Instagram Statistics: 90 Million Active Monthly Users And Growing

When Instagram changed their privacy policy, many people were very angry – for instance, we had suggested moving everything to our pockets – turns out, none of us really acted – we spotted this stat today, that Instagram’s user numbers are actually up this month, to a total of some 90 million active monthly users. (Source)

How do we digest these numbers? Well, Instagram stats must be easy – we have seen some numbers before – for instance, here is the value created by each Instagram employee and here are some Instagram stats to get the size relative to Twitter and Facebook

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The Top 5 Sectors By VC Investment Dollars For The Year 2012

We know software and biotech would be among the top 5 – but what exactly are the sectors have VCs have put in money in 2012? Here is the top 5:

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How do we digest these numbers? Software and Biotech would be the top two sectors, we knew that. There has been a lot of noise around Energy, so that makes sense as well. Medical devices and equipment, if you think outside of silicon valley, is huge. So that one is fine. The last one, IT services, is more like a steady stream investment.

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28.1 Percent: Increase In Housing Starts In 2012 Over 2011

It is now commonly accepted wisdom that housing has turned around. We had tried spotting the housing bottom as well. We spotted this stat today, that on a year-on-year basis, housing starts are up 28.1 percent (Source)

That is a solid increase, and housing starts are arguably a solid leading indicator for overall economic growth – so we are looking at a good 2013 and an even better 2014 overall.

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Every Third Tablet Owner Worldwide Will Be In Asia Pacific By 2017

Well 2017 is not that far away. We had spotted multiple statistics in the Asia Pacific region and emerging markets. We spotted this stat today, that some 34 percent of all tablet owners worldwide will be in Asia Pacific by 2017 (Source)

There are some 200 million tablets in the world today. And this has happened in just three years, actually a little less than that since the iPad launched. This is a market to watch. And the fact that the Asia Pacific region will play a big role in the growth – that has huge implications.

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Wearable Devices: $800 Million Market This Year; $1.5 Billion In 2014

Google’s Project Glass is expected to unleash a huge new market – the smart wearables market is widely estimated to bring in revenues of more than 800 million dollars this year, and is expected to grow into a 1.5 billion dollar market by 2014 (Source)

How do we digest these stats? This is a very nascent market at the moment, and these are optimistic growth projections. But also remember that we are talking device sales here – this has the potential to get a whole ecosystem up and running.

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60.4 Million: Number of ‘5 Inch Plus’ Smartphones To Be Sold In 2013

The phablet mania is in full swing now, and 2013 could well be the year the trend goes mainstream – we spotted this stat, that a solid 60 million smartphones with screens bigger than 5 inches would be sold in 2013. (Source)

How do we digest this stat? Let us try this: this is one of the few areas that will see a 100 percent plus growth rate in 2013 – this would be a 136 percent growth rate, to be precise. If you think Startups = Growth – here is one domain for you.

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Mobile Advertising Statistics: $11.4 Billion Revenue Projected For 2013

Mobile advertising has been a challenge for many. It is not just the fact that the fat finger problem is widespread – it is also an issue, that given the multitude of devices, the advertisers are at a loss as well, when it comes to making the right ad. We had spotted some mcommerce stats in the past – we spotted some stats on mobile advertising today – the total market is projected to grow to 11.4 billion usd, with Asia Pacific leading the pack in terms of growth (Source)

How do we digest this stat? We need to remember two things – in India and China, people are accessing the Internet more from mobile devices than from desktops – read The Anomaly Called India and China Mobile Internet Statistics. That is one factor. The other factor that will help us digest this stat, is the fact that many ad-revenue based companies are increasing their efforts on mobile. Interesting times ahead.

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195 Million: Number Of College Graduates Planned In China By 2020

If that number sounds somewhere close to a known number – the population of the US is around 300 million. We spotted this stat today, that China is investing in colleges in a big way, and plans to have 195 million college graduates by 2020 (Source)

How do we digest this stat? China is putting in a $250 billion investment every year on ‘human capital’. These are huge numbers. There is also a huge movement of people from rural China to the cities. These are trends that would have huge implications for the global markets.

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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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Number Of Large Banks That Meet OCC’s Auditing Requirements: ZERO

‘Banks are big spenders on IT’ we hear this all the time. So we were very surprised when we spotted this stat, that none of the 19 largest banks in the US meet the OCC’s requirements for internal auditing, risk management or succession planning. (Source)

“The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency recently graded the 19 largest national banks on five factors designed to gauge how well they are being run.

The results are startling.

Not a single bank met the OCC’s requirements for internal auditing, risk management or succession planning. Only two of the 19 banks met the regulator’s requirements for defining the company’s appetite for risk-taking and communicating it across the company. Only two banks were judged to have boards of directors willing to stand up to their CEOs…” Source

How do we digest this stat? We can try this: Banks Make One-Third of Total Corporate Profits and, the most profitable bank in the world just became more profitable

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