Saturday, November 14, 2015

What to do with Twitter?

Written by James de Rin in London

First off it would be callous not to mention last night's madness across the channel. With the attrocities in Paris still fresh on my mind Twitter has shown that the collective village has a soul and people do care. We all support France and especially Paris the most romatic city in the world that just got turded by some brainwashed young french born men. Barely in their twenties they carried out their orders from within France but guided by the head of a serpent who only knows chaos, death and destruction. Whatever your politics surely this is the tipping point of passive aggressive! But then democracy has many jealous ideological enemies. The french are a tough bunch the foreign legion comes to mind and even though Mr Pudding runs the place he is extremely decisive if not economically educated. So closing the borders, locking down Paris with the military was smart. 

Back to the blog...
OK so the stock market took a dump on Friday, high street retail is dead just go look at the malls! Duh! long live the internet, and twitter is back below its IPO price at $25.17 While tech has been and still is the actual engine of the USA economy. Silicon Valley is like a Dyson (vacuum cleaner) for brains and funding. I can't help but think that the smartest people in tech are missing a trick, well missing an out of the box helicopter view. Namely crowd sourcing or crowd funding. Social media is the glue of the internet and its management either monetise it well or badly. 

Over at Facebook when the stock was $16.00 a share, today its at $107. I remember everyone  saying its over, everyone is transitioning to their baby blanket (cell phone, mobile phone) goodbye Facebook. No more desk top Facebook...So what does Zuckerberg do he moves with the crowd and makes Facebook mobile friendly and then adds companies who have built in ecosystems that keep you in the Facebook walled garden. I digress "What to do with Twitter" now that Ballmer has bought a billion dollars worth and that guy in Saudi Arabia Alwaleed  In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud revealed that he now owns 5.17 percent of Twitter’s stock, or 34,948,975 shares.

Twitter is saved. Not exactly...its stock went up and now its back down. 

Dorsey needs a new vision like Facebook sauce or "Twitter Crowd Funding." Let's imagine everyone on twitter individuals and corporates want to raise money for their idea or project or start up. A few words, a hollywood log line or an elevator pitch and you are off and running. Not allowed to do that you say...well you are now SEC just approved final rules of the Jobs is what it says...exactly 

On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted final rules under Title III of the JOBS Act to enable U.S. companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding (Regulation Crowdfunding). This alert provides an overview of the SEC crowdfunding rules slated to become effective in early May 2016, with certain related forms, such as Form Funding Portal (which will be used to register as a funding portal), becoming effective at the end of January 2016.

So Mr Dorsey after firing a percentge of all your staff (well that made the firm less bloated so good move for the stock but not a vision for the future) and instead of following Twitter's mission statement whatever that is and always following behind Facebook go where no social media company has gone before. Go Crowd funding before Facebook does. If you really have balls go see Mr Timberlake and give Myspace a purpose as well "Music Crowd Funding" or Twitter will end up in the trash with netscape, myspace etc...

Aggregate your users into a funding aggregation tool using the tweet as the pitch. Buy Kickstarter and Indigogo and hook up with apple pay.

Just imagine twitter "we fund any idea, company, start up, anywhere on the planet, anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

Elevator Pitch

Funding Target

and reboot Yahoo as a marketing tool for Twitter Crowd Funding...Mr Dorsey leverage the tools you have, the twitter ecosphere, (307 million active users x $10.00 investment is a lot of dollars its $3.07 billion per month from the crowd funding movement, the Jobs Act and the rewards proven system of Kickstarter and Indiegogo! Create the twitter Silicon Valley Ecosphere

Do what Hollywood does er I mean Netflix and Amazon Prime and Hulu do, make a pilot and then ask the crowd if they like it by watching it. Put in a button with three clicks to funding. 

1. Pitch
2. Synopsis/Team/ Video
3. Funding Target - Thermometer Achieved or not (funding portal)

Wannabe be! 

