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Here is BuzzFeed’s first pitch deck to investors in 2008

Originally posted on Quartz:

In 2008, BuzzFeed had just five employees working in an office in New York City’s Chinatown district, and its website was attracting just 700,000 unique visitors a month. Now the company has more than 900 employees, over 200 million monthly visitors, and seems poised to become the first major media company of the digital era.

The story of how BuzzFeed got from there to here arguably begins with this pitch deck to investors in 2008. It resurfaced today via Martin Nisenholtz, a former New York Times executive. Asked for comment, BuzzFeed noted that the deck has circulated before. Here is the full presentation, with some of our commentary.




“It wasn’t easy raising money in the early days of BuzzFeed,” Peretti recalled in an interview last year. ‘It was always, ‘Is there any way you can do this without having any writers or content creators or journalists? Can you make this automatic?…

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Community-Based Shipping Service Roadie Launches Nationwide

M. Umar Muzaffar:

Its Uber for package delivery. Smart move in a market where people are picking up the culture of pooling their resources to make/save money.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Roadie, an alternative shipping service offering a cheaper way to get your items to a remote destination by piggy-backing on drivers heading in that same direction, is today rolling out across the U.S. Until now the service was only available in select states, mainly in the Southeast U.S. The company is headquartered in Atlanta and has been steadily expanding outward from there since its recent launch.

Though only live since January of this year, Roadie says it has seen over 20,000 downloads of its mobile application, which is how its customers and drivers access the service. That’s a notable increase in downloads in a short period of time – just last month, for example, the company said the app had been downloaded 7,500 times.

40% of those app downloads have been from outside the markets where Roadie was already live, prompting the company to speed up its expansion efforts to…

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Liveblog: Xbox Head Phil Spencer Talks About The Future Of Gaming On Windows And Xbox

M. Umar Muzaffar:


While I think that windows 10 needs a rebranding as WinX, its package of Dx12 and seamless streaming of Xbox is mouthwatering. Plus Microsoft is going to release an adapter to use the Xbox One controller wirelessly with your PC.

Other than above-mentioned goodness which is on the way in 2015, what makes me happy is the fact that I might see a subtle harmony between a console, a pc & a Augmented Reality (Microsoft Hololens).

During 2015 If Microsoft starts to syncs all 3 devices (PC, Xbox, Hololens) in such a seamless way that our boundaries of each hardware start to fade then it will be an achievement. Because I see a great potential in turning this trio into an irresistible service offering rather than each serving as separate hardware.

Plus I’d like my PC to stream to MS Hololens, so I can start playing Dota2 in Augmented Reality & cast spells with cool custom hand gestures or may be use wireless controller. So that’s that. ;D

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Phil Spencer

Xbox head Phil Spencer is at GDC today to give a talk on the future of gaming and game development on the Windows and Xbox platforms.

It’s an interesting time for Microsoft’s gaming division. Windows 10 will bring unprecedented integration with the Xbox platform, letting you stream games running on Xbox One hardware to any PC. Meanwhile. the Xbox One is currently in second place in the current generation of consoles, though slashed prices seemed to boost demand toward the end of 2014. And with HoloLens on the way, Microsoft might become an early power-player in the VR/AR gaming ecosystem.

We’re here at the talk, and will update this post as Spencer provides interesting tidbits.

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GoPro just changed what live sports are going to look like

M. Umar Muzaffar:

And this is why we need GoPro on not just players but on actual matters that need transparency, like courtrooms, parliaments & hospitals etc.

Originally posted on Quartz:

It’s not easy to keep up with ice hockey. The game moves so quickly that broadcasters used to highlight the puck on screen like a videogame. GoPro is looking to change this, by placing its tiny cameras on players to broadcast in-game action in real time.

GoPro’s partnership with the NHL, announced Jan. 23, could be the start of the next big thing in live sports broadcasting. Previous advances in live sports have been about immersing viewers more thoroughly in the event, from cameras mounted on zip wires first used in the 1980s, to 3D broadcasting. But GoPro’s announcement promises another level of immersion—the player’s actual perspective. As New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist puts it in GoPro’s promo video: “I think it will be very interesting for a viewer to get a better understanding of what I see and how I track pucks.”

GoPro also wants to be known as a media company. It publishes videos…

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Mozilla Wants To Bring Virtual Reality To The Browser

M. Umar Muzaffar:

The race has begun.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Last summer, Mozilla launched a very experimental version of Firefox with support for web-based virtual reality apps that could be experienced through the Oculus Rift. Earlier this week, support for WebVR also landed in Firefox’s Nightly and Developer Edition release channels.

So why is Mozilla working on virtual reality when its mission is to “promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the Web?” At a talk last summer, Mozilla’s Josh Carpenter argued that the organization knows VR will be a “really big deal” and because “it presents a really great challenge — and we like great challenges.” To give users that feeling of actually being present in a different world (and not just that of looking at a simulation), you need to get the latency between head movements and the screen reacting to them down to an absolute minimum. Mozilla argues that, in the end, all of this work will not…

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The Reason To Be Cheerful About HoloLens

M. Umar Muzaffar:

Be it gaming, production, architecture, film, medicine or even military. Microsoft’s HoloLens will definitely bring more functionality to an array of aspects in different industries. Moreover, it offers a lot more than Google Glass.

I like it so far, do you ?

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a games industry consultant, freelance designer and the creator of leading design blog What Games Are. You can follow him on Twitter here.

The question I’m always asking of any invention in the games-tech space is “can I see it being used every day?”. Or is it slight, a novelty or built on shaky assumptions of use patterns? Though early enthusiasm for such inventions tends toward “yes”, much of the time the true answer is “no”. Of course sometimes I’m right, sometimes wrong. Wrongness often (depressingly) arrives dressed in the uniforms of causes. Something HAS to work to solve a big problem I perceive therefore therefore therefore… This is less reasoning than buying a marketing story, but reason eventually prevails.

I could never, for example, see Kinect fomenting long term change in the gaming market. Though Microsoft sold a lot of Kinects by following the Wii wave, the devices…

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I Dare You Not To Spend Your Entire Day Playing The Rubik’s Cube Google Doodle

M. Umar Muzaffar:

I double dare you. ;D

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

The Rubik’s Cube, both a torture and a delight to many of us, today celebrates its 40th birthday, and Google has joined in with an interactive Rubik’s Cube Google doodle.

I’ve already spent about 15 minutes playing around with it, so before you type in “www.google.com” to your browser just take a moment to prioritize the tasks of the day. Otherwise, they’ll surely be lost.

The Rubik’s Cube is said to be the most popular puzzle game in the world, with 1 in every 8 people on the planet having tried their luck at the color-matching, geometry-based game. But it’s much more than a game. For years, we’ve seen the Rubik’s cube (and those that can solve the puzzle quickly) as a marker of true genius.

Remember this?

That scene was also impressive, but there are folks in real life who can solve the king of puzzles…

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