, done right) -- I have heard a number of comments expressing this concern. (We could then talk about how our education system is broken; you could provide links to points you've made on that.) PS Your "take our survey link" in footer of email newsletter links to a no longer live page." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: Calendar Invite Spam - http://avc.com/2013...
"Fred,heartened to see this call for a non-tech solution to human behavior, if surprised you're doing so. I hope it works, but have yet to find the answers to changing behavior of the few who ignore social etiquette." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: Calendar Invite Spam - http://www.avc.com/a_vc...
"Fred,heartened to see this call for a non-tech solution to human behavior, if surprised you're doing so. I hope it works, but have yet to find the answers to changing behavior of the few who ignore social etiquette." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: Automated Ad Exchanges Will Dominate If They Address Fraud, Privacy Issues - http://www.pbs.org/mediash...
"Agreed. Thanks for the comment." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: Doing Business On A Handshake - http://www.avc.com/a_vc...
"I have found that where the handshake isn't there, all the written contract in the world won't solve things. And that a basic understanding and agreement goes very far, beyond any written document. In Japan, where I lived, it's a much less litigious culture. People spend a lot of time developing a relationship, which then makes them more comfortable to do business, often over the long-term. You do need things spelled out, in writing. But I feel your pain, Fred, or at least share your wish." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: Doing Business On A Handshake - http://avc.com/2013...
"I have found that where the handshake isn't there, all the written contract in the world won't solve things. And that a basic understanding and agreement goes very far, beyond any written document. In Japan, where I lived, it's a much less litigious culture. People spend a lot of time developing a relationship, which then makes them more comfortable to do business, often over the long-term. You do need things spelled out, in writing. But I feel your pain, Fred, or at least share your wish." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: MBA Mondays: Revenue Models - Advertising - http://www.avc.com/a_vc...
"Fred, I actually see the market splitting into two: the commoditized inventory, for which prices are continually pressured downward as you note; and the "premium" spots -- those with some unique value, such as content that can't be had elsewhere. Consider, for example, a 20- 30- or 60-minute video that people will sit and watch even if interrupted by (a reasonable number of relevant) ads, so compelling is the material. True, the advertiser can reach those people other ways, but within that programming only via ads placed in that specific video stream. I can envision an analogy for particular Twitterers, Tumblrers (word?), etc. There's only one Shaq, one Steve Martin, one Fred Wilson, etc." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: MBA Mondays: Revenue Models - Advertising - http://avc.com/2012...
"Fred, I actually see the market splitting into two: the commoditized inventory, for which prices are continually pressured downward as you note; and the "premium" spots -- those with some unique value, such as content that can't be had elsewhere. Consider, for example, a 20- 30- or 60-minute video that people will sit and watch even if interrupted by (a reasonable number of relevant) ads, so compelling is the material. True, the advertiser can reach those people other ways, but within that programming only via ads placed in that specific video stream. I can envision an analogy for particular Twitterers, Tumblrers (word?), etc. There's only one Shaq, one Steve Martin, one Fred Wilson, etc." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: Media Metrix Multi Platform - http://avc.com/2012...
"I too am surprised Quantcast hasn't gotten more traction. Show's that a tech solution isn't necessarily what it takes -- marketing and share of voice also matter. Now that comScore has chosen to map cookies and panels, they can claim to give data that's similar to Quantcast's in statistical validity. It comes down largely to scale: who has the most direct measurement. If Quantcast tags aren't on enough sites, Quantcast loses (as Fred I just saw, notes below. One service for whatever reason sometimes takes hold so it, at least, appears to be an apples-to-applies comparison for people looking at the properties. Everyone knows for TV, as an example in a different medium, that Nielsen isn't "just so," but they still use it because it's agreed on as the de facto standard. PS All the services are inaccurate and disagree with teach other. Quantcast, Nielsen and comScore often fail to match. Google Analytics, using a different methodology, also diverges. The challenge is to understand the..." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: Media Metrix Multi Platform - http://www.avc.com/a_vc...
"I too am surprised Quantcast hasn't gotten more traction. Show's that a tech solution isn't necessarily what it takes -- marketing and share of voice also matter. Now that comScore has chosen to map cookies and panels, they can claim to give data that's similar to Quantcast's in statistical validity. One takes hold so it, at least, appears to be an apples-to-applies comparison. Everyone knows for TV that Nielsen isn't "just so," but they still use it because it's agreed on as the de facto standard. PS It comes down largely to scale: who has the most direct measurement. If Quantcast tags aren't on enough sites, Quantcast loses. PPS All the services are inaccurate and disagree with teach other. Quantcast, Nielsen and comScore often fail to match. Google Analytics, using a different methodology, also diverges. The challenge is to understand the skew or prejudices of each and work with them in the context of a given property or properties." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: Media Metrix Multi Platform - http://avc.com/2012...
"Fred, it's wonderful to start to get a picture of who's consuming on what screens. It is, though, important to understand the limits and that the experience of how media are consumed can be quite different from the ways in which they are measured. I've responded at some length on MediaFlect http://teemi.us/UfSZqp. In a nutshell: measurement chases consumption habits but will never quite get there as we increasingly personalize. There are challenges here which also spell opportunity for entrepreneurs." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: Media Metrix Multi Platform - http://www.avc.com/a_vc...
"Fred, it's wonderful to start to get a picture of who's consuming on what screens. It is, though, important to understand the limits and that the experience of how media are consumed can be quite different from the ways in which they are measured. I've responded at some length on MediaFlect http://teemi.us/UfSZqp. In a nutshell: measurement chases consumption habits but will never quite get there as we increasingly personalize. There are challenges here which also spell opportunity for entrepreneurs." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: The # Discover Tab - http://avc.com/2012...
"They need to put a lot on TweetDeck -- others (including Hootsuite) are starting to leapfrog." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: The # Discover Tab - http://www.avc.com/a_vc...
"They need to put a lot on TweetDeck -- others (including Hootsuite) are starting to leapfrog." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: The # Discover Tab - http://www.avc.com/a_vc...
"Same here: jarred me on the iPad, but find it useful. Will figure out at some point how to make the app come up on my stream, rather than "discover"." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: The # Discover Tab - http://avc.com/2012...
"Same here: jarred me on the iPad, but find it useful. Will figure out at some point how to make the app come up on my stream, rather than "discover"." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: Netflix Has Plenty Of Competitors, And None of Them Are Close - http://allthingsd.com/2012110...
"1. Access measured through HTTP means "we don't know"? Or what? 2. Wait 'til HBO is able (3-5 years?) to go it alone w/out consumers having to also have an HBO subscription through their MSO. We'll see a shift. 3. I wouldn't count Amazon out --> They are building, as you note, and it's a long-term game. They now have mostly an overlapping selection w/ Netflix. But that may change." - Dorian Benkoil
Dorian Benkoil
Re: Netflix Says Amazon Is Gaining, and HBO Is Coming - http://allthingsd.com/2012102...
"Peter, on HBO, yes, it makes sense, but I'm told by industry insiders that cable channels' contracts will keep them from going direct to consumer for 5 or more years. Don't know the specifics on HBO, but we can imagine some heavy negotiating if HBO is going to try to end-run the MSOs." - Dorian Benkoil
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