I'm the Senior Director of Business Operations at Estimote. I used to work at GroupMe, the NYC Economic Development Corporation, and Kiva. I also love the Knicks more than is rational.
Deals to use another company’s API usually require the most legal oversight and diligence, because you’re typically exposing your company and your users to another company’s terms of service, privacy policies, etc. — not to mention whatever potential liabilities are created by the new product you’re building.
"A goal without a plan is a wish."
Facebook on mobile: long road ahead
The native Facebook app released last month deserves all of the praise it’s gotten. Functionally, it’s worlds better than the company’s previous efforts in mobile (read: it’s actually usable). Now that the product is up to snuff - though there’s still certainly remove for improvement - the calls for Zuckerberg & Co to better monetize mobile will be even louder. (See: Barron’s declaring the FB stock worth only $15, partly because of their slow and underwhelming ability to monetize an increasingly mobile userbase.)
Timing is everything
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about timing, specifically how doing things (e.g., executing a partnership) as quickly as possible isn’t always best, despite the highly en vogue “move fast & break things” startup mentality.
So-called smart address book apps, like Brewster (or Sensobi, a GroupMe acquisition, before them), try to make how you communicate with your contacts as efficient as possible. A critical feature, for me at least, is an automatic notification to contact someone with whom I haven’t communicated in a while. It’s something I’ve been doing manually for my personal network for years, with a series of lists & spreadsheets that invariably become useless when I stop updating them.