Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-smartphone-platforms-2011-7

Android’s share of the smartphone market is still blowing away all competitors in the U.S. according to new data from comScore. The only company that’s hanging on is Apple, which saw its share of the market tick up ever so slightly.

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-vc-exits-2011-6

The environment for early stage startup investing is very “challenging” right now because big exits are still rare, but Series A round valuations have grown larger and larger, according to Fred Wilson, one of the best known early stage investors in the world.

On his blog, Wilson highlights the chart below which comes from Mark Suster. It shows the number of exits over $100 million on an annual basis is relatively small. There are 1,000 early stage fundings annually, according to the NVCA, which means just 5%-10% are producing big exits.

“At at time when the average Series A round is now north of $20mm (based on very anecdotal evidence and not at all scientific), this poses challenges for the VC industry,” says Wilson.

Wilson simplifies the math to prove his point, but says assume a fund can get one company to exit at a $250 million valuation. If it invested in 20 companies at an average valuation of $20 million, then it has committed $400 million.

The one big exit isn’t going to provide enough of a return to cover the portfolio, which is how the VC business has traditionally worked.

So, either the VC model needs to evolve, or valuations need to come down.

Annual exits for VC-backed startups worth more than $100 million

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-rim-htc-2011-6

When Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone on Jan. 9, 2007, the mobile industry changed forever. All of a sudden, software and user interfaces mattered on mobile devices. It was a turning point for many companies.

Some, like Palm and Motorola, started to crash almost immediately. Others, like Nokia, took longer.

Research In Motion, which makes BlackBerry devices, actually did very well for a long time, capturing a lot of the market with email- and messaging-focused phones, strong carrier promotion, and a solid corporate base.

But RIM has suffered recently as it has been unable to compete with Apple and Google Android in the lucrative high end of the smartphone market. Its growth has been coming from selling cheaper phones overseas, and U.S. carriers aren’t promoting RIM devices like they used to.

Meanwhile, Taiwan-based HTC has been one of the more exciting stories in the industry. It made an early bet on Google Android and has been riding it to success. Earlier this year, HTC passed RIM in market cap. (Data courtesy Capital IQ.)

Continued success isn’t guaranteed for HTC, of course. Samsung has been rising fast in the Android market, and HTC still hasn’t shown it’s going to be a threat in the tablet business.

But it seems to be in much better shape than RIM, which is struggling to stay relevant in the early stages of a big, risky platform change — as it moves away from the old BlackBerry software to a new OS called QNX.

RIM HTC market cap since January 2007

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Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/21/self-published-kindle-author-breaks-one-million-in-sales-legs-m/

Our big, bad digital era’s been caught red-handed overturning media industry business models before, so it comes as no surprise that publishing houses have a new headache on-hand. Straight outta sunny Seattle comes word that Amazon has welcomed its first self-published author to the “Kindle Million Club.” John Locke (so this is where he wound up after going to that quasi-’heaven’) is the lucky dude who gets to claim the prize, and that’s not all — Mr. independent-author-from-Kentucky now shares bold-face status with the likes of Stieg Larsson and Nora Roberts. By churning out action / adventure novels on the $0.99 cheap and making heavy use of some leggy lady models, Locke easily blew past the one million mark, and even has a book to tell you how he did it. Take that evil publishing overlords. Hit the break for Amazon’s official PR spiel.

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Source: http://gizmodo.com/5811605/new-york-is-the-top-tweeting-city-in-the-world

New York Is The Top Tweeting City In The World London may have the most Twitter accounts in the world, but New York City residents tweet more than anyone else in the world. This little factoid from Sysomos was recently dredged up in a NY Times op-ed piece.

It’s not surprising, really, even gangs in NYC picked up on the Twitter trend years ago. And, more recently, you have the beleaguered New York Senator Anthony Weiner whose Twitter faux pas is now front page news. [NY Times via Business Insider]

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Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/30/arm-hopes-to-strengthen-grip-on-mobile-pcs-take-50-per-cent-of/

We’ve already heard rumors that chip designer ARM has been trying to get its wares into the Macbook Air. While we can’t add anything to that particular story, we do have further evidence that ARM is going beyond smartphones and tablets in order to target bigger form factors. The company’s president, Tudor Brown, has just appeared at Computex to declare that ARM wants to conquer the “mobile PC market”, where the company currently only has a 10 percent share. He’s aiming for 15 percent by the end of this year, and an Intel-provoking 50 percent by 2015. “Mobile PC” is a pretty ambiguous category, but we think it’s safe to assume the focus is on low- and mid-power netbooks and ultraportables. Such devices could potentially run off ARM’s forthcoming multi-core chips — like perhaps the quad-core beast inside NVIDIA’s mind-blowing Kal-El processor, or the more distant Cortex-A15. It’s hard to imagine these tablet-centric chips ever competing with Intel’s top performers, but four years is a mighty long time in this business.

