Business Tech

Zoho Has a Strong Product Portfolio – but No Plans to Go Public Just Yet

Zoho is a privately held software development company that offers a wide range of products for businesses of all sizes. The company was founded in 1996 in India, and it has since grown to become a major player in the software industry.

One of the most notable aspects of Zoho is its extensive product portfolio, which includes solutions for various business functions such as customer relationship management, accounting, human resources, and more. Some of their popular products are CRM, Mail, Office Suite, Creator, and Books.

Zoho CRM, for example, is a comprehensive CRM solution that helps businesses manage their sales, marketing, and customer support activities. Zoho Mail, on the other hand, is a web-based email service that offers a range of features such as calendar, contacts, and tasks.

In addition to its diverse product offering, Zoho is also known for its commitment to customer service and support. The company offers a wide range of resources, including documentation, tutorials, and webinars, to help customers make the most of its products.

Despite its success, Zoho has no plans to go public. According to the CEO, Sridhar Vembu, the company is focused on building a sustainable business model, rather than chasing short-term gains. He believes that going public would pressure the company to focus on meeting quarterly earnings targets, rather than long-term growth.

However, it’s worth noting that this doesn’t mean that Zoho will never go public. The company could change its mind in the future if it feels that going public would be in the best interest of its shareholders.

Business Tech TV and Films

YouTube is Looking to Offer Free cable-style TV Channels

YouTube is reportedly in the process of negotiating with media companies to provide their TV shows and films as part of an ad-supported hub of channels. The platform is already in the process of testing viewer interest in this idea and could potentially roll out the hub to more users before the end of the year, according to The Wall Street Journal. This could be a significant opportunity for YouTube to expand its platform, as well as to increase its revenue from advertising. Furthermore, it would give media companies the chance to reach larger audiences and potentially create more engagement with their content. This hub of ad-supported channels could be a mutually beneficial venture, with YouTube and media companies reaping the rewards.

Business Tech

How Much Money Does SoundCloud Pay Artists Per Stream?

Streaming services like SoundCloud have opened up new opportunities for musicians to be heard around the world. But many people are curious about the financial side of streaming, specifically how much money do artists make per stream on SoundCloud? In this blog post, we’ll explore the answer to this question.

SoundCloud’s Payment Model

SoundCloud’s payment model is based on revenue sharing. Each time a user listens to a song on the platform, the artist earns a portion of the revenue generated by ads or subscriptions. The exact amount varies depending on the terms of the artist’s contract with SoundCloud, as well as the country where the song is being streamed.

How Much Does SoundCloud Pay Per Stream?

The amount of money paid per stream on SoundCloud can range from $0.0017 to $0.0084, with the average being around $0.0031 per stream. However, the exact amount varies depending on the artist’s contract and the country where the song is being streamed.

Factors That Impact SoundCloud Revenue

The amount of money earned per stream on SoundCloud is affected by several factors, such as the artist’s contract with the platform and the country where the song is being streamed. Additionally, the type of user who is streaming the song can also affect the amount of money earned. For example, if a premium user is streaming the song, the artist may earn more money than if a free user was streaming the same song.

Streaming services like SoundCloud have opened up new opportunities for musicians to be heard around the world. But it’s important to understand the financial side of streaming, specifically how much money do artists make per stream on SoundCloud? The amount of money paid per stream on SoundCloud can range from $0.0017 to $0.0084, with the average being around $0.0031 per stream. However, the exact amount varies depending on the artist’s contract and the country where the song is being streamed, as well as other factors such as the type of user who is streaming the song.

Music Tech

Uncovering the Hidden Fees of Distrokid

Many musicians are signing up for DistroKid’s music distribution service, but they may not be aware of all the hidden fees that can be charged. This post will explore DistroKid’s hidden fees, explaining what they charge and how to avoid paying too much.

What hidden fees does DistroKid charge?

DistroKid charges an annual fee for the use of their service. This fee specified on their website is $19.99. However, many users don’t realize there is an additional fee for each album or song they upload. This fee is $9.99 per album and $0.99 per song. If an artist is uploading many albums or songs, these fees can add up quickly.

What other hidden charges are there?

In addition to the annual fee and per album/song fee, DistroKid also charges a processing fee of $1 per album/song. This fee is charged each time an album or song is uploaded, so costs can add up quickly if musicians are uploading a lot.

There is also a $2.99 fee for sharing an album or song with a friend. This fee is charged each time a user shares a song or album with someone, so costs can add up quickly.

DistroKid offers a useful music distribution service for musicians, but it’s important to be aware of the hidden fees they charge. Understanding these fees can help musicians avoid paying too much for the use of DistroKid.

Design Tech

AI Generated Image Copyrights – Is It Really OpenAI?

The world of AI generated images and copyright ownership over the images created – is a very interesting world indeed. 

OpenAI Dall-E 2 images as the example: 

“To use DALL-E 2, you have to agree to OpenAI’s Terms of Use. According to these terms, OpenAI actually owns the images you create (which the Terms of Use call “generations”). OpenAI graciously grants you the right to sell your DALL-E 2 images (assuming you can somehow persuade someone to pay you for an image they can copy for free).

