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Context, Commerce, and Content Will Battle for the Android Lockscreen

One area where I’ve been spending some time meeting companies and learning is in the broad area of Android UI customization. I’ve started to see a handful of companies providing interesting approaches to customizing the Android home screen UI as well as taking over the lockscreen to provide consumers with information or entertainment. It’s not […]

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Kickstarter Campaigns and Product vs Category Demand

I wanted to write a quick blog post based on a tweet I shared recently: I continue to believe that Kickstarter campaigns tell me more about category demand than demand for a given company's actual offering. — Charles Hudson (@chudson) November 1, 2013 Overall, I continue to believe that Kickstarter (and IndieGoGo and self-starter) campaigns […]

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Mobile Messaging Won’t Be a Winner-Take-All Market (And That’s Okay)

The world of mobile messaging has really taken off in the last few years, with products like WhatsApp, MesssageMe, Kakao, LINE, WeChat, Facebook Messenger, Kik, Viber, and others building large and growing user networks. I think many of these companies are really interesting and many of them are building really interesting businesses in their own […]

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When Will Twitter Buy or Compete with Pocket?

A decent chunk of my blog posts are inspired by things that other people tweet that catch my eye. Recently @hunterwalk tweeted out about how Evernote or Twitter should buy my favorite read it later service, Pocket: As Pinterest adds "read it later/bookmark" features I'm waiting for Twitter or Evernote to buy Pocket — Hunter […]

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4 Reasons Why Android-First Strategies Haven’t Worked (Yet)

About three years ago there were a handful of companies that set out to build Android-first or Android-only startups. All of those, including the one that I co-founded, had a thesis on why focusing on Android first or exclusively was a wise strategy. With a few exceptions, most of those companies, including mine, have not […]

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Tempo, Sunrise and Why Calendar Apps Matter

I wrote an old blog post about the challenges for startups competing with core apps on the major mobile platforms. As is the case with many things, competing to replace core app functionality (email, calendar, photo, messaging) is a high stakes game with big rewards and lots of risk. And I’m not an investor in […]

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Wearing Wearables – Thoughts on the Current State of Wearable Tech

I’ve been playing with a bunch of wearable tech lately. I find it all fascinating and really fun as a window into the future. The picture in this post shows the four wearable devices that I play with the most – Google Glass, FitBit (I am an investor), Jawbone Up, and the Pebble smartwatch. Wearable […]

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The Evergreen Nature of the Photo App Category

Photo sharing is one of those evergreen categories of app innovation that I continue to find fascinating. Every time photo capture, photo sharing, or photo editing feels “solved” something else comes along and changes the way I think about photos. Photo sharing is also one of those categories that has become something of a punch […]