AI, China, and Apple’s weakness

Great Wall of China

I keep hearing about the astonishing pace of innovation in China. I’ve seen lots of tweets like this one, and they leave me feeling nervous but deeply curious about what will come of the Chinese tech explosion. What I learned from 5 weeks in Beijing + Shanghai: – startup creation + velocity dwarfs anything in […]

Traffic Data from a Viral Post

Traffic data from a viral post

Viral posts don’t bring sustained traffic. I thought they did for a long time, before I started building websites and seeing the effects of traffic spikes. It’s natural to assume that if a post “blows up” and is seen by hundreds of thousands of people, it will bring lots of traffic (or revenue, users etc.) […]

Visualizing Arctic Monkeys Spotify Data

Arctic Monkeys spotify data visualization

In honor of the Arctic Monkeys’ new album Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, I decided to look at Arctic Monkeys data using the terrific SpotifyR package from Charlie Thompson. The package lets you easily pull data from Spotify’s API. You can very quickly extract all the songs by a given artist and see the attributes Spotify […]

The Numbers Behind MoviePass and Why It’s (Probably) Doomed

Sensitivity analysis of MoviePass financials

Update: Based on a recent filing discussed in this article, it appears that MoviePass’ parent company, Helios and Matheson Analytics, is losing roughly $20mm a month. The company’s auditor included a statement of concern that it could continue operations while burning through so much cash, and it is scrambling to raise more money. The company’s leadership […]