Trung T. Phan
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Instacart is going all in on ads. Here’s why.

Instacart’s ad business is projected to be $1B in 2022. This may put it in competition with its grocery partners.

Trung T. Phan • September 8, 2021

Andrew Chen on how to start and scale network effects

The Andreessen Horowitz partner talks his new book "The Cold Start Problem" including lessons from the CEOs of Airbnb, Reddit, Slack, Tinder, Twitch, Zoom and more.

Trung T. Phan • September 2, 2021

FedEx contractors are cashing in on scarce delivery routes

FedEx works with 5k+ contractors on its FedEx Ground business, which did $30.5B in 2020.

Trung T. Phan • September 2, 2021

Dr. Parik Patel, CFA: Them NFT tweets

NFT madness including 12-year old traders, $1m+ rocks, OpenSea and Paris Hilton.

Trung T. Phan • August 31, 2021

China’s huge crackdown on tech, explained

Chinese regulators are rolling out restrictive rules on algorithms. Separately, under-18s will only be allowed to play 3 hours of games a week.

Trung T. Phan • August 31, 2021

Apple settles an App Store lawsuit. What’s next?

Apple is paying $100m to developers who have paid “excessive commissions” and letting them email users about alternative payment options. Is it enough?

Trung T. Phan • August 30, 2021

Ndamukong Suh looks for investments that can make a “10x difference” in people’s lives

The Super Bowl champ tells us his investing approach, business mentors and a request for a (parenting) startup.

Trung T. Phan • August 26, 2021

Facebook is having a bad week

The social network is in hot water over its transparency report and -- separately -- its big M&A deal for Giphy.

Trung T. Phan • August 25, 2021

The $60B clean tech comeback

Funding in the US for climate tech could reach $60B this year thanks to Wall Street success stories and widespread support.

Trung T. Phan • August 24, 2021

Why is OnlyFans banning sexually explicit content from its platform?

OnlyFans pulled in gross revenue of $2.2B in 2020, most of it sex-related. Now payment processors are pressuring it to clean up the platform.

Trung T. Phan • August 23, 2021

Dr. Parik Patel, CFA: “My best tweets one year into the Twitter game”

The rise of @ParikPatelCFA starring Tesla, Microsoft Excel, Chamath, GME and Wall Street Bets.

Trung T. Phan • August 18, 2021

Will the US force a sale of TikTok again?

The Chinese government owns 1% of ByteDance (and holds 1 of 3 board seats). This revelation may put its subsidiary -- TikTok -- under greater scrutiny, again.

Trung T. Phan • August 18, 2021

Culture Genesis’ Cedric Rogers on reviving All Def: “We’re bringing culture to technology”

The former Apple vet and Y Combinator alum tells us growth plans for All Def, the largest Black-owned digital platform on YouTube and Facebook.

Trung T. Phan • August 17, 2021

Meet the LinkedIn of the music industry

Jaxsta is an Australia-based startup looking to help artists, producers and songwriters get their due credit.

Trung T. Phan • August 16, 2021

Telecom providers will spend $720B on 5G. How will they make money back?

Telecom carriers are launching metaverse projects to capitalize on their huge 5G spend.

Trung T. Phan • August 13, 2021

Apple’s conundrum: Protect children and maintain privacy

Apple will scan iPhones for child porn. Will this new initiative put its privacy promise at risk?

Trung T. Phan • August 11, 2021

Can Cisco beat Amazon’s cloud business?

Cloud computing costs are on the rise. Cisco is mulling a cheaper alternative that helps companies bring data back to private data centers.

Trung T. Phan • August 10, 2021

Is hosting the Olympics a bad deal?

Tokyo 2020 was estimated to cost $7.4B. It will clock in at $20B+ and is the latest example of an Olympics deal gone awry.

Trung T. Phan • July 30, 2021

Google’s AI unit makes a huge biology breakthrough

Google’s DeepMind unit has predicted the shape of 350k+ proteins, which can have huge implications for health and medicine.

Trung T. Phan • July 27, 2021

Boeing tries to revive its space program

After a failed December 2019 attempt, Boeing will attempt to send its Starliner to the International Space Station (ISS) again.

Trung T. Phan • July 27, 2021

Dr. Patel, CFA: Investing in 2021

My new investment approach for Tesla, Amazon, Apple, Meta, Microsoft and Google.

Trung T. Phan • July 23, 2021

Netflix is losing subs in the US. This could be bad news for streaming.

Netflix lost 400k subscribers in North America last quarter. Combined with a slowdown in Disney+ subscriber growth, this could be bad news for the industry.

Trung T. Phan • July 22, 2021

How Jeff Bezos got to space

Blue Origin was founded in 2000 with a mission to “preserve the Earth” by going “to space to tap its unlimited resources and energy.”

Trung T. Phan • July 20, 2021

Apple joins the ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ party

Apple wants to squeeze more revenue out of its 1B+ iPhone users by offering a BNPL product.

Trung T. Phan • July 19, 2021

How MLB created the Disney+ streaming service

In the 2000s, Major League Baseball (MLB) created one of the world’s leading streaming services (BAMTech) and -- after being acquired by Disney -- it is now the tech that powers Disney+.

Trung T. Phan • July 16, 2021

Here’s why Sega was sued for $5m over an arcade game

Sega is being sued for $5m over its rigged arcade game, “Key Master.”

Trung T. Phan • July 16, 2021

Musk in court over Tesla’s $2.6B acquisition of SolarCity

Elon Musk went to court to defend Tesla’s $2.6B acquisition of SolarCity.

Trung T. Phan • July 13, 2021

What the latest tech patents say about the future

PayPal wants you to buy stuff through AR. Ford wants to make cars smell better. Amazon is improving its “no checkout” tech.

Trung T. Phan • July 12, 2021

President Biden takes his shot at Big Business

President Biden’s new executive order looks to “promote competition” and “increase wages” across all parts of the US economy.

Trung T. Phan • July 12, 2021

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