The Age of Unicorns

Steve Banfield:

from the article ““It does make a difference psychologically. One billion is better than $800 million because it’s the psychological threshold for potential customers, employees, and the press.”

Originally posted on Fortune:

Stewart Butterfield had one objective when he set out to raise money for his startup last fall: a billion dollars or nothing. If he couldn’t reach a $1 billion valuation for Slack, his San Francisco business software company, he wouldn’t bother. Slack was hardly starving for cash. It was a rocket ship, with thousands of people signing up for its workplace collaboration tools each week. What Slack needed, Butterfield believed, was the cachet of the billion-dollar mark.

“Yes, it’s arbitrary because it’s a big round number,” says Butterfield, 41. “It does make a difference psychologically. One billion is better than $800 million because it’s the psychological threshold for potential customers, employees, and the press.”

Sure enough, in October—less than a year after the company released its namesake product—Slack announced the close of a $120 million round of financing. Its valuation? One billion dollars. Butterfield’s wish had come true: Slack was…

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The Age of Unicorns

Top iOS Apps I Want On Android in 2015

My “daily driver” smartphone is a Moto X running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and I just upgraded my Nexus 7 tablet as well. While I have an iPhone 6 Plus, it’s the Moto X design, Google’s Android 5.0 UI and the fast Turbo Charger from Motorola that are keeping me on Google’s platform.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t apps on the iPhone that I wish were available for Android. Here’s my app wishlist I’m hoping will be ported to Android in 2015!

  • Robinhood (@robinhood)

    Robinhood is a new financial service for buying and selling stocks at $0 commission. While it lacks some of the tools and investment analysis of an Etrade or Scotttrade service it’s also a lot cheaper. If you know what you want to buy and think you’ll be moving between equities regularly then this is an iOS app worth checking out.

  • Medium (@medium)

    Medium is a great new publishing platform that I’ve used to some success and it’s where you can see read smart, thoughtful writing. On Android there’s a Medium mobile web experience on Chrome but iOS has a well designed native app. I’d like to see that same reading experience brought over to Android to make it even easier to find, follow and share the best Medium has to offer.

  • LinkedIn Connected (@linkedin)

    LinkedIn and Twitter are the two social networks I feel like use the most. There’s a great native Android app for LinkedIn but on iOS LinkedIn has also released a new app “Connected”. It’s designed to highlight those contacts who have birthdays and job changes so you can reach out through the network to stay in touch. While there’s only one response template you can edit to personalize. Having this app on my phone would make reaching out at key times, via email, chat or phone, easier and more frequent.
  • Buffer Daily (@bufferapp)

    Buffer is a service that I use to cross-post interesting content between services like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and to multiple accounts at the same time. Just like LinkedIn they have native Buffer apps for iOS and Android, but on iOS there’s also another app called Daily. Daily shows a series of content cards with two options: Skip or Add to your sharing queue. While the suggested content isn’t always on point there have been some great articles and “listicles” in Buffer that I might not have seen but would gladly share with my network. In that way it’s like Flipboard though I think of Buffer Daily as more of a sharing app than a content discovery app.
  • Hipstamatic (@hipstamatic)

    Ok, this is my perennial ask but I don’t think I’ll ever see it. The guys at Hipstamatic have a great set of photography apps for iOS. From the namesake app with all its add-on “lens” and “film” packs (similar to filters in Instagram) to their newest app TinType this is one of the most creative imaging apps and app communities on mobile. Unfortunately the Hipstamatic team has been pretty clear over the years they don’t have plans for Android, though a boy can dream.
Top iOS Apps I Want On Android in 2015