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Why Amazon will Buy Comcast

Why Amazon will Buy Comcast

The con­cept of world dom­i­na­tion used to be rel­e­gat­ed to sci­ence fic­tion movies how­ev­er Ama­zon may yet become one of the first to make it a real­i­ty. Their recent addi­tion of the Stream­ing Part­ners pro­gram could be the start of Ama­zon as the world’s first glob­al OTT (over the top) pro­gram­ming provider. With 83.5% of Face­book users and 79% of Twit­ter users com­ing from out­side the US, com­pa­nies today must be glob­al­ly focused to tru­ly com­pete and grow.   Com­cast busi­ness is lim­it­ed to the US.  With cable sys­tems pass­ing about 44% of all US homes and 22 mil­lion sub­scribers it has a strong pres­ence but only in the US. Ama­zon is a glob­al com­pa­ny; Accord­ing to Mark Mahaney, ana­lyst at RBC Cap­i­tal Mar­kets, 37% of its 80 mil­lion Prime sub­scribers are from out­side the US and is grow­ing quick­ly. But Why Should Ama­zon buy Com­cast? Amazon’s for­ay into OTT is the pre­cur­sor to the sep­a­ra­tion of the pro­gram­ming plat­form from the wired cable.  I believe that some­time in the next 3 to 5 years most cable com­pa­nies will sell broad­band access only and the pro­gram offer­ings will be spun off into sep­a­rate com­pa­nies which will have lots of com­pe­ti­tion…

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Why You Want to Work at Amazon

Why You Want to Work at Amazon

After read­ing the recent New York Times arti­cle  Inside Ama­zon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruis­ing Work­place  it occurred to me that the arti­cle wasn’t real­ly about Ama­zon being a dif­fi­cult place to work but rather the sto­ry of Ama­zon being the place to be to pre­pare for tomorrow’s work­place. In the not too dis­tant future most com­pa­nies will be run by com­put­ers.  Yes there will still be peo­ple man­ag­ing the com­put­ers but most of the work will be done by the machines, which will replace many of the cur­rent employ­ees. Ama­zon is one of the most advanced com­pa­nies in the world regard­ing automa­tion of busi­ness process­es and deci­sion mak­ing. Based on the New York Times arti­cle it appears that Ama­zon has already imple­ment­ed many process­es that future com­pa­nies will be man­aged by. While many tech com­pa­nies appear to be mov­ing in this direc­tion,  I believe Ama­zon has advanced the most towards the future com­pa­ny employ­ment world. Data and algo­rithms dri­ve much of the deci­sion mak­ing at the com­pa­ny.  Vir­tu­al­ly all the pric­ing and prod­uct dis­play deci­sions you see on the Ama­zon web­site are sole­ly made by algo­rithms. Ama­zon is where you could be trained to be the next gen­er­a­tion exec­u­tive. At Ama­zon…

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Online Food Acquisitions are just eating each other up, Yelp grows a belly!

Online Food Acquisitions are just eating each other up!

Holy Mack­er­el, come to think of it, you may want to con­sid­er order­ing that! This week Yelp announced it pur­chased online food order­ing ser­vice Eat24 for $134 mil­lion. This from Yelp’s blog: Eat24 is an online food order­ing app and web­site that cov­ers about 20,000 restau­rants across the coun­try. As a Yelp Plat­form part­ner, they’ve been a valu­able dri­ver of our growth in the restau­rant cat­e­go­ry while con­tin­u­ing to build an impres­sive busi­ness of their own. Eat24 is a com­peti­tor to Grub­hub. They were found­ed in 2008 and had man­aged to get a wid­get for order­ing food on Yelp which allowed them to com­pete against the oth­er food order­ing sites. Now that this deal is hap­pen­ing, these two com­pa­nies will become BFF’s. Jere­my Stop­pel­man, Yelp’s chief says online order­ing is “a key ver­ti­cal for Yelp.” The objec­tive is to “enhance our user expe­ri­ence [allow­ing] our large con­sumer audi­ence to trans­act direct­ly with busi­ness­es.” You should also make note that while they’ve spent a bun­dle of mon­ey acquir­ing Eat24, they also plan on expand­ing their ad sales staff by 40 per­cent this year. Now when you look at Grub­hub, their most recent quar­ter­ly report which was quite good you’ll under­stand why they are…

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What is the meaning of this, Software Development Engineer for Amazon?

What is the meaning of this, Software Development Engineer for Amazon?

Adver­tis­ers spend a lot of mon­ey to devel­op their ads, and want a guar­an­tee that those ads will actu­al­ly get shown. Amazon.com’s Dis­play Adver­tis­ing team builds and man­ages sys­tems with extreme high per­for­mance and avail­abil­i­ty. To top that off, they’re seek­ing a Soft­ware Devel­op­ment Engi­neer. YES! You read this right. They serve and respond to hun­dreds of bil­lions of requests annu­al­ly, and have ambi­tions to grow that num­ber sev­er­al orders of mag­ni­tude, while main­tain­ing response laten­cies in the mil­lisec­onds and meet­ing strict SLA require­ments. They delight in data, and are con­stant­ly try­ing to enrich their mod­els and make more informed deci­sions using every bit and byte they have. Their cur­rent sys­tems serve the cur­rent needs, but they are grow­ing a new busi­ness with­in Amazon.com, and are look­ing for the sort of hands on lead­ers and devel­op­ers who can design and build the sys­tems that will take them into the future. The ide­al devel­op­er for this space will be high­ly quan­ti­ta­tive, have great judg­ment and pas­sion for build­ing a great cus­tomer expe­ri­ence, be inven­tive, and have a strong track record of deliv­ery. If you’re look­ing for a career where you’ll be able to build, to deliv­er, and to impress. You look…

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Indian e‑traders recognizing the benefits of Twitter

Com­pa­nies in India that main­ly trade via the Inter­net are wak­ing up to the ben­e­fits of engag­ing with users on the social media site, Twit­ter. The 140-char­ac­ter lim­it that each tweet impos­es seems to be enough to per­suade con­sumers to buy. For exam­ple, one of India’s biggest e‑tailers, Flip­kart, used Twit­ter to increase sales of Father’s Day presents. They post­ed an image of a young boy using a land­line tele­phone to call his father and ask for sta­tionery mate­ri­als. The image was titled ‘The orig­i­nal on-line shop­ping’, and seemed to imme­di­ate­ly res­onate with the company’s 135,000 users. Sell­ing social Senior vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing at Flip­kart, Ravi Vora, said: “Twit­ter plays a 360 degree role for us. We work on cre­at­ing a des­ti­na­tion where our cus­tomers can have fun, with wit­ty replies and engag­ing con­tests, instead of using it just as a sales plat­form.” Their fel­low e‑tailers, includ­ing Myn­tra, Snapdeal and Jabong, also use Twit­ter to engage with their cus­tomer base, attempt to influ­ence and pro­vide spe­cial­ly tar­get­ed offers. A brand-mar­ket­ing founder and e‑commerce ana­lyst stat­ed that Twit­ter pro­vid­ed access to peo­ple these com­pa­nies would oth­er­wise not be able to reach, and that it not only encour­aged engage­ment, but was…

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