TechTable Update: What’s Next in the Tech/Hospitality Pipeline?

Leaders from the tech, hospitality, and venture capital spheres met for the one-day TechTable summit held in New York September 10. The conference, sponsored by American Express, Union Square Hospitality Group, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc., and Open Table, featured summit speakers included Steve Case , Danny Meyer , Dana Cowin , and Joanne Wilson TechTable founders Camilla Marcus , Maureen Cushing , Lauren Hobbs , and Jaci Badzin gathered tech and hospitality leaders to address the changing landscape. When I was a co-lead at Chefs at Google talks, I noticed there was this intersection, starting with the rise of consumer-facing apps and platforms that raised questions.

Cheetah Mobile chief talks about running fast

Sheng Fu, CEO of Cheetah Mobile.

Naturally, Cheetah Mobile is growing at blazing speeds.

Just five years ago, it was a small company making apps on the web in China. Formed from the merger of two small companies, it had revenues of $5 million. This year, revenues should be about $600 million, mostly from mobile.

“Three years ago, we made it our dream to take our mobile business global,” Fu said, speaking on global mobile innovation at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. “I looked at every app in Google Play. I found a very small one in the utilities category.”


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About 70 percent of the Beijing company’s 500 million monthly active users are from outside of China.

The company created the Clean Master utility app to clean off the junk files on your phone and boost available memory. The app has been downloaded 1.3 billion times.

“We are the big mobile Internet company now based on our user base,” Fu said.

Those results enabled the company to go public last year.

“You can reach billions of users just through the Google Play store,” Fu said. “It’s easier to build a global company now. Clean Master is a simple app. But users all over the world need this simple function.”

Fu noted that no Chinese mobile company has really been successful overseas. About 95 percent of our revenue last year was from China. In the second quarter, though, 50 percent of revenue came from outside of China. And 70 percent of the company’s revenues now come from mobile. That mobile revenue was up 634 percent year over year.

Why was Cheetah Mobile successful where so many else failed? Fu thinks it was because “we dared to think.” He thought more like a global company, and followed the American Dream of coming up with a better idea for the global markets.

On top of that, he said that execution can be very fast, and that was the case with Cheetah Mobile. It made some mistakes but grabbed the opportunities while they were hot.

China’s consumers didn’t pay for apps such as those that Cheetah Mobile made. Rather than charge money for its apps, Cheetah Mobile concentrated on making advertising revenue from partners.

Cheetah also had access to a lot of engineering talent. It has, for instance, been able to hire a lot of people in the past year.

Fu said that Cheetah Mobile has taken its money and is looking to invest in 30 startups in China. Fu has also invested some of his own personal money in startups in Silicon Valley.

Meanwhile, Cheetah Mobile is trying  to become its own platform. In June, it launched a new global advertising platform designed to help marketers drive traffic and app installs. The announcement is a further development of its recent $58 million acquisition of mobile advertising company MobPartner.

 

 

 










Cheetah Mobile chief talks about running fast

Sheng Fu, CEO of Cheetah Mobile.

Naturally, Cheetah Mobile is growing at blazing speeds.

Just five years ago, it was a small company making apps on the web in China. Formed from the merger of two small companies, it had revenues of $5 million. This year, revenues should be about $600 million, mostly from mobile.

“Three years ago, we made it our dream to take our mobile business global,” Fu said, speaking on global mobile innovation at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. “I looked at every app in Google Play. I found a very small one in the utilities category.”


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About 70 percent of the Beijing company’s 500 million monthly active users are from outside of China.

The company created the Clean Master utility app to clean off the junk files on your phone and boost available memory. The app has been downloaded 1.3 billion times.

“We are the big mobile Internet company now based on our user base,” Fu said.

Those results enabled the company to go public last year.

“You can reach billions of users just through the Google Play store,” Fu said. “It’s easier to build a global company now. Clean Master is a simple app. But users all over the world need this simple function.”

Fu noted that no Chinese mobile company has really been successful overseas. About 95 percent of our revenue last year was from China. In the second quarter, though, 50 percent of revenue came from outside of China. And 70 percent of the company’s revenues now come from mobile. That mobile revenue was up 634 percent year over year.

Why was Cheetah Mobile successful where so many else failed? Fu thinks it was because “we dared to think.” He thought more like a global company, and followed the American Dream of coming up with a better idea for the global markets.

On top of that, he said that execution can be very fast, and that was the case with Cheetah Mobile. It made some mistakes but grabbed the opportunities while they were hot.

China’s consumers didn’t pay for apps such as those that Cheetah Mobile made. Rather than charge money for its apps, Cheetah Mobile concentrated on making advertising revenue from partners.

Cheetah also had access to a lot of engineering talent. It has, for instance, been able to hire a lot of people in the past year.

Fu said that Cheetah Mobile has taken its money and is looking to invest in 30 startups in China. Fu has also invested some of his own personal money in startups in Silicon Valley.

