Meet the Investors of Social Networks and Social Media

Which VC invested the most frequently in Silicon Valley Social Networks? Surprise! They’re from NY! This is part of my continue industry analysis of the changing digital space (see all posts tagged VC), but probing which investors are most active –and are bellwethers for finding future growth companies. Ever wonder who’s behind the backing of some of the fastest growing technology companies? To find out, I created tables and collected public data to list out the specific investors of each of the major social networks, and social media sites, and conducted frequency analysis of the investors to find out. This is part of my continued coverage of investors in the social business space, read the rest of my posts, analysis, … Continue readingMeet the Investors of Social Networks and Social Media

Social Networks by Revenue and Employees, Facebook Stands Above All

Above: Facebook’s employees hard at work in the open working conditions As an Industry Analyst my role is to identify trends, market forecasts and publish my findings in research reports. As such, Industry Analysts are different than Financial Analysts, which I’m not. While I cite where I’ve found the data in the comments, I can’t ascertain the accuracy of some of these sometimes 3rd party data sources. Note that the 2012 revenues are reported at a different time from the employee headcount was likely reported (Q1, 2013) The following is not to be considered for investment purposes. With that caveat behind us, the following analysis takes into consideration the following consumer and public facing consumer social networks.  To see enterprise … Continue readingSocial Networks by Revenue and Employees, Facebook Stands Above All

Index of 2013 Disruptive Technologies

Above: Like lightning, digital technologies jolt us with energy, the savvy will harness their energy, those who ignore, risk danger.  One Line Goal:  List disruptive technologies in 2013 on one page, with your help in the comments. The number of technologies that are creating disruptions to companies and ecosystems are increasing at an alarming rate. Even though Altimeter rated the technologies that matter from last week’s SXSW, we see even more technologies emerging on the heels of mobile world congress, and CES. Expect even more technologies to emerge, radically altering the power shift of those who use these technologies to gain power over existing institutions. In an attempt to track and then analyze these technologies, I’ll host the following “industry … Continue readingIndex of 2013 Disruptive Technologies

Altimeter’s Take: The Technologies That Matter from SXSW 2013

By Chris Silva (who’s cross posted on his blog) and Jeremiah Owyang, Industry Analysts at Altimeter Group Technologies are Emerging at an Increased Rate –Making Tracking Harder than Ever SXSW is no longer about disruptive technologies being launched, instead, it’s a mainstream, it’s a mainsteam festival, actually) and digital leaders at today’s large corporations are already present, and you should be too.  In fact, the amount of data created about the topic had nearly double year over year.   Altimeter Group was well represented with 9 analysts or researchers at SxSWi this year, with a large team in Austin tracking what’s disruptive. Long known for launches of big names such as Twitter and Foursquare, as well as those with more hype that … Continue readingAltimeter’s Take: The Technologies That Matter from SXSW 2013

SXSW is a Festival –Not Just A Conference

Is SXSW for Business or just a Boondoggle? That’s the wrong question. More than ever, I heard more folks debating if SXSW was good for business, or just a big party. Those who have attended the event for over a decade swear the soul has been stolen, and local Austin denizens often leave town and rent their place on AirBnb for a pretty penny, there’s no shortage of critics. Looking closer, the components for a unique petri dish are present, including: 1) Big brands, 2) software vendors who are trying to sell to them, 3) device manufactures who are trying to reach influencers, 4) digerati and A-List tech celebs (which means they are D-List celebs in real life), 5) mainstream media … Continue readingSXSW is a Festival –Not Just A Conference

The Rhythm of The Software Industry Impacts Business Buyers

Above Photo: Like analyzing the rings on a tree stump,  our natural environment gives us clues on where we’ve been, and where we’re going. Have you ever noticed a set of patterns in the industry that come in sequence?  A series of startups getting funded, or acquired in rapid sequence?  Or perhaps, a series of software suites that offer you the chance to be a lighthouse early adopter client with all the bells and whistles at a low cost?  For the astute, you may be noticing a natural pattern that our industry goes through, every year. Just as our bodies, the planet, and weather go through natural rhythms and cycles, technology markets also have their own set of cadence and flows. … Continue readingThe Rhythm of The Software Industry Impacts Business Buyers