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  • Jason Calacanis 15:00:44 on 2019-01-02 Permalink
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    Chrome OS is the ultimate productivity hack & will exceed Mac OS marketshare — but can it challenge Windows? 


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    The Acer Chromebox CXI3

    I recently replaced all but three of the Macs in our office (the ones used for video editing), with ~$800 ACER Chromeboxes and the stunning, ~$900, USB-C powered Dell 38″ monitors (model: U3818DW).

    Google’s Chrome OS is an absurdly fast, stable and distraction-free operating system. Over the past seven years of its short existence, it has become world-class.

    Here’s why Google has nailed it:

    1. As the world has moved to cloud-based software, running inside of browsers, the need to download client software has disappeared for almost every task. This means software startups don’t have to build clients for every desktop operating system anymore (some do, most don’t).
    2. The Chrome Browser has become the standard for cloud-based apps to be built on — because it has massive market share.
    3. Chrome Extensions are available for everything you need to do, from password management, Grammarly and advanced email with Superhuman (email jason@calacanis.com with “superhuman” in the subject line and I will help you jump the line).
    4. ChromeOS doesn’t have all the Mac and Microsoft cruft like iMessage, Apple Photos, iTunes and all the rest. It’s basically just a browser with a desktop.
    5. Chrome OS is an open source project, which is allowing folks to do insane things like making a version of ChromeOS you can install on your old iMac and MacBook Air, and because the OS is so light it makes those computers seem new again.
    6. Chrome OS now supports Google Play, so if you insist on using an App like Spotify, Instagram or Slack, you have the option of doing it in the browser AND in the app. It’s kind of mind-blowing to Instagram on your huge desktop.
    7. Hardware vendors are loving and investing in Chrome OS. The fact that Acer is making a machine that is, literally, the size of a ham sandwich with 16 Gigs of ram, 64 GIG SSD, Bluetooth, six USB ports, an Intel Core i7 processor, USB-C, ethernet, HDMI and an SD reader is bonkers.
    8. For bonus points, you can power the ChromeBox from the USB-C port on your Dell Monitor — which then acts as a USB hub, giving you another four USB ports. This means the whole setup requires one power plug (to the monitor, NOT the computer), which is really strange.
    9. The chrome box powers 3840 x 1600 resolution on the Dell Monitor — which is nuts. You can put three giant chrome browser windows side by side, which will make you and your team 10-20% more efficient.
    10. ChromeBooks are all over schools today.
    11. Google’s login system and browser sync let you log in to ANY ChromeOS device — so sharing a ChromeBook or ChromeBox is as simple as logging on and off.
    12. ChromeOS is so light that it updates and boots blazingly fast — like seconds.
    The back of acer chromebox

    For $1,700 you can give everyone in your startup a machine that is absurdly fast and a monitor that is just amazing.

    The Chromeboxes actually start at around $200, and you can get a decent widescreen for $400… so in truth you can test this setup out at like $600 total and have your mind blown.

    Prediction: Chrome OS, which had < 1% market share at the start of 2015 and is currently at 4.35% marketing share of all operating systems (desktops, tablets, and mobile phones) will catch up and surpass Mac OS in the next five years. [ Source: StatCounter, slicker chart by Statista. ]

    Comparing just MacOSX and Chrome OS

    Big Question: Will Chrome OS eventually dominate the Windows operating system juggernaut, at 60%+? Google did with browsers, which take minutes to switch, but can they do it with computers which commonly get switched every three to five years?

    The Chrome browser has taken over the world.

    Finally, the Google Pixelbook is a fantastic machine to pair with the Dell 38 monitor. You simply plug in the USB port and, again, the monitor will charge your laptop and sync up in seconds. The Pixelbook, and Chromebox setup above, are half the price of an equivalent mac.

    Bottom Line: Google’s brilliant long game: Chrome, Android and ChromeOS (aka the Chromium Project) are all open source and free, driving consumers to give their data to precious data for Google to — essentially — resell to advertisers. This builds a massive moat around Google’s ad business while putting massive pressure on Apple and Microsoft’s franchises.

     
  • Jason Calacanis 15:00:44 on 2019-01-02 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , , , , , Entrepreneurship, , , , , , ,   

    Chrome OS is the ultimate productivity hack & will exceed Mac OS marketshare — but can it challenge Windows? 


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    The Acer Chromebox CXI3

    I recently replaced all but three of the Macs in our office (the ones used for video editing), with ~$800 ACER Chromeboxes and the stunning, ~$900, USB-C powered Dell 38″ monitors (model: U3818DW).

    [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): https://ctt.ac/877i9 ]

    Google’s Chrome OS is an absurdly fast, stable and distraction-free operating system. Over the past seven years of its short existence, it has become world-class.

