The case for Twitter’s independence (unless Google or management buys)

This was posted on 7 October 2016 at TechCrunch
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Keith Teare
CRUNCH NETWORK CONTRIBUTOR

Keith Teare is the co-founder of TechCrunch and today runs Palo Alto incubator Archimedes Labs.

The problems associated with the widespread rumors of Twitters “for sale” status and that the management team is divided on whether or not to sell the company were compounded this morning with reports that Google, Disney and Apple will not be bidders. The stock price is down 20% to $19.79 at the time of writing.

Who runs Twitter — Board or Management?

The impressive Board of Directors seems to have set itself against CEO Jack Dorsey by seeking an exit. This is not the first time the company seems to be being run by the Board rather than the management. Previous changes in strategy, management and even the decision to IPO do not seem to have been organic decisions planned

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Zuck, What the Fuck! — Rebuttal — a follow up

Really?

On Saturday I published a story on Medium called “Dear Zuck, What the Fuck” — https://medium.com/@kteare/dear-zuck-fuck-84d9c1bdba26#.8mm0qbhhz.

3 Readers at Hacker News flagged the article as spam or link bait —

“This is clearly just marketing spam” (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=11465528),

— others described it as an accusation related to merely the look of FB Messenger and pointed out that this look is common to many apps, including iMessage and others that pre-date chat.center —

“His first example is basically saying “you copied us since we both look like iMessage”. (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=11463349).

These comments miss the point.

Of course, because this is the internet, there are links in my story, and because social media exists and I do want the word about this to get out, I do ask people to share it.

These links are clearly not “bait”. The intent of Continue reading "Zuck, What the Fuck! — Rebuttal — a follow up"

Dear Zuck, Fuck!

From this weeks Economist – http://economist.com
I hope you don’t mind me calling you Zuck. We barely know each other, although I did once bump into you whilst walking in College Terrace in Palo Alto.

The thing is, Mark feels too familiar, and Mr Zuckerburg way too formal. Besides I am a veteran entrepreneur and you are way younger than me so Mr feels, you know, a bit much.

Zuck feels just about right, and the good thing is it rhymes with fuck! — which is really pertinent given what I am about to say.

Well, Zuck, it seems as if your Messenger team has been closely watching what I have been doing with chat.center. I mean, wow! watching isn’t even the word for it. Snooping, Spying, is more like it. And clearly they must have liked what they saw because they made a copy. It’s a big surprise

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Unicorns, Zombies and the Unborn

I have had the pleasure of speaking to several gatherings this summer. One at Startup Iceland, one at Bitspiration in Warsaw, Poland and a few others. Here is one of the talks. Startup Iceland

Unicorns, Zombies and the Unborn

I have had the pleasure of speaking to several gatherings this summer. One at Startup Iceland, one at Bitspiration in Warsaw, Poland and a few others. Here is one of the talks. Startup Iceland