*Twitter will become a marketing tool for sports with Ballmer's help, but it needs to become a future crowd funding bank as well!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Will Disney buy Netflix and why?

Written by James de Rin 

In my last article on Netflix I hypothesised that Apple might buy Netflix for its ecosystem and I ended my article by saying that Amazon might merge Netflix with Amazon prime and use the superior platform and ease of use. What was I thinking. In the last few days Disney's stock has tanked to $108 a share from $122 a share (now it's coming back at $111 a share )because of the new trend (sorry speeding up trend) of unbundling here in the U.S. More and more consumers just consume content through their iphone or android or iPad or laptop. It is no longer bizarre to see people watching content on a train in a Los Angeles Starbucks or at home on their device or on the London tube. The television is becoming extinct. Being forced to watch 175 channels of which you only watch 4 and with nothing worth watching on the television the broadcasters have missed the trend by living in the past like a dinosaur. Now. My point is ESPN was the juggernaut that kept Disney cash pouring in, just like HBO for Warner Bros but what we are witnessing is concentric rings of interest. where a human watches what they want to watch when they want to watch it. The disrupters get this and offer the consumer content on the consumers terms. Well Disney has recently struck more and more deals with Netflix to distribute content and Netflix gets older content from Disney which is not competing with dinosaur content distributors. But just imagine if Disney I mean Bob Iger the genius behind the acquisitions of Star Wars, Marvel etc took one last gamble and created an apple type ecosystem for his content. If Disney bought Netflix and it wouldn't be cheap $52 billion this week he could grow his pipeline of content into future platforms using Netflix. I had a theory that the telcos who own the delivery system would end up owning content as people want content not necessarily the branded pipelines. But Disney creates content and content is king but only if you own the distribution of it the platform. More and more platforms will appear all doing the same things with content but Netflix has left the gate first and has momentum. It may not have the latest content but that is only a matter of time and with Disney's help it would compound. So what in god's name does this have to do with crowd funding or crowd sourcing. Well Disney has its brands which turn out tent pole movies which cost $100 million and upwards what it doesn't have is a kickstarter for content. WIth a Netflix purchase it has analytics which tell you what you like, where you live, how much you watch it, who your favourite actor is, your blood type just kidding in other words it is research and development to crowd fund content with a platform and a new business. Kickstarter has done a great job of funding new film makers and existing celebrity filmmakers what Disney and Netflix can do is make stuff that concentric rings of interest want to watch other than the big tent pole movies. If the studios and Hollywood agents could back every horse they would own it all but what we are now seeing is that You Tube is becoming the place where you post your ideas, your video, your story and see if there is an audience once you have an audience Hollywood offers you a deal you can't refuse but what Netflix does is monetise it in 100 countries with an audience of 65 million people who then binge on it like it's an all you can eat content buffet. 

This is just my opinion and every one has one...but let's see if Disney does buy Netflix because if they don't
Netflix might just buy Disney one day! 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Crowdfunding expands to global and emerging markets

The potential investment gains to be made in 

emerging economies can be huge. A new crowd funding 

company Emerging Crowd is focusing on such frontier 

markets to offer UK investors a chance to do so.

Piggy bank held up around awaiting depositors
Aim high: harness the power of crowdfunding to invest in the property market Photo: (c) Don Bayley