    Here’s why Google has nailed it:

    1. As the world has moved to cloud-based software, running inside of browsers, the need to download client software has disappeared for almost every task. This means software startups don’t have to build clients for every desktop operating system anymore (some do, most don’t).
    2. The Chrome Browser has become the standard for cloud-based apps to be built on — because it has massive market share.
    3. Chrome Extensions are available for everything you need to do, from password management, Grammarly and advanced email with Superhuman (email jason@18.234.176.227 with “superhuman” in the subject line and I will help you jump the line).
    4. ChromeOS doesn’t have all the Mac and Microsoft cruft like iMessage, Apple Photos, iTunes and all the rest. It’s basically just a browser with a desktop.
    5. Chrome OS is an open source project, which is allowing folks to do insane things like making a version of ChromeOS you can install on your old iMac and MacBook Air, and because the OS is so light it makes those computers seem new again.
    6. Chrome OS now supports Google Play, so if you insist on using an App like Spotify, Instagram or Slack, you have the option of doing it in the browser AND in the app. It’s kind of mind-blowing to Instagram on your huge desktop.
    7. Hardware vendors are loving and investing in Chrome OS. The fact that Acer is making a machine that is, literally, the size of a ham sandwich with 16 Gigs of ram, 64 GIG SSD, Bluetooth, six USB ports, an Intel Core i7 processor, USB-C, ethernet, HDMI and an SD reader is bonkers.
    8. For bonus points, you can power the ChromeBox from the USB-C port on your Dell Monitor — which then acts as a USB hub, giving you another four USB ports. This means the whole setup requires one power plug (to the monitor, NOT the computer), which is really strange.
    9. The chrome box powers 3840 x 1600 resolution on the Dell Monitor — which is nuts. You can put three giant chrome browser windows side by side, which will make you and your team 10-20% more efficient.
    10. ChromeBooks are all over schools today.
    11. Google’s login system and browser sync let you log in to ANY ChromeOS device — so sharing a ChromeBook or ChromeBox is as simple as logging on and off.
    12. ChromeOS is so light that it updates and boots blazingly fast — like seconds.
    The back of acer chromebox

    For $1,700 you can give everyone in your startup a machine that is absurdly fast and a monitor that is just amazing.

    The Chromeboxes actually start at around $200, and you can get a decent widescreen for $400… so in truth you can test this setup out at like $600 total and have your mind blown.

    Prediction: Chrome OS, which had < 1% market share at the start of 2015 and is currently at 4.35% marketing share of all operating systems (desktops, tablets, and mobile phones) will catch up and surpass Mac OS in the next five years. [ Source: StatCounter, slicker chart by Statista. ]

    Comparing just MacOSX and Chrome OS

    Big Question: Will Chrome OS eventually dominate the Windows operating system juggernaut, at 60%+? Google did with browsers, which take minutes to switch, but can they do it with computers which commonly get switched every three to five years?

    The Chrome browser has taken over the world.

    Finally, the Google Pixelbook is a fantastic machine to pair with the Dell 38 monitor. You simply plug in the USB port and, again, the monitor will charge your laptop and sync up in seconds. The Pixelbook, and Chromebox setup above, are half the price of an equivalent mac.

    Bottom Line: Google’s brilliant long game: Chrome, Android and ChromeOS (aka the Chromium Project) are all open source and free, driving consumers to give their data to precious data for Google to — essentially — resell to advertisers. This builds a massive moat around Google’s ad business while putting massive pressure on Apple and Microsoft’s franchises.

    The post Chrome OS is the ultimate productivity hack & will exceed Mac OS marketshare — but can it challenge Windows? appeared first on Calacanis.com.

     
  • Jason Calacanis 15:00:13 on 2019-01-01 Permalink
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    How to get an angel investor’s attention? 


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    Don’t say everything

    Got asked this question on Quora. The answer for me, and for most angels, is easy: send a short email with a link to the product or a product video.

    Protip: Do not email your life story or 3,000+ words on why you built your product. This will make you look deranged.

    The goal of your email is to get the investor to a) understand what you’re doing and to b) respond.

    You want to send just the most important thing, which is one of the following things 99% of the time:

    1. your product
    2. your traction
    3. your market
    4. your technology
    5. you

    What you don’t want to do is send an angel EVERYTHING in the first email. Get them on the hook with the best thing (perhaps two things) and try and get them to ask you more questions.

    As an example, Henry from Cafe X sent me a video of the prototype of the Cafe X machine, along with two sentences, while based in Hong Kong. Since then, I’ve invested millions in the company, I’m on the board and they have three locations rocking in San Francisco. Mission accomplished.

    Note: I don’t respond to all my emails, I get around 300–500 per day… but I do open most of them, and I do click on links often.

