First thing that surprised me about the Female Founder’s Conference is that it was all women. Okay, I know, that sounds ridiculous. I expected it to be all-women speakers, I expected it to be majority female crowd. But I did not anticipate that none of the male partners of YC would be in…
Secret is the next big thing in Silicon Valley. The app lets you anonymously share and consume secrets from your friends and friends of friends.
Right now it’s apparently jumping the shark to main stream adoption.
Yesterday I declared that I don’t think it will make it- in the really…
I agree on most points, but reserve judgement until there’s evidence this will bleed outside of the early adopter audience. The echo chamber is full of people I’d argue have less of a need for what Secret offers than the general public.
In fact, it might be a perfect mobile social network for normal adults, who came online in true social force with Facebook, and simply can’t say certain things there. Their days may actually be FULL of secrets they need to share and want validation on. In fact, Secret is one way those people could use Twitter, but with better feedback and experience and without the need to build a following.
In similar fashion I think it’s unlikely young people will use it the way they used Formspring/AskFM etc, as there’s no “handle” to collect influence around. Most of the other apps allowed young users to break anonymity in one way or another, and I don’t see much of that with Secret so far.
All said, the diminishing returns point is a great one. Craigslist’s Missed Connections comes to mind as a pretty persistent community in the same vein as Secret, and obviously PostSecret and others have had long runs with similar dynamics.
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Huy Fong Foods Invites Sriracha Fans to Visit Irwindale Factory
As many diehard Sriracha fans know, Huy Fong Foods has been in a bit of a legal battle with the city of Irwindale, CA for the past several months. The city contends that Huy Fong Foods’ new factory—they recently relocated from Rosemead, CA—is emitting an odor that is irritating to local residents. (I’ve never smelled anything outside of the factory during my numerous visits.) And while the city has added a “breach of contract” charge to its lawsuit, it still looks as though Huy Fong Foods is prepared to defend their business, insisting that they’ve done nothing wrong, and that there is no offensive odor coming from their factory.
In fact, they want to prove it. Just into my inbox is this note from Huy Fong Foods asking fans to come see—and smell—for themselves. Here’s your golden ticket…
Dear Sriracha Friends:
After many months of transitioning from Rosemead and testing our new equipment, we are pleased to announce that we are now ready to invite visitors to our new building in Irwindale. Therefore, if you are interested in seeing how our Sriracha is made and how delicious it smells, we would cordially like to invite you, at your convenience, to see our facility during our regular office visiting hours, which is Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 3 pm. Please feel free to call customer service at (626) 286-8328 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you.
HUY FONG FOODS, INC.
Willy Wonka is opening the gates! By all means, get yourself a factory tour! And if you can’t make it in person, feel free to check out the pics from my visit to the massive 650,000 square foot Sriracha mecca:
Slideshow: Huy Fong Foods Factory Tour
LA peeps get on this.
Last week Hiten Shah, Adam Kazwell, Will Dennis, Jon Lax, and Ben Yoskovitz shared their favorite finds on Product Hunt. This week we have another batch of awesome product hunters sharing their favorite discoveries on Product Hunt.
Derek Shanahan (@dshan)
Growth Marketer, Playerize
Remember when Netflix botched the Quikster thing. Then the pricing changes thing? Seems they’ve hired a Customer Support Ninja to shore up some of those PR/Marketing shortcomings.
“Almost everyone I know who loves video games — myself included — is broken in some fundamental way. With their ceaseless activity and risk-reward compulsion loops, games also soothe broken people. This is not a criticism. Fanatical readers tend to be broken people. The type of person who goes to see four movies a week alone is a broken person. Any medium that allows someone to spend monastic amounts of time by him- or herself, wandering the gloaming of imagination and reality, is doomed to be adored by lost, lonely people.”
Tom Bissell writes a letter to Niko Bellic about ‘Grand Theft Auto V’
Such a great read.
So, tonight we unveiled the new Yahoo logo, concluding our 30 days of change.
We hadn’t updated our logo in 18 years. Our brand, as represented by the logo, has been valued at as much as ~$10 billion dollars. So, while it was time for a change, it’s not something we could do lightly.
Everyday, people make decisions based on how they feel. As Simon Sinek would say,
"People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it."
This is the core of what a brand is.
Brand is emotional. Brand is not logical. “A brand is a person’s gut feeling about a product, service, or company….
The Evolution Of Consumer Internet
Over the history of the internet we have seen new distribution and user acquisition channels emerge. With each new channel comes a storm of change in the consumer internet eco-system. Each storm, while it may seem chaotic, follows a similar pattern and cycle….
Good notes on leveraging new acquisition channels.
“ICANN’s New gTLD Program Committee has passed a resolution confirming a prohibition on so-called dotless domain names, effectively killing Google’s plans for a dotless .search top level domain name.”
ICANN officially kills Google’s plan for dotless Search top level domain name
You can’t get what you don’t ask for, right?
It blows my mind how often people fall into this trap.
“I keep calling her the Keyser Soze of the story, because she’s at once completely invisible and yet ubiquitous,” Greenwald said, referring to the character in “The Usual Suspects” played by Kevin Spacey, a mastermind masquerading as a nobody. “She’s been at the center of all of this, and yet no one knows anything about her.”
– How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets - NYTimes.com
“Not because of sound science, but because of its absence, marijuana was classified as a schedule 1 substance.”
– Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Why I changed my mind on weed - CNN.com