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Facebook – Technology Platform or News Publisher?

Facebook – Technology Platform or News Publisher?

More than any other site that congregates large numbers of users, Facebook has recently been taken to task for the fake news items that were widely broadcast and read during the 2016 presidential election season. Although CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been moving closer in recent weeks to admitting that the company is more than just a “technology platform”, he still demonstrates considerable reluctance to take responsibility for the news items, authentic or fake, that appear on Facebook pages. Who is in the right in this controversy? And (how) can Facebook avoid becoming a dumping ground for unreliable information?

Time to Re-Assess the Unicorn Club Idea

Time to Re-Assess the Unicorn Club Idea

The Unicorn Club of high-valued tech startups has recently caught some flak as a few of the members of this 140-strong elite have experienced disappointments of different kinds. This prompts me to ask whether or not the Club was a fun fad that has now outlived its usefulness, or whether it might be worth making it less vulnerable to bubble mania and more durable as an aspiration for young startups.

Whither Twitter? A question of strategy

Whither Twitter? A question of strategy

Several factors, including disappointing quarterly results since Twitter’s late 2013 IPO, constant pressure from Wall Street investors on the company’s sluggish user growth, and a recent 8,500-word open blog by venture capitalist Chris Sacca critiquing the company’s strategy and proposing an array of corrective measures, culminated in the announcement last Thursday of Dick Costolo’s decision to step down as Twitter’s CEO after five years in the role. This development provides us with a good opportunity to examine Twitter’s strategic challenges and opportunities. What should the new CEO do to stabilize the business and define a winning direction for the company?