@shervin just raised the bar on VC term sheets - shaved @fab and other investments on his head.
Following the skepticism about Google+ usage, Google decided to give some numbers to The New York Times. Reports Nick Bilton:
In response to the public perception of Google Plus, the company said it has decided to share some of the user numbers for Google Plus. On a daily basis, 50 million people who have created a Google Plus account actively use the company’s Google Plus-enhanced products, Mr. Gundotra said. Over a 30-day period, he said, that number is 100 million active users.
Big numbers. But…
This is where the image problem gets a little bit blurry.
Although these numbers sound impressive, the catch is that Google Plus-enhanced properties include YouTube, the Android Marketplace and Google.com, the company’s flagship search engine. Yet Google contends that these numbers illustrate that more than 100 million people have signed up for a Google Plus account and are now actively engaging with Google Plus-related products across the company.
The key is how exactly Google measures “actively” here. For most services, it has typically been enough to say they’re interacting with the site/service in some way. But that’s at the very least tricky (and at the very worst misleading) with Google because they’ve baked Google+ into many of their previously popular products.
AIl I know what is what I see with my eyes. Basically no one I know that doesn’t work at Google and isn’t Robert Scoble uses Google+ regularly. Maybe my social circle is weird. But it never has been in the past. It’s always been a very good indicator of network strength.
I’ve been thinking about how I was going to write this post for a while now. Of course, I didn’t anticipate that I would be writing at 2 AM local time in London, where I’m currently visiting to speak at FOWA in a couple of days (that talk also just got potentially much more interesting).
Stuff happens. Fortunately, sometimes, so does jetlag.
Enough with burying the lede: yes, I’m becoming a VC. I couldn’t be happier to announce that I’m joining CrunchFund as a general partner. It’s my honor to join Mike and Pat in that role. And I thank them for the opportunity.
Before I say anything else, I should also make something clear: as Erick states in his post, while the timing of this announcement may seem a bit odd given the recent drama involving AOL and TechCrunch and well, CrunchFund, this move has been a long time in the making for me.
Ovation Productions proudly presents..
Ed Kowalczyk and Vertical Horizon LIVE in Manila
When: April 28, 2012
Where: Smart-Araneta Coliseum
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In the first week of 2012, we launched 5 new campaigns and one of them already reached its tipping point:
- The Red Eye Gravy Theatre Company not only launched its campaign, but it also reached the tipping point in under a week! Through the classic play Romeo and Juliet, The Red Eye…