Pinterest Potential: User Collaboration

Pinterest Potential: User Collaboration

This post originally appeared on Altimeter Group Researcher Jaimy Szymanski's blog. Follow her on Twitter here. If you would have asked me, even a week ago, what I thought of Pinterest, I would've likely given this tongue-in-cheek answer: "I'm not getting married anytime soon, so it's not really for me." To some extent, I still think that, and I'm not alone. A recent stat released by Ignite Social Media confirms that 80 percent of Pinterest's users are female. Does that mean they're … [Read more...]

Reflecting on 2011 –and Preparing for Future Growth

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By Charlene Li, Founding Partner In the life of a young company, a year is an eternity.I sit here looking back to a year ago and I’m amazed at not only the growth of Altimeter Group, how we have grown as individuals and as a team, and the amazing clients we’ve served. While we often publish our insights on how companies should leverage disruptive technologies, I wanted to share a peek inside of our company. Our journey has seen a lot of growth, here are some stats: We’ve grown from … [Read more...]

Facebook Places completes the picture

By Susan Etlinger and Charlene Li Today, Facebook confirmed that it is adding location awareness to the Facebook experience. Facebook Places enables members to share where they are and who they are with, find people near them and discover new places of interest.  So if you travel to Chicago and are craving deep-dish pizza, you can see where your friends have “checked in” and what they thought about the experience. Facebook Places launches with an iPhone app, the addition of a location feature … [Read more...]

Crowdsourcing the logo for Altimeter

I've had good success setting up my own business at Altimeter Group but one thing I never got around to doing was getting a logo done. Last summer, I was briefed crowdSPRING, which is a marketplace for creative projects. So I've decided to put my logo up as a project there, where designers can submit their ideas. Why put my brand logo design in the hands of complete strangers? Well, I figured that anything is better than the simple font-based brand identity I have now! I also looked at … [Read more...]

With iThryv.com, kids get financially smart

TechCrunch50 started with a winner from iThryv.com, developed by Shryk.com and launching on September 10th. The service provides financial services for kids, teens, and young adults. As a parent of tweens, I'm definitely interested in this service as I'm keen to raise financially responsible kids. Some nice features include being able to classify spending for tweens as "wants" versus "needs" so that they can look back on their decisions and think if they had made good choices. The presentation … [Read more...]

Blah Blah Girls – Going on my ban list

I'm at TechCrunch50 and will be writing up my thoughts on presenting companies, as well as other companies that are here. First on the list is Blah Girls, a start-up by celebrity Ashton Kutcher. As you've guessed from my post title, I was less than thrilled by the 8+ minute presentation. In fact, I was aghast at the opening video that had tongue-in-cheek racial references ("token black friend") that was meant to be snarky but caused my jaw to drop. But I wanted to give Blah Girls the benefit of … [Read more...]