Author archive for Justin

  • The China Economy: 8 Days in Shanghai

    By Justin on September 22, 2015
      I had the opportunity to travel to Shanghai for work in early September in the midst of one of the most volatile economic times for China. I was fortunate enough to speak with several local Chinese, both millennials and some “wiser” folks, as well, about their take in the recent economic trends across the country. Additionally, I spent quite […]
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  • The Evolution of Online Marketplaces: VarageSale Raises $34 Million

    By Justin on April 4, 2015
    For many, online marketplaces is synonymous with Craigslist or even businesses such as eBay and Amazon. However, there’s an inherent trust factor that helps open this market up to additional consumers not as comfortable with selling items online to strangers across the country or world. Here enters companies such as VarageSale, an online marketplace that focuses on local communities. This […]
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  • The Sharing Economy Now Serves Waffles

    By Justin on February 24, 2015
    Roadie, a platform that looks to connect drivers and consumer packages has a new restaurant partner: Waffle House. The sharing economy continues to evolve and see new players enter the ecosystem, including those that are indirectly involved, such as Waffle House. A self-described neighbor-to-neighbor shipping network, Roadie allows consumer to create gigs that their system well then match to a […]
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  • The Expansion of Apple Pay: Digital Payments at the Federal Level

    By Justin on February 17, 2015
    Apple CEO Tim Cook recently announced at the latest cybersecurity summit that Apple Pay would become available at the Federal level beginning in September, allowing consumers to pay admission into National Parks with Apple’s digital payment system. This announcement by Tim Cook additionally included a note that the elderly and U.S. veterans will be able to leverage Apple Pay for […]
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  • A Guide To Evaluating Market Size:

    By Justin on February 12, 2015
    In an earlier post on Mercator Labs, we discussed different types of market opportunities as new companies aim to enter existing markets or create entirely new markets. Both of those avenues require significant background research as those companies’ backbone consists of evaluating market size and the potential for growth. This post explores some ways to go about evaluating market size […]
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  • Making Sense of Big Data in Real Time

    By Justin on February 10, 2015
    Twitter released some real-time data after the 2015 Grammys, highlighting the most retweeted posts (the top 5 message had over 83,000 retweets). If the average user has 150 followers, that quickly leads to 12.5 million impressions from those five posts alone. This is a quick example of how analyzing big data in real time is an omnipresent exercise. Additionally, there […]
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  • Twitter’s Roadmap: Opportunities & Threats

    By Justin on February 6, 2015
    Twitter recently reported its 2014 fourth quarter and fiscal year-end results, beating most analysts’ expectations, sending the stock up more than 15% as the trading week winds down. Two of most widely reported numbers for the most recent earnings release were monthly active users (MAUs), which came in lower than expected, while quarterly revenue nearly doubled year-over-year. Before getting too […]
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  • Under Armour Acquires MyFitnessPal & Endomondo To Create Leading Digital Health Ecosystem

    By Justin on February 4, 2015
    The ultimate consolidation of fitness apps was and still is on the horizon with one of the biggest moves to date just announced: Under Armour is acquiring MyFitnessPal and Endomondo. For those of you not as familiar with MyFitnessPal, it is one of the most popular calorie counter and diet trackers for consumers. Under Amour has additionally scooped up Endomondo, […]
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  • Hybrid Market Sizing: Tapping into both New and Existing Markets

    By Justin on February 2, 2015
    Defining market opportunity is a common yet sometimes complicated exercise when a company is exploring a growth strategy. Larry Cheng, Managing Director at Volition Capital, covered the topic of examining market size when it comes to a prospective investment. Aside from a great perspective, the blog post ends by briefly exploring companies that are looking to gain market share in […]
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  • Investing in the Future of New Media

    By Justin on January 29, 2015
    This week two new media companies, Mashable and Business Insider raised a combined total of $42 million in new venture funding. While some of their content overlaps, both have distinct business models and their respective infusions of funding will continue bringing them on divergent paths when it comes to business models. At the highest of levels, Business Insider (BI) is […]
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