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Updates – Industry Study: Ocean Freight Shipping (#Startups)

Note: This article does not necessarily reflect the opinion of KEC Ventures, or of other members of the KEC Ventures team. Supplying the world with nearly everything is an enormous and complex job: there are things to discuss.  – Rose George (2013-08-13). Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the Invisible Industry That Puts Clothes on Your Back, […]

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Industry Study: Ocean Freight Shipping (#Startups)

Co-author: John Azubuike (@jnazubuike), KEC Ventures. Note: This article does not necessarily reflect the opinion of KEC Ventures, or of other members of the KEC Ventures team. Supplying the world with nearly everything is an enormous and complex job: there are things to discuss.  – Rose George (2013-08-13). Ninety Percent of Everything: Inside Shipping, the […]

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Updates – Industry Study: Freight Trucking (#Startups)

Note: John Azubuike (@jnazubuike) and I are currently conducting research on software startups in the ocean freight shipping market. We expect to publish that towards the end of January 2017. Our blog post about freight trucking startups opened the door to numerous conversations that we may never have had, with people who know more about […]

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Industry Study: Freight Trucking (#Startups)

Embed from Getty Images Co-author: John Azubuike (@jnazubuike), KEC Ventures. Note: This article does not necessarily reflect the opinion of KEC Ventures, or of other members of the KEC Ventures team. Introduction In 2015, the United States freight trucking industry collected gross revenues of $726.4 billion. That accounted for approximately 82% of the total for […]

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“Liking” Facebook’s Business Model – The #EconomicMoats Remix

Note: I published “Liking” Facebook’s Business Model on December 26, 20011 at Tekedia. This article updates that discussion by incorporating developments since then. It also folds in discussion of the economic moats that Facebook has developed around its business. Large segments of this article are exactly identical to the post that was published by Tekedia […]

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Case Study: Fab – How Did That Happen?

Recent reports in the press about the problems Fab is facing got me thinking about the lessons one might learn from its meteoric rise and spectacular crash. Professional investors always give this disclaimer; Past performance does not necessarily guarantee or predict future results. Similarly, Fab’s experience is not necessarily a precedent that will always be […]

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Revisiting What I Know About Network Effects & Startups

  ‘One IPO that is probably worth the hype.’ – Chris Beauchamp on the #  with @kerushton in the Telegraph. http://t.co/l8FqFRYwzJ — IG (@IGcom) September 1, 2014   The recently announced IPO of Alibaba got me thinking last week about network effects1 – what they are, how they develop and evolve, and how network effects can […]

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A Note On Viral Marketing – Part III: How Dropbox Grew

Dropbox is another example of a product that has experienced remarkable growth since its launch. In this case study I will explore how Dropbox has achieved such rapid growth and try to identify strategic themes that other startups might consider for experiments centered around user acquisition and revenue growth.1 What is Dropbox? Dropbox is a personal […]

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