Om Malik

Last Build Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:28:14 +0000


Netflix now has 100 million subscribers

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:25:58 +0000

In January 2017, it was estimated that if all goes well, then Netflix will pass the 100 million subscriber point sometime in April 2017. Right on time, the company CEO Reed Hastings announced that the streaming video giant had passed the 100 million subscriber milestone. He celebrated by having a steak dinner at Denny’s, just like...

Instagram & Facebook: 5 years later

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:41:09 +0000

It has been five years since Facebook got the bargain of the century — Instagram for roughly $750 million. The mobile photo sharing service at that time had mere 35 million monthly active users. It has since added more than 600 million monthly active users. In comparison, Facebook added over 800 million monthly active users....

Back in the flow

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:58:20 +0000

“Writer’s Block is just an excuse by people who don’t write for not writing,” quipped (not surprisingly) writer Giando Sigurani — and that is perhaps the best description of my past two months. I have been claiming a severe writers block, but the fact is that I have lost the discipline of writing everyday. It...

Random Notes from a recent trip to Japan 

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:43:33 +0000

It isn’t hard to fall in love with Japan. It happens slowly. In 2015, it was a trip to distant Naoshima Islands that hooked me on the Japanese sensibilities. But it was on this most recent trip, the small seductions of Japan — its people, its landscapes, its food and its culture left me completely...

Mount Fuji

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:54:45 +0000

I had a chance to see Mount Fuji yesterday and managed to capture this image on my iPhone7Plus. I have been amazed by the sheer quality of the iPhone camera. This has no edits except slight adjustment of saturation and exposure. It was a 16 second exposure, made with Average Cam Pro app and the...

The Trouble with Silicon Valley’s IPO Optimism

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 14:00:33 +0000

When Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, recently went public, tech investors rejoiced. But will the startup make good on the hype? But more importantly, will this lead to the resurgence of the IPO market. Jury is still out. Here is why!

The Third Eye Era

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 14:45:34 +0000

Yesterday, Snap (formerly known as Snapchat) went public and raised a whopping $3.4 billion dollars that valued the company at over $24 billion dollars. It was a confluence of events that the public debut of “the camera company” coincided with some personal good news. After a gap of nearly 15 years I am going to...

A Bridge in Porto 

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:23:19 +0000

Ponte Dom Luis, Porto, Portugal. It is an engineering marvel that always amazes me!  Made with Fuji xPro2 and Fuji f2/23mm lens

Why Apple Should Buy Netflix…Again!

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:54:13 +0000

In light of Apple’s announcement that it was working on “Planet of the Apps” series, in August 2016, I wrote about why I thought Apple should buy Netflix. It led to an enthusiastic exchange of arguments with my dear friend John Gruber. Fast forward to 2017, and suddenly everyone is talking about Apple buying Netflix....

Deciding Our f8

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:32:34 +0000

Jason Kincaid, former staff writer for Techcrunch is now pursuing a career in writing comedy. He is an astute observer of the world around us, and I particularly enjoyed his take on Mark Zuckerberg’s memo to the planet. Tech companies speak in half-truths, so it’s prudent to move past Zuckerberg’s obvious motivations — like assuaging...