The nature of money and capital is changing 
as quickly as everything else. Cryptocurrencies, 
business funding, banking and coinage are blurring 
into one big accelerated charge across the Rubicon. 
Financial phenomena such as M-Pesa’s mobile 
banking platform in Kenya where 42 per cent of 
GNP is conducted, Bitcoin’s digital peer-to-peer 
currency and even ‘old’ platforms such as PayPal 
mean money is now something else. The currencies 
we now deal in can range from ‘favour economies’ to 
microlending and even using a (Apple) watch to 
Not only is it confusing, it is also opening new 
opportunities for businesses to trade in. One such 
well-known platform is crowdfunding where companies 
raise money from many small investors, instead of 
relying on the, frankly, unreliable largesse and 
blockbuster model of venture capitalists and banks. 
There have been notable crowdfunding successes 
such as the oft-mentioned Pebble Watch, but umpteen 
fails such as those investing in games development. 
However, crowdfunding seems to have hit critical 
mass and looks as if it’s here to stay. 
Above: the Pebble Watch was a crowdfunding success
Like anything new, crowdsourcing is beginning to 
fracture into different shapes from its initial rewards-
based model. Equity crowdfunding where companies 
offer equity stakes in exchange for investment, instead 
of prizes, have been highly successful in the UK, 
spearheaded by companies such as Seedrs and 
Two months ago, there was further fragmentation 
when Eureeca (terrible name, interesting business), 
self-described as the ‘first global equity crowd funding 
platform’ received regulatory approval from the UK’s 
Financial Conduct Authority. This means UK-based 
SMEs looking to enter the Dubai market can access 
to capital and expertise from local investors. 
Founded in Dubai by former investment bankers, 
Eureeca’s FCA approval offers new geographical 
opportunities for crowdfunding; a market the company 
expects to reach $90 billion by 2025. 
“UK- and Europe-based SMEs with ambitions of 
entering the Gulf can now access capital and expertise 
from investors in the region. In the same vein, businesses 
in the Middle East seeking to expand into the UK will be 
able to secure capital through investors there,” said 
Managing Director, Sam Quawasmi. 
Another interesting crowdfunding company in this space 
takes Eureeca’s example further. Launched last month, 
Emerging Crowd is a UK-based investment crowd funding 
platform that offers users equity (and debt) investments 
in unlisted emerging and frontier market companies. 
The platform enables growth-stage businesses to raise 
up to a maximum of £4 million in a 12-month period. 
One of the earliest companies to crowdfund on its platform 
is Cape Town-based company Bozza, a digital distribution 
platform where artists can connect with fans who want 
locally relevant content via their mobile device and desktop. 
Above: Bozza used Eureeca to crowdfund on its platform
“We chose Emerging Crowd because they are the 
first platform that focuses on companies that operate 
out of emerging frontier markets. They are an exciting 
platform that links ambitious, well-run companies 
seeking finance with international investors pursuing 
the potential higher returns from frontier and 
emerging markets,” said Emma Kaye, CEO Bozza Media. 
Crowdfunding, however, in whatever form it comes 
now or is likely to transmute in, is not a panacea to 
growing and funding a company. As previously 
mentioned, for every Pebble Watch funded, there 
will be many who fail to raise their targeted money 
and will be forever associated with such a fail. 
Those who do fail and go back to raising traditional 
forms of funding are unlikely to be welcomed back 
with big bags of money from VCs and banks if their 
crowdfunding campaign was unsuccessful. In essence, 
their businesses will be lucky to survive. 
But like with new forms of money, new forms of 
business funding will mean there will be winners and 
losers, both for the investors and the ones chancing 
their arm. What else would you expect if the 
crowdfunding market does reach $90 billion over 
the next decade?

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Who should buy Netflix and why?