    PS – I’m going to try and write a blog post every day in 2019 and set them to publish at 7AM… consider this day one of 365.

     
  • Jason Calacanis 15:00:13 on 2019-01-01 Permalink
    Tags: , , Entrepreneurship, , ,   

    How do you get an angel investor’s attention? 


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    Don’t say everything

    Got asked this question on Quora. The answer for me, and for most angels, is easy: send a short email with a link to the product or a product video.

    [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): https://ctt.ac/3lcnX  ]

    Protip: Do not email your life story or 3,000+ words on why you built your product. This will make you look deranged.

    The goal of your email is to get the investor to a) understand what you’re doing and to b) respond.

    You want to send just the most important thing, which is one of the following things 99% of the time:

    1. your product
    2. your traction
    3. your market
    4. your technology
    5. you

    What you don’t want to do is send an angel EVERYTHING in the first email. Get them on the hook with the best thing (perhaps two things) and try and get them to ask you more questions.

    As an example, Henry from Cafe X sent me a video of the prototype of the Cafe X machine, along with two sentences, while based in Hong Kong. Since then, I’ve invested millions in the company, I’m on the board and they have three locations rocking in San Francisco. Mission accomplished.

    Note: I don’t respond to all my emails, I get around 300–500 per day… but I do open most of them, and I do click on links often.

    PS – I’m going to try and write a blog post every day in 2019 and set them to publish at 7AM… consider this day one of 365.

    The post How do you get an angel investor’s attention? appeared first on Calacanis.com.

     
  • Jason Calacanis 07:13:32 on 2016-09-19 Permalink
    Tags: Entrepreneurship   

    Email newsletters might save journalism — here’s why 


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    [ Tl;dr: Today we’re launching the new Inside.com – a network of high-quality email newsletters. We have eight live newsletters, and we’re launching an exciting system that allows intelligent readers like yourself to decide which newsletter we launch next. Thanks to Rocketship for building the new platform. ]

    voting

    When I started Inside as an app, our idea was that if we could do an exceptional job curating the news, then millions of people would download our product and use it daily.

    We learned that, while a dedicated base of fans couldn’t get enough of it, most folks didn’t have space for another app in their lives. This is a lesson that has been hard-learned by a whole crop of “news-reader” style apps – from tiny startups like Circa to mega-brands like Facebook, both of which folded their news apps.

    The facts are simple: people are adding an average of ZERO new apps to their phones each month, and most modern news consumption happens in social media) places like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Reddit, and, of course, email).

    Meanwhile, publishers increasingly rely on viral traffic – which incentivizes silly clickbait, or worse they focus on writing headlines that rank in Google (best iPhone cases FTW!).

    Email incentivizes the opposite — it drives us to build a lasting relationship with our readers who demand we deliver massive value. If we don’t they click unsubscribe.

    I love that newsletters are held to such a high standard — it makes our writers focused on what matters most.

    When it comes to news curation, here’s what we think matters:

    1) Content selected by real-world relevance, not catchy titles or more-searched terms.

    2) Content selected and presented in a fair way without obvious bias or added commentary.

    3) Transparency. No hidden agendas. Literally email us and ask us why we ran a story and we’ll tell you.

    We’re going all in with email newsletters because I think we can save journalism by putting 99 cents of every dollar we spend on writers. Our business has close to zero infrastructure costs and massive consumer feedback.

    Nine months ago, we started with the Inside Daily Brief, a twice-daily roundup of the most interesting news in the world, which had 10,000 subscribers and just one writer/editor. Now, we have an audience of 100,000 subscribers across eight newsletters, with six people on our editorial team (and it’s growing!).

    We’re just getting started.

    In addition to letting you subscribe to our existing newsletters, the new site also lets you vote for which newsletters we’ll launch next. Do you want us to hire a top notch writer and launch Inside Golf or Inside Space or Inside Video Games?

    Cast your vote, and tell your friends – when we hit 5,000 “early adopters” we’ll launch it.

    So, here’s my ask:

    • Head over to inside.com and subscribe/vote for all the newsletters you find most interesting
    • Check out our post today on Product Hunt and leave some feedback
    • Tell your friends! If we can keep growing the readership of these newsletters, we can keep improving and launching new ones. That starts with you spreading the word.
    • Hit reply to the emails we send and tell us what you love, if we make a mistake and share an intelligent response to the question of the day. I read every email reply!

    – @jason

     

    PS – Here’s our subscriber growth in the past few months:

    screen-shot-2016-09-18-at-10-53-19-pm

    If you have a newsletter and you want to join our network, please email partners@inside.com. We’re looking to not only launch our own newsletters, but host and sell the advertising in other ones too.

     
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