My good friend Ori Allon recently published a an overview of the fund raising strategy employed by his previous startups and now at his current upstart Compass. Ori's first two startups were acquired by Google and by Twitter. So needless to say, very few entrepreneurs find themselves having the luxury of starting out with an $8 million seed round as he and Robert did at Compass.Read More
When Daniel lost it's third Michelin star, the NYC restaurant world was up in arms. One of only ten restaurants in the country with an esteemed three star rating, the Michelin overlords had apparently decided that the USA would suffer through 2015 with only nine three star establishments.
For the unacquainted, the heralded guide was first published by Andrew Michelin himself way back in the year 1900. Designed to help motorists find their way around the French countryside and to the best in fine linen dining, the guide has maintained itself today as the gold standard in upmarket restaurant reviews.Read More
Your A/B testing system is hot off the press, you've integrated with Optimizely, Google's Content Experiments, or maybe deployed some code of your own. You open your eyes, look around, and see a whole new world of experimental opportunities.
But suddenly, you start asking more questions and forming more hypotheses than one could possibly answer in a lifetime. Should you start testing 41 shades of background hues to see what's most attention grabbing? Maybe start by testing a rewrite of every piece of copy on your site? Or maybe you should start A/B/C/D testing your web fonts?Read More
Last Minute Eatin' has been running for over two months now and has tweeted over 1,500 tables since launch. LME knows exactly when and where tables are open, and you can now visualize these openings with the Last Minute Eatin' Explorer. Every day at midnight, LME checks availability for almost 1,000 restaurants on OpenTable, and the infographic shows which restaurants and neighborhoods have prime time (between 7 and 10pm) tables available. Read more about LME data and how it works.Read More
Mixpanel is a great analytics tool for small to medium sized web and mobile shops. And not surprisingly, their analytics product has pretty good adoption (over 1,400 companies using it, according to their homepage).
One things I've noticed, however, is that as some of these shops grow in size, they slowly start to ask more than Mixpanel can answer. Their data science team may want to do some in-depth analysis over customer lifetime value. Their product team wants to do some deeper funnel analysis comparing variants in a recent A/B test. Or their search team wants to do some click-depth inference on long-tailed queries.Read More