How Long it Takes to Get Ready for Preschool (Monte Carlo Version)

GuesstimateData junkies, rejoice: there's a fun new tool called Guesstimate for calculating uncertain values. Or in founder Ozzie Gooen's words, "a spreadsheet for things that aren't certain." Rather than a thick stack of Excel tabs with Solver, Guesstimate offers a simplified Monte Carlo simulation in your browser.

I ran through a quick example that nerd parents will appreciate: How long does it take to get your child ready for preschool? In my case, about 120 minutes based upon 17 metrics. Spookily accurate.

Feel free to enter your own value ranges in my test simulation, or browse other public models here. Enjoy...school is back on Monday!

How Long it Takes to Get Ready for Preschool (Monte Carlo Version)

GuesstimateData junkies, rejoice: there's a fun new tool called Guesstimate for calculating uncertain values. Or in founder Ozzie Gooen's words, "a spreadsheet for things that aren't certain." Rather than a thick stack of Excel tabs with Solver, Guesstimate offers a simplified Monte Carlo simulation in your browser.

I ran through a quick example that nerd parents will appreciate: How long does it take to get your child ready for preschool? In my case, about 120 minutes based upon 17 metrics. Spookily accurate.

Feel free to enter your own value ranges in my test simulation, or browse other public models here. Enjoy...school is back on Monday!

How Long it Takes to Get Ready for Preschool (Monte Carlo Version)

GuesstimateData junkies, rejoice: there's a fun new tool called Guesstimate for calculating uncertain values. Or in founder Ozzie Gooen's words, "a spreadsheet for things that aren't certain." Instead of a stack of Excel tabs with Solver, Guesstimate offers a simplified Monte Carlo simulation in your browser. I ran through a quick example that nerd parents will appreciate: How long does it take to get your child ready for preschool? In my case, about 120 minutes based upon 16 metrics. This is spookily accurate. Feel free to enter your own value ranges in my test simulation, or browse other public models here. Enjoy...school starts back up on Monday!

Is Streaming the Music Industry’s Gateway Drug?

image from flic.krThe sharp and fabulous Zahavah Levine, VP of Global Music Partnerships at Google Play, shared a number of insights in discussion with Ted Cohen of TAG Strategic at today's SF MusicTech Summit. One thread that stood out for me: much ado has been made on the death of downloads. But is instead of streaming being a downloads killer, is it really the music industry's gateway drug? Is Taylor Swift making a horrible mistake?

According to Levine, Google Play is investing the massive resources at its disposal upon streaming consumers: 

'Subscription is by far the fastest-growing revenue segment of the industry. We'll [Google Play] extract more dollars per person, and in exchange, we'll give them access to any music, any time, from anywhere in the world.'

At the same time, Levine notes that her average Google Play subscriber spends $120/year, and 67% of music revenue comes from download sales.

Continue reading "Is Streaming the Music Industry’s Gateway Drug?"

Is Streaming the Music Industry’s Gateway Drug?

image from flic.krThe sharp and fabulous Zahavah Levine, VP of Global Music Partnerships at Google Play, shared a number of insights in discussion with Ted Cohen of TAG Strategic at today's SF MusicTech Summit. One thread that stood out for me: much ado has been made on the death of downloads. But is instead of streaming being a downloads killer, is it really the music industry's gateway drug? Is Taylor Swift making a horrible mistake? According to Levine, Google Play is investing the massive resources at its disposal upon streaming consumers: 

'Subscription is by far the fastest-growing revenue segment of the industry. We'll [Google Play] extract more dollars per person, and in exchange, we'll give them access to any music, any time, from anywhere in the world.'

At the same time, Levine notes that her average Google Play subscriber spends $120/year, and 67% of music revenue comes from download sales.
Continue reading "Is Streaming the Music Industry’s Gateway Drug?"