If that feels like the maker of the paintbrush telling Monet what he gets to do with his painting, that’s understandable.

To add insult to injury, OpenAI’s terms go further. Just to make it perfectly clear, you expressly assign any rights you might have in your image (whatever those might be) to OpenAI by contract. As the owner of the image, OpenAI can grant other people the right to reproduce, publish, or sell images that you create with DALL-E 2. You could find yourself in the position of walking into a store and seeing it selling your DALL-E 2 masterpiece on cheap T-shirts, and there would be nothing you could do to stop it.”

Cryptocurrency Tech

Brave Browser and Moving Brave Rewards into a Brave Wallet (or not)

I have just started to do some testing on the Brave Browser. I thought it would be fun to see if it was possible to actually use it consistently and make a little extra income on the side. After using it for a few weeks it didn’t really seem to be paying off. However, the worst part was the inability to move Brave Rewards straight to a Brave Wallet and collect earnings.

Brave Rewards were created first and see to be silo’d outside of other Brave services, such as the Wallet (which is a recent addition).

Currently, if you want to move your Brave Rewards you need to move them either via Uphold or via Gemini (both of which aren’t great choices and yet another account required for little to no reason).

Im hoping in future versions of Brave Rewards and the Brave Wallet they can just simply work together. I would love a world in which I could use my browser (which automatically stops annoying ads and replaces them with a better advertising option in browser that pays me in a cryptocurrency for viewing those ads – then allows me to seamlessly move them into a wallet to either transfer into another currency or put it straight into my bank.

Maybe one day that day will come!

Business Tech

Tencent Music Entertainment Set to List on Hong Kong Stock Exchange in Coming Days

It has been reported that Tencent Music Entertainment will be performing a secondary listing in Hong Kong in the coming days.

China’s TME, home to three of the country’s leading music streaming services; QQ Music, Kugou and Kuwo.

The secondary listing plan was announced by TME Executive Chairman Cussion Pang alongside the firm’s Q4 2021 and FY 2021 results.

This will be a very big listing for the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

“We are pursuing a secondary listing on the Main Board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange through a listing by way of introduction (which is a direct listing without any offering of new shares), subject to regulatory approvals,” said Pang.

It will be interesting to see in the coming year if TME also decides to keep their NYSE listing or whether they decide to pull out of the US market.

Business Tech

Private Investing vs Public Investing = Tale of Failed IPOs

I posted this on Twitter, but thought I would also share on here as it really showed the difference between private investing and public investing.

Some companies that have market caps less than the total money they have raised:

Bird ($120M mkt cap vs $1.2B raised)

Wish ($810M mkt cap vs $2.9B raised)

WeWork ($2.8B mkt cap vs $16.2B raised)

Lyft ($5.1B mkt cap vs $7.3B raised)

Business Tech

Cash App Marketing Strategy – Bring in the Hip Hop Culture

I came across this post by – Dan Runcie (Trapital). Great read and started to make a lot of sense in combination with Square (Cash App owners) also buying Tidal.

Research also via – Ark Invest –

For years, Cash App lagged behind Venmo. But that was before it teamed up with rappers as influencers. Here’s how hip-hop helped Cash App become a $73B+ business.

When Cash App launched in 2013, it was very buttoned-up.

Users needed phone numbers or emails to transfer money. There was no social element. It lost money with every new sign-up.

But in 2015, Cash App introduced $cashtags. In 2017, it followed up with Bitcoin trading just before it hit its first $20k high. The timing was perfect.

With its crypto users generating 3x more revenue than non-crypto users, Cash App wanted to double down on its influence.

At the time, Cash App started getting more shoutouts in rap songs. The company wasn’t sure why, but Block, Cash App’s parent company, locked in on one of the more successful influencer campaigns in recent years.

In May 2018, Cash App teamed up with Lil’ B. That August, Travis Scott came on board. And in December of that year, Snoop Dogg was its newest partner.

With Cash App as a sponsor, these artists gave away $100-$500 to fans who posted their $cashtag under their posts.

Cash App’s hip-hop influencer giveaways worked for four reasons:

1. Low customer acquisition cost (CAC)

2. Free money is always an easy sell

3. This was the first time hip-hop fans were the target audience for a financial service

4. It built on its existing popularity

Let’s break those down.

1. Low CACs

ARK Invest had a great breakdown on how Cash App’s hip-hop influencer tactics drop its CAC to be as low as $20 per user.

As a comparison, traditional banks spend $925 per user.

2. Free money is an easy sell

In 2019, the company spent an estimated $60k on Cash App Fridays, an investment that paid for itself many times over. Cash App Fridays became an awareness-building tactic in itself.

3. Reaching different customers

Cash App’s user base is strongest in the South and the Midwest of the US, which aligns with the regions where many hip-hop fans live.

Historically, these regions also get ignored by traditional banks.

By targeting these areas, Cash App took an approach opposite to most startups who instead focus on their “early adopter” coastal elite networks in NY, SF, LA, and DC.

Unlike Venmo, which relied on Ivy League students and alumni for initial growth.

4. Built on existing popularity

Cash App has now been name-dropped by 200+ hip-hop artists.