By James de Rin

Here’s a clue. If you haven’t read “the everything store” [the book on the story of Amazon] by brad stone then you should. On page 376 it says “Jeff Bezos was tracking a firm [Netflix] he viewed as a potentially dangerous new rival.” And this was in 2008. Boy was he right. Fast forward to May 2015 and Netflix stock is oscillating between $613 and $635 a share, insane making it a $50 billion dollar company. But then Amazon’s stock price has gone nuclear as well at $428 a share up to $200 a share since Christmas 2014 making Amazon a $200 billion dollar company.
So you know the story Netflix began with CD’s and DVD’s in a red envelope that you paid a monthly fee and watched numerous films within that price package. With the advent of faster broadband technology Netflix introduced streaming and the rest is history. Currently with 50,000,000 members and growing it is expected to go to $720and eventually $1000 a share. So who do I think should buy Netflix? Well the answer is Amazon but Bezos should lead the next chapter in streaming content by adding crowd funding.
1.     Discs by mail.
2.     Streaming content $9.99 a month.
3.     Invest in content as per Indigogo and Kickstarter and create more content for the platform.
Amazon Prime is a great platform and deal for content viewing and free with the Prime membership but let’s face it the Netflix platform blows it away. Content on Amazon is good sometimes better than Netflix but not original content, “House of Cards” anyone. Netflix allows you to automatically view each episode…
So Bezos should buy Netflix by buying up the stock and merge Amazon Prime movies with Netflix and keep the Netflix business model say $9.99 a month globally. Times that by 150,000,000 people that’s the eventual market and you get $1.5 billion month revenue!!!

One library just think of the negotiating savings, think of the Netflix platform, think of the 200 million customer reach, think of the one thing Amazon has not created which is the most important part of a store? The banking or the bank. They have Amazon payments which used to take the money for Kickstarter as the payment system for rewards. Now movies, or TV or just content has to be continuously created by Netflix, Amazon Studios, Hulu, HBO for the public’s content appetite and the biggest cost of that is buying content and creating it which drives membership and retention.  What if the public indirectly funded their own content by investing in things they like? Algorithm cash vestor! Oh and Amazon owns the server network that Netflix uses to stream its content. AWS…which is a $2 billion division of Amazon.
So to repeat
1.     Discs by mail.
2.     Streaming content $9.99 a month.
3.     Invest in content as per Indigogo and Kickstarter and create more content for the platform.
4.     Netflix financed by membership and crowd funding.
5.     Crowd Source Capital the crowd funding bank for content…
6.     Then Amazon should buy Kickstarter and Indigogo!
7.     Then you have a self-fulfilling prophecy of constant content creation and content to stream on top of commissions and acquisitions.
8.     Then the everything store really could be called the everything store when it starts selling money Wonga with a soul and disrupts the banks for the customer!
9.     Consolidation of content streaming players coming soon!

Or should Apple buy it and invest in crowd funding? I’m still betting on Jeff Bezos.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Award Winners To Teach At New Film Academy Presented By MOFILM And Chevrolet

Kongdej Jaturanrasame, Pimpaka Towira, Sheila Timothy and Mouly Surya join the Academy for Southeast Asian Filmmakers Teaching Staff

26 March 2015, London: MOFILM today announced that the award winning filmmakers Kongdej Jaturanrasamee, Pimpaka Towira, Sheila Timothy and Mouly Surya have joined the academic team who will deliver the inaugural sessions of the Academy of Southeast Asian Filmmakers (ASAF) as presented by Chevrolet and MOFILM. The fee-free academy is a three-day course, created and delivered by experts from the local and international filmmaking industry. It will cover several aspects of filmmaker theory and practice, with a focus on developing the storytelling skills. The Academy will take place in Jakarta on the 11th to 13th of May, and in Bangkok on the 15th, 16th and 18th of May 2015. Filmmakers who are citizens of Southeast Asia and are over the age of 18 can apply at, the deadline is the 7th April 2015. All entrants will also have the opportunity to enter a competition to produce short format film content for Chevrolet.
Jeffrey Merrihue, CEO & Founder of MOFILM, said "The aim of the Academy is to help young filmmakers, who are just starting out, to develop skills to build the career they want. To be able to hear from such successful local filmmakers will be invaluable."
Kongdej Jaturanrasame
Kongdej Jaturanrasame
Mark Harland, Director of Marketing at General Motors International, said "Partnering with MOFILM gives us the best of both worlds - we're able to open new possibilities for up-and-coming filmmakers by giving them a platform to share their craft, and it provides us with tremendous content for our brand to utilize."
Writer and Director Mouly Surya is regarded as one of Indonesia's most promising film talents with her work receiving recognition from both Indonesian and International Film Festivals, including Sundance and Rotterdam International Film Festival. Sheila Timothy is a well-known Indonesian producer, who started her career in advertising and the music industry before moving to feature films. Her work has been recognised by several film festivals and her third feature Tabula Rasa won four awards at the Indonesian Film Festival 2014.
Pimpaka Towira is a Thai independent filmmaker who writes, directs and produces all of her films. Pimpaka is a pioneer for female film directors in Thailand and as a result, she won the Silpathorn Award in 2009, distributed by the Ministry of Culture in Thailand. Best known for his romantic comedies, Kongdej Jaturanrasamee received a Silpathorn award in 2014; a national award in honour for living Thai contemporary artists who have made notable contributions to Thai fine arts and culture, presented annually by the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture of Thailand.
More tutors from the Thai and Indonesian film and TV industries will be announced shortly.
Note to Editors: Filmmaker Biographies
Kongdej Jaturanrasamee
Kongdej Jaturanrasamee is an award-winning Thai screenwriter and film director. After graduating from the film department at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Kongdej became a film professor at Assumption University.