ARM hopes to strengthen grip on mobile PCs, take 50 percent of the market by 2015 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 30 May 2011 08:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-apple-revenue-by-segment-2011-4

Apple’s iPhone has gone from zero to half of Apple’s revenue in less than 4 years.

Apple reported $12.3 billion in iPhone sales last quarter, half of its overall revenue, and up 126% year-over-year.

For the first time ever, iPhone revenue didn’t shrink in the March quarter after the busy Christmas quarter before it. (Thanks in large part to launching at Verizon Wireless and SK Telecom during the quarter.)

And if you include iPod touch and iPad sales, Apple now gets about two-thirds of its revenue from iOS devices — a platform that didn’t exist 4 years ago.

But again, what’s most remarkable is how fast Apple is still growing overall as a company. At $24.7 billion in sales last quarter, Apple grew 83% year-over-year. That’s even faster than its 71% year-over-year growth during the Christmas quarter before it. Amazing.

SAI chart Apple revenue by segment March 2011

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/google-search-share-2011-4

New data from comScore shows Google’s share of the U.S. search market has remained flat, stuck in the 66% percent range.

This is a problem for Google because it still gets the vast majority of its profits from search. Yes, the overall search market continues to grow, as does revenue per search. But, it’s clear Google is not going to completely dominate the search market.

If Google’s stock is ever going to start soaring again, Google will have to prove it has a second real profitable business beyond search.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s Bing search engine has managed to pick up a few percentage points of search share in the last year. But it’s paying an unbelievable amount for those few points of share, and it’s taking away share from its partner, Yahoo.

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Source: http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/08/us-doj-approves-googles-acquisition-of-ita-but-not-without-sti/

The United States government may be dissolved tomorrow, but it’s certainly taking care of one final piece of business before going into shutdown: this. If you’ll recall, Google announced its intentions to acquire ITA for $700 million in July of last year, and as we cruise into the start of America’s summer travel season, all signals are go. Today, the US Department of Justice approved Google’s request to move forward with the buy, but rather than having the entire travel search market under its wing, El Goog’s going to have to make a smattering of concessions in order to get the right signatures. For starters, the search monolith will allow ITA’s existing client contracts to extend into 2016, and it’ll let both current and new customers license ITA’s QPX software on “fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms.” No one’s saying when the integration will be complete (or start, for that matter), but we’re desperately anxious to see just how Kayak and Bing Travel react after this launches in earnest. Power to the searchers, as it were.

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Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-ipod-touch-apple-android-share-2011-4

Google Android has come out of nowhere in the last couple of years to kick Apple’s butt in smartphone market share

One common rebuttal among Apple fans has always been something like, “yeah, well, add the iPod touch to Apple’s iPhone numbers, and you’ll see a different story.”

It’s true. Adding the iPod touch does make Apple’s iOS shipments and market share bigger than if you ignore it, and it narrows the gap with Android.

But it made a much better argument a year ago.

In fact, because the smartphone market, Google Android, and even the iPhone are all growing much faster than Apple’s iPod touch business, adding the iPod touch to Apple’s iPhone stats actually makes iOS’s market share smaller than it was a year ago.

Specifically, while the smartphone market nearly doubled year-over-year in Q4 to about 101 million units, according to Canalys, the iPod touch only grew 27% year-over-year to about 10 million units.

Yes, the iPod touch makes Apple’s iOS relatively bigger, and is important for the iOS app platform, especially for gaming. But it doesn’t help the market share growth argument versus Android, because everything else is growing much faster than the iPod touch. (See data table below.)

This chart shows Android’s market share soaring from Q4 2009 to Q4 2010, whether the iPod touch is included in the overall market or not. Apple’s market share is significantly higher when the iPod touch is included, and the gap with Android is smaller. But the iPod touch actually hurts Apple’s market share growth year-over-year.

SAI chart Android iPhone iOS market share iPod touch

SAI data Android iPhone iOS market share iPod touch

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