Food for Thought #2: Zirtual Implodes, Startup Halo Effect, WeChat

Food for Thought #2: Zirtual Implodes, Startup Halo Effect, WeChat

Biz Carson (via Business Insider): A startup dissolved overnight and laid off its 400 employees via email with no warning

A startup dissolved overnight and laid off its 400 employees via email with no warning

Zirtual shut down with no notice — only an email at 1:30 a.m.

In the middle of the night, a startup that had raised $5.5 million dissolved and disappeared. It deleted its Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, and Google+ profile. It changed its website to say it was “pausing operations.”

Lars Lofgren: The 9 Delusions From the Halo Effect

You’re being lied to. Well, not intentionally. We’re constantly being pinged with stories of companies that have rocketed to success. Especially in

We’re constantly being pinged with stories of companies that have rocketed to success. Especially in tech, there’s always another $1 billion unicorn around the corner. Uber, Facebook, Airbnb, Slack, Zenefits, Box, Shopify, yadda yadda yadda.

(via Skift): Travel Brands, Stop Hate-Selling to Your Customers

A weekend morning before the rest of the family wakes up is the best time to research and book a trip. It requires attention and certain amount of toleranc

A weekend morning before the rest of the family wakes up is the best time to research and book a trip. It requires attention and certain amount of tolerance for being aggressively sold to, which these languid early mornings give allowance for.

Connie Chan (via Andreessen Horowitz): When One App Rules Them All: The Case of WeChat and Mobile in China

This post is all about WeChat, but it’s also about more than just WeChat. While seemingly just a messaging app, WeChat is actually more of a portal, a platform, and even a mobile operating system depending on how you look at it.

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