Meanwhile, Cheetah Mobile is trying  to become its own platform. In June, it launched a new global advertising platform designed to help marketers drive traffic and app installs. The announcement is a further development of its recent $58 million acquisition of mobile advertising company MobPartner.

 

 

 










ZeroCater Says 20 Of Its Small Catering, Restaurant Partners Have Done More Than $1M In Revenues Through It

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 11.32.53 AM For more than 35 years since its founders emigrated from Lebanon to the Bay Area, La Mediterranee has served falafels and tzatziki to locals in San Francisco and Berkeley. It’s one of the longstanding local businesses that has managed to cross over with San Francisco’s more tech-centric crowds. That’s because of a partnership with ZeroCater, that is now bringing more than… Read More

Sergey Brin shares what he loves about Google’s self driving cars

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, left, with Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in a Google self-driving car in 2011.

Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the cofounders of Google, have wanted to get self-driving cars on the road since basically the company’s beginnings in 1998. But it took a decade for the project to get going in earnest — as longtime chief executive Eric Schmidt thought the company should work on other things first.

Today, after Google gave another status update on the project for the press at company headquarters, Brin dropped by. It became clear just how proud the guy must be at seeing his vision getting closer and closer to becoming a reality.

A large percentage of everyday drivers “will prefer the car to drive itself,” Brin said. “And it will really help improve the community, particularly in very open areas with a lot of congestion.”

He couldn’t help but talk about what been fascinating to him about the vehicles.

“In my rides in the self-driving cars now a number of times, they’ve really impressed me,” Brin said, “and I’ve gained appreciation for what 360-degree awareness and always paying attention can do, whether it’s being able to, you know, swerve when somebody does something sudden, you can shift to an adjacent lane because the car already knows that lane is available, and because an ordinary car would have to slam on the brakes.”

While the current version of Google’s driverless cars keeps people out of the loop — the vehicles have no pedals or steering wheels — it’s possible that with future models “you can switch on and off the autonomy,” Brin said. That should provide humans with the freedom and granular control that it’s easy to take for granted in standard cars today.

“I think this technology is going to benefit a lot of people, and I’d like to see it be available in the future in as many situations as possible,” Brin said.










Google Maps Comes To Apple Watch

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 5.18.44 PM At Google’s press event today, the company announced a number of new products and updates, including two new Nexus smartphones, two Chromecast devices, a new Android tablet and more, but one thing it kept under wraps was news of a notable new application arriving on the iOS platform: Google Maps now works on Apple Watch. Through an update to the Google Maps iOS app on the iTunes App… Read More

How Google’s new Nexus 6P stacks up against the iPhone 6s Plus

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The two companies that own the dominant mobile operating systems in the world — Google and Apple — now have new flagship phones, and even though the price tags of the two devices are very different, they beg for a head to head comparison.

Google today announced it’s best smartphone to date, the Nexus 6P, a premium device meant to fully showcase the new Android Marshmellow operating system.

This comes just days after the launch of Apple’s best phones to date, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which are designed to fully utilize the features in Apple’s newest mobile OS, iOS 9.

The Nexus 6P, made by Huawei, is perhaps most like the iPhone 6s Plus. It’s a phablet with a 5.7-inch screen. The iPhone 6s Plus has a 5.5-inch screen.

Nexus 6PThe Nexus 6P 64GB version sells for $549, while the 64GB iPhone 6s Plus sells for $849. But the Nexus 6 stacks up nicely against the iPhone in some important ways.

Let’s look at the phones side by side, attribute by attribute.

Physical construction

The Nexus 6P has a metal unibody and features a Gorilla Glass 4 display.

The iPhone 6s has a hardened aluminum body. Apple collaborated with Corning (maker of Gorilla Glass) to make a special kind of hardened glass for the front.

Size and weight

The Nexus 6P is almost the same size as the iPhone 6s Plus, yet makes room for a larger display.


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Nexus 6P: Dimensions are 159.4mm x 77.8mm x 7.3mm; weight is 178 grams

iPhone 6s Plus: Dimensions are 158.2 mm x 77.9 mm x 7.3 mm; weight is 192 grams

Huawei's Nexus 6P compared to an iPhone.

Above: Huawei’s Nexus 6P compared to an iPhone.

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Operating system

Both phones showcase the features and functions of the latest operating systems.

The Nexus 6P uses Android 6.0, or Android Marshmellow. The OS features new app permissions, custom browser tabs (for automatic sign in, saved passwords, and autofill), app deep linking, and native fingerprint reader support for Android Pay.

The iPhone 6s Plus uses iOS 9, which features the new 3D Touch press-and-hold input gesture, Apple Music, the new News app, and a smarter personal assistant in Siri.

Processor

The Nexus 6P uses a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (v2.1). The Snapdragon line has been considered the go-to processor for mid-level Android phones. The 810 is fast, and in v2.1 it’s believed that the overheating issues seen in the first version of the chips has been corrected.

