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The Rise of Japan’s GREE

Posted on Thursday, Nov 20th 2014

According to Superdata Research, the global mobile gaming market is expected to generate revenues of $21.1 billion this year. It is projected to grow to $28.2 billion by the year 2016. The research study also says that mobile games account for more than a third of monthly spending among digital gamers in the US alone.

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Bootstrapping With A Paycheck From Atlanta: Ingenious Med Founder, Steve Liu (Part 2)

Posted on Thursday, Nov 20th 2014

Sramana Mitra: You programmed your PalmPilot to have that available as a mobile application. You presented at this conference and everybody wanted it.

Steve Liu: Pretty much, yes. That was when we figured out we might have something. A few months later, we put up a booth. I was a physician. I just wanted to be a physician, but this took a life of its own. I actually talked to my parents. I said, “Mom, I think I have a company here. I think I have to do this, but I have no idea about businesses.” She thought I was crazy, but she also knew that I made that big decision to become a physician at the last minute. They supported me.

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The 1M/1M Deal Radar: Clickable, San Francisco, CA

Posted on Wednesday, Nov 19th 2014

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Some technology startup veterans will tell you that when the markets are crashing, it could be a good time to pick up great technologies at rock-bottom prices. SuccessFactors was such a company. It was born out of the dot-com crisis of 2001 when Lars Dalgaard bought some well-funded technology companies that had gone bust and resurrected them with his vision.

After the dot-com crisis, the economic crisis provided another such window of opportunity to Mike Onghai. Inspired by the success story of SuccessFactors, he bought the assets of Clickable in 2013. >>>

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Building a Global Education SaaS Company From India: WizIQ CEO Harman Singh (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Nov 19th 2014

Harman Singh has put up a heroic effort to build a global education SaaS company from Chandigarh, India. Now, many years since his journey began, the company has started finding its stride. As the cliché goes, it’s a marathon, not a sprint!

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the beginning of your story. Where are you from? Where were you born and raised, and in what kind of circumstances?

Harman Singh: I was born and raised in a small town in North India, which was known as the Manchester of India because of its small manufacturing businesses. My father was one of those small business owners manufacturing electrical goods during the  >>>

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Thought Leaders in Mobile and Social: Steve Wadsworth, CEO of Tapjoy (Part 6)

Posted on Wednesday, Nov 19th 2014

Steve Wadsworth: There are two reasons why some of the other apps may not get the same level of traction. One is user interest. Games are universal. You get much more user engagement there. Secondly, I think a number of app publishers are leaving money on the table because of the model they’ve chosen. Let us look at the magazine business. Historically, their offline model has been advertising and subscriptions. They’ve moved online and to mobile with the same model. While subscriptions is a form of freemium model for monetization, it’s a highly limited model because you’re asking the user to make a very large decision. >>>

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Line Abandons IPO Plans

Posted on Wednesday, Nov 19th 2014

Earlier this year, Facebook acquired WhatsApp for a whopping $22 billion sparking interest in the mobile messaging industry. Soon after the acquisition, South Korean mobile messaging leader Line filed papers to list on the Tokyo Exchange and the NYSE earlier this fall.  The company claimed that they would much rather follow the IPO route than be sold to a bigger player. But in a surprising move, Line went back on their earlier plans and announced that they would abandon their IPO.

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How To Get Seed Funding From An Accelerator

Posted on Wednesday, Nov 19th 2014

A number of accelerators offer a good chunk of seed funding these days.

YCombinator, the best known of the lot, invests $120k in fewer than 100 startups, twice a year. For those ~100 slots, they get over 3000 applications. Companies are required to move to Silicon Valley for three months and YC takes 7% equity.

TechCrunch also offers about $120k in seed funding and takes 7-10% equity, and has offices in multiple cities.

Numerous accelerators offer $15-25k in funding around the world. That is the average at the lower end of the scale.
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Bootstrapping With A Paycheck From Atlanta: Ingenious Med Founder Steve Liu (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Nov 19th 2014

We just launched out Bootstrapping With A Paycheck book, the 11th volume in the Entrepreneur Journeys series. Here’s yet another instance of a very successful company being built in this mode.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the beginning of your story. Where are you from? Where were you born and raised, and in what kind of circumstances?

Steve Liu: I was born in the United States. I was born in DC and lived in Virginia my whole life. My parents were immigrants but not your typical immigrants. My father came to UVA for his undergraduate studies. I grew up pretty typical with Asian parents. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.

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