Growth at Slack – an overview

Fareed Mosavat tweeted an interesting thread about the approach to growth at Slack. Given that it's a "enterprise software startup growing at consumer startup numbers", we should all pay attention to what he said. 1/ So.. I take that back. This is actually a really big deal. Let's talk about the 85k customers number. Two … Continue reading Growth at Slack – an overview

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Analysing network effects

What is the impact of the network effect on a startup? How to project your network effects over time?  Li Jin and D'arcy Coolican wrote about the dynamics of network effects.   There are three key factors that affect the dynamic of the network effect, namely: a) the value proposition; b) the users / inventory; c) … Continue reading Analysing network effects

Engagement loops

Nope, not talking about the jewellery couples exchange when they decide to get married 😬 For network-based products, the engagement of one user will create conditions for the increased engagement of other users. With non-network products, current engagement will benefit future engagement of the same user. "This is why achieving network density and easy content … Continue reading Engagement loops

Growth leading indicators

The problem: some of the metrics "we" (as an industry) follow, monitor, and praise, are lagging metrics. E.g. MAU show you what is happening at the moment, but don't help you predict the future. Full article here; cliff notes below. Andrew Chen (follow, follow, follow) defends the need for leading indicators and a more predictive model. … Continue reading Growth leading indicators

Scamming the way to the App Store tops

After the mysterious Flappy Bird "overnight success", another strange story arises about an App achieving Apple's App Store top. "how on earth two different developers used a $10 GameSalad template to send their respective apps — one free, and one paid — into the App Store’s top charts. And more importantly, how did that paid … Continue reading Scamming the way to the App Store tops

Flappy Birds – the numbers behind the success

@zachwill dissecates the number of reviews of Flappy Birds and brings *some* light into the "overnight success". In late December and early January, I’m guessing Dong Nguyen probably usedsome sort of service to download/rate Flappy Bird on the App Store. The end goal was probably to generate some buzz for a game that originally had been released at … Continue reading Flappy Birds – the numbers behind the success

Monetizing Western mobile gaming Apps in Japan

If you're in the mobile gaming industry, you'll want to be big in Japan... "Japan is now the best-monetized market for iOS and Android games in the world (...) Clearly, this market has great potential for Western game developers — but so far, few of them have had much success there. Indeed, according to App Annie’s … Continue reading Monetizing Western mobile gaming Apps in Japan