Looking Back On This Week’s Tips

  1.  One of the biggest questions that arose after Snapchat’s S-1 filing is about the company’s ability to grow. As mentioned in the S-1 document, Snap’s growth in user base during the last quarter of 2016 was the lowest that year, with a growth rate of only 3.2% – a fifth of the growth rate it experienced two quarters prior. A look at engagement intelligence service Apptopia indicates a decline in Snapchat’s new iOS downloads for the last 30 days.

2. How does the crisis in IoT startup Jawbone look from the inside? This graph generated by LinkedIn shows a gradual decline in employee count since the beginning of 2015. During that period the company was cut in half, from more than 500 to 260 people. Jawbone, known for its fitness bands and Bluetooth speakers, has been dealing with sales difficulties in recent months and recently decided to move away from the consumer market to clinical services, meaning they’re moving towards a B2B business model.

3. The Crunchies award for the best startup was given yesterday to the work messaging app Slack. The successful app beat out other popular services such as Giphy, SpaceX, Didi, and Stripe. The decision was made by a board assembled by TechCrunch, which included editors alongside entrepreneurs, investors, and other tech notables. But how justified is the decision? Using Google Trends, it’s easy to see how much general attention each of the services attracts. And most of the time, Slack attracts the most attention.

 4. A great way to track a company’s growth is to check its social networks channels and blog. When doing that, it is important to compare the current stream of posts and news to postings in the past. A company that has stopped updating some of the channels or has been doing it at a much slower pace is possibly in turmoil.

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Assaf Gilad

An ex-journalist from Calcalist, a leading business and tech news outlet in Israel, I'm now writing about startups for Zirra.com.