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Late Checkout - a Substack by Greg Isenberg 3341 HN points 31 May 20
Every few years a great unbundling occurs In 2010, Andrew Parker wrote a defining post about the "unbundling" of Craigslist where he outlined the opportunity to carve out niche products from broad horizontal networks like Craigslist. The broad networks are everything to everyone, the niche ones are something special to a certain group. If you add up the value creation of the vertical companies (ie: Airbnb, Zillow, Stubhub, Etsy etc) it is greater than the sum of its parts (i.e: Craigslist). It turns out going vertical, is pretty profitable.
Late Checkout - a Substack by Greg Isenberg 3210 HN points 20 Jul 20
Millions of people are looking to learn new skills online yet current platforms like Udemy lack the community and topic-based interaction necessary to build truly immersive educational experiences. This hole is paving the way for a new generation of startups that are unbundling Udemy through a mix of community, interactivity, and high-quality content.
Late Checkout - a Substack by Greg Isenberg 2110 HN points 25 May 20
Dear friends, I think the more we understand about consumer social, communities and marketplaces, the more we can accomplish together as people. After all, we’re in this together. If you subscribe to my free newsletter, I’ll consistently share with you key insights. I hope this can inspire you to build new products or at very least build smarter ones.
Late Checkout - a Substack by Greg Isenberg 158 HN points 30 Jul 21
If you want to beat Amazon, be memorable. Let me explain to you why I think “Experiential Commerce” is the new e-commerce. This will equip you to beat Amazon by playing a different game. In Welcome to the Spontaneous Internet, I discussed how ‘hanging out online’ is undergoing a large-scale shift towards virtual spaces that are spontaneous, social and raw.
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Late Checkout - a Substack by Greg Isenberg 154 HN points 27 May 22
Changing my showerhead has changed how I think about life and business. In the early 2000s, it felt like everyone became obsessed with rainfall shower heads. All of a sudden, the vibe was that if you didn’t have a rainfall showerhead, you were a schmuck. Since then, I’ve always put a rainfall showerhead in my shower. After all, I’m no schmuck!
Late Checkout - a Substack by Greg Isenberg 7 HN points 21 Dec 20
Reddit is one of my favorite places on the internet. It's like an early version of a metaverse, where people come together to create interconnected worlds, each with its own culture. That interconnectedness is what makes Reddit great, but for the system to work, each community has to conform to the one-size-fits-all mold of a subreddit. One size fits all, but it doesn't fit anyone particularly well. That creates unbundling opportunities.
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Late Checkout - a Substack by Greg Isenberg 3 HN points 17 Nov 21
The year is 2030. You live in rural Montana in a cabin with your spouse and 3 children. You wake up, pour yourself a cup of hot coffee, and check your social networks to see what your favorite creators are up to. Your favorite funk band has launched a new NFT project -- limited edition album art-- to raise money for their upcoming album. You buy one, helping them rent a recording studio in SoHo, and earning a stake in their global streaming royalties and ticket sales. This is displayed in your crypto wallet (it’s just called a wallet now), so all of your friends can see the cool bands you support. Win-win.
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Late Checkout - a Substack by Greg Isenberg 2 HN points 15 Nov 20
Social apps are changing rapidly. Really rapidly. Here are a few of my predictions as to how social apps will continue to evolve in 2021. There will be more censorship (ie: Twitter) and less censorship (ie: Parler) Parler is like Twitter but with zero censorship. It's the Mecca for the deplatformed, the Rome for the cancelled. It's been consistently a
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