Hollywood’s Annual Revenue = Americas’ Pet Boarding Expenses

If you look at Hollywood revenue, you will find that the revenue number is very close to Pet boarding expenses – well, Pet boarding and ‘other services’ to be precise. With all the DogBnB craze of late, the market size of Pet boarding is getting a lot of attention – mostly people agree on the 10 billion USD a year number (Source). Turns out, that number is more or less the same as Hollywood’s 2012 revenue.

And of course, we had spotted some hollywood piracy stats today – hence we spotted the similarity in scale between these two.

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Samsung’s Super Bowl Ad Spend = Profit From 43227 Tablets

That 15 million plus dollars that Samsung is spending on the Super Bowl ad (Source) sounds ridiculous, until you do some simple numbers. If you assume that the ad is ONLY for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (It is not, but let us keep it simple) – iSuppli estimates that Samsung makes a profit of 347 USDs per unit sold, even after basic manufacturing costs are counted in.

“A preliminary analysis of the component cost of the Galaxy Note 10.1 reveals the HSPA+ version of the media tablet carries a bill of materials (BOM) of $283. When basic manufacturing costs are added in, the cost to produce the tablet increases to $293. This version sells for approximately $640 in the world market.” (Source)

So for Samsung to recoup the money spent on that Super Bowl commercial, it only needs to sell 43227 tablets – definitely sounds like a rounding error in these days of millions. And if you bring in the Galaxy Note II as well, it would need to sell lesser of both. Now, the 15 million suddenly starts to make sense.

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‘Offshore Assets’ Tax Can End World Poverty Three Times Over

We started reading the report since we read something like ‘annual income of world’s 100 richest people enough to end world poverty four times over’ – but when we read the report, we spotted something else that we found very interesting: a lot of assets globally are ‘parked’ in offshore locations – some 32 trillion dollars or so. From the report:

“If these taxes assets were taxed according to capital gains taxes in different countries, they could yield at least $189 billion in additional tax revenues”

That would be enough to end world poverty three times over. That is right, just closing this one tax evasion loophole (offshore assets) can be so powerful.

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Facebook Photos For 15 Days = Internet Archive’s Two Years Storage

That was a contrast we spotted today – the photo content uploaded on Facebook runs up a storage of 7 Petabytes every month (Source); whereas the Internet Archive project is raising funds to buy 3 Petabytes of storage. (Source)

How do we digest this stat? With one petabyte of storage, the Internet Archive can store pages for 5.4 months. Facebook photos use up an equivalent storage in just 4 days.

There is another way to digest this fact: Facebook, in 2011, had 10,000 times more photos than the entire US Library of Congress.

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Andreessen: ‘Every Single Idea From The Dotcom Era Was Correct’

An interesting debate is brewing in the VC community.

Marc Andreessen made a statement recently that could be a goldmine for idea hunters –

“One of my working theories right now is basically every single idea from the dotcom era was correct.”
Link: Marc Andreessen on Dotcom Era Ideas
His basic theory is that all ideas then were right, but the timing was off in many cases. For example, his own startup, LoudCloud.

And Fred Wilson responds: “That is nonsense. I can name five I funded that were outright ridiculous”

Source: Comments on Fred’s Post – here and here.

Is Marc Andreessen right? Is it possible that every single idea from the dotcom era would succeed some day? Well, if we think of Instacart, Bitcoins, Tumblr … we would have to agree with Marc Andreessen.

Or, do you think Fred has a point – in which case, do we have examples from the Dotcom era that would not succeed today, and would not succeed in the years to come?

If pmarca is right, we would add another heuristic to PG’s ‘Startup Ideas’ (we had spotted one missing heuristic earlier): Pick up a copy of Kaplan’s F’ed Companies Book.

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Should Apple Just Break Itself Into Two Companies?

We’ll keep this argument very simple. AAPL is down some 24 percent since September. That is a loss of hundreds of billions of dollars in market value (some 130 billion dollars or so). The best explanation for this drop so far comes from PandoDaily.

“And that gets to the real reason behind Apple’s stock blues. Its market cap had gotten just too freaking big. Fund managers don’t like having too high a percentage of their holdings in a single company, even if that company is Apple. They diversify to limit the risk of one company tumbling. Because, should Apple’s stock start to drop, it has a disproportionately large effect on their fund’s performance. And Apple’s stock is dropping.”

Source: PandoDaily

Is Apple a company with two parts each worth half-a-trillion dollars, trading overall at half-a-trillion dollars? You can split it in multiple ways – but have we reached a point where the valuation drops due to operational limitations of investors far exceed the benefits of remaining as one big company?

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The Time And Money Spent on Apps – Where Do They Come From?

In the Q&A after Mary Meeker’s D10 interview, there was one question on which activity is taking a financial hit to give us that extra cash to spend on Apps – we can actually extend that question into two separate questions:

1. We know that a significant amount of money is spent on Apps every year – personally, when you spend money on an App, where do you think that money is coming from? Or, is it just the fact that the amount is less (1.99 for example) you do not think in those lines? (for example, we have compared App store revenues to Starbucks revenues in the past)

2. We now know that we spend a significant amount of time on Apps as well. Where does that time come from? Personally, which activity has taken a hit?

Mary Meeker pointed out that “we are all going out less and are spending more time indoors” or something to that effect – now that can explain both our questions, but that might not be it. What do you think?

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100 Years Housing Returns Less Than One Year Return From Stocks

This is from Nate Silver’s book ‘The Signal and the Noise’ – 10,000 dollars invested in an American Home in 1896 would be worth 10,600 dollars in 1996 after adjusting for inflation. In other words, the rate of return had been less in a century, than the stock market typically returns in a single year (numbers are based on an index developed by Robert Schiller and Karl Case)

If people had taken note of this fact, the bubble in the early 2000s could have been avoided. Okay, if (your favorite reason) the bubble could have been avoided. But this data point on home investment returns definitely came as a surprise to us.

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Facebook’s 2012 YTD Revenue: What Taobao.com Sold In One Day

Agreed, comparing apples and oranges is stupid. But since Facebook is also selling stuff these days, and we have all heard the funnel stuff, here it is: “Two days ago the Chinese website taobao.com held a discount promotion to celebrate what’s known as ‘double sticks day’ in China. In a single 24hr period, they conducted 19bn RMB (US$3.06bn) of business.” (Source) – By comparison, Facebook has cheered investors with the following revenue figures in 2012 so far:

1.06 Billion Q1
1.18 Billion Q2
1.26 Billion Q3

(Source)

How do we digest these numbers? Should we even try? Yes, Facebook is blocked in China. They are not into discount commerce. This is an outlier data point. FB is trying to monetize mobile. Anything else?

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Google’s Ad Revenue Higher Than All of US Print Media

Online advertising is a mature industry now. That makes this comparison all the more worthwhile, even if one could argue that one is a sunset industry and the other is a growth industry. We spotted this stat today that Google’s ad revenue in the first six months of 2012, is more than the reported revenue of the entire US print media (Source)

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