He began his career in the late 1990s directing music videos, before becoming a feature film director and making his directorial debut with the 2003 comedy Sayew (winning the Asian Trade-Wind honourable mention at the Seattle Film Festival).
He is best known today for popular romantic films, including The Letter (2004), which he penned as a remake of the 1997 Korean film Pyeonji. Kongdej also co-wrote the Tony Jaa action flick Tom-Yum-Goong (2005). Other films he has written and directed are Midnight My Love (winner of won Best Script at the Deauville Asian Film Festival 2005), Handle Me with Care (made with GTH film studio, the largest film studio in Thailand in 2008), P-047 (2011) and his 2013 film Tang Wong(winner of Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay at Supannahong Award 2013).
Pimpaka Towira
Pimpaka Towira is a Thai independent filmmaker who writes, directs and produces all of her films. She is decidedly in the art-house camp of filmmakers. She was educated in Film at the University in Bangkok and went on to work as a film critic and writer for The Nation newspaper in Bangkok after graduating.

She went on to make a number of experimental short films, among which was a short called Mae Nak, which won a Special Jury Prize at the Image Forum Festival in 1998
Pimpaka's feature film debut One Night Husband (2003) brought her international fame. She is the first female Thai filmmaker to be noticed by international viewers and critics alike.
She is also part of the Free Thai Cinema Movement, for whom in 2007 she directed a series of short films, which featured interviews with Thai film directors and artists opposed to censorship of films by the Thai government.
Mouly Surya
Surya is an Indonesian film director whose debut feature Fiksi gained her recognition in her home country when it won the Citra Award at Festival Film Indonesia for Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Music and Best Original Screenplay. It also won her a Best Director award at JIFFEST 2008.

Her second film What They Don't Talk About When They Talk About Love was the first Indonesian film to ever compete in the main competition (World Cinema Dramatic Competition) at Sundance Film Festival 2013. It won the NETPAC award at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam as the Best Asian film. It also won the awards for Best Music in Asia Pacific Film Festival 2013 and Best New Director in Las Palmas Film Festival in Spain. In its home country, the film won three out of four awards given by Akademi Film Indonesia in 2014 for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Film.
Sheila Timothy
Sheila is a well-known Indonesian producer who spent many years of her career in advertising and the music industry before moving to feature films. In 2008, she and her husband (Luk Wanandi) established their new film company Lifelike Pictures.

She gained recognition after producing the film Pintu Terlarang (The Forbidden Door) for Joko Anwar, which went on to win Best Film at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PIFAN) in 2009.
She has since gone onto produce her second feature Modus Anomali, which premiered at the SXSW Festival and won the Bucheon Award at the 4th Network of Asian Fantastic Films NAFF in 2011. Her third feature Tabula Rasa, released in September 2014, gaining critical acclaim and winning four awards at the Indonesian Film Festival 2014.
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