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Vietnam Work

A Look at Facebook Dating through the Lens of FriendsPlus

In 2013, I led a team to create FriendsPlus, a mobile app that was acquired (and killed) right at launch. It turns out Facebook’s new dating app, announced last week, is very similar. Let’s see how Facebook talks about it: Facebook Dating product manager Charmaine Hung tells me that “I have 2,000 Facebook friends. I’m […]

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MBA Work

My Facebook at Work Launch Analysis – September 2015

As with my Minecraft post, I do have an ego-driven need to see my insights proven correct. (Don’t worry, I know I am often wrong) Below is a slide deck I put together in an interview with Facebook for Facebook at Work (now called Workplace) in September 2015. After 1+ years and only thousands of […]

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MBA Video Games Work

My Microsoft Minecraft Education Strategy – May 2015

When I research something and build a plan for it, I really get invested and passionate about it. Then, I hope to see it fruition so I can believe my instincts were correct. As we begin to see Microsoft open up its Minecraft platform and launch larger education initiatives, I look fondly on this deck […]

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MBA Work

Secret Pro Tips for International MBA Students who Want to Work in the United States

As a former Northwestern Kellogg MMM (MBA + Masters in Design Innovation), I’ll tell you something that you want to know but that no one at Kellogg will ever tell you: Secret Pro Tip: If you’re an international student who REALLY wants to work (and  / stay) in the United States (USA) after graduation, invest […]

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Work

The Case for Yelp User Subscriptions [Product Monetization, Revenue Ideas]

Yelp’s financials have been fairly strong lately, and with $550M projected revenue for this year and the aim of getting to $1B (82% jump) in 2017, the company will need to be open and aggressive about new revenue steams. Let’s explore how to generate an additional $100M (conservatively) in yearly subscription revenue that would directly […]