Discord Business Model Case Study

Discord is a classic example of building a product to cater to a specific audience segment, only to find out other audiences you weren't initially targeting, finding value in your product, and using it. And so much so that, five years later, after its launch in early 2015, the discord team let go of its original identity, deciding to embrace the direction they were pulled into by users. Jason Citron & Stan Vishnevskiy, gamers themselves, originally built Discord for gamers. A typical user would be someone who played video games a lot, and while they were at it, used Discord to talk to...

‘The Everything Store’ Book Summary

Acclaimed Silicon Valley Journalist Brad Stone has been covering Amazon since its early days. "The Everything Store," is a result of Stone drawing upon his writing experience and interviewing numerous Amazon executives, with the blessings of Jeff Bezos. The book provides a comprehensive account of Amazon's growth from its 1996 inception until 2013, the year of publishing. Reading the book was fruitful because it gave me a window into Amazon's way of thinking & helped me understand Amazon's complex business by breaking it down into distinct components. I've structured my book summary such that it should do the same for...

‘On Writing Well’ Book Summary

Before I briefly explain the note-taking process, I want to take a few sentences to introduce William Zinsser, the author of 'On Writing Well.'  A lifelong nonfiction writer, William began his career as a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune in 1946. In the 1970s, he taught a writing class at Yale University. He also wrote 18 books in a writing career spanning more than half a century. First published in 1976, 'On Writing Well' is widely regarded as his best work. To date, it has served as the canonical writing book for three generations of writers, journalists, & editors.  In...

Shape Up Book Summary

I read the book & highlighted the key ideas to create a distilled yet detailed version of the subject matter. Whether you're looking to gauge if the full book is worth your time or want to revisit ideas you've already read, my summary should come in handy. Book Summary of ‘Shape Up: Stop Running in Circles & Ship Work that Matters’ by ‘Ryan Singer’. Chapter 1: Introduction This book isn’t about the risk of building the wrong thing. Other books can help you with that (we recommend Competing Against Luck). This book is about the risk of getting stuck, the risk of getting...

Product Hunt Business Model Case Study

"Product Hunt surfaces the best new products, every day. It's a place for product-loving enthusiasts to share and geek out about the latest mobile apps, websites, hardware projects, and tech creations" If you work in technology and don't keep a daily tab of Product Hunt, one could argue that you're missing out on relevant insider information.  In some ways, Product Hunt is like Techcrunch, except it surfaces new tech products instead of new tech stories.  Tech enthusiasts use it to stay in the know. Emerging startups list themselves to get in front of the people that matter. Investors use it to scour investment...

‘Deep Work’ Book Summary

I read the book -- highlighted material that stood out, trimmed it down to the essential & made minor edits to align the text with the summary format. People who have read the book a long time ago, forgotten the book matter to a certain degree, and would like to refresh their memory of its content would benefit the most from the notes considering the way we've designed them. If you haven't read the book, we'd recommend buying and reading it, because it's not just about knowing key lessons. Reading a book forces you to think about the idea at length....

Not Business Books, Books Entrepreneurs should read

When you search for the keyword "best business books," this is what the Google search result looks like All the top-ranking results give you lists, ranging from 7 to a whopping 101 business books. The problem with these lists is that they miss the point. You can't learn all there is to running a successful business by just reading business books ( & nobody is actually going to read 101 business books. It just doesn't make sense ) In our digital economy, aspiring/existing entrepreneurs need to learn how to think, how to learn, how to write, how to build good habits, how to...

IaaS Business Model [ Explained Simply ]

On February 2017; Netflix, Spotify, Pinterest, Reddit, Pinterest, Dropbox, Tinder and thousands of other websites were down for 4 hours, including the site (downdetector.com) that reports outages.  Some thought the whole internet was down, but it wasn’t.  An Amazon Web Services outage had made thousands of websites inaccessible, bringing to light how much of the internet is powered by Amazon. In 2017, AWS accounted for 49.4% of the total IaaS market share. The next three top IaaS service providers -- Microsoft, Alibaba & Google made up for 21.3 % of the market, less than half of the market share of AWS. One of the reasons why Amazon...

SaaS Business Model [ Explained Simply ]

According to the Gartner report, the worldwide public cloud service is expected to make an astronomical $266.4 billion in 2020, with SaaS-based businesses forecasted to make $116 billion, accounting for 43.54% of the cloud market. Broadly speaking, cloud-based services can be divided into three categories: Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) & and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). But today, we will specifically be talking about SaaS businesses -- covering how they work, the metrics used to evaluate them and have a brief look at some notable SaaS companies And by the way, if you're unaware, the cloud is just...

Twitter Business Model Case Study

Twitter rose from the ashes of a failed startup called Odeo to go on to become the #1 platform for discovery and become widely recognized as the SMS of the Internet with 300 million monthly active users as of 2019. However, Twitter has had quite a controversial start with the real history of Twitter having a fourth co-founder who was fired and not given the credit he deserves, as per the story revealed by Business Insider. Let’s probe into Twitter’s true founding history first and then examine how it makes money. Twitter’s Founding Story Before Twitter was born, Evan Williams, one of its founders was flush with money...