Archive for February, 2012

  • Selling Shovels In a Gold Rush
    Posted by on February 26th, 2012 at 4:45 pm, Comments: 0

    In a gold rush, some entrepreneurs dig for gold, and some sell shovels. Which is smarter depends on how much gold is really in the ground, your ability to extract it, and your personal risk tolerance. But one thing always stays the same, in any gold rush, boom, bubble, secular ascent, whatever you want to [...]

  • Will Facebook Make 5 Billion In Revenue For 2012?
    Posted by on February 22nd, 2012 at 2:56 pm, Comments: 0

    It’s been interesting to watch where the Estimize community has been able to add a tremendous amount of value, and where it hasn’t. We came into building this platform with the assumption that views from the community would provide alpha for a set of stocks, mostly high growth and deep value. And thus far they’ve [...]

  • Could You Live Off Collaborative Consumption For One Year?
    Posted by on February 20th, 2012 at 4:54 pm, Comments: 0

    I was having a drink with a friend last week when we started talking about the ridiculous¬†amount of income we’ve both made using collaborative consumption platforms this year. As a startup founder who is pouring his heart, soul, and bank account into his business, I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing it’s been [...]

  • Early Access to Estimize Data and API
    Posted by on February 17th, 2012 at 1:56 pm, Comments: 0

    We’ve recently received a great deal of inbound interest for both the Estimize data set and API from a wide range of individuals. To be honest, I didn’t expect this to happen at such an early stage, a little more than two months after we launched into public beta. We have a road map a [...]

  • Why Congress Needs To Pass The Crowd Funding Bill
    Posted by on February 10th, 2012 at 11:36 pm, Comments: 0

    I wrote a post back in July titled “Let The Users Own The Platform, Literally“. It was an exploration of ideas around social platforms selling small stakes in their company at an early stage to their users, so that their users were no longer just “the product”, but “the owner” as well. It seems that [...]

  • The Next Big Social Platform Monetization Model
    Posted by on February 10th, 2012 at 5:13 pm, Comments: 0

    When Twitter began its “promoted tweets” campaign it felt wrong. It was inevitable, we all knew it was coming, but it still felt wrong. There is a sanctity in only seeing content in your stream from sources of information you choose to follow. Twitter, unlike the message boards of old, is amazing for this reason. [...]

  • Why Share Estimates?
    Posted by on February 7th, 2012 at 8:30 pm, Comments: 0

    The following post was written by our intern at Estimize, Michael Knopf, who gives some great insight into the question of, why share estimates? There are several different groups of individuals within the Estimize community with different incentives to share their analysis, and several motivations that are shared across groups. Whether you are a hedge [...]