Carl Manneh on being free of VCs

Something many forget in the hype to raise money from venture capitalists. Mojang also announced their revenue reached 234 million euro for 2013.

CEO Carl Manneh tells WSJ’s Sven Grundberg, “Financially speaking, we have no pressure whatsoever to rush into any new projects. Besides, we have no outside owners that require us to reach any particular goals.”

via ArcticStartup.

Flight MH370: last message sent after communications disabled

The Guardian released some interesting information regarding the case of the highly mysterious flight MH370:

The person in control of missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 issued their last communication to air traffic control after the first set of aircraft communications was disabled, Malaysian authorities have confirmed, adding further weight to suspicion that the plane was hijacked.

The latest revelation suggests that the person who delivered the “All right, good night” message to Kuala Lumpur air traffic controllers just before the Boeing-777 disappeared from their radar at 1.22am and diverted from its scheduled flightpath to Beijing was also aware that the Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System Acars had been manually shut down.

via theguardian.com

Remembering who we were and are

This is one of the reasons why I push myself to write. I do it too rarely though, should find the time and inspiration more often.

Because little things, day by day, usually don’t seem like much in the moment, but over the course of months and years, we are changing and maturing as individuals and it can be so valuable and downright encouraging to be able to look back and see that change.

via Shawn Blanc.

Bitcoin Is a Protocol. Bitcoin Is a Brand.

This should be remembered:

It should be noted that the recent fall of the Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange, with losses of about $460 million, had much more to do with the lack of oversight at the exchange, and not with Bitcoin as a protocol.

via NYTimes.

Airmail is great, except for a couple of things

Airmail e-mail client

I’ve recently switched from Apple’s Mail client to Airmail. I got tired of having to guess whether e-mails to my GMail account were coming through. In many situations they weren’t.

The e-mail client is excellent in terms of productivity. It’s simple and sleek and puts focus in getting those e-mails either read and archived or answered.

There are at least two short comings I came across though.

Firstly, the app doesn’t support multiple e-mail addresses for your contacts. This means that if you have entered two separate e-mail addresses for someone through Apple’s Contacts, the mail client only gives you one of them. This is extremely cumbersome regarding my productivity hack for Pipedrive (huge fan, by the way – go #Estonianmafia!).

The hack is simple. I’ve added my Pipedrive dropbox e-mail to all the contacts I’m commonly in contact with and can access that dropbox e-mail address by typing the person’s name. Mail.app used to show this, but Airmail fails at this.

Secondly, I noticed that for some odd reason it didn’t render my test HTML emails from Mailchimp correctly. They came out as HTML code. Mail.app showed these correctly and I’m 99,9% sure there is nothing wrong with the code. This means that Airmail for some reason doesn’t have very great HTML support. Although, having said that – all other HTML e-mails I’ve received in the past couple of days work perfectly.

The conclusion is that Airmail is a great app for such a low price. It’s on for less than $2.

Norway earns $115 billion on its investments

While Finland is borrowing about $10 billion a year to meet its responsibilities, Norway is a little bit better off:

Norway’s giant oil fund said on Friday that it earned 15.9 percent, or about $115 billion, on its investments last year, profiting from big bets on American and European stocks that offset losses in government bonds from around the world.

via NYTimes.com

WhatsApp: Aiming for Voice Product in Second Quarter

Now it all begins to make sense:

WhatsApp Inc., the mobile messaging service that agreed to be acquired last week by Facebook Inc. FB +2.99% for $19 billion, said Monday that it would offer voice calling as early as April, allowing free phone calls among WhatsApps 465 million users.

via WSJ.com

Netflix will disrupt the entertainment industry one House of Cards at a time

House of Cards

House of Cards is simply put an excellent series. Equally excellent is Netflix’s business model. I subscribed to Netflix for a month to watch season 2 of House of Cards and it cost me 7.99 euros. This comes to about 61 cents per episode. That kind of money I’m willing to pay for quality HD video.

I’m sure that the low cost of actually using Netflix is one of the big reasons why it has become so successful. Other media outlets are still trying to push through their equally expensive prices from the physical storage device era (of CDs, cassettes, etc.). It just doesn’t work.

I watched all the 13 episodes also in about a week. This is also one of the most fundamental differences with traditional media companies as well – Netflix does not dictate how you can enjoy the content you pay for. The disruption will be huge once it really hits the industry. Netflix is one of the few companies biting away at this by producing their own shows.

Ultimately it is the licenses to the content that is holding back the industry from transforming to something that users would value more. It has been clear that the old rights holders won’t be willing to change. Hence, the future is extremely bright for companies like Netflix who enable customers the distribution channel and produce content they are able to enjoy, whenever they like and on their device of choice.

The larger companies will wither around for 5 to 10 or so years until they realise that the market has completely changed. Then, it is too late for them to change and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of them being bought by the likes of Netflix for their rights to content. I’m extremely optimistic about the change taking place in the industry and look forwards to better entertainment at a better price for consumers.

Detroit sees potential in startups

Even the bankrupt Detroit sees potential in startups lifting herself towards solvency (Detroit has about $16B in debt):

Calling for a focus on long-term growth and drawing more start-up ventures, the city contemplates lowering some income and property tax rates for its remaining 700,000 residents, though anemic revenue has plagued the city for years.

via NYTimes.com.