Bitcoin Statistics: 10 Percent Of All Bitcoins Have Been Stolen

We hear this often – that Bitcoin Wallets are not secure, many Bitcoins are stolen etc. But how big is this problem, really?

Turns out, it is a huge problem – we spotted this stat, that some 10 percent of all Bitcoins have been stolen (Source)

How do we digest this stat, except for the fact that it is a wild west scenario out there right now? We can try this: Bitcoin’s Rise: What If It Is Not A Bubble?

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In The UK, More Women Own Smartphones Than Men

Make a note of this fact if you are building an app for the UK market: we spotted this stat today, that in the UK, more women now own smartphones, than men. Specifically, smartphones hold 60% of the UK user base, and 58% of smartphone users are female and the remaining 42% are male. (Source)

How do we digest this stat? We can borrow from the article – as habits move mainstream, user demographics will change. The best you can do is to be prepared for size changes.

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1.2 Billion People Are ‘Extremely Poor’, Subsist On Less Than $1.25 A Day

That has to be the most disturbing stat we spotted in a while here at Statspotting – even though the number has come down from say a decade back, this number is still huge – 1.2 billion people live in ‘extreme poverty’: defined as subsisting with less than $1.25 a day. (Source)

Where did we spot this one billion number recently? Yes, there would be a billion android devices by the end of 2013. Wait, we have a better one: Under-Reported Income To IRS: World Poverty Will End Ten Times

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Pocket Statistics: Users Saving 35 Million Items Monthly To Read Later

This is a stat we have been looking to spot for some time now – the bookmarking read me later app Pocket, is increasingly becoming the park it for later place of choice among consumers. Users are saving 35 million items monthly (Source)

How do we digest this stat? By comparing with Instagram, maybe. Instagram does some 40 million photos per day. Let us try try Twitter. 400 Million tweets per day. Did we get the scale? More or less. Pocket is some 30 times smaller than Instagram.

We need a few more numbers to digest this one. Very soon.

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Mobile Ad Revenues More than Double For The Second Year In A Row

Internet advertising continues its upward trend – Digital advertising revenues climbed to a milestone high of $36.6 billion in 2012 (Source)

And here is the bonus stat – For the second year in a row, mobile achieved triple-digit growth year-over-year. The past year saw the mobile category surge 111 percent to $3.4 billion, pivoting off of 2011’s record-breaking 149 percent year-over-year rise to $1.6 billion. Mobile accounted for 9 percent of total internet ad revenue in 2012. (Source)

How do we digest these stats? Let us try this: Google made USD 50 billion in 2012 revenues.

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22.55 Percent: EBooks’ Share Of All US Publishing Revenue In 2012

This habit has more or less ‘tipped’: ebooks are definitely mainstream now. We spotted this stat today, that some 22.55 percent of all publishing revenue was from ebooks. (Source)

How do we digest this stat? This one is very simple – we had spotted some trends that pointed to this in the last few months – a 70 percent YoY growth in 2012 announced by Jeff Bezos, and a 9.7 billion by 2016 size expected for the industry overall.

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$1.2 Trillion Per Year: Buying Power Of Today’s Little Kids And Tweens

They say, if you want to spot big trends, start with your family. The fact that more and more decisions are left to the kid in the family adds up to a solid trend: we spotted this stat, that today’s little kids and tweens having buying power to the tune of $1.2 trillion per year (Source)

How do we digest this stat? Well we don’t have to, if we are not marketing professionals. But in this age, most of us are marketers one way or the other so this is a trend you need to keep in mind when you design your marketing message: the kid in the family has a stronger voice now than ever in the purchasing decision of the family, ranging from breakfast to luxury cars.

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Crowdfunding Up 81%, VC Down 7.5% In 2012: $2.66 Billion Vs $28.3 Billion

We are of course not suggesting a Crowdfunding Vs VC annual comparison from now on (although it might be a good idea) – but we spotted two stats to help us ‘digest’ the scale and magnitude of these two modes of funding – Crowdfunding websites helped companies and individuals worldwide raise $2.7 billion from members of the public in 2012, an 81 percent increase on the previous year (Source). And this: Venture capital for 2012 hit $28.3 billion invested across 3267 deals. Funding was down 7.5% and failed to reach the $30 billion mark seen in 2011 ($30.6B) (Source)

Crowdfunding is up 81 percent in 2012. VC funding is down 7.5 percent. Beginning of a trend? We don’t know.

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‘High-Income = Apple’: 70% of Teens From High-Income Families Prefer iOS

There is something really strong about the High-Income groups’ connection with the Apple brand. We spotted this stat today, that while Apple remains the preferred brand among teens overall, when it comes to high-income groups, the preference for the Apple brand is more pronounced. (Source)

How do we digest this stat? Let us try this: Apple is being forced into making cheaper iPhones and other devices due to fierce competition from the Android world. If introduced, this will definitely dilute the Apple brand in the long run (it would definitely result in better numbers in the short run). The idea that Apple should actually be two companies suddenly starts making sense.

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13.4 Billion Downloads In Q1 2013, 11 Percent More Than All of 2012: Apps ..

Well if you are looking for a market with really terrific growth rates, look no further than that smartphone in your pocket. We spotted this stat today, that the number of apps downloaded in Q1 2013 soared to some 13.4 billion – 11 percent more than all of 2012 combined (Source)

We do not know what the new ‘apperating systems’ would do to this market – but the numbers look really solid. Here are some revenue numbers: “Apple’s App Store, Google Play, the Windows Phone Store, and BlackBerry World are the four most used app stores and combined for $2.2 billion in revenue off app downloads in the first quarter, a 9 percent increase over 2012. Apple’s App Store took home the most dough with about 74 percent of the market share.”

And there it is: Apple, the ‘smart’ smartphone maker !

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