The iPhone 6s Plus uses a 64-bit A9 with an embedded M9 graphics coprocessor. Early independent tests confirm Apple’s claim that the A9 chip is 60 percent faster than the A8 chip in the iPhone 6 Plus in single-core operations. In fact, head-to-head tests show that the A9 processor is likely the fastest mobile chip on the market today. The speed increase in the iPhone 6s was most obvious when loading apps and webpages, populating them with data.

 

Display

Nexus 6P: 5.7-inch WQHD AMOLED display (2560 x 1440 and 518 pixels per inch)

iPhone 6s Plus: 5.5-inch Retina HD display (1920 x 1080-pixel resolution at 401 pixels per inch)

The two displays represent the best display technology in the marketplace. The WQHD AMOLED display in the 6P is also used in the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge phones. The display is impressive, with lots of brightness and image sharpness.

The iPhone 6s Plus display is perhaps the only display I’ve seen this year that I liked more than the one on the Samsung Galaxy S6. The colors are beautiful and the light/dark balance is especially accurate and true-to-life.

Memory

Nexus 6P: 3GB of RAM, comes in 32GB, 64GB, 128GB models

iPhone 6s Plus: 2GB of RAM, comes in 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB models

Cameras

iPhone6s-4Color-RedFish-PR-PRINTNexus 6P: 12.3-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture, 1.5µ pixels, IR laser-assisted autofocus and 4K video recording, 8-megapixel front-facing camera

iPhone 6s Plus: 12-megapixel camera with ƒ/2.2 aperture, 1.22µ pixels, auto-focus, optical image stabilization (iPhone 6s Plus only), 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 4K video recording (3840 by 2160) at 30 frames per second

Fingerprint readers

Nexus 6: A dedicated fingerprint reader is located on the back of the phone. It’s used to log into the phone and for Android Pay mobile payments. Google says the reader becomes more and more familiar with the user’s unique touch as time goes on.

iPhone 6s Plus: The fingerprint reader is embedded in the Home button at the front bottom of the phone. It’s used to log into the phone and for Apple Pay mobile payments.

Connectors

Nexus 6P: Micros USB Type-C

iPhone 6s Plus: Thunderbolt

Battery

Nexus 6P: 3,450 mAh lithium ion battery. Google promises the battery “keeps you talking, texting and apping into the night,” but provides no actual time estimates. Judging by the size of the battery, it’s likely that it will last through the day with no problem. We will test this when we have a device to review.

iPhone 6s Plus: We know that the iPhone 6s uses a 1715 mAh lithium ion battery, but the size of the iPhone 6s Plus may be larger. Apple promises the battery will last for 12 hours of internet browsing, 14 hours HD video viewing, and for 16 days in stand-by mode. Most reviewers say that the iPhone 6s battery lasts through the day with easy, and others have shown that the iPhone 6s Plus battery lasts far longer than the one in the smaller 6s.

What they don’t have

Nexus 6P: microSD storage, wireless charging, optical image stabilization

iPhone 6s Plus: wireless charging, microSD storage, USB-C

Colors/prices:

Nexus 6P: 32GB version is $499.99, 64GB is $549, and 128GB version is $649. Available in Aluminum, Graphite, Frost, and Gold colors.

iPhone 6s Plus: 16GB version is $749, 64GB version is $849, and 128GB version is $949. Available in Silver, Gold, Space Gray, and Rose Gold colors.

Availability

Nexus 6P: Pre-orders start September 29th.

iPhone 6s Plus: Available now, online and in Apple Stores.

Bottom Line

We’re at a disadvantage because we haven’t been able to spend any quality time with the new 6P, but judging by its specs, it might be an able alternative to the impressive iPhone 6s. Do see our hands-on of the new phone here.

Google also announced a plastic-bodied Nexus 5X from LG today. That phone starts at $379.

The new Nexus phones also offer the advantage of running on Google’s Project Fi mobile network.










Evernote lays off 47 people and closes 3 offices in effort to build a more focused team

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Evernote has announced layoffs at the productivity app provider. In a post, newly installed chief executive Chris O’Neill said that today it parted ways with 47 people on its staff and shuttered three offices outside the U.S. as a means of building a smaller, more focused team.

Since taking over for Phil Libin two months ago, O’Neill has been on a mission to better assess Evernote and its users. And now the time has come for him to start making his mark. As part of that, he’s focusing on three of the company’s core strengths: notes, sync, and search. He is seeking to retool the entire staff and concentrate on those team members that could contribute.

“I believe that a smaller, more focused team today will set us up for growth and expansion tomorrow,” O’Neill wrote. “Here are two things that you can expect from us over the next several months: we will launch major foundational product improvements around the core features that you care about most, and we will pull back on initiatives that fail to support our mission.”

A company spokesperson tells VentureBeat that offices affected are in Taiwan, Singapore, and Moscow. The layoffs are from across the entire company. Initiatives that are on the chopping block are those deemed “non-priority,” such as Evernote Food, which will shutter tomorrow.

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