Sponsoring artists to give away hundreds of thousands led to more peer-to-peer transactions, which attracted more of its most profitable demographic, Bitcoin investors.

Cash App leaned into its popularity even more when it launched Cash App Studios in 2021 to bankroll artists and other creatives.

Cash App has achieved every modern brand’s dream: To become part of the ‘culture’ without appropriating it.

Business Tech

How Dharmesh Shah Built a $90,000/Month App Side Hustle In 48 Hours

Im a huge fan of Dharmesh Shah – who is the CTO of Hubspot. Dharmesh loved Wordle so much that he build an app that was based off the popular game but with some key twists. Its a great story and really worth watching him explain this in the above video.


Justin Kan – Q&A – Solid Startup Advice

I’m a big fan of Justin Kan (co-founder of Twitch). He has been running a YouTube channel for quite some time and here is his most recent Q&A.

If you’re looking for very simple and easy to digest startup advice then look to his channel.


Schedule Messages on Text Messages, iMessage, Whatsapp, etc.

Why can’t I schedule send text messages or messages on Facebook Messenger or Whatsapp?

I struggle to understand at the moment why this isn’t a standard feature in all messaging apps.

Please, Please, Please!


Apple Freeform – Whiteboard Collaboration Tool for iOS 16

Apple is moving into the Whiteboard game with Freeform. Freeform is going to be a new whiteboard style app that enables groups of people to collaborate in real time in a completely open space. Freeform is coming out on the new iOS 16 – which is scheduled to come out later this year.

Business Finance Tech

Fidelity Investments Slashing Valuations on Reddit, Stripe, Bytedance and Instacart

It seems like private market valuations for startups are getting slashed because of overall economic outlooks. In the past few months we have seen heavy declines in the public markets and now the private markets are following behind.

Fidelity Investments is cutting some of its portfolio company valuations.

  • Reddit valuation is down by more than a third.
  • Stripe valuation is down by about 13%
  • Bytedance valuation is down by 13%
  • Instacart is valued at half of its value from last year.

These are only private valuations inside of Fidelity and this was back in April – so its expected that these valuations have dropped even more since then.

It’s a tough time economically for everyone!


Apple Tap to Pay is Going to Help Small Businesses Accept Card Payments Immediately – No Hardware or Contracts Required!

Apple announced back in February that they were going to launch Tap to Pay.

Tap to Pay is a new feature that will enable any merchant to accept payments with only an iPhone – this could obviously really hurt companies that take a cut in the middle like Square or Stripe.

This is going to be an amazing feature for small businesses – who wont need any new hardware or contracts. Just an Apple phone and a dream!

Now, it turns out that Apple is already testing the feature at its own Apple Park visitor center in Cupertino.


ClubHouse Offering Music Audio Listening Without Any Music Licensing

ClubHouse has been a popular audio app for some time now, but it seems like they now have audio listening rooms (Pandora style).

It seems like ClubHouse has forgot one huge downside to this and that’s the fact that they don’t actually have any music licensing to be able to offer such a service.

I wonder whether this is part of the ClubHouse strategy or whether this has just become something that is happening inside their app without their control …. I’m not too sure. However, it won’t take very long for music PRO societies to notice this and come calling for an appropriate license.

Cryptocurrency Tech

How Much Does it Cost to Create an NFT on Opensea?

Opensea charge between $70 and $100 dollars when you setup your account and you want to start selling on the Euthereum blockchain. However, you can now choose to mint NFTs on the Polygon blockchain and there is no setup fee and it can be done completely for free.

Take a look here at Opensea.

Business Cryptocurrency Tech

Coinbase Very Close to Acquiring Brazils Largest Crypto Exchange – Mercado Bitcoin

Report came out today that Coinbase (COIN) is currently in talks to acquire 2TMM, owner of Mercado Bitcoin, Brazil’s largest crypto exchange.

Mercado Bitcoin has reached 3.2 million customers in 2021, of which 1.1 million were added last year, with a trading volume of $7.1 billion in 2021.

Why it matters:

This gives Coinbase a very strong position in a market in which they have been struggling to gain traction. Brazil and South America overall is going to be a very important market in future for cyptocurrencies.

Cryptocurrency Tech

Phantom Wallet – Beginner’s Guide Video with Walkthrough

Solana is a protocol that is on the rise. Adoption of Solana in terms of developers and DApps have been increasing over the past few years at breakneck speeds – and this leads to more users needing a good wallet solution – step in Phantom.

Phantom is a a crypto wallet focused towards the Solana ecosystem. Here is a great beginners guide to the Phantom wallet – how to signup and how to use the wallet in browser.

Business Tech

Apple Will Allow iPhones to Accept Contactless Payments by NFC

Apple is reportedly going to allow iPhones to start accepting contactless payments. This is huge news!

It will dramatically affect any card company and how they collect their fees – as well as companies like Square and other POS services.

Apple has reporting been working on this service since 2020, when it purchased a Canadian startup called Mobeewave. Mobeewave’s technology only needs an app and the phone’s NFC to work.

I expect that Apple will roll out such a service as part of Apple Pay.

Game changer!