Bloomberg West Apr 10 – Apple Watch Pre-order Begin


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Bloomberg West Top Stories:

(1) GE Exiting most of the finance sells $26.5B worth of real estate
(2) Blackstone buying Excel Trust in real estate expansion
(3) Hillary Clinton to launch campaign on Sunday
(4) Congress seeks oversight of any Iran nuclear deal
(5) Nokia may sell maps business

Bloomberg West The Lead:

Apple Watch pre-orders begin. Apple’s first entirely new product since iPad. Apple Watch on pre-sale display around the world. There are lines of different locations including Australia and Japan. Apple even encouraging people to make appointments for those tryout.

This approach of selling, the line in front of apple store is purely a PR gimmick but the press including us show up every time they release new product to use those lines to make us look like that the products are popular and they can’t manage the demand.

How are they using price to convey image?

Arif Mohammed: Apple is merging the technology with fashion, what apple understand there is wide variety spectrum of tast, and this is how they gone from this pricing strategy rank from $349 to $17,000 dollars, which I actually thinking this is a mistake because first, apple will come of next better version. The big question is spending 1000 dollars which is disposable, so when one year the fashion look a little bit outdated and the technology will be inferior. Secondly, we upgraped of iPhone all the time, that’s subsidized by carriers, and you won’t have the subsidy right now. The question is try and buy now or wait for a year? And that’s the big challenge facing with this pricing strategy.


Bloomberg West Apr 7 – What has Andrew Mason Learned Since Leaving Groupon?


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We launched (Detour) actually about two months ago in the App Store. When we talked to that it was closed to beta we were doing. We’ve got 9 Detour launched just in the San Francisco and Bay area. Each one last about 45 minutes and it takes you through a different park of the city and hope it see it through somebody else’s eye. This is a very high quality walk where a tour guide is telling you where to go. Your phone is in your pocket the whole time.

We try to find somebody who were not just traditionally tour guide but people who are real members of the community, for example, we found a fishman and it takes you beind the tour and show you what life is really.

We did one incorporation with radio lab down in Austin for SXSW but other than that we are just in San Fancisco.

(The favorite tour) they are all different. There is one we did recently that I think is really interesting that’s actually about trash. And it takes your down to the bayfill area of San Fancisco. There are a lot of trash processing happened. And he talks about the city’s goal be landfill neutral by the end of the decade. But it’s not what you typically think about when you go on a tour but it’s an amazing experience when you really learn a lot and you really entertain. It’s an example of the type of way trying to push the media.

(how big is the market) I’ve never thought of the thing in that way, if someobody ask how big is the market was for Groupon at the very begining, I don’t think they will predict that we will have a 5 billion dollar company today. I just think about this is somebody people want, is that somebody that I want and this is the idea that I had whenever I would travel even back before Groupon and feeling that it’s better way then being in a tour group, a batch of people that you don’t really know, trap in this three hours experience. There has been a better way to learn about this places that allow people to explore and technology is finally reaching the tipping point where you can put the phone in your pocket provide this kind of experience.

Bloomberg West Apr 6 & Tesla delivers 10,030 vehicles in Q1


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Bloomberg West Apr 6 Top Stories:
(1) Dudley: Rate hikes likely shallow
(2) Service Industries nearly match February growth in March
(3) President Obama says US will still protect Israel under new Iran deal
(4) Iran says Ayatollah was aware of Iran deal contents
(5) Greece looks fo allies as payment loom
(6) “Furious 7” has record debut, imax benefits, biggest weekend opening ever for April film

The Lead:
Tesla delivers 10,030 vehicles in Q1, which exceded CEO Elon Musk initial forecast by 530 unit. The anouncement help to boost the stock price. Analysts raising stock target to tell us about Tesla’s business.

Bloomberg West Apr 1 & GoDaddy Debut in the New York Stock Exchange


Here is Bloomberg West top headline: (Apr1)

(1) NJ SEnator Menendez indicted on corruption charges
(2) Arkanasas Gov. won’t sign “Religious Freedom Bill”
(3) McDonald’s boosting pay at company-owned restaurants
(4) Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman gets 25% comp boost in 2014
(5) Dish’s Sling TV adding HBO Now, HBO now is still to be available in Appl TV on April 12
(6) Drought prompts 1st mandatory water restrictions in California

The Lead headline: (Apr1)

(1) GoDaddy’s Market Debut in the New York Stock Exchange
GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving spoke to Bloomberg in the floor stock exchange about that cash flow. GoDaddy raises $460M in share sale.

Irving: The reason we pay so much attention to cash flow and run the business on cash is because on the gap recognition basis, you pay for everything upfront and you actually recognize revenue rapidly over the year so you creating a gap unintented between the way you bring cash and the way we reported, so we run on the cash flow basis. Frankly investor understand a SAAS basis business and cash flow management, our conversion in cash and even the cash is very strong and even with that gap differences in income.

Ruhle: Can you help us to understand GoDaddy is a brand company, so many people know who you are but they don’t understand what you do? When I look at your branding strategy and the advertisement that you put out, they seem totally disconnected from the company, so can you help us to understand it?

Irving: I won’t say that if you went back a decade. The first ad that GoDaddy ran are founder Bob the billiant marketer, actually it ran out and get a lot of attention for domain name and very few people know what a domain name was. So Bob had a method of getting people’s attention, it was more than a shock, an approach to creating an attention and awareness and brand awareness absolutely searched, the business search, Bob grew that business to a billion dollar and revenue and that attention. Now folks as you said know the GoDaddy name, we have 81% brand recognition today. And over the last two years, we took a very very big turn in our advertising strategy, how we portrait both our company and our customers. The last two years we have very different advertising, we had shown small businesses in their environment, fighting the good fight, trying to make sure that they can run by themselves. And that’s what GoDaddy does. We help their company take their ideas online and run their business as digital entity.




曲婉婷 Wanting – Drenched

I am coming back to my blog finally. This is the songs that I like most recently, sweet melody and lyrics. I love Wanting’s performance in the MV, she is so talented and gorgeous when she plays piano.

When minutes become hours
When days become years
And I dont know where you are
Color seems so dull without you

Have we lost our minds?
What have we done?
But it all doesnt seem to matter anymore

When you kissed me on that street, I kissed you back
You held me in your arms, I held you in mine
You picked me up to lay me down
When I look into your eyes
I can hear you cry for a little bit more of you and I
Im drenched in your love
Im no longer able to hold it back

Is it too late to ask for love?
Is it wrong to feel right?
When the world is winding down
Thoughts of you linger around

Have we lost our minds?
What have we done?
But it all doesnt seem to matter anymore

When you kissed me on that street, I kissed you back
You held me in your arms, I held you in mine
You picked me up to lay me down
When I look into your eyes
I can hear you cry for a little bit more of you and I
Im drenched in your love
Im no longer able to hold it back