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Mark Suster penned a great post a while ago about not becoming a conference ho (see The Blurb).
Last year, I became one.
I presented at 40+ events.
Overall it was good for ego, bad for health & family, and not meaningful for business.
One of the fun ones I did was SaaStr because I got the chance to speak to a bunch of my SaaS brothers & sisters about many of our mistakes building a company.
68 mistakes to be exact.
The video just went live, so if you’re interested or just having a bad day and need to laugh at true stupidity, check it out here. Below is one of our early horrific pricing pages, which at the time, seemed like a really brilliant idea.
Conversations went like this:
Customer: Which plan do you think works best for us?
CBI: Probably the Limo plan but maybe Private Jet.
CBI: Ok. Ok. We hear you. Maybe you’re more of a Town Car subscription. But you’re definitely not going to be ok with just the Cab level.
Customer: Uh yeah. We’ll get back to you.
Today, Google announced a second generation family of consumer products, including new Pixel phones and Pixel buds. These devices are being created at the “intersection of hardware, software and advanced artificial intelligence.”
We previously dug into the company’s moves in consumer hardware in our 7000-word Google Strategy Teardown. Google had already been utilizing AI to differentiate its consumer cloud products, such as its Photos product which features natural language searches and automatic face and object recognition.